Hey again, people.
I hope summer has been treating you well. I'm practically dying. It's really hot in Milan right now. Hot and humid. But in about two weeks I will return to a cooler scene so I just gotta endure. School still keeps me busy so I most likely won't upload much stuff before I am back in Finland. I will get back on track on many things once I return, such as opening traditional commissions again and selling some traditional art.EDIT;
I'm already suspending this idea for the following reason.
Apparently due to Finnish legislation it is not such a good idea to set up a Patreon
. The deal is more or less the following:"--According to the Finnish law on collecting money or asking for donations, -- publicly announcing or providing a link to a bank account or Patreon account where people could give her money is ILLEGAL.
If someone was collecting money to some "useful cause", like homeless cats, it would be possible to apply the Police for a national money collection permit, but for a private person this is not possible.
--So as it is now, it's impossible for the Finns to give their money to internet collections or causes originating / organized in Finland. Apparently, it's widely thought that this is stupid, and they're looking into eventually changing the law, but the bureaucratic process is slow, it'll take years."
(Another source on the matter, from a couple of years ago, uses Kickstarter as an example: arcticstartup.com/article/lega…
From what I have heard, it IS possible to ask for a permit for a funding like on Patreon. However, it would take a lot of effort and it has to be absolutely clear that all patrons will in fact be rewarded so that the pledges won't fall under "donations" this making the activity illegal. The law is very strict and I want no problems with it.
I don't have a massive fanbase and while I know that among you there are people who would be willing to help and it would really help me and be enough for me I am not sure if it is enough for all the effort and risk taking the Finnish legislation would demand. I'm glad I was informed about this now.
In the light of this new information, I feel like it's not going to be worth it so I will suspend this idea for now. I might revisit it later on, but I don't think the situation will change drastically. I will need to think of stuff now.
Anyway, there's one thing I wanted to talk about, and that is Patreon.
By now most people have probably at least heard of it. If not, I'm talking about this: www.patreon.com/
Basically Patreon is a site that makes it possible for people so support artists if they wish and get rewarded in return, depending on their monthly pledge. Many independent artists and creators use the site, and especially webcomic artists use it, mostly to ensure regular update pace.
About six months ago or so I was actually briefly considering making a Patreon, mostly for my Nuzlocke because it does sound like a good way to keep the update pace consistent. I abandoned the idea pretty quickly because I thought I wouldn't have time for it. And I was right, looking back, I wouldn't have had time or resources for it.
But now I'll be returning to Finland and I think things will be a bit more consistent and I am starting to reconsider the idea of making a Patreon. I would mostly make it for my Nuzlocke, because I really want to finish it some day but there is so much of it left and at the current rate I would need about seven more years to finish. I'm thinking that a Patreon would help me with it greatly. It would help me making a schedule for the updates and also ensure a small steady income that I will need to have in a way or another to afford living. Currently it's commissions, but it could potentially be a job. Either way, both take time and effort. With a Patreon I think I could dedicate some of that time to working on my comic instead.
I've mostly been thinking about making a Patreon for my comic but I've also been thinking I might tie some of my other artwork in it. Then again it might be a better idea to make a separate Patreon for my general stuff, keep the two separate.
Rewards would probably be the general stuff you usually see on Patreon: early access, concept sketches, process pictures, extra material by request (comic related) and something more dedicated to the Patrons, like monthly character sketch of choice. Basic stuff like this.
This is just what I've been contemplating. I'm not sure if will do this, and if I will make a Patreon it certainly won't be before I have fully settled back in Finland, which will probably be around September or so.
I would be glad to hear if you have any thoughts, opinions or advice regarding this!