What is this Patreon thing?
Patreon is basically a platform that allows creators to accept subscriptions and donations. It allows users (me in this case) to put up content that is available for free or that has to be paid for, either on a item-by-item basis or by monthly subscription.
How I intend to use it
I will be offering high quality files of many of my paintings exclusively on Patreon. These images will be offered under a creative commons zero (CC0) license meaning that they can be used for just about any purpose, commercial or personal, and without attribution back to me. Access to everything will be $2 per month. I am committed to producing at least 15 high quality abstract paintings a month that will be available only on the Patreon site. I will, however, be producing a lot more than that along with different types of content. The exact type and quantity will vary depending on what I’ve got on in any given month.
What has the video at the top got to do with anything?
Good question. Firstly, I spent a big chunk of yesterday streamlining my digital art to video workflow and this is the first one off the production line so to speak. Secondly it provides a good illustration of how I intend to use the Patreon. The video itself is available to watch whether they subscribe or not while the finished work, a very large, high quality, cc0 licensed, 6k x 4k pixel file is only available my subscribers on Patreon.
Where is this Patreon thing to be found?
Any Other Changes?
Nothing substantial. I’ll still be posting here occasionally and will still be uploading high quality cc0 images of my artwork to Pexels. Also the 400 or so existing images on that site won’t be going anywhere. The whole subscription thing is very much in addition to everything else as opposed to instead of something. It is a potential income for me and it provides images that are not likely to be all over the internet. Just for reference my images are on at least 30k websites and over a million hard drives. I’m hoping that means that there is a subscription based market for something a little more exclusive.
Anyway please check it out my Patreon and make me happy 🙂