[EDIT] I want to clarify, that I already have plans on exactly what I want to do with Patreon, but only when I'm ready! I'm not looking for suggestions on how to use the website, when to use the website, or what other crowdfunding websites to use. I made this journal to answer the question as to why I don't already have an active Patreon. Please understand I've already made my decision, and I do not wish to further justify how I came to this conclusion.
Been getting a lot of asks about this lately (on and off tumblr), so I though I’d make a post about it!
Patreon, for those of you who do not know, is a website where people can support artists on a crowd funding platform in the long term, supporting them for multiple projects on a monthly basis, or giving them a tip based off a monthly payment, etc. It’s been a major blessing for so many artists,why not me too?
Well, I simply don’t have room in my schedule to do ANY non-commission art right now. I’m focusing on whittling down a sizable list of art, which needs to be significantly shorter before I am comfortable accepting money through Patreon. I still need to support myself financially while I work through that list, so I take small amounts of commissions on a short term basis, and focus the rest of my time on that list. It seems to be working out pretty well, though it’s definitely slow going and a delicate balancing act that sometimes need correcting. I’ve gone from 63 items on that list when I started, down to 35. Let’s face it though, 35 items is still pretty immense, and I just don’t think it would be responsible to explore a Patreon for myself until that list is either significantly lower, or totally wiped out.
I do have plans for a Patreon though, when the day comes my list is short enough! On the occasional weekend I will do work on my headworld, TeaFeathers, from stories to practice drawings, to fleshing out the species that live in that world. I have some bigger stuff planned for that world, which includes a lot of public participation and TONS of art, so a future Patreon would be focused on that!
In the meantime, I will continue diligently working down my art list, and cheering on other artists who have Patreon pages. And when I can I’ll be pecking away at TeaFeathers stuff in my free time!