My name is Rosie, I’ve been on Patreon for quite a while and it is the #1 reason why I can make a living as an artist in Brazil. It’s such an important part of my job, but I feel I’ve failed on trying to “grow it”. The peak of my page (both in patreon pledges and total money pledged) has happened in Jan 2017, and I’ve been trying to reach it again ever since.
My carreer has been through a few changes recently, due to personal reasons. I went from mainly a streamer on Twitch who also draws to mainly a digital artist who sometime streams. I’m a little worried that took too deep of a hit on my community overall, and interactions have been super low. I’ve noticed that change of rhythm for the entirety of this year but it’s been specially glaring the past few months. I’m so scared I might lose my community entirely, and have that reflect directly on my ability of creating art for a living. So right now I’m extra motivated to shake things up a little to show people I still have the fire to make this work.
My current struggle is finding new rewards to attract new Patrons with - and convince them to stay as well. I’ve sent out keychains before, and wanted to start sending out art prints, but a change in Brazilian postal service has as attached a new tax to sending out “merch”, causing it to be literally 10 times more expensive for me to send. Needless to say, that plan has been put on hold and I need to find alternatives to it now.
Does anyone have cool suggestions of what a digital artist could offer as rewards? I don’t really have an overall bigger project for my work (something like a book or a comic series) so I feel my options are kinda limited. I’ve worked with “wallpaper packs” and offering any created art in high quality as well, but I feel those were not that popular and nobody really missed them once they were gone.
I’m looking forward to hearing from other creators! Any new ideas are very welcome!
Help me save my community and my work.
PS: Thought I’d share my Patreon page if anyone would like to take a look!