It's been a long time since I talked about my live streams, and I thought I'd take this opportunity to do a little recap/explanation about what Twitch Creative is and why I use it for my live art streams rather than another platform (like YouTube).
I've been streaming in Twitch Creative for over 3 years. It's the main reason I am able to do what I love for a living.
You can either watch this video, or read below!
I've written about Twitch Creative before, and if you're interested, you can find that post here: 057. An Intro to Creative Streaming on Twitch
And if you are interested on how I grew my stream in the beginning, you might want to read this: 008. Weekly Twitch Story: From 0 to 12.5K+ Followers
But as for this topic - what Twitch Creative is and why I use it for my live art streams rather than another platform, let me try to explain!
Twitch Creative is a growing community of artist tucked into the Twitch website. Twitch was made to allow people to watch someone play video games. You might be wondering, what the heck does this have to do with art??
Even though Twitch started out to help connect people to their favorite games, over time as more and more broadcasters started streaming, it was natural that their other talents came forth and started to appear in their streams. Most people have lots of hobbies, and it was quickly apparent that there are viewers who are interested in nearly everything.
So Twitch isn't just a video game website. In fact, I rarely watch someone playing games. I live in the Creative section.
The Creative section is a little internet neighborhood of creative people and artists of every kind!
Painting, Drawing, Leather-working, Sculpture, Blacksmithing, Music, Dance, Cooking, Etc.
And it's all happening live. Right now.
Viewers can log in (for free) and watch someone create beautiful work, and they can interact live with the artist via chat. Since the chat is live, so you can ask questions about process, technique, concepts, etc.
While Twitch is free to use, it was designed to allow the broadcasters to support themselves in various ways. Each stream has the potential to raise money in different ways. And all the support comes willingly from viewers. The most common ways are Subscriptions, Bits, and Donations from viewers.
So why do I use Twitch Creative for my live art streams rather than YouTube, Patreon, Instagram Live, or others?
Besides the ease of use, and the opportunities for monetary support, I use it because of the community aspect.
Think about your favorite coffee shop. You go there often, you like the chill atmosphere, you enjoy the music and the coffee is delicious. The more you go, you get to know the staff, and you build a deeper relationship with the place. It's your coffee shop. It's your spot.
That's exactly how it works with streaming.
There are thousands of streams to choose from, but if someone stumbles upon yours (by accident or by searching for whatever type of art you do like painting, drawing, etc.), they usually try to get a feel for the "vibe" of your channel. They hang out. They listen to your music. They listen to you. They ask questions.
Maybe they next day they come back. And the next. And so on! Before you know it, they are a "regular" at your spot.
I have some viewers who have been watching my stream for over 3 years!
The sense of community is strong and it's my favorite thing about streaming. I've met some of my closest friends on Twitch - we've visited each other around the world, and some of them even came to my wedding.
The cool thing about the Twitch Creative community is that many viewers watch several streams. So as you explore, you start to see the same people here and there. It's easy to get to know each other in that setting.
The other great thing is that since everyone is there for a common interest, there's no need for awkward icebreakers or small talk. You can cut right to the core - talk about your passion for art, your goals as an artist, etc.
Lastly, since the community is full of artists of every skill level (beginner to advanced), there is a huge interest in learning. I've been doing monthly tutorials (called Paintalongs) on my stream, and it's a blast! It's a really fun way to connect with other artists.
So, I'll wrap it up here, but let me know if you have any questions! I'll do my best to answer in detail.