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Merista Before And After Meme by Merista Merista Before And After Meme :iconmerista:Merista 4 3 Merista and the waterfall by Merista Merista and the waterfall :iconmerista:Merista 9 2 Mer quick ref by Merista Mer quick ref :iconmerista:Merista 11 2 Fey quick ref by Merista Fey quick ref :iconmerista:Merista 1 0 Dragonus quick ref by Merista Dragonus quick ref :iconmerista:Merista 1 0 Beast quick ref by Merista Beast quick ref :iconmerista:Merista 1 0 Leanneapp by Merista Leanneapp :iconmerista:Merista 2 0 Sorra Wardrobe by Merista Sorra Wardrobe :iconmerista:Merista 6 24 Tengu Sorra by Merista Tengu Sorra :iconmerista:Merista 3 5 DnD Elvish Thief - Shirley by Merista DnD Elvish Thief - Shirley :iconmerista:Merista 3 0 SorraRC by Merista SorraRC :iconmerista:Merista 10 27 P.O.D. App by Merista P.O.D. App :iconmerista:Merista 1 0 Merista the Naga by Merista Merista the Naga :iconmerista:Merista 7 0 Happy Halloween 2011 by Merista Happy Halloween 2011 :iconmerista:Merista 3 2 Halloween 2011 -04 by Merista Halloween 2011 -04 :iconmerista:Merista 6 0 Halloween 2011 -03 by Merista Halloween 2011 -03 :iconmerista:Merista 3 4


Animator vs. Animation IV :iconalanbecker:alanbecker 2,225 551
Watercast Fanart by karovie Watercast Fanart :iconkarovie:karovie 20 8 Life study-- jeans by Spectrum-VII Life study-- jeans :iconspectrum-vii:Spectrum-VII 1,078 13 Aloy - Horizon Zero Dawn by loish Aloy - Horizon Zero Dawn :iconloish:loish 10,850 221 fast drinker by Marureenu fast drinker :iconmarureenu:Marureenu 113 13 I Will Carry You by WordOfChen I Will Carry You :iconwordofchen:WordOfChen 67 26
Having an Online Presence
"All artists need to have an online presence," I said.
"Easy for you to say, Popular Artist
," they said.
"I had to work hard to get 'popular'," I said
"But it's SOOO hhaaaaAAARD," they said
"That's what I just said," I said.
    After making my status posts about making an online presence, I figured I'd make a sort of guide. I made a very generic list of things you should do as an artist who wants to get their name out there or "get popular". A lot of people were like, "but I've done all of that". But chances are, you haven't. There's a lot that goes into this and it takes a long ass time. Don't think it's just gonna happen in a month.
    So I made a guide based on my own experience and what worked for me (as an illustrator/artist. Some of these tips are more specific than others and some of these will not necessarily work for you. Everyone's different. Keep in mind this is mostly for illustrators/animators/story artists etc. This won't work fo
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Clarisse La Rue by AireensColor Clarisse La Rue :iconaireenscolor:AireensColor 381 27 TLU Quote Wallpaper 2 by ArtByAri TLU Quote Wallpaper 2 :iconartbyari:ArtByAri 28 8 My Inner Sanctuary by yuumei My Inner Sanctuary :iconyuumei:yuumei 20,398 619 Blue by Rosuuri Blue :iconrosuuri:Rosuuri 3,224 81 Cloth texture pattern voice over by sakimichan Cloth texture pattern voice over :iconsakimichan:sakimichan 3,998 30 Zestiria by kuro-mai Zestiria :iconkuro-mai:kuro-mai 714 36 Leaves - photoshop brushes by streamline69 Leaves - photoshop brushes :iconstreamline69:streamline69 2,078 106 PuccaxTobe wallpaper by LittleKidsin PuccaxTobe wallpaper :iconlittlekidsin:LittleKidsin 968 85 ILM Art Department Challenge: The Job - Swana by MattRhodesArt ILM Art Department Challenge: The Job - Swana :iconmattrhodesart:MattRhodesArt 867 14

Patreon and Amazing Artists

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 18, 2015, 2:16 PM
Your Title - version 2.0


Hello Everyone,
I know it's been a long while and a lot of things have happened.  Just to quick cap:
-My mother pasted away last year which left my teenage sister in my care.
-Just recently we moved to be closer to my little sister's High School. 
-No Internet!

