This is going to be a long and important post, so apologies and thank you in advance for any of you who read this!
I wanted to spend a little time summarising my 2018 as well as discuss the plans for 2019 on this platform.
It's been a very busy year for me, both in my personal life as well as with my art.
For my art, it's been the best year so far. I made it into two magazines I look up to, ImagineFX and 3DTotal's GRAPHITE (twice!), I developed a consistent style that I am now known for, and my art has improved on a huge scale.
Art from the beginning of the year vs end of the year.
I feel a lot more confident with the mediums I am using, and I can feel my art improve with every piece I create. I learnt to grow my confidence with inks, which terrified me previously due to their permanence, now I have grown to love them. My watercolours have greatly improved, I noticed my pieces are becoming more vivid as I grow more confident with colour theory and no longer being afraid to use bold colours.
I am so happy with how far I have come this year with my art, even if it has been the worst for my emotional well-being and mental health. I find it a very strange contrast, and I think because of how hard I have had it this year, I chose to inject all of my time, effort and emotion into my work - and I think that shows.
Patreon Overhaul: The Changes
There are going to be some very slight changes with regards to how Patreon is going to work from the New Year. I need a routine, and I need this platform to work easier for me so you all get the maximum amount of rewards out of it.
With that being said, here are the changes:
- $10 Print Tier. I noticed that over 50% of those pledging are international, and unfortunately I panicked when Patreon crunched down on the giveaways (previous reward) and made prints the next viable reward option. This means that the postage is quite expensive and after sending them out and having the prints made, I am not actually getting anything. So from next year, the rewards will go out bi-monthly as opposed to monthly. This means you'll be getting prints every two months instead of each month.
- Original Art Tiers. These are not changing much, but they are being improved to suit my work-flow and art work.
All original artwork will no longer be upon request. Instead I want to involve you all a little more, so all original tiers will have the ability to vote for a prompt each month. All patrons of the physical reward tier will then receive an original piece with the medium/size of the reward they pledge to based on that prompt. This saves me time as well as keeps things simple for everyone.
- $35: Original A4 pencil piece:
example A4 $35 tier piece.
-$50: Original A4 ink piece:
example A4 $50 tier piece.
-$100: Original A3 ink piece:
example A3 $100 tier piece.
The reason I no longer offer watercolour commissions is because the speed of them take up far too much time and in order to get them out, I would seriously struggle to keep up the quality. Instead I am offering inks as they are much easier to work with and the quality and standards remain as high as I can possibly have them.
New Year, New Projects!
I have actually spent the last couple of weeks planning the New Year and how I want to approach it. I found that my art is very scattered and it doesn't actually have an end goal. I want to change that starting next year. So, in keeping with the Beautiful Beasts in Blossoms - I have two new projects I will be focusing on:
Pretty Phobias – Taking creatures that are considered common phobias (rats, pigs, flies, spiders etc.) and turning them into beautiful looking illustrations, keeping to the flora and fauna theme.
Extinction – Taking creatures that are heavily endangered/facing or have already faced extinction and creating a project of ethereal, skeletal flora and fauna illustrations.
I have been thinking about both projects for some time now, and finally having them mapped out means I can announce them with confidence.
Patrons will be following the process of both projects, what they will evolve into. You will get early access to art, WIPS, videos/vlogs, have a voice in changes and what they would like to see as part of the project(s). I want you all to join me properly next year, I want you all to be involved in my projects and now I am super excited to announce these two which will be my sole focus next year.
Exclusive Enamel Pin
Also to celebrate the New Year and changes, I will be doing an enamel pin just for Patrons:
It's a work in progress at the moment and is subject to change, I want to add some flowers or something as it looks a bit plain. But I want to give you all a little something, so once I have the design all sorted out, I will be announcing that this pin will be available to those who sign up as a $5+ patron before the end of January.
I should have the design finished before the end of 2018. If you already pledge $5 or more, you don't have to do anything, you'll get one so long as you're still a patron when I send these out!
Okay I am going to shut up, now. But before I go, I want to ask you all: What would you like to see more of on my Patreon?
It's a very open question, but I would like to hear your input and feedback, whether you are a patron or follower, I appreciate anything you come back with!
On that note, thank you all so much for an amazing year, it's been a roller coaster but I wouldn't change a single thing. <3