So I finally managed to launch Patreon today. It took me a while for preparation cause I wanted to do it right and here a bit of follow up on the details that I couldn't cover on the Patreon page. (Wanted to keep the preface short for the time being to avoid having people bored with long description.)
My Patreon campaign mainly focus on "Boss Concept", a visual design concept but I also plan to touch few other things as well to keep people's interest. I didn't want my campaign to be another artist asking for support in doing random drawings, that just didn't sound like a plan to me. I knew I had attractive material that can be something even better, so I decided to bring Boss Concept as main activity.
Boss Concept is hard to express in a short paragraph and expect people to understand. It's a form of visual ideas that's constantly evolving and art that demands a bit of imagination on viewers side. However I have spent decent amount of time writing and putting together a hefty documents that would introduce setting, background, history and characters. Unfortunately this part is still in heavy development cause it's also been constantly added and evolving like my design concepts. However I will be making them available quite soon at my website, so that people can have a feel of Boss Universe and perhaps understand. (But then my Boss Concept is a visual idea so even if you don't know about it I believe that my sketches are still worth viewing regardless.)
For the contents, I'm going to start adding more descriptions in my drawings so that people can understand my thoughts process while I design and create characters. Things like: What inspired me and reference I used, thought cycle that went on, hopefully in an informative manner. I believe we already have enough technical tutorials out there, so my tutorials will be more of a supplementary. (Though I'm always open to sharing my knowledge and skill through streaming session and what not.)
In terms of updates, I'm making it a weekly event, so the patrons can expect updates over the weekend. It wont be just a single sketch but consisting of various results that I've managed to create through out that week. Right now I haven't mentioned about the long term goal, but it's because new activity usually take a bit of a time but that doesn't mean I don't have plans at all, infact I have few things lined up and when the time is right, I shall announce them. (HINT: Artbook or a game maybe?....) ^-^
What's going to happen to deviantART? Basically no changes, I will be posting updates on regular basic, maybe even more because now my long preparation period is over and I can fully commit to my drawing activity. I consider dA as my home ground and a place to communicate with my friends & followers. However there will be exclusive materials for Patreon and I will be sharing them here after a duration of period.
Since it's a completely new challenge, my plan is to adapt as I go along, makes appropriate changes while keeping things simple. My personal impression is that Patreon is more about support rather than a reward, but I'm still very much committed to do my best to put out interesting design because that's honestly what I really like to do. (That is filling up Boss Universe with interesting designs.)MY PATREON PAGE