This week a video by Chase Jarvis was posted on Youtube (see below) about "showing your work" and featured Austin Kleon. Now, I had not previously heard of Austin but a couple of clicks and a few video talks later, I now do. Austin has written books called "Steal like an Artist" and "Show your Work" and I would highly recommend checking him out.
Almost immediately the Chase video found its way on to Petapixel and one of the first comments underneath was "And _definitely_ don't ever show your fails", something that I find utter poppycock. I have always shown and encouraged others to show their workings, also at most major exhibitions they quite often show the workings of the artists prior to the "successful" final image. Why? Its so we, you, I can learn. Its also to see the growth in your work, to see where you have come from, how you have got to where you are and where you will go next. Showing "fails" is not a bad thing at all. If you have a great community around you (for example on Twitter) it can often help you where you might be stuck. And guess what we ALL GET STUCK.
April 7-10th I shall be showing my work at The Other Art Fair in Victoria House, London. The body of work has gone through several stages, it has taken the best part of a year and a half to get to the stage its at now. It is still probably only 80% of what I had in my head when I first started, and I have documented everything along the way. All the frustrations, hopes, successes and fails have been put on this blog. Without doing that (and my girlfriend constantly being a huge support) this may not have got to the stage its at..... so, go out, create, experiment and SHARE YOUR WORK.
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Below is a brief pictorial 'how I got from the start to where I am now'