Recently I got an email asking me about sharing work online. It's a great question, and one I have struggled with for a long time. It can feel like “giving away” your work with all the opportunities for people to use your art without permission.
And there are different ways to share your work online … it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. So if you've already decided you will share consider how you might share. For example, you can share detail shots, in progress shots, or photos of your work in context (a distance shot of your work on a table or easel, etc.). Additionally, sizing the digital file small enough will also help protect her work (I recommend 150 DPI at 72 quality) and embedding the digital file with your copyright info (name, email, and year of creation) will help protect your image as well.
On the topic I also recommend the book, "Show Your Work," by Austin Kleon.
Ultimately though, the most question may be: What are your goals with your creative output? That can define how and what you share. But that's a big question. You may not know the answer yet. Here are four additional questions you can ask yourself to begin to uncover your answer:
How does this land on you today? Share in the comments; I'd love to hear what you have to say.