For years, I’ve considered making videos of me painting and putting them on services like YouTube - as a promotional device.
I’ve had several issues with this.
First, does anybody really want to see how the sausage is made?
Second, how should I present myself?
The answer to the first question is definitely YES. I’ve seen videos of people painting that have hundreds, thousands, and even tens of millions of views. Not just old Bob Ross reruns, but people you’ve never heard of. A lot of these videos have dodgy quality, no editing, and the art produced maybe isn’t my thing but somebody likes it. Why not throw my hat in the ring?
And how should I present myself? I figured I’d dip my toe in the water. I bought a $15 Benks device that clips to my desk and holds my smartphone. I’d work on small, quick, acrylic ink paintings on synthetic paper. Keep the videos under 10 minutes and, preferably, closer to 5 minutes. Initially, I won’t talk. I’ll just have my music underneath. This format might change over time.
So I made a couple of paintings and videos over Memorial Day weekend, 2019, and here they are.
The first video was for a painting I called Benks. This video was mostly “sped up” and you see my working a 2x speed:
And the second video was for a painting I call Right Mindfulness. It is shown in real time:
From setting up my supplies to having a completed, edited video on YouTube and painting in my inventory, the process takes me about 90 minutes. I use Windows Movie Maker, which is old but I’m familiar with it and use it simply.
For me, it’s fun to go back and look at the decisions I make during the creative process.
We’ll see where this goes. I’m enjoying it. The videos look pretty good. They don’t take too long to create. I’m not nervous knowing the camera is running when I’m painting. I can always edit things. And if the painting turns out bad then you’ll never see the video.
But wait, there’s more…
I’ve created quite a number of videos recently. They are available in a playlist called Mark Rushton Paints. Here is the playlist: