How to Start an Art Youtube Channel | Acrylic Speed Painting Storytime

How to Start an Art Youtube Channel | Acrylic Speed Painting Storytime

yeah oh my god wonderful queen bees it is your girl Amanda the best artist welcome back to my channel a place where you can let loose and just have fun with your acrylic paint people so today we're going to be doing another fun Saturday storytime I'm having a lot of fun with this one you guys and I hope you are too going to be talking about the steps it takes to become a youtube artist and in the meanwhile you're gonna watch me speed paint this gorgeous Snow Queen pop art painting on newspaper canvas I am totally in love with this one I actually got to play what palette knives on this one and I gotta say I am so hooked on palette knives let me just tell you that it will be more of those to come in the future anyways so let's get to talking about how you can become an artist on YouTube now the steps I'm going to be talking to you all about are the steps that I have personally taken to grow my channel from 0 to 10,000 subscribers and just under 16 months as well as how I grow my own brand is an artist and creator for acrylic paintings and how you can go ahead and do that as well to start I want to preface this by first saying this very controversial statement YouTube is a much more effective tool for growth and discovery than all social media combined and that is because YouTube continuously works for you even while you're sleeping eating or watching your favorite episode of The Office okay Amanda what does that even mean how can I make youtube work for you questions questions questions Oh : queen bees because I'm gonna drop some major knowledge bombs on you YouTube is owned by one of the biggest household names of the century Google Google is the number one online search engine giving millions of people millions of targeted answers they are looking for instantaneously and YouTube works in the very same way and we as artists can take major advantage of this so when people are typing in how to paint a snowflake on YouTube base a list of videos that are related to that keyword they punched in keyword being how to paint a snowflake those videos are the search results and are the most likely to be watched and those search results will always be relevant they will be relevant today they'll be relevant next month they'll be relevant next year and in the next five years now let's just pause and think about that for a second a video that you made three years ago is still being discovered by people on YouTube at all times in the day every single day that my friends is the gold mine that is YouTube and which I believe is much more powerful than the lakes of Facebook Instagram or Twitter because once you make a video on YouTube it'll be relevant searchable and discoverable for years to come unlike a Facebook or Instagram post which might make it discoverable for one to two days at most before it gets overcrowded with newer post contents from other accounts so with that all being said how can you use YouTube to grow your art career well in here are the steps step 1 think about what you want to accomplish on your channel and who your audience is this is such a big big deal when it comes to owning your own business and having your own brand do you want to understand who it is that you are targeting and who is it that will be watching your videos and some questions you may want to ask yourself when you're first starting all this do you want to teach people how to paint do you want to just showcase your art skills and just kind of make it like a portfolio are you looking to do some free advertisement for your commission services so let's say you like to paint people's portraits is your channel a gateway for people to find you and to later contact you so that you can get some Commission work from that and you also want to think about the sort of people that will want to watch your videos are your viewers aspiring artists looking to learn new techniques is your audience looking for inspiration pieces is your audience just interested in finding new artwork to buy find you the answers of some of these questions might end up intermingling with one another for example my videos are intended for people who want to be creative but may find the painting process overwhelming and scary so I already got my it's there so I make my videos in the long form meaning I teach my audience step-by-step how to create their own paintings and embrace themselves and love themselves in the process of that painting but I also make videos that target those people who just like being creative but don't necessarily paint and I do this with my Saturday storytime segments where I talk about the more soft emotional sides of being a creative person do you see how enlightening that process can be the way you answer the question is a big deal because it really does essentially form what sort of videos you will be making for your intended audience so be sure to take out a notebook and jot down some ideas and answers to these questions step number two what are your favorite artists doing on their channels we all have those artists we'd love to follow on YouTube some of mine include Jazza drawers and the archer just to name a few these are the current Titans of Benesh of the art niche and they are the perfect example of what works on YouTube right now so now jot down who are your favorite youtubers what are they doing for their videos so for example the art Sherpa cinnamon Cooney when you look on her channel her videos are long-form meaning that she does one to two hours of step-by-step acrylic painted tutorials she does a lot of them live to which her audience absolutely loves fact that she is thriving and existing