Coming Soon for Patrons!!

While I have been a little MIA from Patreon, I have been working diligently on updating my website and integrating a storefront. It’s not perfect and is a little sparse but I can now say that I am quite happy with everything on it including, and here is the awesome part, the coupons! After doing extensive research I can now confidently offer discounts on ALL items and will be offering a monthly discount for active Patrons.

Please note that coupons will be active only for 1 month at a time and are limited to 1 use per email. This will be starting in August so be sure to sign up before August first to get your coupon code. There is no minimum level needed to qualify for the coupon.

Happy May!!!

And a thank you to my patrons! I have officially started working again and will soon be able to fund the purchase of a new camera. Once that happens I’ll feel much better about sharing process pictures and videos. 

I have been doing alot of painting, some of which has been shared on Instagram, and I look forward to sharing much more with everyone.

What kind of posts would you be most interested in seeing? Leave a comment to let me know!

Tips from a self-taught artist

I’m still learning as I go and there is a LOT that I’ve had to learn the hard way. For example, I recently got a painting out of storage to photograph and left a little indent with my fingernail because I hadn’t let each layer completely dry. I don’t know how to fix it and don’t even know if I can.

SO Tip # 1; If it’s drying let it dry.

What I’m discovering is that oil paint may stay workable longer than acrylic but if you’re working in thin layers (like I do) it can still start drying overnight. Also, don’t forget; Fat over Lean! 

Tip # 2; Don’t start a large section if you have to stop soon.

Because of #1, my advice is to not commit to a large area or project if you don’t have a lot of time. Want to work on that painting but only have 15 minutes? Fiddle with a small section that isn’t going to require you coming back to it and remix paint for.

Tip # 3; If you think you mixed enough paint, mix some more.

This may be due to my inexperience but I have yet to mix the exact same shade of paint twice and, when the color is just a little off in an area it shouldn’t be, it can be a little distracting to look at. Mix more than you think you need. Better to have some left over.

My final tip for today is; Take care of your brushes! Clean them now, not later.

I have a hard time following this advice but the best thing to do is clean your brushes after each session. Wipe off excess paint, swish in solvent to clear out those harder to reach paint particles (like the ones close to the ferule) and clean with gentle soap and water. I use Masters Brush Cleaner soap. If you let the paint dry on it you could end up with paint stuck at the base of the brush causing the bristles to splay apart. While these older brushes still have their use (Don’t toss them unless they are coming apart on your canvas!) you won’t have the fine control  anymore.

Those are my tips that I hope are helpful. I’m still learning that the more I know about painting, the more there is that I don’t know.

I have many ideas and no plans

So… it’s been about a month now and I’m going back to work soon…ish. I have really enjoyed my time off, more than that I have enjoyed the freedom to paint whenever I felt like it because more than anything I LOVE to paint. I’m not quick at it, I like to take my time and do a little bit here and there on this painting or that. Sometimes I work on up to 3 paintings in a single day. Other times I do no painting at all. I’ve also come up with a couple ideas over the last month, one of them I’m really enjoying designing for.

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about gaming mats.

Story time;

A while back someone I knew asked me to draw a couple of character portraits from their D&D group and they were going to surprise them with customized gaming mats. We discussed and agreed upon a price, and I did a couple of quick sketches based on the descriptions. At first they were excited and then a couple days later I got an email saying that they found someone on reddit who would do the work for much cheaper. They asked if I would be willing to lower my price to match the reddit artist. I declined, wished them well and never thought about it again. Until recently.

The point of this story? I’ve neglected to think about what kind of art and items I would be excited to buy IF I had money. I ignored the nerd in the room. I’ve said it before, but I’ve never truly felt it, that I needed to stop drawing things I thought other people wanted to see.  In thinking up ideas for what I’d want to see on a gaming mat, I’m a bit closer to embracing the nerd in the room. This is just an Idea, though, I don’t have any solid plans yet.

Announcement!

I have made the switch back over to the monthly set-up and added the new $10 tier with mini prints of the digital concepts. These will change each year to keep it fresh with new concept art for you to collect. The concepts will be ONLY what made it to canvas, as a thank you for helping to make them possible.

A Hard Question

I’ve been giving this a little thought and I wanted to ask; should I return to a monthly charge system? 

Let me explain why I’m thinking about it; I can be forgetful and fail to make a paid post after finishing a painting. I could also finish more than one painting a month and then nothing the next. 

Here is another reason. Patreon has some new tools that are only for monthly charges, one of them is a pretty neat swag setup that will enable me to send out goodies to you sooner and more regularly. I would very much like to offer goodies for you.

So…. should I?