During the COVID-19 lockdown, many of us have more time on our hands (for better or worse) to pursue new hobbies & interests, and to find new ways to share and express our activities.

Drawing, for instance, is a hobby that millions share. Sculptors, painters, drawers, carpenters, graphic designers, and other hobbyists want to show the glowup from nothing to completed. A process video gives the audience insight into everything that goes into creating a beautiful work of art and visualizes the beautiful transformation of a blank canvas. Process videos are also great for an art portfolio as they show an artist's process and style.

Editing and sharing drawing videos a few steps: recording, trimming, speeding it up to time-lapse speed, showing real-time clips throughout, and framing & filtering the final product. In this article, I'll explain how to edit & create your drawing video using a free online video editor called Kapwing. To make a shareable process video, follow these steps:

  1. Record your process from directly above
  2. Pick a few moments to show in real-time
  3. Speed up the rest to 4x speed
  4. Edit your final shot

Step 1: Record your process from directly above

If you've watched many drawing videos online, you're probably familiar with why this is so important. In order for your viewers to see your drawing come together from the right perspective, your camera will need to be positioned directly above your drawing surface.

There are plenty of ways to accomplish this, but a tripod with a horizontal arm is the best setup to have. Alternatively, you could use a flexible phone tripod that can grip onto surfaces – either of these items can be found on Amazon for $30 or less This filming orientation may be a pain to set up, but it's a necessity for high-quality drawing videos.

Step 2: Pick a few moments to show in real-time

The best drawing videos aren't simply time-lapsed the whole time. Most often, they slow down at certain points during the drawing process to show it for a few seconds in real-time.

Before you speed your video up to time-lapse, you should pick out the parts that you want to show in real-time. Maybe a detail you're especially proud of, or a peculiar technique that you're using, or the transition from one medium to another.

In the Kapwing Studio, split your whole video into different sections. Just duplicate a scene and trim the starting point of the copy to the end-point of the original. For the real-time clips, just leave them as-is and increase the speed of the other clips to the maximum (4x).

Step 3: Speed up the rest to 4x speed

Now you need to speed up the rest of your drawing video. If you're in the Kapwing Studio, just select a video layer and increase the "Video Speed" in the right-hand toolbar. Here, the video speed only goes up to 4x, which is perfect for drawing videos under 30 minutes in length.

If you're working on an extra-detailed video that lasts more than 30 minutes in its original form, just speed it up to 4x, download it, and upload the sped-up video to increase the speed again. This process is a little more involved, but it doesn't take more than a couple minutes.

Step 4: Edit your final shot

If you're planning to share your drawing videos on your portfolio website, blog or social media account, consider what you want thee final product to look like.

One way to show off your final drawing is to slowly pan over the whole thing with your camera – you can do this by hand – and then show the whole thing in frame. You should also make sure this final shot shows your drawing or painting in its best form. In the Kapwing Studio, select your video or image layer and click "Adjust" in the right-hand toolbar. Here, you can edit the visual qualities of your clip: brightness, contrast, saturation, opacity.

Tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.

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