I’ve never been very good at the draw-or-paint-something-everyday challenges. They work out splendidly for many artists, but I’m afraid for me they’re counterproductive because they make me grumpy. I’m best left alone to draw or paint 5 things on one day and zero things on other days. But mostly I do something everyday…
In the last couple of weeks I’ve been watching Periscopes! Which means I had to set up a Twitter account since the Periscope app is made by Twitter. I downloaded both apps at the same time and was set up within 5-10 minutes. I blew zero gaskets while doing this, for which I was grateful. I’m currently following about 60 artist/illustrators, but most of them don’t periscope regularly. Drat! I’m hoping they start!
In case you don’t know Periscope is a live video streaming platform. Most artists I’ve watched, set up their phones on a tripod and draw & paint while they chat with whoever is tuning in. Sometimes they schedule/announce their Periscopes on Instagram & Twitter. I myself am not a tweeter so I usually catch them after-the-fact. The videos stay up for 24 hours. I like them because they’re informal & low-key. Nothin’ fancy, just making & chatting. People comment during the live Periscope and tap the screen to send hearts your way indicating that something you did or said has set their heart aflutter. Since it’s impossible to check your phone for comments while you’re streaming live, many Periscopers set up their laptops or ipads in front of them and see the comments in that way. It’s been a mixed bag. Some induce drowsiness, very useful if you’re trying to fall asleep. Others cause excited finger tapping on the screen.
If you are Periscoping any of your drawing or painting do let us all know so we can follow you! And if you know of any artists with interesting periscopes do share. I usually check on my phone once a day to see if anyone has broadcast anything. You can find me by doing a search for my name. Another of my artistic goals for the new year is to Periscope a couple of times per month when I’m working in my sketchbook. I’ll be keeping mine short & sweet – 10-15 minutes or so. There’s no editing involved so I won’t be able to cut out any buffoonery. Egads! I’ll announce on IG and here before I go “live”.