Many of you, my kind viewers and readers, ask how you can support the work I do. And although there are several ways to support me, today I would like to talk a little bit about the most recent option, exclusive to my video production, Patreon.
What is Patreon and How Does It Work?
Patreon is a platform that allows anyone easily support their favorite creator. I include an explanation directly from Patreon’s FAQs:
“Patreon is the best way for creators to earn ongoing revenue directly from their fans.
For creators, Patreon is a way to get paid for creating the things you’re already creating (webcomics, videos, songs, whatevs). Fans pay a few bucks per month OR per post you release, and then you get paid every month, or every time you release something new.
For patrons, Patreon is a way to join your favorite creator’s community and pay them for making the stuff you love. Instead of literally throwing money at your screen (trust us, that doesn’t work), you can now pay a few bucks per month or per post that a creator makes. For example, if you pay $2 per video, and the creator releases 3 videos in February, then your card gets charged a total of $6 that month. This means the creator gets paid regularly (every time she releases something new), and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts. That’s right–Imagine you, in a long frilly white wig, painted on a 10-foot canvas on the wall of a Victorian mansion. And imagine your favorite creators making a living doing what they do best… because of you.”
Why Become a Patron
I very much appreciate having you here and love that you’re enjoying what I do. Since art reaches beyond the individual, I want to share my discoveries freely with anyone ready to learn more about art, the world and themselves. I expect nothing in return. My reason behind setting up my Patreon page, however, is to get help with funding the production of my videos. The videos are very demanding and require quite a lot of work and production time, but also gear and software, which can get very pricey. This is where your patronage comes in. With your donations I can update my equipment, improve the production quality or simply buy more paint and other supplies. All of your donations go towards increasing the production value of my videos, so they better serve you and are more enjoyable to watch.
How to Become a Patron
Patronage is a long-term donation program. You can pledge any amount that you find is appropriate. Pledges are per video, therefore you will be charged for each released video. My regular schedule is 1 video per week. You can pledge as low as $1 per video. If I fail to publish a video in any particular week, you won’t get charged anything.
You can become a patron by clicking the “Become a patron” button on my Patreon page. The process is very simple. You are required to register using your e-mail address or your Facebook account. Once your account is created, you can choose the amount you wish to pledge and simply send the money using your credit card or Paypal account. You will be automatically debited the same amount at the beginning of each month. You can also adjust or terminate your pledge at any time.
Since I’m strongly against dividing my community by hiding certain tutorials or lessons behind a pay-wall you don’t need to worry about missing out on any of the content in case you can’t contribute. You can still enjoy all of my content unrestricted and perhaps support me in other ways.
Traditionally, becoming a patron entitles the Patron to receive a reward from the artist as a token of gratitude and appreciation. That’s why I set up a Rewards system on my Patreon page. The Rewards system works on the principle of tiers, where each tier grants the patron a reward inherent to the particular tier.
- Hi-Resolution Desktop Wallpapers with a Supporter Badge when you pledge $1 or more per Video demonstration: You’ll receive a set of digital hi-resolution desktop wallpapers of my artwork with a Patron badge.
- Store-wide Discount when you pledge $5 or more per Video demonstration: You’ll get a “Patreon Supporter” exclusive discount code to my store (15% off your next order). You’ll also receive all previous rewards.
- Name In The Credits when you pledge $20 or more per Video demonstration: As a patron, you’ll be recognized for making my work possible by being listed in the credits on an upcoming video. You’ll also receive all previous rewards.
I hope you understand the principle behind becoming a patron and the reasons why I opted to provide such service. Please let me know if you have any questions about becoming a patron and I’ll be happy to explain.
If you enjoy watching my videos and you’d like to become a patron, please visit my Patreon page to set up your patronage. I would also like to thank the patrons who’s already signed up. I appreciate every and each one of you. Thank you for helping out.