I've launched my Patreon page today. I have been working hard the last month getting Patron rewards ready and tweaking my profile to make it not too wordy... As I tend to get. Blah blah blah I'm super excited though I don't think I have any followers yet. I guess, before I say any more, I should get to some explaining.
What is Patreon?Okay, first off, it is not a Kickstarter or fundraising crowdsourcing one run project. It is an ongoing, subscription like service to support artists and creators. Creators can be art, video, music... Really anything. This site is bringing back the Renaissance Era idea of patronage of the arts. People used to support an artist to help them pay their bills and fund their artistic endeavors so they could just do what they loved, make art. Patrons may have had more of a role than just financial backing, but instead commissioning artists or being their muse. So the goal of Patreon is to connect artists with art lovers who want to help the artist create their art.
How does it work?There are two ways creators post their subscriptions. Either monthly (for artists who create large number of works each month) or per creation. The patron sets the amount and the cap. Even if they are paying per creation, they can set the limit as to how many creations they contribute to in a month. So if an artist posts more than the anticipated amount of works, then the Patron does not go out of budget. You can actually set the max to be one creation, so if you wanted to contribute $1/month, you could.
The creator sets rewards at different levels of patronage. This will vary per artist. I have included rewards specific to my deviantART watchers, such as this journal skin design. I'll be making resources, like textures, patterns, stock imagery, PSD files, etc. I hope to hold giveaways, I have one readied once I meet my first goal of $5/creation. Check out all my rewards and goals on my profile.
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So, this journal skin is one of my Patron rewards, along with matching gallery, custom box, desktop wallpapers and the high res file of the original artwork for digital prints. The gallery and custom box are free for all. The Wallpaper and digital print is for all my Patrons. The journal skin is for the $10+ reward. I have already added rewards for several of my tiers to my activity.
I expect to be releasing one creation per week. Generally, 4-5 a month. The sort of creations I will be making will range, from paintings to resources, artist trading cards, etc. Some of the things I release will be free for the public, others may be available to Patrons only. I may even offer new releases to my Patrons before it hits my Etsy store.
I'm asking my watchers to please help me get followers by sharing my profile in your social networks. I'm trying to bring all my online endeavors into one place. Besides my art (Etsy), I also make resources for teaching homeschool (TeachersPayTeachers), and sell merchandise (RedBubble), and fabric designs (Spoonflower). None of them are really connected to each other, but Miscellaneous Juxtapositions is about all the arty things I do. My Patreon site will include all of it (as well as deviantART). My only income right now is through my art. And I make small change. Today, I spent my profits for TpT ($1.76) on an ad campaign on Facebook to announce my launch. It garnered 1,700+ reach, but only one click. I don't have the means to spread my art further. Sharing the profile page or one of the public activities will help me get more actual clicks. And maybe if they like what I'm doing, they'll help me out.
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I hope my fellow artists will check out the Patreon website for themselves. Join the group on dA Patreon as well. I plan to support other artists as I gain support. Together, we can form a network of artists that all help each other making our arts.