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Streamers
What is a Streamer?

Streamers are the lifeblood of Watch Me Work. While it can be fun to hang out with people as they're streaming, we created the site for streamers themselves. Streaming brings a number of benefits to our member's work including added focus and productivity as well as company. It can get lonely working alone. Now it doesn't have to be.

What is a Featured Streamer?

A Featured Streamer is just that. Someone who’s stream is featured! Right now featured streamers stream for 8 weeks on the calendar but as we grow, the requirements for becoming a featured streamer will change.

What are the benefits of being a Featured Streamer?

Benefits of being featured are having your stream ahead of regular streams. Right now, this means having your stream on the front page of WMW. In the future, we’ll have featured sections for each channel!

We also aim to promote you and your work on our social media accounts, and you have the opportunity to gain access to early invitations to classes and events.

How do I become a Featured Streamer?

Stream on the calendar 1 hour per week for eight weeks. It’s that simple. To apply to become a featured streamer, fill out this form.

What happens If I want to be a Featured Streamer but I can't stream regularly

E-mail ahead! If you know you're going to miss your stream and you would still like to be a Featured Streamer please e-mail info@watchmework.com.

If you miss three of your pre-determined stream times without contacting WMW before, or afterwards, you'll most likely be removed from the Featured Streamer list.

Admins

Watch Me Work Admins help the site grow! Admins focus primarily on engagement and outreach to the artistic community. We hold a weekly Admin meeting each week set up in the mastermind format. This means each week we spend 30 minutes focusing on one Admin and how they can achieve their artistic and professional goals. We talk about things they can do within the WMW community and outside of it and so far it's been a big success! Email to get in touch!

Viewers

Welcome!

Please be kind and respectful to all the streamers as you browse around, sit in for a class, etc.

Don’t lurk, say something! Introduce yourself. It’s a friendly place and questions are welcome for all streamers.

If you like something someone is working on it is more than alright to ask if it is for sale and if the streamer you’re watching is available for commissions.

Commissions
How do I Commission Someone?

Commissioning a creative person means that you would like to buy a piece of original work from them based on what you would like. It's like asking someone to draw a portrait of you and then you pay the artist so you can take it home and hang it on your wall.

What to Expect when Commissioning Art

There are a number of creative people you can commission: traditional artists, digital artists, 3D modelers, etc. but they all have one thing in common: They are human and you are hiring this human to work for you.

It is up to you and the creative person to work out the details of what you would like for your commission. Be as detailed as possible if you can but, if you're not sure what you'd like, you can always ask for some samples. Some creative people have samples already made, some do not. Some charge to make samples, some do not.

Be open and honest with the creative person and if you are unsure of something, just ask!

When commissioning a creative person you can ask them for a quote because chances are, even if they have a price list available, your piece may be a little bit more or a little bit less, depending on what you would like.

When you commission a creative person you are buying something from them for your personal use only, unless otherwise agreed upon by both sides. This means you do not have permission to resell / reprint / redistribute the piece that was made for you.

If you would like to resell / reprint / redistribute the piece made for you then both sides need to agree and sign a general contract with terms you both agree to. The creative person may also have an increased price for selling the rights of their work to you because they are doing just that: selling you the piece and all the rights to it. This is generally called 'work for hire' instead of being 'commissioned'.

What do I do if someone offers to Commission Art from Me?

Relax and play it cool. The artwork you make is yours and you can do what you see fit, including sell it!

When someone commissions you, they do not have permission to resell / reprint your artwork. It is illegal for the commissioner to profit from the art you created but, they can hang it in their house, at their office, etc., as long as it for personal use only.

It is up to you to reach an agreement with your commissioners. From multiple artist's experiences it is wise to require at least half payment up front, if not in full with a sketch, before the final piece is done. It is even better if you have a general contract that the commissioner signs so both of you have a receipt and an actual document should something go terribly awry.

Never give someone a finished piece if they have not paid for it. It is entirely legal for you to keep the work that you did until you are paid for it. You do not owe the commissioner anything.

Commission Etiquette

Not all commissioners are familiar with how commissions work. It is more than acceptable to give them a general contract to read over with examples of previous commissions and prices.

Work for Hire

When someone wants you to do a 'work for hire' job, that means something very different from being commissioned: if you work for hire the things you create do not remain your own. Your employer claims the rights to what you create while working for them within the terms of a written and agreed upon contract.

This is not an inherently bad thing. Many people who work for comic companies are under contract for work for hire.

Music

Did you know that some WMW music composers will let fellow WMW streamers use their music? Well, now you do! The following creators will allow their music to be used on your stream but be sure to show the love and mention their name or give them credit somewhere on your stream or profile. If you’re a musician and want your name included in the list, email info@watchmework.com

Alll of the music is available on each composer's SoundCloud —- you can make a free account and create a playlist of your favorite songs from each one:

T4C0C4T
Phonixfly
Bryn Martin
James Tweedie
Dottedsixteenthnotes
Chris Weiher

Freemusicarchive.org has music you can use for your stream without asking the composer's permission as long as they have a certain license. However, you must give credit to the composer of the music you are listening to no matter what by including the title, author, source and license, which can be found on each composer's profile.

