Why I Love Using Patreon to Support Artists

Lately, I have been completely falling in love with Patreon as a way to support artists. I’d used Patreon before, but only for donating to musicians. For awhile, I wasn’t really aware that artists were available to back though it makes perfect sense! Shortly after backing my first artist, I quickly realized that using Patreon to support artists was quickly going to become my favorite way to show indie and freelance artists some love.

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It’s not the most conventional way. I mean, generally when one thinks of supporting an artist you think of buying their art! However there is one big problem with that, and I know I’m not the only one who suffers from it.

I am out of wall space. Seriously. There is hardly a wall in my house that doesn’t have art or family photos on it. And while some people may enjoy every square inch covered with something, I don’t personally enjoy that aesthetic for every wall in my house. I also don’t like constantly changing out artwork on the walls. A few times a year, sure. But then you’re also left with the problem of storing any art you aren’t displaying. All these things left me wondering how can I show my financial support for these awesome artists if I’m not actually purchasing their work?

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Cue oodles of excitement when I realized I could do just that by using Patreon to support artists. In case you’re new to Patreon or have never used it, I’ll briefly explain how it works. It’s quite simple. You donate money to an artist. This amount can vary. Some artists just have monthly donations, and you choose how much you want to pledge. (I’ve found this to be the most common method.) Much like a Kickstarter project, your pledge generally nets you some pretty spiffy rewards!

Other artists offer packages, and you pay a certain amount per ‘package’ that’s released. (From what I’ve seen, the packages include process images, monthly sketchbook works to look through, and other such exclusives.) For donations where you pay ‘per project’ you can put a monthly cap on your amount. For example, if you agree to pay $5 per project and the artist were to release 15 projects, that’s $75! If you cap your donation to $10 a month, after the first two are released, you’ll be done for that month. Honestly, I think that’s a really unlikely situation. In the instances were I’ve seen a ‘pay per package’ type donation, it’s typically still once a month, twice at max.

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I absolutely love using Patreon to support artists. It shows I support their work, helps them keep creating, and doesn’t overwhelm me with artwork I feel like I need to be displaying. And, since financial situations can certainly change, you can change or cancel your donation at any time. It’s pretty much the perfect way to support your favorite indie or freelance artist!

I currently show my support for:
Mary Doodles
Love Teacup Kisses
Victoria Gedvillas
Fran Meneses
Monster Paws
Liana Kangas

Have you ever used Patreon? Would you consider it?

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  • Mariah Kaercher

    This is a really unique idea! I am finding that problem too. I have bought so much art that I’m not sure where I want to put it all. This would be a great way to support artists and getting rewards without having to take down a family picture.

    • Kay

      Exactly! I’m totally loving it. Especially because it’s so easy to change things around…if money is getting tight I can either alter my donation amount, or take a break from one artist and give some to another. So flexible. I highly recommend!

  • This is cool! I was using Patreon time ago to promo indie artists (I had to stop for a while coz of $$, but I’m planning to do it again soon). This is one of the best ways ever! πŸ˜€

    • Kay

      I agree Pepi!

  • B.

    I think once I have my finances in a decent spot, I might back a few people! I think it’s a great way to help out artists!

    • Kay

      Most definitely! And saves the precious wall space haha.

  • Danielle Knapp

    I had no idea this existed – what a great way to show artists some love πŸ™‚

    • Kay

      Yes! I hope you check it out – it’s really great! Such a huge variety of artists of all kinds to check out! It’s a great place just to find new artists in general, even without becoming a Patron of them.

  • I have not done it but it would be cool to look into even for myself. πŸ˜›

    • Kay

      I agree! It’s something I’m kind of keeping earmarked for myself to maybe make in the future?

  • I’ve never heard of this before! Definitely an awesome way to support artists! Clicking the link now!
    ~Sara

    • Kay

      Ahhh yes! I hope you like it if you decide to support anyone! I love how flexible it is, in that you can cancel or alter your pledge at any time. It makes it so easy to fit into the budget!

  • I always see a lot of people I follow have Patreon, I have never actually sponsored anyone yet though. I feel like it’ll be a dark hole (like Kickstarter is) where I’m throwing my money at everyone I lay eyes upon. I’ll probably be keeping away from it, so I don’t fall into poverty haha but I LOVE the idea of it!

    • Kay

      It definitely can be a black hole of poverty ahaha! I think it’s necessary to give yourself a cap. Like for me, I allot $35 per month in the the budget just for Patreon. And I divvy up that money between whomever I’m supporting. Eventually, I’d like to up that budget, but for now, it’s what I have!

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