How to Cash In on Drawing Video Addiction

Why are drawing videos so addictive?

Why are drawing videos so addictive and how can I cash in and benefit from watching? Certain online activities captivate us in ways that can best described as addictive. Among these, watching drawing or sketching videos has gathered widespread attention. From instructional tutorials to mesmerizing time-lapse illustrations, the appeal of watching artists create on screen seems to transcend mere entertainment. So why are these videos so addictive?

Visual Stimulation

Drawing videos offer a visually stimulating experience that captures our attention from the outset. Research in visual perception suggests that humans are inherently drawn to movement and dynamic imagery.

Think of watching ocean waves or the flickering of a log fire in your hearth.

Dr. Richard Langlois, a professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut, explains that “our brains are wired to pay attention to movement, particularly in the form of patterns or sequences,” which drawing videos often provide [1]. Makes sense, right? Whether it’s the fluid strokes of a brush or the precision of digital lines, the visual appeal of watching an artwork come to life can be mesmerizing.

And that is just the beginning.

Creativity and Inspiration

Watching drawing videos can inspire you to be creative yourself. That’s value right there. Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a renowned psychologist known for his work on creativity and flow, suggests that engaging in activities that challenge your skills can induce a state of flow, where you experience deep focus and enjoyment [2]. Drawing videos often showcase artists pushing the boundaries of their creativity, which can inspire you to explore your own artistic potential. The anticipation of witnessing the creative process unfold can be addictive, as it offers a glimpse into the artist’s imagination.

Educational Value

Crawing videos also have significant educational value. Many artists use these videos to share their techniques, tips, and insights into the artistic process. Dr. Jennifer Garrison, an associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oregon, emphasizes the role of instructional videos in facilitating learning through visual demonstrations [3]. The satisfaction of learning and improving your abilities can contribute to the addictive nature of watching these videos – and it’s another way you get to benefit.

Relaxation & Stress Relief

I don’t need to tell you how stressed the world is right now and how desperately we need to slow down and take a breath. This may be why you watch drawing videos. Research in psychology suggests that engaging in activities that promote mindfulness and focus can help alleviate stress and anxiety. Dr. Susan David, a psychologist and author, notes that activities such as drawing allow individuals to enter a state of mindfulness and relaxation, where they can temporarily escape from the pressures of everyday life [4]. If that’s not an amazing benefit I don’t know what is. The rhythmic motion of drawing combined with the soothing music often featured in these videos creates a calming atmosphere that can be highly addictive when you need relaxation.

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Drawing videos also foster a sense of community among artists and art enthusiasts. Online platforms such as YouTube and Instagram have become hubs for sharing and engaging with artistic content. Dr. Sherry Turkle, a professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at MIT, says that social media platforms can provide a sense of belonging and connection, especially for niche communities such as artists [5]. See – social media is not all negative. And comment sections on drawing videos often buzz with encouragement, feedback, and camaraderie, creating a supportive environment that keeps viewers coming back for more.

So head on over to my Instagram page or YouTube channel to watch some of the many drawing videos I’ve posted. And let me know if you watch for the visual stimulation and creativity, or if its simply relaxing for you. Whatever your reason, the thrill of witnessing a piece of art take shape or the satisfaction of learning new techniques, drawing videos clearly offer a multifaceted experience that resonates with audiences worldwide.

As digital technology continues to evolve, the allure of watching artists create on screen is likely to endure. And if you must be captivated (I hope you are,) know that you are cashing in on the benefits too as you stress levels recede and your passion for creativity grows.


1. Langlois, R. (2018). The Science Behind Why Humans Love to Watch Moving Images. Psychology Today.

2. Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1996). Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention. Harper Perennial.

3. Garrison, J. (2019). The Power of Visual Learning. Edutopia.

4. David, S. (2016). Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life. Penguin Random House.

5. Turkle, S. (2011). Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Basic Books.

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