Behind the Scenes of Coloring Streams

A few Monday evenings every month on Twitch I hold a coloring stream. For each stream, I provide an original drawn coloring page that my audience and I can color. I started this stream as a way to provide a fun and uplifting activity during quarantine. Coloring is very popular for adults and provides a great way to relax during stressful times.

To prepare for each stream I create an original page drawn one of two ways: by hand, or by Apple Pencil in Adobe. My first several pages were done by hand. I drew each picture out by pencil and then inked my drawing for clean black lines. This is provides a more organic feel as each line is not perfect. For the past few streams, I started to draw in the Adobe Fresco app with the Apple Pencil on my iPad. Having a digital drawing speeds up the process as I only have to draw once, each line is crisp, and I can quickly upload the file to the internet.

On the drawings I have to take into account the complexity of the drawing and the time it will take to color. My first stream was a simple drawing and only took an hour or so to color. However, I compensated on the next stream’s complexity so much that it took over three hours to color. It was an Easter egg compilation for an Easter stream that had over 15 detailed eggs. I have come learn what complexity is suitable for a two hour stream so my audience is not coloring all throughout the night.

I enjoy doing the streams because it is a chill environment to just hangout with my audience. I have a lot of colorers that enjoy participating as well. If you like to color, come join me on Twitch!

Published by Grace Nestor-Louie

My name is Grace Nestor-Louie and I am a fine art oil painter & muralist in Kent, Ohio. I paint in bright colors and focus on animals and nature. I paint on commission and sell online. Come check out my portfolio and stay connected through Instagram @gracenestorlouie.

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