Adventures in the Realm of Shorts

Hello, dear readers! Hope you’re all having a wonderful 2021 so far!

I’d like to begin this year’s first post with some exciting news – I’m starting a TikTok account!

Just as this blog focuses on my adventures in illustration, my TikTok account will also serve the same purpose but in the so-called more ‘appealing’ form of short videos as opposed to writing. Expect to see a bunch of art tips, speedpaints, and of course, memes! Putting the problematic nature of the platform aside (as the breeding grounds of all things viral), I decided to give it a shot. Besides, what you put into it is what you get from it; so the more controversial content you interact with on it, the higher the chances you’ll get content similar to that recommended to you.

To start, I navigated through the plethora of short-form videos and explored as much as I possibly could. In the beginning, my “For You” page was filled with nothing but videos of people doing silly things just to go viral. So what I did was simply head to the Discover tab, looked up and interacted with some art related posts, then let TikTok handle the rest. And sure enough, after a day or two, the AI had fully understood that all I wanted to watch were art-related videos 😂

Next, I played around with the camera and started doing random short videos with viral meme sounds. I flipped my sketchbook in a certain way and tapped my phone on it at a certain beat whilst sitting in a quiet-but-well-lit room (oh, the ‘content creation process’). And… It was so bad. The videos came out terribly grainy, though the music was acceptable even with headphones on. After a bit of ‘research’, I discovered that most apps with camera features tend not to be optimized for android smartphones, thus the god awful quality. So, I opted to shoot with my native camera app and load them on TikTok. Yup! Much better now.

Algorithm and camera issues aside, it was now time for the most important part of the initiation as a newbie TikToker: Upload a video!

Luckily, this was a no-brainer. I’d just finished a commission a couple of days ago and happened to record the process – so there’s that! A little bit of editing, choosing the right track – and voila!

For this piece, I experimented with a new technique where I tried to focus a bit more on improving the depth whilst rendering. I felt it helped give a ‘stronger’ look or feel? Not sure how to describe it. Do you see it? Working on this was fun and I did learn a thing or two along the way. Thankfully, the commissioner liked it! And not to toot my own horn or anything; but I think I did a pretty decent job! Especially after looking back at my older stuff. Here’s a little comparison:

from left to right: 2018 – 2020 – 2021

There hasn’t been a major improvement in anatomy so far. By this I mean I still struggle with drawing parts of the human body properly in different perspectives, and I still tend to shy away from using stronger; more vibrant colors. But hey! Progress is progress. As they say, trust the process and keep on creating!

And that conclude’s today’s post! Thanks for reading, thanks for all the love, hope you guys enjoyed it and see you next time 🙂

Psst, shamless plug: If you’re into speedpaints, art tips, or just want to take a break from the chaotic mess of viral videos – Come see me on TikTok! 🙂 We have freshly-baked cookies.

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