The Link: www.patreon.com/saburox
Now, I've been talking about doing this for a while, and with the new month on the horizon, it's time. I'm sure a lot of questions and statements will come up from this, so I'll answer the ones I can foresee now and the ones that come up later.
Why are you doing this? Art should be free!
It absolutely should be. But so should internet and electricity so I can share that art with you, and since those aren't something has to give. More to the point, I want to do more creative things like live streaming with requests, or improving the graphics for Seeds of Fate, that require I upgrade and buy hardware or resources, and to do that means I need funds or to win the lottery.
Why not just do commissions?
I'll continue to do so. I'm insanely thankful to everyone that commissions me, but unfortunately, it's just not enough to cover the overhead or make ends meet like I'd hoped, so this is another means to supplement. Plus, a few people have commented that my art has stagnated as a result of doing too many commissions, so hopefully this will help rectify that and give me an excuse to improve more since I won't just be holding off on drawing each week until someone notes me asking for one.
What does that mean for this DA page?
Essentially, nothing changes for the people that come here for my art. I'll still be posting commissions and the occasional original work here. Patreon will get first dibs on viewing any of the stuff, and some original pieces may stay exclusive there, but since there will be more of them regardless, odds are a small to decent percentage of them will find there way here months down the line.
I've seen some of this stuff before! Are you trying to scam us?
It's entirely possible, but not my intent to scam or defraud anyone. Part of the rewards I'm doing for the most basic level of patrons is access to what I'm calling Saburo's Sketch Book; wherein I go through old hard drives, hidden folders, and the twenty pounds of loose paper around my bedroom, and anything that looks even remotely legible, I'm scanning or uploading or sharing. Some of it might be stuff that I uploaded somewhere ten years ago and forgot about, just because of how old some of these pieces are (I'm finding stuff as old as seven years at this point and have no doubt I'll find stuff even older) I'll be trying not to up anything that you'll see elsewhere, but something is invariably going to slip through the cracks eventually.
Now, having said that, if someone ends up ripping stuff from my patreon and ruining it for everyone, we'll have to cross that bridge when we get to it.
Those pledge rewards suck!
Probably, yes. I'm not entirely sure what I have to offer, so I'm going to try and make it worthwhile, and if that means changing things in the future or modifying stuff, I'll do that. This is a new experiment for me and if it fails, I'll just have to find some other thing to try.
I want to support this, but can't spare the money.
That's totally okay, and to be honest, there are patreons I've wanted to support but lack the funds to, so I perfectly understand and don't fault you. Art is at best a luxury item, and niche art like mine even more so, so it's okay if you just want to chill on DA and see what ends up here. Again, nothing is going to change here significantly, except you might get more stuff here eventually. So be sure to like it, comment on it, and show your appreciation in the free ways, since that keeps me going too.
So, again, here's that link: www.patreon.com/saburox
And I thank all of you that show some interest in this new venture.