Draw My Life, a video trend started by BriBryOnTour in September 2011, in which YouTubers draw and narrate their lives, has taken YouTube by storm since its launch. At this point, everyone who is anyone has done one, and the series has even been parodied by Bad Teeth, which means the phenomenon may be on the way out. So we’ve decided to squeeze the last juices out of this here lemon for your pleasure. Please, disagree with our choices! But make sure you use caps lock and no punctuation when you do so.
5. Zoe Sugg (Zoella)
From getting banned from AOL chat, to pooing herself at the beach, Zoe has no shame regarding the cute and sometimes embarrassing stories from her life. Her Draw My Life also touches on her social anxiety and numerous battles with panic attacks, but her whole attitude about it is positive, and that positivity is infectious; you can’t help but smile watching. Her realness and honesty shines though and that’s why we love her! What was your favourite bit of the video?
4. PJ Liguori (KickThePj)
Most Draw My Lifes tend to focus on friendships and big important events, while PJ’s really dives into his quirky hobbies growing up – gaming, Magic the Gathering cards, skateboarding, playing in bands, and eventually filming videos – and if you’re familiar with PJ’s videos, all this is very insightful. What’s great about this video is that it’s clear and concise and his talent for drawing really shines through! You get the sense there’s a lot more in his life that he’s not telling us, but isn’t that part of the KickThePj charm?
3. Emma Blackery (EmmaBlackery)
She admits herself that her drawing isn’t the best, but her little stick-men characters are part of what makes Emma’s Draw My Life so sweet (especially when she shouts at herself for it in the voice over). There are moments that feel quite sad, but the arrival of YouTube, and the friends she’s made through it, has clearly had such a positive impact on her life, and has turned her tale into something truly uplifting. Your heart will flutter – ours certainly did.
2. Mark Ludford (MarkLudford)
Unlike most, Mark decided to throw out the whiteboard and marker and stick to computer-based illustration to share his story, and this approach, along with his quirky animation and the on-screen text he scribbles down as he goes, has added bundles of character to his Draw My Life. He touches on certain events in his life which everyone can relate to – making friends, family life, going to school and deciding where to go in life – and he does it with sincerity and charm.
1. Louis Cole (FunForLouis)
At the end of the day, the person with the most interesting life is going to produce the best Draw My Life, and boy has Louis Cole had one – the rest of us never had a chance. From winning a competition aged 14 for decorating his bedroom like a rainforest (we always knew he was Tarzan reincarnated), to living in squats and helping the homeless, travelling the world on a bus, and eating insects on YouTube, Louis really has had an adventurous, whirlwind sort of life. You simply have to watch his Draw My Life video to believe us, so what are you waiting for? Click on it!
So what do you think? Who did we miss out and who did we give too high praise to? Maybe you’ve done your own Draw My Life that you think should be in this top five. Feel free to spam us in the comments below! If it’s good enough, maybe we’ll tweet it out!