Show Your Work

Austin Kleon

Show Your Work



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Many artists struggle to achieve recognition and to find buyers for their work. With his book “Show Your Work”, Austin Kleon provides the reader with ten solutions to this problem, dispelling the myth of the artist as a solitary genius and encouraging an attitude of sharing with and generosity towards the public. Show your Work is aimed at everyone who hates the idea of self-promotion and who would prefer the idea of captivating and intriguing people with their work, directly touching their hearts, and sowing their creative seedlings day by day, one inspiration at a time. 

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Analysis and key concepts


It is time to dispel the myth of the artist as a lone genius and recognise that creativity is always a form of collaboration


There are works of art, but more importantly, there is ‘working artfully’. Focus on the process rather than the outcome


Share something every day and remember that there is a massive difference between selective sharing and just throwing your ideas all over the place


Showing what you like is a way to describe who you are and what you do


You need to know how to tell a good story because the work doesn’t always speak for itself


As soon as you learn something new, don’t hesitate to share it with others


Don’t be a spammer: if you want to talk, you first need to listen, if you want to be heard, you had better have something interesting to say


Learn to accept criticism and to discern the motives of its source


Sell your work: even artists have bills to pay!


Don’t give up! You never know what can happen next, keep playing, right until the end!




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Many useful tips to:

  • Help artists who want to get themselves in the spotlight.
  • Learn to captivate others and make them want to steal our ideas!
  • Do our jobs well while attracting the interest and curiosity of others who share our passions.
  • Understand that sharing is the real secret to getting discovered.

Austin Kleon is an artist and writer, as well as an expert in visual communication and creative thought. He is the author of the best-selling trilogy of books on creativity in the digital age entitled, Steal Like An Artist, Keep Going and Show Your Work. Austin Kleon is also the author of Newspaper Blackout, a collection of poems composed of redacted newspaper articles and strokes of black marker pen to delete certain words. He is a consultant and speaker for several major companies, such as Pixar, Google, TEDx, Foursquare, and The Economist. He lives in Austin, Texas with his family. He defines himself as “a writer who draws.”

Publishing house:

Workman Publishing