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Has Anyone Tried Youtube?

Posted by: Marsden Burnell on 01/29/2013 - 3:41 AM

Just wondering about Youtube... because artist's I'm following seem to be racking up the numbers of site views and subscribers.

for example see -

Not bad for only being up 24 hours. Don't you think?


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Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 01/29/2013 - 4:53 AM

Hi, Marsden,

I think videos are a great marketing tool. Not only do I post videos to YouTube, but incorporate them into my real-world shows and other marketing efforts, too.

Some recent FAA threads with a lot of great info on marketing with videos:

Here's a link to my YouTube channel, where I take full advantage of the opportunity to add links back to FAA and to my other sites. I always add links to my video descriptions, too; anything to make it easier for viewers to find and purchase my work! :-)

Best of luck with your videos, Mars!


Posted by: Edward Fielding on 02/07/2013 - 11:29 PM

YouTube should be part of everyone's marketing mix:


Posted by: Sydne Archambault on 02/09/2013 - 1:39 PM

Great video's folks!


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 02/09/2013 - 3:30 PM

Sydne, did you forget something in your comment? Like . . . your awesome video? ;-)


Opening A Box Of Faa Cards!

Posted by: Edward Fielding on 02/09/2013 - 11:28 PM


Posted by: Sydne Archambault on 02/10/2013 - 10:38 AM

I did! Thank you Wendy! BTW your video is fabulous!


Posted by: Jerry Moreau on 02/25/2013 - 6:53 AM

Really like your seeing red video! My video looks boring compared to yours....You inspired me to be a little more creative.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 02/25/2013 - 9:42 AM

That's awesome, Jerry -- thank you!

I'm always happy to help with a little shove when I can . . . with the hope that someone will do the same when they catch me lagging. :-)


Posted by: Kenneth Foote on 02/25/2013 - 11:00 PM


Thank you for the idea. Where is a good site for music for videos?




Posted by: George Gilbert on 02/26/2013 - 2:40 PM

This is my first attempt at a photo video. Naive compared to those above, but, starting here it should be very easy to improve!


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 02/27/2013 - 1:31 PM

@ Kenneth -- There's a discussion of finding music in this thread -

Hope that helps! :-)

@ George -- You're off to a good start!


Posted by: Lloyd Goldstein on 04/24/2013 - 4:37 PM

My 1st attempt at a marketing video using Animoto. Feedback welcome.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 04/24/2013 - 5:03 PM

Congrats on diving in, Lloyd -- good job on your high-energy presentation!

How to embed a YouTube video into this (or any) thread:

Go to any YouTube video page.
Look for and click the 'Share' link. (Found beneath the video.)
Look for and click the 'Embed' link. (Found just below 'Share.)
Highlight and copy the code that pops up in the Embed box.
Paste that code into an FAA thread, your blog, almost anywhere online!

Just beneath the code, you'll see some options for size and other incidentals. I usually choose the default size, then make sure none of the other option boxes are checked.

- - - -

Suggestion -- You might add a clickable link back to your FAA site, website, blog, etc., on the first line of your video description. Make it as easy as possible for potential buyers to get to your work, to catch the impulse buyers! :-)


Posted by: Lloyd Goldstein on 04/24/2013 - 6:49 PM

Thanks for the kind words on my 1st attempt. Let me try to follow your directions on embed this.

Good suggestion on the clickable link.



Posted by: Lloyd Goldstein on 04/25/2013 - 10:50 AM

Here is video # 2 made with my photos of Sedona, Arizona. As always feedback is welcome.


Posted by: Debra Forand on 04/25/2013 - 1:05 PM

I am trying, still not many views or traffic from it.


Posted by: Aimee L Maher on 04/26/2013 - 8:17 AM

Great videos, I will give this a try!!!


Posted by: Gloria Koch on 06/23/2013 - 9:32 PM

Just uploaded my first Youtube art video. Pretty simple compared to some of the other fantastic videos above.


