Finally some news you art-tier members are going to be thrilled to hear! I have started to make regular, scheduled art time a priority in my week, which means both new art to show you and the possibility of prints or other merch.
I have a great desktop and touchscreen monitor (A Cintiq by Wacom). Two or three years ago I tried to start streaming my art on twitch (Before they had a creative channel) to get into more of a habit/gather a following. I didn’t have a clue what I was doing, but I still managed to put something functional together. I probably lasted a week.
It’s time to try again. Setup is FAR easier now than I was back then, it probably took me 15 minutes to get up and running, but now there are a thousand small details you can manipulate to give your viewers participation/watch-your-stream incentives. I’m primarily going to use it as a study schedule, but I plan on taking a limited number of commissions so I can add that revenue-stream to my list of things. From there I’ll probably add prints and/or merch via pod services like redbubble or something. If you have a favorite pod site you like to use, let me know!
I’ve got the stream up and running if anyone wants to check it out: www.twitch.tv/tamiveldura and when I’m not streaming I have a list of people that are hosted on my channel automatically, so there is a LOT of content running there without me needing to do anything additional. So far I’ve found two ceramic artists (!) and more than a few digital artists to follow. I’m super excited about finding quite a few people who do public study/critique sessions so I’m figuring out when they do that.
The schedule so far is based around the critique that other artists are doing. So Artist1 does a public study at 8pm on Mondays which means I can stream at 8pm for an hour on monday following the study and then submit my results in that artists’s discord for critique. While Artist 2 does a public study on Wednesdays, but provides the photos for everyone on the discord. You have a week to do the study, then she’ll do a public critique, which then gives you a week to adjust the painting and resubmit for follow up. As I figure out these artists schedules and mine, I’ll come up with a more stable pattern of practice.
I still have a writing schedule to follow, of course, and the ceramic work I’m doing. Plus any edits or other work I take on. So the painting/study schedule needs to slot into gaps, not knock other things off my plate. We’ll see how that goes. I’ll probably fill up some hours saturday, sunday, monday, tuesday since those are my least packed days right now.