After 5 months, I finally made another YouTube video.
The reason I haven’t put a ton of love into my channel this year is because I’ve been really busy with projects, and at the end of the day I don’t want to be a YouTuber who draws. I’d rather be an artist who makes YouTube videos.
As an independent artist you are always on the look out for ways to make money and support yourself with your art.
The ideal project is something that:
Uses existing artwork that you’ve already created
Puts something cool and/or useful into the world
So, when Rhinoshield contacted me about making phone cases with my artwork it was a no brainer for me.
I get to use art that I’ve already created
They make sturdy, sleek cases that legitimately protect your phone, and look cool. A useful tool for us phone wielding sapiens.
Part of the deal with them was, they would prep my artwork for the phone cases, manufacture the phone cases, run the website, process orders, and package up and ship the phone cases out to people.
In turn, all I would have to do is some social media posts about the cases. They also specifically asked for a Youtube video.
I’m trying to be as transparent as possible with my Youtube channel. I told my audience that I’d never make a video just becasue I needed to upload a video that week in order to stick to some sort of posting schedule. I don’t want to be a part of the problem of time wasting videos on YouTube.
Also, to just make a video that was all about “BUY MY PHONECASES” seemed a little disingenuous and spammy. So,for this video I did something that I rarely do on my channel: I showed step-by-step how I made the art that ended up on one of the cases Rhinoshield is selling.
I usually charge for tutorials like this, but when I’m already getting paid to do a video, I figured I would give away my knowledge for “free.”