Since I have been creating my own tutorials lately I have started looking around at other YouTube teachers to increase my know-how regarding explaining and presenting my own artsy lessons in an understandable and professional way. It really does take waaaaay more effort and editing than one would guess to make these vids actually look and play decently enough to garner a regular audience. I personally still have quite a bit to improve on with my own videos, but I'm doing my best to borrow ideas from folks who are finding success on their own channels.
So here are a few other YouTube artists that I think are quite good, not only for their skill sets, but for their presentation, clear lighting and instructional styles.
Lisa of Lachri Fine Art is pretty incredible at everything. She not only paints in an unbelievably realistic style, she makes TONS of super professional vids on everything from techniques and demos to advice for young artists and very personal conversations about her own experiences making money as a full time artist. She is the queen of art content from what I've seen and really has a wealth of knowledge. I feel like artists at basically every level could learn something from at least one of Lisa's 500+ videos, either from her demos, art supply reviews, or art business advice.
Robin Clonts is definitely an inspiration in her professional presentation. I am always impressed by just how fresh and clean and bright her vids are. She focusses heavily on painting waves, which are not exactly my forte, but watching her blending techniques and just her ease in front of the camera make her an artist I like to take a peek at from time to time. Plus the fact that she is creating a sustaining art career at such a young age makes Robin totally idol-worthy!
Lena Danya is another artist who makes really bright and sunny vids that really pop off the monitor. I really enjoy her fearless use of color and how thorough her explanations are, and the fact that she really seems to put a lot of herself into her works - and oftens winds up wearing matching colors in her clothes or fingernails to some extent too! I am moved by how Lena opens up for the camera and want to emulate her a bit in my own YouTube and Patreon videos.
Jeff Watts' videos are like watching a living Master at work. I feel like John Singer Sargent or Edward Degas would have been similar to witness. My painting technique is obviously quite different than Jeff's, and he often doesn't have much of an explanation nor color guides mapped out for the viewer, but his vids are very pleasant to just gaze at over a cup of hot tea at times when I need a break or a visual warm-up. Plus, I think folks that use more of a 'build-up' technique with their own paintings could really gain some insight with these videos.
Although I don't really use any of these artists as step-by-step instructors (just because I've been at it almost 20 years now) I still find just watching a demo or skipping around a real-time tutorial a bit can give me some inspo within my own techniques.
And I am still such a newbie at this whole YouTube and blog tutorial business that I am absolutely taking all the advice and inspiration I can get when it comes to putting forth a professional look and feel! I have heard sage advice to always emulate success when conquering new ground in one's life so I'll continue to seek out and share other successful artists with you as well, dear reader:)
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Any other wonderful YouTube art teachers you want to recommend to me? I would love for you to leave me a comment, or a link if possible!
originally posted: March 4, 2017