in this form of videos on YouTube is a big sign for me that I can also go down this direction and find good wealth of people to go and watch my videos so take that into consideration when you're looking at your favorite art youtubers what types of videos are they doing what types of topics are they covering and as you are watching take notes on why you like to watch them is it because of their art style they're teaching instruction their sense of humor their personality whatever draws you most to that person that you are watching those will be the traits that you want to use and adapt for your own channel because most likely if it draws you in it's probably something you want to adopt now I want to put this out there imitation is the most sincere form of flattery Strega copying someone else's style or work is not cool though that is why you want to put your own spin on what is working right now this is actually a concept that I have learned from some YouTube courses that I've taken this one being from jump-cut Academy where you take something that is already working on YouTube with your favorite artists with your favorite people that you love to watch and then you add your own spin to it for example there was a trend recently called I tried following blank blank blank and I saw a lot of artists channel take on this trend of I tried following blank blank blank and they would actually insert another artists in there and they would film themselves trying to follow another artist this worked really well because it jumped on a trend a lot of people got to see that video and give them a lot more exposure more subscribers and more views but also it kind of shows a more fun side you're throwing in some creativity you're making it your own and you're having fun with it you're making it your own you're making your own brand you're getting your name out there so people can see you and actually kind of pick you out from a crowd so take what works put your own spin on it got it good now that you have an idea of who your audience is what kind of video you'll be doing and who the big players are out there the next step is step 3 keywords keywords keywords oh yeah more research baby whoo ok I know you want me to talk about the more sexy parts of being a youtuber like the kind of cameras I like to use in my giant collection of swimming pools filled with hundo bills but that's not what makes a good channel although I wouldn't mind swimming in a pool of Benjamins but I digress anyways keywords so like we said before YouTube is basically a huge search engine and when someone is looking for something specifically to watch they will punch in words aka keywords into the YouTube search bar to find what videos they are looking for these videos are a powerful tool for discovery because people can organically find you whenever they type in keywords you are using for your channel like acrylic painting tutorials or pop art painting ideas in some ways you can discover powerful keywords can be as simple as using the YouTube search bar just type in what keyword you're interested in and YouTube will start to auto complete the phrase giving you hints of some really popular search terms people are using right now for example if I were to punch in the keyword sunflower painting into the YouTube search bar Auto completing results would be sunflower painting tutorials sunflower painting watercolor sunflower painting for beginners sunflower painting on canvas sunflower painting easy sunflower painting van Gogh sunflower painting oil sunflower painting acrylic easy these are amazing examples of the types of keywords and the types of videos you want to be making and targeting because these are very highly searched words that real people are typing into YouTube and are looking for and there's really nothing more powerful than answering someone's question directly with the very search term that they were looking for it really is a revolutionary when you can match those two together but my most favorite way of researching is by using a keyword analyzing software called to buddy which seamlessly integrates with YouTube to not only show you low competition keywords but also what videos are currently using those keywords and this is why I love using too buddy because I can look at real videos of what is working and then once I find something I can then use my creativity to make it my own to film so I currently have the pro version of tube buddy which has been a great investment and business expense I can deduct on my tax return into my art career here on YouTube but you can also use to buddy for free yay free things so if you want to try to buddy you can get the free and paid versions by my link which is ww2 buddy comm forward slash buzz artists and you can also find my two buddy link in the description below so be sure to check it out and watch your channel grow so step four and growing your art channel is equipment when I say equipment you probably are thinking about a camera and before we go any further or you desperately decry how broke you are and cannot afford an S camera let me lay down some truth for you when it comes to using a camera from my videos I keep it as a ratchet and cheap as they come I use my camera phone more specifically I use my husband's old janky iPhone 6 camera that's it you don't need a nice camera to become a youtuber in fact you can see tons and tons of videos on the subject alone and I was pleasantly surprised to see that many you Uber's started out with just a humble phone camera that helped them get recognized so my point is save your money you don't have to buy a new camera just use your phone now if I had to recommend one item for filming that every person must have I would recommend good lighting invest in good