Hello guys. I have some announcements to make. Early ones at that, but I really would like to give all you guys some heads-up. I know some folks has been dreading this, and I know this isn't going to be taken well by everybody. And I understand this, but I have to consider my options.
I am going Patreon in less than a couple months. Not instantaneously, and there are reasons for that. I have set up a lot of things on Patreon already but I still haven't launched it. To address the elephant in the room first and foremost: People usually considers Patreons as a way that artists take their stuff for hostage until getting paid. That, and my given past record of handling commissions have been extremely sub-par. I, however, believe this is going to be opposite. As I've hinted so many times, I have day jobs to compensate my lifestyle as I do this as a hobby. However, it is also true that stuff I do in the name of Cuisine has been my most successful stuff to date. And I've realized that I do want to spend more time on here rather than whatever the rest of my life demands from me. This will, for the first time in my life, result in me dedicating the majority of my time in here, doing more stuff, and offering more to the community that backed me up so many times. I am not expecting to have my life fully-funded or anything, but what I'm planning is to have a much lighter job on the side and be at peace. I will put out more stuff, and it all will be apparent to everybody: not just those who would like to donate.
Speaking of the commissions: I will not launch my Patreon before being done with every single commission I have. I also want to offer a little bit more to those whom I made to wait months upon months for their paid piece from me, and I'll delve into it a little bit later.
Just putting it out there bluntly: I'm thinking of 3 tiers for Patrons, with 5$ being the highest tier. You won't need to get the highest tier to obtain all what I want to offer, and the highest tier will only be for those who'd like to get my PSD files and see my stuff in full high resolution. That is true, except for one thing, which requires another announcement.
I am making a comic, which is around 20% complete as of right now. The comic is going to be doujin-style, and I will start putting out details about it as I get past the 50% mark of completion. The distribution of this comic will be done over Patreon, to highest and middle tier patrons only. On top of that, highest tier patrons will obtain the hi-def PDF file with extra pages and sketches, but the middle tier patrons will obtain this version later. I'm sorry that this is the case but making this comic is big effort and I believe it deserves it. If you don't think it does, that's completely fine, and you're all welcome to find alternative methods to obtain the comic. I'd just much rather if you didn't, but, you know, I don't think "beggars cannot be choosers" was never as appropriate as this. I will launch my Patreon when I'm around 75% of completion rate, because I'd like to add mentions and messages to my patrons within the comic itself.
Going back to the commissioners one more time: If you've ever commissioned me previously, you will get a copy of this comic for free. You're going to obtain one of the two versions based on if your past commissions exceed 10$ or not. Just note me if you're eligible and interested -- when it comes out, that is.
I will also be getting a Twitter and a Picarto.TV account for more on-hands interaction, sketch sharing and scheduled drawing streams. Patrons will be eligible for polls and full requests, during streams or not. But you all will get to see my stuff, at least in a similar amount I happen to share these days.
I am sorry if this upsets a lot of you. I will have to halt this month's requests to spend more time setting up my Patreon stuff and do more comic stuff. I really want to try to bring stuff you and I want to see, no matter how you decide to support me (whether by donations or enjoying/commenting on/sharing my stuff). Thank you so much for reading. You'll be seeing more very soon.