I’m continuing to experiment with how I work on this blog and YouTube channel.
So far what I’ve been doing hasn’t changed too much. I’ve experimented with different approaches to how I present topics in the videos, but what I’m presenting has stayed pretty constant.
Last week I decided to start focusing on both aspects of this project, the drawing and painting art but also the blogging and video art.
A major component of getting better at something is review and reflection on what you’ve done so far and looking for ways to make that better. This week I’m starting to experiment with ideas that came out of my reviews.
I noticed that my videos tend to ramble on without focus. I also noticed that I’ll talk about what I’m doing but don’t feel like I don’t convey enough what I’m learning. I also don’t convey enough why what I’m learning and doing is important or interesting.
Going forward I’m going to start making multiple videos a week. Doing more gives me more opportunities to review my mistakes and learn more. So, my videos should get better. Also, this lets me focus my videos a bit more. I won’t feel so pressured to get a bunch of stuff into a single video and my videos should get a bit shorter.
My goal is to get to the point where my videos actually offer the viewer something valuable. While I think there is inherent value of seeing the process of learning to draw from the beginning, I think I can make that even more valuable by giving that process context.
Right now I recognize that my videos don’t have much value. I typically just flip through what I’ve done and talk a little about it and maybe mention why I think it’s useful. I tried to increase the value a few weeks ago by showing the drawing in action. That makes the videos more visually appealing but doesn’t necessarily give them much more context. Since my drawings aren’t great it also doesn’t give them a lot of entertainment value.
Without value, no-one will watch my videos. I honestly don’t expect anyone to watch my videos for a long time. I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes me over 100 videos to make them interesting and engaging enough. Those first 100 videos are going to be bad but I need to make those 100 videos to get to the good ones.