If your interested I can talk with you more about that later or create a separate journal but those are some of the reasons for my absence. My main reason for being here today is to talk about Patreon and some really amazing artists I know.

Thing is... I saw Patreon around but for the longest time but had NO idea what it was. In fact I really didn't care cause I thought, if anything, it was like Paypal (yes that shows how old and how out of date I am with technology) But after one of my favorite mini comic artists posted this:  Mini Patreon Info Comic by Zombiesmile I figured it was time to really dig in and figure out what it was. After all, if I can help out my fellow artists that have given me the privilege to enjoy their work for free? For years? Then it's time to start giving back. One great thing is I don't have to break my bank. (Heaven knows I need all I can get being a 25 year old with a teenage dependent) Unlike Kick starter that funds big projects or donation pools that are one time, Patreon is an on going campaign that supports the artist for every creation that they make.  At first I thought "Oh no, what if they post a lot and it drains my pocket money completely?!"  But no fear there is a max limit that you can impose so that you don't go over budget or fear that you'll get in way over your head. Phew~ that was a weight off my shoulders.
But the best thing of all (and I know this sounds selfish) is those works of art that you are "donating" for? They are still free. You can see these amazing pieces at any time. So your not really "Paying" for it. You're helping support an artist so they have more time to do what they and you love.

Hey I admitted it earlier but I'm selfish. If I don't have to I don't want to pay for something that is free.  The thing that really got me though, is as a consumer if they have more time to create then that means more creations for me to enjoy. As displayed by the earlier artist :iconzombiesmile:  once she started Patreon I saw a lot more work from her. So if your selfish and poor like me you can still think about being a supporter. 

After all it's a give and take relationship. The artist is human too and needs help sometimes. To quote another incredible artist and to look at it in a different light:  I don't do ART for free by Exileden Art takes time, effort, and emotional participation. As an artist myself I know that I am always looking for more time to do what I love. But because reality likes to rear its ugly hydra head and drag me back, I never have time to get done what I really want to.  In fact I think I might join Patreon as a creator as well because more then anything I would like to support myself as an artist.

Since I've already admitted I'm selfish I may as well admit that I am afraid as well. Afraid of asking for money to help support me. During my research though I came across one more fascinating artist. What she had to say was inspiring. Check out Amanda Palmer and what she states is so much better then anything I could say or describe to you.

So Artists... Don't be afraid to ask for help and readers don't be afraid to give it. It doesn't have to be painful either. Pick your tool whether it is Patreon (my new favorite), Kickstarter, a donation, or (like Amanda's examples) social media and general trade. With it you can break the fear and that stigma that art and all the effort that goes into it isn't worth a dime, literally.

So concludes my lecture about supporting the Artist. I hope with this information and short gathering of artists you feel as educated and inspired as I was.

~Merista signing out~


Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Pen Name: Merista
Interests: Anime, Manga, Online Gaming
Otherwise... not much to tell.

Favourite genre of music: Classic Rock
Personal Quote: Don't wait for inspiration, Run after it with a club


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Merista Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry it took so long to respond! I'm sadly not all that active on here at the moment.
But I really did like your guide it was very easy to understand. I'll have a look around your other guides when I have the time. I'm sure they're all great. =)
PrennCooder Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
whitherling Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! Just stopping by to say thanks for the watch! :)
Minuya Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015
Thank you for faving my Gourry's proposal comic :D
RedIrishDragon Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the DevWatch! :hug:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for adding How to: Color to your collections. I'm happy that you like it :la:
Merista Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No no, Thank YOU. It's hard finding good coloring tutorials and stumbling across such good information and leads to other tutorials was a blessing. Thank you for making this creation!:excited: 
Projekt-Z Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey, just wanted to check on yous. I hope everything's going well.
yournamehere8888 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014   Writer
Hello again. It has been a while since I heard from you.
Is everything going well with the new house and in general?
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