Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Posting Scroll Work-In-Process Pictures Online

I've shared my creation process online after finishing a scroll. And many seamsters show their work-in-process as it progresses, from early stages to detailed completion. But is it a good idea to post unfinished scroll images online? 

There are both plusses and minuses to this.

Plus

  1. Interested people see my work as I progress. 
  2. Scribal students may learn from the process.
  3. Both my challenges and successes are seen as they develop.

Minus
Prior posted image
mistaken as finished.

  1. If the honor has not yet been given I must hide the name, accompanying heraldry and other identifying details.
  2. I lose any first impression impact. Unless my process is uniquely intriguing there's no reason viewers can't wait for it.
  3. My scroll creation process includes several unphotogenic steps useless for progressive sharing. I bet yours has some too.
  4. Importantly, I've found standalone individual images of my unfinished work on Pinterest, and when searching on Google. They could be misinterpreted as poor quality rather than incomplete. 
Letting people know you're scribal passions, development, and what you're doing is interesting for the community, and maybe to the world. Today, more than ever, it is important to safeguard your work to be seen as a valuable resource.