lighting and here's why anything you shoot with excellent lighting gets picked up really well with your camera gives your work that extra look of professionalism and takes out any unwanted shadows that may show up on your work and we being the visual queen bees that we are good images everything so if you want to get super basic be sure to film by a window and have another light source like a lamp on the other side to reduce any shadows or you can invest a little bit and get a softbox lighting kit and shoot your videos in any room at any time of the day I shoot in my basement because my condo has very little natural lighting that filters inside so I basically live in a black hole so I had to make do and get myself a softbox lighting kit and it has totally changed the way I film I absolutely love them I recommend them to anybody and I included my affiliate link to a softbox lighting kit I use in the description below another piece of equipment I would recommend would be a tripod or a stand that can hold your camera or camera phone in our case you want to look for a tripod that is adjustable and can help you get multiple angles for your artwork in the creation process I personally use the a cron Pro phone stand which if you've ever watched a tasty video where they shoot from above you can get some really amazing DIY shots and I absolutely love them I also included my affiliate link of the phone stand that I use in the description below so now let's talk about editing software this is kind of the same idea as cameras you don't need to go super crazy with editing software at the very beginning so depending on what computer you have you can always start with the free basic software's that are included if you have a Mac use iMovie Windows Windows Movie Maker both are free both are easy to use and they can help you start your blooming art career so keep it simple and step number five but the most important step of all stay consistent and think two years ahead aka a slow and steady wins the race I have heard of people who are gung-ho about starting a YouTube channel make like three videos see little growth and then give up on the platform entirely and the reason why people like these fail is because they are expecting instant returns money fame and glory and a spot on Ellen and as much as we all want to be instantly famous and rich doing butterfly strokes and dolla dolla bills y'all it rarely happens overnight you need to put in work knowing full well that you may not be found seen or discovered for quite a while my first few videos I put up on my channel had maybe like 30 views over a span of a month and even though I wasn't really being seen I kept a consistent schedule of posting one video a week one because I wanted to keep flexing my painting muscle and practice my skills but two I wanted to set a heartbeat for my channel yeah there was like maybe 3 people watching my stuff and if I had the mindset up I need to get Pablo Picasso rich and famous right now I would have given up a long a long time ago but instead I kept at it feeding the content mill week after week every Wednesday and I know I can maintain that schedule and I stick to it no matter what this shows my audience that I show up for them every week giving them new content to see it develops trust and they know when they can come watch me at this time every single week so the more videos you put out there the more you get to practice the more you get to really hone in on your skills the more likelihood of people being able to find you and the more likelihood you'll be able to blow up so now I can say with almost 10,000 subscribers at least from when I'm recording this I can say that this process has worked miracles for me so these are my five tips on how you can get started as a YouTube artist and I can go on and on and on about using YouTube as a platform for your art career there's just so many ways that you can actually utilize YouTube to get your name out there and I can go into so much more intimate detail about how I can specifically use YouTube to get more followers and get people to be interested in the artwork that I have coming up like email marketing having a patreon account so you can get exclusive content to your followers and to fans of yours there is just so much you can do with this platform it's in saying and in the world of the internet this is the perfect time to take advantage of this the way I look at YouTube it's a huge megaphone and it really helps to get people's attention and point the really big diehard fans to your stuff and because we live in the digital age video is such a big deal and they speak so much louder than pictures do and there's something very intimate that happens when you aren't talking on a video to your audience your audience feels connected to you somehow and connection and emotion breeds fans and that helps create lifelong fans that will forever love your artwork and possibly become future clients of yours so really take all this into consideration when you are thinking about starting your own YouTube channel there is so much treasure to be found in the YouTube space and I only just scratched the surface with this video but I hope this gave you some ideas and some insight on how you yourself can start your very own YouTube art channel anybody can do it it's totally possible as long as you are willing to put in the work so now that I finished talking I want to hear some of your thoughts what did you think about my tips are you thinking about starting in our channel please comment below and share I always love to hear from you my queen bee and I must say this painting is ravishing I am totally in love with this and great news you guys really like this print you can actually buy that on my website which is


