Okay - it took me quite a while to finally understand what I want to offer on my patreon : www.patreon.com/mavis
First you gotta know that this is for adults only, I say that I draw erotic illustrations of heroes from popular publishing companies. Or characters from popular TV shows and games. And star wars.
However , the majority of the content inside my patreon is consisted by original content - original characters, random characters or something that belong to other people. I have to say that when I was working /and still work/ - I get a lot of inspiration, I talk with awesome and amazing people with great imagination - these guys are charging me with a lot of positive energy and enthusiasm. Sadly when I show the results around they don't get much love and attention they probably deserve. And it's not only because I drew them, but it's because of the idea of the people who commissioned me too.
The last 6 months I found something very disturbing to me. People come and pledge. They stay for a month and delete their pledge for the next. That happened quite often and still happens. How to make these guys to stay for another month, or ... how to keep them long term? It's not that simple just to go and ask someone why did you delete your pledge , without looking bad or desperate. But I did it anyways. I just asked one of them on e-mail. I was surprised to get e-mail back with very specific and detailed info about what I do.
I was pretty happy to find out that it's not the style, or the quality of my works that were the thing made them to leave.
Basically I say that I draw superheroes. But majority of the stuff are things they (visitors) don't recognize , never heard of , don't find them sexy or they just don't like the situation they are involved with. No, it's not the fetish thing, because the fetish can be integrated into the idea. Spidergirl in mild bdsm action or someone unknown into the same. The whole idea of Spidergirl is just mind blowing.
I say I draw Star Wars - but I made just 24 posts with artworks of it , majority of which are around the net and forums - ... and that's all of it.
I say I draw film and TV show characters - but the amount is way too low and people come and go saying "meh".
I found out that I have to do something in order to keep them at bay. Something unique, something very mine so I can be recognizable with it.
That's why I started "Golds of Altir", and Anna - my O.C. was created because of the very same reason times ago. I have my own story to tell.
A simple fact - one of my latest patrons is commissioning me with superhero stuff - and when I post those out - people are "freaking out" the good way.
The first thing they find out is to recognize the characters fast , then they just start following me and ask me for commissions.
Some of them even are asking me : "You're new around , do you ? Where were you through all that time?!" - Sound pretty sad to me. I was here through all that time, drawing things that no one recognizes - therefore they didn't liked it.
Check out these formulas.
Popular characters = Popularity of artist
Popularity of artist = popularity of their own original content
So guys. Changes shall be done in nearby future. Probably that will cause a major uplift with the few patrons I have, but probably it'll be for good.
It's the specificity of the content. Also when I started to read the comics and to draw these characters I found common language with my own kids.
Well - I'm not only adult artist, I draw also mainstream - so keep that in mind.
Fun Story - earlier this year I went to the class of my son. I was about to show the kids my profession. I brought my laptop and I drew them witches, characters from TV shows. The teacher called the principal and couple more teachers came to watch me drawing, because the uproar from the classroom.
Some of the kids were just saying a character's name - and I was coming with it. 24 kids at class - and guess how many of them wanted to become artists after ?! All of them !
Laughter, applause, clapping, banging on the desks, stomping with feet. Like in a concert, but with kids - who are pure, sincere and honest.
The grownups are pretty much the same. Sex is fun. There are many moms and fathers who like superheroes. I have several patrons who are family people.
I'm pretty sure that they'll agree with me on that.