As I’ve mentioned in quite a few previous posts, I started live streaming my art on Twitch! And boy, is it a whole new world. *cue everyone singing Aladdin*
I’ve always been a pretty tech-savvy person. I grew up with the internet and cell phones emerging as mainstream, I’ve always had computers and game consoles in the house, and there have been very few technological things that have thrown me for a loop. Even with blogging, there are few things I haven’t been able to solve with the help of a quick Google search.
But Twitch. Oh boy, Twitch is it’s own animal. I had absolutely ZERO experience with live streaming, using any form of webcam, or Twitch as a platform. So when I wanted to start streaming, I of course started researching and making lists. And I was quite surprised to find I had a REALLY hard time getting started. It was my first instance of feeling completely clueless towards something in the tech world. I just stared at the Twitch FAQ and reddit threads as I scrolled through hoping they would suddenly make sense.
But I got there. In the most old person way ever. I bought an e-book on how to Twitch. No joke. And I so do not regret it in the slightest. It was extremely helpful, and walked me through things like using OBS so the process was a breeze. Click here to check it out yourself (not sponsored, I just seriously found it helpful!) It is pretty damn pricey for an e-book but it was so helpful I found it totally worth the $15. I also used a bunch of YouTube vids to help me with some details and mods to make my channel look better and my chat a little safer from spam/trolls.
I’ve had at least five live streams at the time of this post and I’m still learning new stuff all the time. I’m constantly discovering things I need to fix/improve/figure out how to do (like emotes. I literally don’t know how to use them in chat.) But on the whole, streaming has been SUCH a positive experience. Every streamer I have followed or interacted with (which so far is just creatives) has been so kind, so helpful, and so welcoming. I am loving it.
Working as a freelance artist is wonderful, but it can be so isolating. As a homebody, I do love working from home, but there is definitely a social void. I’m finding Twitch creative is massively helping to fill that void. It’s like working in an office with a bunch of like-minded people, only from the comfort of your own home.
So, if you have an interest in seeing me create some art, be sure to follow my Twitch channel and tune in! I stream Monday nights (starting at 8:30pm EST) and Wednesdays (starting at 10:30am EST) but I often have unscheduled streams in between those days because it’s just so much fun. Hope to see you there sometime!