Posted by: Dan Stone on 06/25/2013 - 7:18 PM

Nice job folks! Here is mine... kind of a commercial type thingy :O)


Posted by: Conor OBrien on 06/29/2013 - 4:27 PM

My first YouTube video. I hope you enjoy it:

Conor O'Brien
Conor O'Brien Art
Facebook - Twitter - Google+


Posted by: Conor OBrien on 07/01/2013 - 2:08 PM

My second YouTube video : 'Projection - Body'

Conor O'Brien
Conor O'Brien Art
Facebook - Twitter - Google+


Posted by: Giovanni Chianese on 07/05/2013 - 11:54 AM


Posted by: Conor OBrien on 07/15/2013 - 8:24 PM

'Urban Typography'

The 'Urban Typography' video shows my collection of 9 pieces illustrating various fonts, styles and imagery that I associate with Urban Typography. In this collection I used wooden panels as a base to build layers of wood, paper, card and plaster onto, and also to scrape, dig, chip and paint into the surfaces. By doing this I created these unique pieces which actually look like old, weathered, decaying pieces of the urban environment, but in fact were created by me in a couple of hours.

Conor O'Brien
Facebook - Twitter - Google+


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 07/16/2013 - 4:19 AM

@Conor - Those are beautiful, and I can easily imagine them on display in a gallery. Hope you're working on putting an exhibit together for them! :-)


Posted by: Ruslana Lev on 07/23/2013 - 11:08 AM

hello all, I've just recently started trying out youtube for promotion, any help is welcomed!, I have only uploaded one video so far that is focused on portraying some paintings done throughout the years, next intended video is possibly some quick sketch or tutorial, haven't fully decided yet, thanks for checking it out :) any sharing of it and the channel is welcomed as well


Posted by: Alexey Stiop on 07/25/2013 - 10:51 PM

@Ruslana - nice slideshow! You may want to include a slide with your website info, where these pieces can be purchased.

I'm in the same boat - just uploaded my first one yesterday:


Posted by: James Peterson on 07/26/2013 - 10:23 PM

This is one of the most unique things I've ever seen!. This is a ring-necked pheasant and an American Mink fishing and eating minnows together side by side in peace.


Posted by: Sarah Batalka on 08/14/2013 - 12:45 PM This is my first every art video! I'm super excited about it. I had no idea what I was doing but I'm fairly pleased with it. Not crazy about the music but it's my first video I hope I'll get better at it. Now I've just got to get people to watch and like it!


Posted by: Affordable Art Halsey on 08/14/2013 - 6:02 PM

How do you post to utube? Do you have to have a motion camera?


Posted by: Sarah Batalka on 08/14/2013 - 9:04 PM

Hi, Sandra! I used Movie Maker- it comes free with windows 8. Just made a slide show and added music & text. You can check it out at


Posted by: Sarah Batalka on 08/19/2013 - 9:01 PM

Hoping this will be easier to view than the previous link:)


Posted by: Kristos Raftopoulos on 08/20/2013 - 7:30 PM

Like your video Sarah. I have made a few videos myself, but I don't get a lot of views though. Here my latest one.


Posted by: Marsden Burnell on 08/29/2013 - 5:15 AM

I am pleased this discussion sparks some interest.

One thing I've noticed and am happy to pass on to you...

The artists on YouTube with gigantic numbers of views... post videos regularly. Not every week or anything like that... maybe once every 2 or 3 months.

I have found instructional videos rather than an appeal to 'buy my work' or a montage of works that I have in inventory...engages the viewer.

The salesman's adage... 'what's in it for me' is at play with art videos. People want to know... 'how did you do that?'

You don't have to give all your secrets away... just enough to maintain viewer interest.

Choose a niche that you are really good at and explore it within 5 or 6 videos. Then change it up... just to keep it interesting.

Videos are like a barker at a carney show. They are just to draw the public in. Then you really have to go to work to engage them

on a more meaningful level... such as appreciating your work... enough to buy it.

