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About Digital Art / Hobbyist Premium Member Andrew DobsonMale/United States Groups :iconpersistent-pam-club: Persistent-Pam-Club
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I guess I just have a couple of questions I wanna ask and I don’t really have any other platform with which to ask them on, so... here goes...

I was thinking of making my Patreon monthly. IE: at the end of the month you get charged however much you pledged, and in return you get art from me. But a couple things about that has me hesitant....

How do you prevent people from pledging money, then just un-pledging after they get to see their rewards? Do I have to wait until everyone’s account is charged at the end of the month before I update with all the art I’ve made over the course of that month? Does Patreon have some way to make the content available but only to people who have been charged already?

I think it’s possible to make it charge per ITEM that I make (ie: per strip or webcomic page). But that also has it’s drawbacks for me. I feel like that way if I got a big kick and produced like 20 works of art, people wouldn’t be very happy about being charged 20 times in a row. I know I certainly wouldn’t be...

From where I sit, as a customer, I would want something where I know when I’m getting charged and when the content will be available. And so far I haven’t been able to get any straight answers about how Patreon works in that respect. It’s really hard for me to plan out rewards for donations and pledges if I don’t know how Patreon itself operates. And I can’t relay those details to you so you know what sort of content I’d be offering, if I can’t work that stuff out in the first place.

A lot of this seems to be stuff I would learn if I just launched a Patreon... but I want to make as few mistakes as possible. I don’t want to overcharge people, and I don’t want to undersell myself. I don’t want to have people paying more for content, or having my art get ripped off by trolls and haters. I don’t want to change prices after people have already paid, just because I learned too late how the pricing structure worked. Etc etc etc...

If you have, or know someone who has, a Patreon, would it be too much to send me a line here and just kinda help me out? I can go more into detail through private notes, comments, or over on twitter/facebook.

PS: I’ve gotten a number of people suggesting that before I launch a Patreon I should get back into making art on a regular schedule so that people know what they’re getting. And while that’s a nice idea... it completely ignores the whole POINT of Patreon. That I don’t have the money or time to post regularly and that’s why I’m trying to setup a Patreon in the first place. My ultimate goal is through funding of Patreon I won’t have to worry about second jobs or freelance work that interfere with my ability to post content regularly and for myself. So while I have heard this particular criticism, I’m afraid I’m going to have to ignore it for now. Sorry.
  • Mood: Depressed
  • Listening to: Podquisition
  • Reading: Twitter
  • Watching: Avatar: The Legend of Korra
  • Playing: Marvel Puzzle Quest
  • Eating: Cake
  • Drinking: Decaf. Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

If I were to have a Patreon, how much would you be willing to spend a month to support me and my art? 

1,399 deviants said $0 - I can't contribute, sorry :(
81 deviants said $5
59 deviants said $1
54 deviants said $9 + up
24 deviants said $2
15 deviants said $3
4 deviants said $8
3 deviants said $4
2 deviants said $6
No deviants said $7

Favorite Quotes

"When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up."
~C.S. Lewis

“To judge a man by his weakest link or deed is like judging the power of the ocean by one wave."
~Elvis Presley

"Anyone can negatively criticize - it is the cheapest of all comment because it requires not a modicum of the effort that suggestion requires."
~Chuck Jones

“The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece."
~David Bayles

“Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.”
~E. B. White

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced”
~Vincent Van Gogh

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”
~Salvador Dali

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke”
~Jerzy Kosinski

"If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. Most kids have lost that capacity because we stigmatize mistakes. The creative adult is the child that survived."
~Ken Robinson

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
~Desmond Tutu

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
~Joseph Chilton Pearce

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”
~ John Green


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Marmodre Featured By Owner 13 hours ago
Mr. Preston, just wanting to send you good wishes. Stay strong! The "evil horde" might be vocal and toxic, but you've got supporters :)
TomPreston Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I do. Thank you so much! :)
Suuno Featured By Owner 16 hours ago
I'm just wondering, do you view your art as a more of a hobby or career choice?
TomPreston Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, since I'm currently working freelance full time... Career choices?
44NTW44 Featured By Owner 19 hours ago  Student Writer
I'm really sorry you have to put up with so many people attacking and nitpicking every little thing you say, every opinion whether big or small, important or trivial. I came here to say this, and see that it even happens on your profile. This upset me. I feel like a lot of people just go out looking for someone to start an argument with, and that is sad. It is even sadder that you had to take away everyone's commenting rights on your artwork because of these folks (this is an assumption, sorry if it is wrong ^^'). 

I just want you to know that even though some of us didn't comment a lot, we loved (and still do) to see a bunch of your artwork in our deviation stacks. They brighten our day and, for me personally, are one of my most looked forward to relaxation activities. 

Also, I love your Korrasami Wedding Day pic! I'm still so heartbroken about it being over, so I take anything I can get. It is one of my favorite fan pics of them as a couple so far. :D
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