  • Amanda The Buzzed Artist says:

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    My Queen Bees! Here are my 5 steps on how to create an art channel on Youtube, helping to grow your own art brand and a dedicated fan base. Being an art youtuber certainly isn't easy, but starting an art youtube channel is a great path towards honing your artist skills while connecting with an engaged audience.

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  • Samantha Abellana says:

    I really want to start an art channel. But what hinders me was that I dont have good equipment. I was kindof frustrated bc I kept saving up for a nice camera. But my phone will work just fine. thanks for sharing! 💕

  • Jara Projects says:

    gorgeous painting! I am thinking about starting my own art channel, so I found your video. Thank you, you were very encouraging!

  • Alina Huynh Art says:

    I love this video 🙂 aesthetically pleasing with good tips 🙂 subscribed 🙂

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  • Hatcher Studio's says:

    Watching 5 months later! So true and relevant !

  • Art Geek says:

    Thankyou for all the tips I hope this works on my outburst channel!

  • H R V virus says:

    Hello. I just started uploading art videos. And im really passionate about my art. If you have some spare time, i hope you can come and see my channel and maybe subscribe ☺️ have a great day ahead 🖤

  • Siviox says:

    How do you get your camera angle

  • Siri's Studio says:

    I am artist and recently started my YouTube channel..
    This video is very useful and informative for me.. Thanks for sharing 😊

  • Ishara Silverhand says:

    Hi Amanda Thanks for posting this video. I only discovered you recently and I love your channel. You have helped me develop my talent even more. Thanks so much for being here!!

  • Isra Tabib says:

    You desirve the best 💜✨

  • Saskia Bongers says:

    A merry x-mas for you and everybody you love and a magical creative 2019 💖 (watched this a second time 😍)

  • Jules Ferlatte says:

    Do not forget good sounds bad music or voice over that sound like coming from a can is a turn off. Cheer another great video

  • Saskia Bongers says:

    Thank you for sharing this, I love your art and you 💟

  • Therese Eggebrecht says:

    Hi Amanda! I just finished watching your first YouTube video! You are a natural, even from the beginning! 🥰❤️💕

  • Deidra says:

    A-Mazing!!!!!!!! Congrats on the 10K subs!!!! Wha What!??!!!! She is gorgeous!!!!!!! LOVE HER!!!!!! Fantastic tips and advice Thank you!!😘😘😘😘 Every time you paint something I think dangit why didn't I think of that🤣🤣🤣🤣 You're awesome!!!!! Beautiful beautiful pop art!!!! Ooot Ooot!!! 💝💝💝xxx

  • Nunes Natalia says:

    I love your tipps…need to try it:)

  • Michelle Clifton says:

    First of all… YAY!!! 10K subscribers!!!! How cool is that?!? Congrats! Now on to 100k. 😄😄😄

    I love this piece. She is super frosty! I love the pallete knife hair.

    Thanks for the tips and links to equipment. I am definitely going to check out the lights and tripod and YouTube buddy. I used to sell my art and other things on ebay back in the day, and keywords are everything.

    I am totally loving Saturday storytime. Of course I love your tutorials too, but I think the storytimes add that bit of personal interaction that makes the audience feel like we really know you. Thanks for everything and congrats again Queen Bee 🐝🐝🐝

  • melissa Sherman says:

    thank you I love you art work , can I try you tech the tracing part I never knew you can do with pencil put on a paper.

  • Therese Eggebrecht says:

    I love the painting! Anything pop art-ish is cool! Can you direct us to your very FIRST YouTube tutorial? That would be great! Loads of love comin’ atcha!! ❤️💕

  • J m Art With Detail says:

    Wow Amanda congrats on the 10k my friend, brilliant video and story brilliant info aswell left u a like 😁😁👍👍👍👍👍👍

  • SHANZ S says:

    Great topic of discussion and tips! I made a video 4 years ago about the process I take for making a simple pair of beaded earrings and I'm still getting likes and people are still watching it {Over 3.5k views}, and the only reason why I made the video was because a few friends wanted to see my process. Sure, it was done by photo and captioned, rather than actual video and voice, but it's still out there and still being viewed.

    I still want to make videos, but I haven't figured out where my niche is.. yet. I've been tinkering with acrylics after a 20+ year hiatus {which is how I found you!} but I tend to lean toward lineart and watercolors… admittedly, I am one of those who can go from super abstract to realism to whatever else you can imagine, at a drop of a hat. In other words – I am ALL over the place when it come to my art. One minute I'm dotting up mandala's the next I'm doing lineart/doodle art/illustrations/etc. In the illustrious words of hero, Bruce Lee, "No style is the best style"… {for me, that is}. Anyway…

    I think if anyone is serious about making videos – they'll find a way. Your tips and encouraging words/advice are spot on, and I appreciate the fact that you put it out there as plain and direct as possible. As always – fantastic video.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this painting!!! Kind of reminds of Storm {cartoon version, my favorite X-Men, btw}. Have a most excellent weekend Mz. Amanda!!! <3

  • Kimberly Vincent says:

    Ty Amanda for sharing how to start and grow a YouTube channel.

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