After a car crash left him unable to paint for a while, pop artist Coop started taking photos and sharing them on Flickr.
Now, he is painting again and the photo-sharing Web site has become a critical influence in his artwork as fans offer feedback on paintings in progress.
Writer John August gets nonprofessional feedback on the Internet as well. He asks his Twitter followers for comments about a short story he just published.
They are among those artists who are getting feedback on their works in progress through social networking.
Alex Cohen reports for member station KPCC in Los Angeles.