I've done 4 videos so far that are now hosted in Youtube but are private access, and only students who wants it, can purchase access to it.
The whole process is quite laborious and manual, but I have learned some new tricks and also what not to do.
The first video about how to use basic watercolour, while drawing the coffee plant, took me 2.5 hours to make, from start to finish. The second video which is about drawing a profile portrait, took 10 times longer because I was doing a voice over that I had to redo over and over. The third one which is also in the series of beginner portrait lessons, took a whole week, because half way through it, I needed a few days to sit with some low energy that week brought with it. I am glad I did not beat myself up about taking so long, and I just let the flow of my creative energy lead the way.
Week 3 I got back in gear and produced a basic portrait lesson using a Masai woman's face as a reference, This was also done with lots of voice overs and took a long time to do. I was quite happy with the edit, but the sound was yet again not the best because I didn't have a specific microphone. I am beginning to look at buying a specific microphone this week.
Week 4, I was teaching negative painting and I had one of the class in person in my dining room and that was super fun. The video took a few days to start but it was pretty smooth. Negative painting is super fun. I really like it.
Week 5, I planned to do a landscape class, and I needed to refresh the approach I taught before, and make it more interesting for me too. So I decided to back to the basics of drawing, using pencil and pen, and teach the basic use of pencil, and liners. This became beautiful landscapes that looks a bit like wood cut prints. I am so inspired by this technique that I started to plan for week 6 landscape theme, focusing on nature elements such as water, skies, trees and mountains.
Serendipitiously, Tom received a birthday card from his parents, and it was an art print by a British printmaker John Brundson who I've never heard of. It had very beautiful landscape and effect that is very similar but yet more specifically visible layers of the different tones. This spins more experiments to teach the look of wood block prints but does by line drawing and wash.
Week 5 video lesson was done without a voice over as I felt my voice over is always so stiff and wooden, while when I draw and speak at once, I come across more natural and candid, even with mistakes or pauses, they're natural. I ordered a headset microphone which I hope will arrive by the time week 6 rolls by.
The videos are hosted in Youtube as private videos and I roll them out to students via their email address. This process is manual and kinda painful, but it was manageable since I only had to send to around 20 students at the most. I thought I start to charge a little for them as an exchange for the effort I made to produce them, and overtime as I get better, I will figure out a more automated way to do it.
This was the plan in 2020, and now I am finally doing it, a year later.
Thanks to all my enrolled students for their support for this new project.