Time-lapse video is easier to shoot than ever before. Bring your art to life and make YouTube your gallery.
I filmed this on a mobile phone. 1 hour of drawing = 30 seconds of time-lapse photography. Approximately. I'll use a stopwatch next time.
I've been aware of time-lapse photography for a while. It used to be the preserve of movies and TV programmes; speeded-up footage of plants growing or clouds moving or traffic zooming. Now anyone who owns a camera or mobile phone with time-lapse technology can record a video and share it online.
Artists have been using time-lapse videos to bring their artworks to life. And YouTube has become their exhibition space. Some have attracted HUGE numbers of viewers. See the hyper-realist illustrations of Marcello Barenghi or the black line drawings with commentary by Peter Deligdisch (AKA Peter Draws).
My time-lapse video of a Boxer dog is a humble beginning. An experiment. The first time I've used the time-lapse setting on my phone. The first time I've used a GorillaPod (the tripod with the bendy legs). The first time I've drawn a portrait whilst being poked in the cheek by a camera.
OK, maybe it was my shoulder.
The hardest part was uploading the video to YouTube. Which category? What title? How do I describe it and what key words do I use? I won't tell you how much time I spent messing about with annotations (the words that pop up during the video).
Richard Pettitt, cartoonist.