To support my art you only need pledge $1 a month IF I actually complete significant new work during that month. It’s great for me, easy to do, there are no risks, and you can cancel at any time.
Using Patreon makes you a “patron” of the arts. Its function is to allow artists and other creative people to do their work. Patrons pledge an amount of money for each new piece an artist creates, and this can be capped at paying for just one per month. Essentially, it’s like giving a small tip for a month’s work. However, with enough tips an artist can afford to keep making art and know that as long as they are productive and churning out quality work they will continue to have funding. This gives the artist a lot of incentive.
Because I live in SE Asia, and work digitally (mostly), I can be a full time artist on very little money. Even a few hundred dollars would allow me to scrape by until I get a wider audience, more recognition, and some sales.
You can help make it possible for me to be free to make art full-time.
Here’s how it works. I tried it out myself and it’s very simple.
1) Go to my page on the site.
2) Click on “become a patron”.
3) Select how much you want to contribute per month. “Rewards” are just little extras you can get if you want them. If you choose “No Reward” than you can just enter any amount you want over $1.4) Now you are prompted to create an account, which is very simple and direct, and not unlike the easier ways you’d create an account anywhere else. It really needs no explanation, but it looks like this.
5) You “confirm” your pledge, choose if you want a monthly max on your pledge, and choose a payment method. If you have PayPal, that’s probably the easiest way to go, It’s what I tested out, and it took maybe 30 seconds, tops. You will be notified by PayPal immediately of the transaction, so you can see it’s just what it’s supposed to be. No worries. You’ve probably used PayPal before, so I don’t think I need to share screenshots for that.
6) You are done and now you are a generous patron of the arts! You can go to sleep knowing you’ve done your part to help a starving artist.
7) And just to be safe you can change or cancel your pledge any time. I’ve also tested this out myself, and it worked like a charm, instantly. If you return to my page after making a pledge, you now have a new button to “Edit your Patronage”.
8) And if you want to cancel, it couldn’t be any easier. You just click on one button and call it a day.
Hope you’ll consider becoming one of my patrons.
2 replies on “Become a patron through Patreon”
Yes! Yes! I will support you. Thanks for the crit on my work the first time you found me. Invaluable. I am just treading through (discovered yesterday) your extensive post on conceptual art. Hard work. Any thoughts on contemporary sculpture? Perhaps you could cite a couple of old posts.
A question: I have been off of Facebook for years. Since the 2016 election. Can I use Patreon without FB? My husband has a Paypal acct and that is also a possibility.
I want to give you two dollars a month. I am spending my stimulus check which is supposed to save our democracy only in the best places. One of those places is YOU.
Thanks! You don’t need to be on FB to use Patreon, and you can use Paypal. Incidentally, I also left FB after the 2016 election, though just for 5 months. I only returned in order to have a public page for my art, and my participation has been minimal.
I rarely get to see contemporary sculpture in person, because I live in SE Asia. There are some shows in the capital city, but they would be of local artists. I access virtually all my art via the internet, and sculpture tends to be an art form that is best appreciated in person.
Lately I’ve been heavily into digital sculpting, which is its own genre of sorts, and that might actually help me appreciate analogue sculpture much more when I do get a chance to see it in person.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Glad you enjoyed some of my content, and thanks for the donation if you are able to get it to work.