A few days ago, I launched a Patreon account and I'm already filling it with content new and old. Drawing is essentially the only thing I do anymore and I'm constantly looking for new ways to share and to help out new or stuck artists in whatever way I can. With your support, I'll be able to do it in an awesome, big way!
What is Patreon?
For those that don't know, Patreon is a way for artists of all kinds to get crowdfunding for their projects. It's a monthly subscription based payment, which means you can pay your favorite artists as little as $1 a month to support them and help them continue to create content that you love. You can subscribe for as long as you like and quit whenever you want. You'll be billed at the beginning of each month.
What will money we pledge go towards?
For me, Patreon is a way for me to gather funds to create higher quality videos with a better camera, audio equipment, and lighting so that I can offer more tutorials, advice (on everything from drawing to running a booth at a convention to getting work as an artist) in-depth reviews on art supplies you guys are curious about, and process videos. Also, a new tablet so I can create high quality digital art, faster internet so it doesn't take me 4 hours to upload to Youtube, and more art supplies from sketchbooks to pencils and markers. Aside from art related things, because art is my only source of income, any excess funds not immediately needed for me to continue to create art will go towards paying rent and bills, booths at conventions so I can meet my awesome followers, and purchase prints.
What's in it for you?
I'm more active with art now than ever, and I'm constantly churning out sketches and completed original pictures. Starting at $5 a month, you'll get access to exclusive WIPs, sketches, uncensored art, advance viewing of process videos as well as exclusive process videos once-twice a month, hi-resolution scans and images both traditional and digital, .PSDs with all layers, tutorials (you can see a list of what I have planned here: Patreon upcoming, hi-res lineart, and so much more. At higher monthly tiers I'll start mailing things to you, including mini prints, keychains, full size prints, and personalized sketches of whatever character you want!
I know a lot of you started following me for my Queen's Crown series and had a lot of requests for outfits, poses, and characters - this is your chance to make it happen. Every month, I'll take suggestions from patrons on what you want to see me draw, and I'll do it. I'd love to be able to do more on Queen's Crown freely, but as of right now, it can't happen with some support, so that I have more time to focus my energy on commissions and blank covers.
Even if you can't or don't want to become a patron (I completely understand that not everyone has extra money laying around, myself included), I would really appreciate it if you could spread the word about my Patreon page. The more people that see it, the better, and the sooner I can get to work on high quality things for you.
Also! If you want access to sketches I don't post on dA, check out my instagram (aerianr) for lots of sketches and WIPs - for free!