Show Your Work! A new series by Austin Kleon

Recently I read a book that I enjoyed very much becuase it delivered a potent message with great panache. The book is Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative  By Austin Kleon. This is how Amazon describes the book:

You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

And now I discover that Kleon has begun a series of shorts that continue the themes of the book. Show Your Work! Sharing Creativity in the Digital Age is made using Keynote to animate and Quicktime to edit.

Episode 1: Vampires (above) is about Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, and how to decide who to let in and out of your life. Episode 2: Falling Out (below) is a story about Bob Ross, his mentor Bill Alexander, and what happens when a student surpasses his master.

Antonio Ortiz

Antonio Ortiz has always been an autodidact with an eclectic array of interests. Fascinated with technology, advertising and culture he has forged a career that combines them all. In 1991 Antonio developed one of the very first websites to market the arts. It was text based, only available to computer scientists, and increased attendance to the Rutgers Arts Center where he had truly begun his professional career. Since then Antonio has been an early adopter and innovator merging technology and marketing with his passion for art, culture and entertainment. For a more in-depth look at those passions, visit

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