Draw My Life is a type of internet video in which the author narrates their life history, set to a fast-motion video of the author drawing illustrations on a whiteboard of key figures and events in their life.[1][2] Drawings can be as simple as stick figures, or fully fleshed-out, created digitally or digitised.[3] Often, the videos reveal previously hidden upsetting or unfortunate histories or stories, and end in the author thanking their audience for aiding in their success.[citation needed]

The first video of its kind was posted to YouTube by Irish YouTuber and musician Bry in September 2011.[4] The style of video became a popular trend on YouTube in 2013, when several other popular YouTube personalities began uploading such videos, some of which were featured in popular online news publications.[1][5][6] Eventually, Draw My Life videos were created for fictional characters and non-YouTubers such as Harry Potter.[7]

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki uses this style of video for her community letters since 2018.[8] Since 2020, these letters use fewer drawings and more animation.[9]

References

  1. ^ a b Ed Carrasco (April 11, 2013). "The 5 Best 'Draw My Life' Videos on YouTube". New Media Rockstars. Archived from the original on June 11, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  2. ^ de Jesus, Marco Aurelio; Batista Diniz, João (2014). "The study of the life and work of great names of modern and contemporary Physics through the production of videos with the Draw My Life technique". South American Journal of Basic Education, Technical and Technological. 1 (1), 2014. O Draw My Life (Desenhe Minha Vida, em inglês) é uma técnica de animação na qual uma pessoa com uma câmera filmadora fixa, pincéis ou canetas, folhas de papel ou quadro branco, conta sua história de vida em forma de desenho, depois por meio de programas de edição de vídeo é possível acelerar as filmagens e inserir narrações e músicas [8]. A técnica foi lançada pelo jovem britânico Sam Pepper e postada no site YouTube, onde após milhões de visualizações passou a ser copiada por inúmeros usuários, inclusive brasileiros [9].
  3. ^ Kemp, Mariah (2017). Identity conveyance through multimedia: Kat Blaque's transformative narrative using Draw My Life (MA thesis). Iowa State University. pp. 32–37. doi:10.31274/etd-180810-5166. Archived from the original on October 21, 2020. Retrieved April 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "Five of the Best: Draw My Life". TenEighty. April 20, 2014. Archived from the original on January 18, 2021. Retrieved August 20, 2021.
  5. ^ Carrasco, Ed (April 12, 2013). "5 More of the Best 'Draw My Life' Videos on YouTube". NewMediaRockstars. Retrieved February 19, 2022.
  6. ^ Kleinman, Alexis (April 13, 2013). "Watch The Top YouTube Videos Of The Week: A 100-Pound Chocolate Bar, Surprise Shark And More". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  7. ^ Perle, Elizabeth (May 7, 2013). "Harry Potter Tries His Hand At YouTube Phenomenon 'Draw My Life' (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on June 27, 2013. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Wojcicki, Susan (July 20, 2018). "July 2018 Creator Letter | 5 Priorities Update". YouTube. Retrieved February 26, 2022.
  9. ^ Wojcicki, Susan (January 25, 2022). "Our 2022 Priorities". YouTube. Retrieved February 26, 2022.