Brandy Heinrich: Art & Illustration


You and I, we're pioneers

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It's alive! It's aliiiiiive!

Patreon! It's a thing! I know there are probably A LOT of questions about how Patreon works, so let me break some of it down for you:

  • Q: What is Patreon used for?
    A: Patreon is a funding platform for creators, makers, musicians, artists, and storytellers of all kinds to share their work with a community of patrons who help support that creative work. Sort of like Kickstarter, but for sustainable fundraising over a longer period of time and not necessarily associated with a specific project or campaign.
  • Q: How do I become a patron on Patreon?
    A: You can sign up right from my account by clicking the Become a Patron button on the right side of the screen OR by clicking on any of the reward tiers right underneath it. You will be asked to add a credit card or Paypal account. My rewards are set up as monthly contributions, so you will be charged one time each month of $1, $3, or $5, depending on the reward level you choose. (Patreon has a simple guide to walk you through the steps.)
  • Q: What do I get for my financial contribution?
    A: Every Patreon is set up a little a little differently. In my case, I'm asking for contributions to help pay for higher grade art supplies, and later I may be able to use contributions to participate in art calls and events, as well as expanding to better audio/video equipment and software to record process videos. In return, all patrons will receive access to exclusive content I will only be sharing on that platform, including discussions of process, how I come up with ideas, and the opportunity to see progress images before anyone else, for starters. I will also send out an initial welcome package to every patron who signs up, regardless of the support tier they choose. Second and third level supporters will receive physical art in the mail. In the beginning, if I don't have many patrons at those levels, all tier 2 and 3 patrons will get mail, once a month (schedule TBD).
  • Q: If I don't want to sign up to be a patron with Patreon, are there other ways to support you?
    A: Of course! The easiest thing is to share my stuff! You can share posts from my Facebook page or my website at any time. That will help me reach more people, which is really important. If you have any pieces of my art that you love, let people know, and send them my way. Let them know that I have prints for sale on Society6 and Redbubble (the direct links to those shops are on the About section on my website). You can also choose to contribute to my supply and art-book collections by sending me items from my Amazon wish list. Whatever you choose to do to help with this effort is greatly appreciated, from encouraging words to actual financial contributions - it's all meaningful and helps keep me motivated.

So now that I've made this leap, the next steps are to start posting updates on Patreon and work on making some graphics for myself, like banners and buttons to use for cross-promotion. I have a tendency to do things in reverse - launch the thing and then work out formatting, structure, and all of those elements that help make it all cohesive and less like a slapdash attempt. I'm likely going to mirror this post there as an FAQ overview. I'm open for feedback and ideas for additional tiers in the $5 - $10 per month range, so let me know what you think.

As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by and thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last couple of years. I literally couldn't have done this without some of you. I may get discouraged sometimes and have occasional visits by the Fraud Police, but you give me encouragement and sometimes the kick in the ass I need to keep going.

my lungs will fill and then deflate

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This Is Blog Post Zero

Since this is the first post on the new blog platform (which is my website), I'll keep it a bit brief. I know I owe newsletter subscribers some updates on the giveaway, which will be sent out this week. The big thing taking up a lot of my spare brain-space currently is the number of travel plans being made right now: a long weekend away for Labor Day, a trip to Connecticut to spend Halloween with my best friend, North Florida in December for my youngest sister's college graduation, and spending the holidays with family in Pennsylvania. In between, I'm doing some preventative health stuff, so peppering my days with appointments and such. So if I'm a little distracted, there you go.

So far 2016 has been a strange amalgam of gains and losses. The beginning of the year brought sadness and a renewed reminder of time being incredibly finite. This summer has been about trying to find a focus and changes at the day-job that may - or may not - serve to reaffirm certain other goals. And those goals are in progress, believe me. This summer here in Big Swampy has been the most unbearable in my (admittedly faulty) memory, so I'm working on shoring up the exit strategy for points north. 

As far as art updates - I've made small progress in my skills development and my dedication to creating completed pieces of work. The rest of the year will be about networking and promotions. And finishing art! I'm going to be trying to find a place for my paintings to be displayed and offered for sale locally. Since I'm a list person (yay lists!), I've started a contact sheet to track prospects and feedback. 

Be on the lookout for updates on those endeavors, an upcoming post on the topic of supplies (including an anecdote about my recent acrylic paint sticker shock), and maybe a post about my local art-scene here from the perspective of someone on the outside. 


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