If you stream to more than one avenue and have tips/donations/receive funds of any kind there are two sets of licenses to keep in mind:

Music licenses that do allow for streaming even if you receive donations:

CC BY
CC BY-SA
CCO
Public Domain

Music licenses that do not allow for streaming if you receive donations:

CC BY-NC
CC BY-NC-ND
CC BY-NC-SA
FMA-Limited download only license

If you receive tips while you stream it is considered commercial. The music you play could help contribute to people sending you donations or buying commissions.

All the NC licenses are not completely restricted. You need to contact the composer and ask their permission / sign a license agreement if you want to use their music while you stream and receive donations.

Licenses can be purchased from composers who create a license contract. The contract could be a one time purchase or act more like a subscription, it is up to you to discuss the details with the composer.

Artist

We recommend you add your own watermarks to your work to prevent plagarism and avoid posting full size resolutions of a piece of work.

About
What is WatchMeWork?

Good question.

WMW is an online workspace with the goal of collaboration and education of our users! We’re a community of novices, educators and professionals coworking with one another to learn through live-streaming and sharing our work.

Why does this exist?

Doing tons of work by yourself is not always fun. In fact, it can get boring, monotonous, lonely and unproductive working by yourself.

Working with other people around can provide lots of benefits, including good company, inspiration and advice! We've heard a lot of great reasons why people love livestreaming their work.

Try it sometime and let us know what you think!

What are people saying?

"It has been very interesting seeing how the stream pairing has worked out. It seems to be really smooth so far and I’ve enjoyed seeing others work while I do. It feels a little less lonely, and I believe the others I’ve interacted with would agree with this."

- Kiracub

"Getting to meet creators from diverse artistic backgrounds on an international scale is a precious thing. Moreover, WMW has an amazingly friendly community, which makes the platform a great place to show your work to others, whether to teach or to get feedback."

- André-Terramorsi

"The best thing about streaming on Watch Me Work is the chance to see other designers and artists work, seeing how their processes and style come together to one final piece and learning from it!"

- James Mundy

"When I first started streaming I thought to make it into a real job that I could get paid for but streaming turned out to be a personal growth experience more so to try and deal with my anxiety than anything else. The side benefit of streaming has been that I've met some awesome creative people and I'm starting to make friends that I can collaborate and work with."

"That part has been the most fun: collaborating. Though, I haven't really done it very much I'm getting into the groove where sharing ideas is awesome on both sides. The other day I suggested a pattern for Archer to use on his drawing and he ran with it, creating his own thing and it looks amazing(he'll be sending me a digital copy to color, too!). Another time I was character building and got stuck, the chat chimed in and I put their ideas in with their names next to them so they'd get credit. I really do enjoy working with another person, or people, to create deep and dynamic creations."

- Jasmin Steele

"I like the fact that it's a site dedicated to creative things rather than game streaming."

- Chris Craig

"I love the community, everyone is always so friendly, helpful and welcoming."

- Sandra Danborg

"Feedback, learning and exposure are the key words to success for a developing artist. Watch Me Work is bringing those three things together. It has given me chance to find new connections among other artists and people wanting to learn more."

- Elias Luukkanen

"One benefit to Watch Me Work that I enjoy is being able to share my process with like-minded artists, and to also see their own in action."

- Sylverstone Khandr

"What can i say about Watch Me Work? That it’s a great site with very very nice and kind community :)"

- зщке кефдтшл

"One benefit is I was exposed to the different styles of making music. In general it just opened my eyes up to different ways I can proceed to making a song better or more interesting."

-Devin Wright

"One thing I love about Watch Me Work is the simple fact that it's specifically dedicated to artists. From that simple concept, it draws in some amazing talents who really know what they're doing, making it a great place to find advice and inspiration!"

- Veni Mortem

"I think it’s a greatly way to grow as an artist and as an creator. Streaming to multiple channels is a great way to know more people. I think WMW is a great and close community where you can watch a lot of different things and learn as well! I can't wait to see more of this site, use it more!"

- Zoë aka Zoibu

"There is no better creator focused streaming site out there. WMW has a fantastic gathering of brilliant creators in it's community and it can only get better from here."

- Richi Crypt

"I especially like Watch Me Work because of two people in the community named Jake and Tayler, they’re very kind, offer help when needed, and overall are just naturally pleasant people"

- Konki Plice

"WMW is the perfect community for new and experienced streamers to work together and accomplish both personal and team oriented goals. The community has helped me get involved with multiple different projects outside of my comfort zone. During my time here, I've grown not only as a streamer but also as a content creator."

