A) A longdraw is basically what it's name implies. A long drawing session without any cuts, fast forwarding or major interruptions. Think of it kinda like the equivalent of a longplay in video game circles.
Q) So there are absolutely no cuts in longdraws?
A) The only time there will be cuts, is if the phone rings or I have to hit the bathroom (hey, I'm only human!) But yes, I want these recordings to capture the entire drawing session without skipping over any part of the process, so the viewer can see every single stroke, eraser mark and mistake that is made from the moment a sketch is started - till it's finally finished. Also I want everything to be shown in real time, so you will know exactly how long I spent working on a certain area.
Q) What's so great about longdraws?
A) I like watching other artists draw. It's interesting and fun. By uploading my own sketch sessions, I'm sharing with others not just my passion for art, but hopefully some tips and techniques as well. It's also helpful for artists to gauge their progress, and perhaps others may find it less lonely, having these sorts of videos running in the background while they draw (which is why I don't have any commentary or background music playing in the background).
Q) Why are these drawings so slow?
A) Being mainly a vector artist, I haven't drawn traditionally in a very long time, and only recently got back into it. When I do draw, it's usually leaning backwards with a sketchbook on my lap. I don't have a drafting table, so in order to record these clips, I had to whip up a makeshift one using a cheap laptop stand. I also have my video camera sitting smack dab in my line of sight, so I'm literally drawing at an angle with the camera pressed up against my cheek, or I'm drawing from behind a thick metal tripod which is extremely uncomfortable. Hopefully, I can adjust to this and my speed will improve with practice.