I am now on Patreon
If you don’t know what Patreon is, please read on. I love being an illustrator. Not only do I get paid to draw things, but in doing work for others, I’m often asked to tackle subjects that I might not have thought of or chosen myself. Because of this, I find it interesting and challenging work, which helps me improve as an artist.
However, like anyone, I have my own interests, and as a creative person there are always projects and ideas that I’d like to develop – if only I had time (or rather, the money to buy time).
This is where Patreon comes in.
What is Patreon?
Simply put, Patreon allows creators to receive funding for pursuing their own projects. It’s a bit like Kickstarter, but instead of supporting individual projects that only get made if the funding goal is reached, patrons support whatever the artist is working on – a webcomic, a novel, podcasts or art – and in return supporters receive rewards. This means that creators are freed up from their day-to-day bill-paying work in order to do whatever they want. In my case, if enough people make small gestures of support (you can pledge as little as $1/£0.60 per month), then I will be able to work on my graphic novel and and other comics projects, as well as undertaking other non-commercial work. In other words, for the equivalent of a bar of chocolate, or a can of [insert name of popular soft drink], you can help me develop more personal and original projects.
So How Does it Work?
The arrangement is flexible: you can cancel or alter your pledge at any time, and in return for your support you’ll receive rewards and privileges, including exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the development of the graphic novel (storyboards and scripts, opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions, insight into my technical process), and, from my other illustration work, there’ll also be sketches and works in progress, character and concept designs, commissions, free downloads of finished artwork and prints, art giveaways and suggestions for things to draw, and other bits and pieces. However, if there’s something you’d like to see as a reward, please get in touch – suggestions for rewards are always welcome.