Considering Patreon…

My dearest friends, family, and fans;

I am currently considering starting a Patreon account to create a steady flow of income as an artist.

What is Patreon? It’s a website that allows the people who love and support my work to subscribe and see my hard work behind the scenes, and obtain special goodies from yours truly for a monthly fee

Some of you have been following me closely for months, even years, and I’m sure you’ve been frustrated by the amount of time it takes me to create new prints, products, artworks, and commissions. The reason for this, isn’t a lack of passion or drive, but a lack of time and money. I have a family to support and work 5 days a week in order to do that. My days off are spent busting my ass working towards my artistic goals while also trying to spend quality time with my family.

I want to change this dynamic in my life. And I think I know enough of you who would love to continue supporting me in order to reach this new goal.

I know the concept may seem weird or scary, but it’s a lot like subscribing to a favorite magazine or newspaper only the magazine is about me and the projects I’m working on and you get unique one of a kind perks for believing in me like you already do! Plus you pick the amount you’re willing to pitch towards my dreams!

Let’s dive into why I’ve decided to go the Patreon route instead of crowdfunding through Kickstarter or GoFundMe.

With Kickstarter and GoFundMe you raise money towards a one time special event, project, product, etc. While I don’t think I would have an issue raising the money for my projects, I know for a fact I would struggle with producing the projects in a timely manner. As I mentioned previously in my post I work 5 days a week to support myself and family. This takes time and energy away from creating and editing the projects I love to make and you love seeing me produce!

Patreon differs like so: Patrons are charged monthly based on the tier of patronage they feel most comfortable committing to.

The tiers start as low as $1.00 a month and go up from there. The more money you invest in me and my work helps me become financially stable through my art! Meaning I can start doing bigger and better things with my art! Not only that, but the more you invest, the cooler and more exclusive the content and rewards are!

For example here are some tiers I’m considering trying to offer my patrons:

💸Tier one – $1 a month:

Access to all my patreon content and bragging rights to being a contributor

💸Tier two – $3 a month:

Access to all my patreon content and bragging rights to being a contributor

A surprise sticker every 4 months

Any time a new sticker design is released you will automatically be the 1st to receive one!

💸Tier three – $5 a month

Access to all my patreon content and bragging rights to being a contributor

A surprise postcard or mini print every 4 months

Anytime a new print or postcard is released you will automatically be the 1st to receive one!

💸Tier four – $10 a month

Access to all my patreon content and bragging rights to being a contributor

A surprise 8×10 print every 6 months

A special personalized birthday card on your birthday from yours truly💕

💸Tier five – $25 a month

Access to all my patreon content and bragging rights to being a contributor

All other tier rewards

A Characture doodle of you drawn by me!

Those are some pretty sweet deals right? I’m also planning on having higher tiers that include things like limited edition hand embellished prints, commission pieces, and live streams of me drawing! Like I said the higher the tier the better the perks😎

(I would love to hear feedback on perks you would like to see!)

Now the main reason I have decided to try a patreon account is to hopefully lower(and eventually end) my financial dependence on a day job. To be able to make art my primary source of income.

Through your support you will help me:

🎉Decrease/obliterate my dependency on a crummy day job!

🎉Increase the time and funds I have available to dedicate towards creating the amazing art you love! Meaning I will have the time to create larger pieces, series of pieces, as well as special interest pieces.

🎉Time to create pieces meant for applying to be featured in magazines like Create, High Fructose, and Beautiful Bizzarre.

🎉Update and invest in new technology and tools needed to create prints and other products (such as a new computer and tablet)

🎉create a more up to date inventory of my work, as well as a more expansive inventory.

🎉Submit to galleries in bigger cities

🎉Become the world renowned artist you always knew I would be💕

These are just a few of the things that I’ve been dying to do but never have the time, money, or energy in order to complete them.

This is my life’s dream and ambition. This is what I feel I am meant to do in life. I have been striving towards this ever since I was a child. Ever since I realized I wanted to be an artist. I have so much art I want to give to the world, and through your contribution I think we could do some really amazing things!

I hope you will help me on this journey towards artistic independence, and welcome your questions and suggestions💕

– Jessie Smith

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