Good luck.


Posted by: Sarah Batalka on 08/29/2013 - 11:23 AM

Thanks, Marsden! That is great info!


Posted by: Tony Christou on 09/04/2013 - 9:16 PM

Nice videos :) Here's my video I uploaded last week.


Posted by: Lloyd Goldstein on 09/06/2013 - 10:49 AM

Just uploaded a new video today. Come check it out on YouTube. Thanks for watching. Criticism welcome.


Posted by: Andrea Lazar on 09/19/2013 - 5:30 PM

I stumbled on this thread and as silly as it sounds, it never occured to me to do a youtube video of photos. This is so informative! Wendy, your input is particularly helpful and your videos are fabulous. Other great examples here to find inspiration from, both from those still figuring it out and those who seem to have mastered it quickly and beautifully. I am so glad to have found all of you!


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 09/20/2013 - 8:18 AM

Andrea -- Thank you kindly; you've made my day! :-)


Posted by: Andrea Lazar on 09/25/2013 - 9:57 AM

As inspiring and exciting as all of the above is - the reality of finding the time to do this has put a halt to my enthusiasm...... I will have to refer back to all the great tips here, soon I hope.


Posted by: Marsden Burnell on 09/27/2013 - 10:30 AM

Boy... Andrea hit the top of the nail... "the reality of finding the time to do this has put a halt to my enthusiasm." That's the rub. Truth to tell... I was thinking about my first video for weeks before I actually did it. Then it occurred to me... The next time I did a painting... I just set my camera up and taped the process... handled 2 birds with one to speak. That way... doing the video wasn't a special effort.


Posted by: Christine Corretti on 09/27/2013 - 10:37 PM

I was thinking of Youtube for art marketing. Can you use a digital camera's video option to shoot for YT?


Posted by: Donnie Freeman on 09/28/2013 - 8:39 AM

People ask how I get some of the shots I do... So now I get video too, to share the experiance :)


Making Your First Video

Posted by: Marsden Burnell on 09/29/2013 - 2:45 AM

I use a Kodak 8.2 mega pixel, labled HD... any camera with Video should work just fine.

The first video is always the most difficult... because you (I) don't know what you're doing.

But after the first one... it's like a walk in the park.

To make life simple... say I plan to paint a landscape... well... I'll just record myself painting that landscape. I was going to paint the landscape

Here's what I do:

1- I story board the video... in other words... I make small cartoons of what I want to video.
Title page, artist credits, tools- paints, brushes and paper type...used in the video, then the video subject.

2- As I paint... I talk about what I am doing... the Kodak on video mode will also pick up the audio... (don't need a special mike).

3- I record about 1-2 minutes at a time... that way it is easier to the end. And it won't suck your computers memory.

4- I use Camtasia to edit... but Windows Movie Maker or Quick Time (purchased version)...will do just fine.

5- For music I use as you can purchase music clips with a license to reuse.
I 'loop' the music ...continuous run for as long as my video section is running.

6- Then... it is rinse and repeat.

Hope this helps you.

PS... there is a trick to generating traffic to your video... I'll talk about that in my next post.


Posted by: Marsden Burnell on 10/04/2013 - 3:20 AM

Glad I didn't comment on any particular video... before watching them. Each one is different... and really good at what it does.

And the technical quality... well this group is a monster. Some of you... could teach me a thing or two.

The number of views for your videos... are respectable. (Just think about... is your video in the right niche?)

Only thing I'm thinking about... besides... 'go get em...tiger' is... does your video... grab the viewer?

What I'm saying is... Donnie Freeman's video... had me sitting on the edge of my chair... thinking about...will I make it out of this alive.

Granted... an action video... will do that to you. But can you think of some ways to ramp up the mental excitement in your own videos?

This weekend... I'm not promising... I will revisit... your videos... and add comments on your Youtube sites.

Good luck and keep making those videos.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 10/04/2013 - 4:33 AM

Hi, Marsden,

I'm glad to see this thread is still growing!