-Andrew Pealock

"One thing I like about the site so far is how it motivates me to follow a schedule and view other people’s schedules, which allows me to plan my next stream based on who I follow."

- Nicholas 'FlameStream' Souphandavong

"Watch me Work has allowed me to become easily integrated into a goal oriented online art community."

- Tayler Olivas

"I think there's real value to a community predicated on work, on watching others work, learning , and about supporting the endeavor of work. I find I learn quite a bit about not just my processes, but other's as well, and it really helps expand my capabilities in a manner I hadn't quite expected. That's why I like WatchMeWork, and why I continue to be a part of that community."

- Eric Ugland

"Ever since I encountered Watch Me Work community my life as a content creator changed entirely. WMW offered me the opportunity to share my passion with other likeminded passionate creators. It has been the most incredible experience I have had since I started developing my online professional image. I thank the founders of WMW for allowing us to be part of such an amazing community of creators and innovators. I look forward to grow up as a professional and as part of this incredible social platform that is transforming the conventional approach to creators live stream."

- Andres Illustra

"It's a nice database for program training, and I love being able to chat with the friendly WMW community in real time while working on a project."

- Kalei

"One thing I like about the site is it's cool to find other kinds of art process live. I have no idea how electronic music is made as we usually only care about what software we use, but on the front page I’ve found some really cool channels!"

- 黃 米巴

"I think the benefits of Streaming is that it makes us enjoy drawing even more with socializing while we can teach or learn with our viewers"

- Sergio Santos

"I like the fact WMW is being designed for creative streaming."

- Spiffy_mai

"Everyone I've talked to have been pretty friendly, also it's fun seeing the wide variety of work that people stream."

- Mr_Taters

"What I like about wmw is that having a schedule gives me a workplace feeling."

- Nott Shar

"WMW is an opportunity for small artist to get to know each other. to support and to learn from each other. on regular streaming platforms it can be very hard to find someone to talk to, for example due to overloaded chats. what I really love about wmw.com is, that it's only about creative streams. so it dosn't really matter which stream is scheduled when 'tuning in', I never saw a stream which I thought of as boring. "

- Natalie Holberg

"I like the idea of the site, giving creators a chance to represent themselves!"

- Valentin Lehmbruck

"I think the best thing about the community on watch me work is how encouraging and approachable everyone is. Everyone wants to help each other out and has such a vast range of knowledge. It's really great to see in an online community."

- Bee

"If you go to any popular streaming websites, they don't focus on the creative community. WMW is a website that creative community."

- Steve Lo

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Can I customize my profile on WMW?

As we’re in beta, we’re adding new features including the ability to customize your profile with background information, chat rules, your social media accounts and more. Expect new features weekly!

What’s up with the recorded videos?

All live streams are recorded by default using Hangouts on Air and Youtube Live. By default each time you stream, your stream is recorded and saved to your WMW profile and Youtube account. Users have the ability to delete the videos from their WMW profile, and delete or make private the videos on their Youtube accounts.

Streaming
Do I need software to stream?

No! You can get started without installing any software using Google Hangouts on Air.

How do I stream?

Download this PDF to help you with the process.

Getting a stream started for the first time is by no means a one click process, but it does get easier after the first go. We have instructions and a how-to video to show you how to get your first stream started.

We’ve also made and collected a number of videos on YouTube to help you get started streaming along with a list of free software you can use: OBS, XSplit, Infiniscene, or Joicaster.

You can also download this PDF to help you with the process.

Why is there a delay between my stream and the conversation in the chat?

Live streams typically have a 10-30 second delay between broadcaster and viewer. This is due to the way Google Hangouts and YouTube handle online streams. Delay times vary based on the uploader’s bandwidth and the speed between their location and the closest RTMP location. Depending on they way you work, it can be advantageous for a streamer to have a longer delay as he or she can get more work done before it’s seen by the viewer and it slows down interruptions. If you love this or hate this, we want to know!

What do I do if I accidentally share something on my desktop that I didn’t mean to?

Because each user’s videos are connected to their Youtube account, simply log in to your account and either delete that video or make it private. It will cease to exist on Watch Me Work as well!

Classes

As we grow, we plan on including live and recorded classes on the site. We've already released our first class Complete Rigging Course - Moho and Anime Studio Pro, co-hosted on Udemy with instructor, McCoy Buck. If there's a course you'd like to see next, let us know.

Troubleshooting
I'm having issues with my stream. My stream is showing up for me but not for other people.

If you are having issues starting a stream, or during a stream, you can checkout our troubleshooting guide to help you fix the most common issues quickly!

If you are streaming live but your stream is not showing up on Watchmework, you may need to follow this guide to setup Google Adsense for embedding streams.

Contact
Get in touch

Is there a new feature you'd like to have? Spot a bug? Let us know!

Careers

Looking for a job? Get in touch! We're always looking for talented developers and designers.