Share your work: it’s a time-old piece of advice given to creatives. After all, it’s no good coming up with amazing ideas or cooking up brilliant projects if no one gets to see them, right? Luckily, sharing work online has never been simpler or easier. But while taking the leap and clicking ‘post’ can open you up to new opportunities, praise and support, it can also leave you vulnerable to negative comments and feedback.
Just ask San Francisco-based illustrator Roman Muradov. Releasing his first book in 2014, Roman later found himself facing mixed online criticism from reviewers. He soon learned to simply own the situation – collecting the comments, and even hosting some of the harshest criticisms on his own website. Here, he talks us through what the experience taught him about receiving feedback, finding humour in the face of negativity, and why, ultimately, it’s your opinion that matters the most.