I've found that my slideshow-type videos are more effective in the 'real world' than online. They're a great tool for drawing people into a show/exhibit/booth, and never fail to be conversation-starters. Which can lead to sales and other opportunities.

I've also sold slideshows to homes and businesses looking to fill the blank screens of those ubiquitous giant, flat-screen tv's.

The reaction I get online is more muted, but still has led to sales and produced some great networking opportunities.

For non-speaking, non-instructional-type vids, I think soundtrack choice is critical. As is music-to-image sync, use of transitional effects, and layout of the actual images. (Which image shows before or after which? How long does the image appear onscreen?)

Those, for me, are the elements that make a vid intriguing -- that keep my interest from flagging.

Looking back at my first few vids, it's easy to see that I hadn't quite conquered my video learning curve. One or two of my early efforts could cure insomnia! :-)

Now, I'm more than pleased with the videos I create. What I really must work on, in order to increase my numbers, is volume. Flatly put, I need to produce more videos and post them more frequently, in more places.

That's the very next thing on my online 'Endless List of Things To Do'!


Posted by: Marsden Burnell on 10/04/2013 - 10:54 PM

Hi Wendy...

Yeah...(sigh)... even though I like my videos... they could use some technical attention... (lighting, transitions) and more stuff.

After looking at some of the videos posted by this group... sometimes... I want to crawl into a cave ... and roll a rock in front of the opening.

But that feeling passes.

I'll just have to get better... at presenting...what I do.

Thanking all of you... for inspiring... all of us... to raise our game.


Posted by: Kristos Raftopoulos on 10/05/2013 - 7:03 PM

What might help with getting your videos out there is watching other videos that are similar to yours and posting a comment. This will help out as it gets your name out there. I have been doing this a little bit and it will take a lot of work before getting anything out of it. I have watched videos that have very bad lighting and have over 400k views with many people liking them regardless of the quality.


Posted by: Marsden Burnell on 10/06/2013 - 2:31 AM

Hi Kristos,

Posting and comments to similar Youtubes... is a good suggestion. I will keep an eye on your Youtube just to see if you get some traction. I have an idea of what will happen... but I don't want to say anything just yet.

Good luck.


Posted by: Janice Rae Pariza on 11/18/2013 - 2:46 AM


Posted by: Ruslana Lev on 11/21/2013 - 8:44 PM

recently finished and uploaded a process of the drawing which you can see here:
do enjoy.


Posted by: Kristos Raftopoulos on 12/01/2013 - 5:02 PM

Made a new video today. I finally summoned up enough energy to make one :)

Kristos Raftopoulos


Posted by: Brian Wallace on 02/07/2014 - 5:48 AM

Ok... I finally decided to do another video. It's been a while! I used different processed versions of the same images and fade transitions to let the viewer see something similar to a "before and after". (Please click on the "Full Screen" video icon)


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 02/07/2014 - 7:44 AM

Well done, Brian!

From my real-world shows, I know that people are really intrigued in the before-and-after transitions in photographic art. Seeing that transition is always fascinating to me. I've used a similar theme in a few of my vids, and always get good responses when posting before-and-afters on my blog.

Now, please run straight over to the main discussion forum, and post your video in my "Your Art Videos Created During February, 2014!" thread --



Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 02/07/2014 - 7:50 AM

Here's my first video of 2014. I released it, in conjunction with issuing a press release, to showcase this collection of artwork -

My 2014 goal is to produce and publish 1 video per week. I think more frequent posting will automatically increase views. Time will tell if I'm right. :-) I've also started posting my vids to Vimeo. We'll see how it goes . . .


Posted by: Jennifer Page on 02/26/2014 - 6:09 AM

Made My First Video tonight. Would Love your feed back.


Posted by: Claude Lustier on 02/28/2014 - 12:02 PM

This is mine but resolution is too low...


Posted by: Claude Lustier on 02/28/2014 - 10:27 PM


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