Guys, Patreon has given me LIFE! The notion of receiving pledges from (relative) strangers in the trust that I will release enough *stuff* to make the pledge worth it is a terrifying one. Especially for someone with bad self esteem, generally. There is a new pressure for excellence on Patreon, that isn't present on youtube. Filming and editing videos for youtube is very one-sided, and it's easy to fall into a routine and not worry if I'm having an "off" week because the content is free so there is no guilt about it. Apart from the regulars, it can feel like putting my art out into a void of sorts. There are nearly 5000 subscribers - 4800 of them who don't watch any videos (??), and 195 of them who do watch but don't interact. I love it, but it's very mysterious.
I'm so glad I decided to do a monthly theme, as it's easy to keep everything sorted between "what is public" and "what belongs to patrons". Revealing a few things here and there is important to entice more people to come around, and will be a slower process for me than most. Regardless, just having a few people in the beginning sketch and share (!) has been a real delight. It's no longer "one-sided", and I hope more people will join in soon just so I can see what all of you are up to! I've sold so many sketchbooks and always wondered what could be going on inside of them, wherever they are.
My friend once told me she had a random vision of me being a teacher, and have I ever thought about it? Not really. I never envied my teachers. But the more I interact with Patreon, the more I step into a teacher role. Or at least a host of some art study group.
While I haven't sat and sketched as frequently as I'd like, I can already see and am surprised that this Patreon sketchbook is going to be my favourite sketchbook of all time. And as of this end of February, it seems like only a small handful of people will get to see it.
Things I have posted in January:
- Photos from the patreon sketchbook
- A few photo references that patrons may use without worrying about copyright
- Scavenger hunt list (for sketching outdoors)
- Art prompt
- Slow video for people who want to see my process in real time
- Printable downloads for anyone who wants to decorate their sketchbooks
- Poll for patrons to vote on the next monthly theme
- Sketches mounted on stiff matboard to mail to some patrons
- A small original painting available to one patron
And I still plan to add a few short video clips of watercolour techniques, or whatever else I can think of.
Don't miss out! Participate here: https://www.patreon.com/yellowmelle
I haven't been around on the blog much lately! Between youtube deadlines, I've been nervously working on my new Patreon page!
If you don't know what Patreon is, it's a reliable website where people can pledge a little money toward their favourite creative people. Creative people do a lot of unpaid labour, especially in the beginning, and sometimes you want to appreciate them in a monetary way, but can't shell out enough for a piece of art, or an online class, or a music album. Patreon lets you commit as little as $1 a month, for as many (or few) months as you want.
In exchange, you receive small rewards for your patronage, so it is very much like a subscription!
On my page, I am motivating myself to do more sketching! My hope is that we can get together as a little private art club - sharing each others' sketches, interacting more... I love posting videos on youtube, but the real rewarding part is the part where I get to meet like-minded people. It's hard to find close, artistic friends!
It's also hard to carve out good time for all of this extra stuff. I would love to be able to do this full-time someday.
Please consider joining us! There will be slow videos, mailings, art prompts and scavenger hunts in the mix!
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?