Since its launch in 2011, Twitch.tv has become synonymous with the now popular model of live-streamed, educational/entertainment sessions. Coders can already learn programming using a similar platform, while musicians can brush up using Boilerroom.tv. Now there’s something for artists and illustrators too — Sywork, short for “Show Your Work”, is an on-demand streaming platform for showcasing processes behind oil paintings, comic books, and other artworks.
Artists can sign up to create their own channels, which viewers can then subscribe to. Viewers will then be notified whenever that artist has an upcoming live session. During the live-stream, viewers can comment and discuss in the chat room on the sidebar. Some large artworks take hours to complete, so this interaction can keep artists motivated — they could even make use of suggestions made by the viewers. One of the other major benefits of live-streaming sessions is that viewers can learn from the way the artists correct common mistakes. While some draw with paintbrushes, others use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. There is also the option for artists to monetize their work by making custom pieces or digital copies for viewers to purchase.
What other professions could make use of this model?