Draw My Life

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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] 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.

The videos began with Irish YouTuber and musician Bry on September 5, 2011. Following the video, several other popular YouTube personalities began uploading "Draw My Life" videos,[2] some of which were featured on popular online news publications.[3][1] Eventually, "Draw My Life" videos were created for fictional characters and non-YouTubers such as Harry Potter and Avatar Korra.[4][5]

Notable Draw My Life videos[edit]

Note: views are accurate as of August 15, 2016, Peter Capaldi's as of October 20, 2017

YouTuber Date Views Ref
Bry September 5, 2011 282,464
Casey Neistat February 9, 2015 5,951,070
Sam Pepper January 8, 2013 2,283,019 [6]
Caspar Lee January 19, 2013 4,356,931
Felix Kjellberg (PewDiePie) January 31, 2013 33,316,718 [7]
Swoozie June 6, 2013 9,656,157
Phil Lester (AmazingPhil) February 1, 2013 3,784,569
Emma Blackery February 1, 2013 756,300
Anthony Padilla February 7, 2013 16,870,717 [8]
Steven Jay Williams (Boogie2988) April 10, 2013 11,671,406 [9]
Jim Chapman February 10, 2013 2,608,223
Joey Graceffa February 11, 2013 7,817,102
Germán Garmendia March 1, 2013 39,178,718 [10]
Shane Dawson March 2, 2013 8,259,219, [11]
Lucas Cruikshank March 14, 2013 3,425,952 [12]
Joe Penna March 21, 2013 869,762 [13]
Jenna Marbles March 28, 2013 13,511,517 [7]
Timothy Chantarangsu April 1, 2013 3,188,002 [14]
Grace Helbig April 3, 2013 1,540,886 [7]
Hannah Hart April 4, 2013 1,481,179 [7]
Philip DeFranco April 10, 2013 2,346,886 [15]
Ryan Higa April 10, 2013 32,594,510 [16]
DeStorm Power April 12, 2013 2,679,385 [17]
Zoe Sugg (Zoella) April 14, 2013 10,862,129
Alfie Deyes (PointlessBlog) April 21, 2013 3,947,447
Dan Howell (danisnotonfire) April 29, 2013 5,884,712
Mark Fischbach (Markiplier) May 4, 2013 13,130,794
Marzia Bisognin (CutiePieMarzia) July 12, 2013 11,829,387
Bethany Mota (MacBarbie07) January 25, 2015 8,269,186
Michelle Phan May 19, 2013 9,161,372 [18]
Tanya Burr May 22, 2013 1,794,217
Rebecca Black June 28, 2013 4,416,738
Lia Marie Johnson July 6, 2013 4,646,272
Jack Douglass (jacksfilms) July 19, 2013 1,510,605
Jordan Maron (CaptainSparklez) January 20, 2014 5,200,120 [19]
Norman Thavaud September 4, 2014 16,872,338 [20]
Olajide "KSI" Olatunji (KSIOlajidebt) October 25, 2014 11,135,425 [21]
Sean McLoughlin (jacksepticeye) August 20, 2014 13,805,184
Peter Capaldi March 11, 2016 185,764 [22]
elrubiusOMG 4 March 2013 18,816,410 [23]
Dan Middleton (TheDiamondMinecart // DanTDM) December 10, 2013 27,890,987

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ed Carrasco (April 11, 2013). "THE 5 BEST 'DRAW MY LIFE' VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  2. ^ "Draw My Life search results on YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  3. ^ Kleinman, Alexis (April 13, 2013). "Watch The Top YouTube Videos Of The Week: A 100-Pound Chocolate Bar, Surprise Shark And More". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  4. ^ Perle, Elizabeth (May 7, 2013). "Harry Potter Tries His Hand At YouTube Phenomenon 'Draw My Life' (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. Retrieved May 15, 2013.
  5. ^ James A (October 10, 2014). "Draw my Life - Korra". Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Sam Pepper (January 8, 2013). "Draw My Life Sam Pepper". Sam Pepper. YouTube. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d Ed Carrasco (April 12, 2013). "5 MORE OF THE BEST 'DRAW MY LIFE' VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE (page 2)". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  8. ^ Padilla, Anthony (February 7, 2013). "Draw My Life - Anthony Padilla". YouTube. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  9. ^ Williams, Steven (May 17, 2017). "Draw My Life - Boogie2988 (Aka Francis)". YouTube. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  10. ^ 10, 2015
  11. ^ Amanda Walgrove (March 22, 2013). "Shane Dawson Draws His Life". Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  12. ^ Lucas (2013-03-14), DRAW MY LIFE - Lucas Cruikshank, retrieved 2016-02-07
  13. ^ Amanda Walgrove (March 22, 2013). " MysteryGuitarMan's "Draw My Life" Video Reveals His Journey To Becoming A YouTuber". What's Trending?. Archived from the original on March 30, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  14. ^ Ed Carrasco (April 11, 2013). "THE 5 BEST 'DRAW MY LIFE' VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE (page 3)". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  15. ^ Amanda Walgrove (April 11, 2013). "Philip DeFranco's Draw My Life Plus The Top 5 YouTube Videos Of April 11, 2013". What's Trending?. Archived from the original on April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  16. ^ Ed Carrasco (April 12, 2013). "5 MORE OF THE BEST 'DRAW MY LIFE' VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE". New Media Rockstars. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  17. ^ Yolanda Robinson (April 15, 2013). "Draw My Life – Destrom Power". Socialvoom. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  18. ^ Yolanda Robinson (May 21, 2013). "New Video: Draw My Life". michellephan.com. Archived from the original on June 16, 2013. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
  19. ^ Jordan Maron (January 20, 2014). "Draw My Life - CaptainSparklez". YouTube. Retrieved January 20, 2014.
  20. ^ Norman Thavaud (September 11, 2014). "NORMAN - MA VIE EN DESSIN". Retrieved September 11, 2014.
  21. ^ Olajide "KSI" Olajide (October 25, 2014). "Q&A Saturday - Draw My Life". Retrieved October 25, 2014.
  22. ^ Allen, Chris; Shankster, George; Dee, Christel. "Peter Capaldi: Draw My Life - Doctor Who: The Fan Show". YouTube. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  23. ^ "elrubiusOMG in Youtube Rewind 2015". elrubiusOMG's Youtube channel. Retrieved 4 March 2013.