Don't mind the following links. They're going to be up here for ease of location and at the end of this thing for the same reason, since I'll be explaining why I've got three and which one is for what in the main body. It's a slightly lengthy bit of text...sorry.Support NightrunnerXM's Ars Valkyria Project on PatreonSupport NightrunnerXM's NSFW on MakerSupportSupport NightrunnerXM's Fanart projects on Ko-Fi
Okay, so, here's the big reason I've been so quiet this last month (Dec '17 if you're reading this in some other year
) : I've had a crapload of work to do. No, seriously. And very little of it having anything to do with making new art.
Firstly, I've had a Patreon account for a few years now...and it's never really done well. By business acumen is virtually nil, so I'm not terribly sure why
it's never done as well as I'd like. By contrast, my DA following has fair exploded! So let's not say I'm being overly negative here.
However, over 2017, Patreon's done a few things I'm not really thrilled with. Mostly because they directly affect creative freedom and freedom of expression. That just gets me a bit...annoyed. There's also been the proposed--and currently postponed--plan to change their fee structure. Not too sure how that's gonna play out, but added in with their policy changes...not really a good sign. Now, unfortunately, websites fall in this really weird legal grey area...they're publicly accessible, but privately owned, so which set(s) of laws do you actually apply? Nobody knows, apparently, and I don't blame 'em.
Anyway! What this means is that I can't really keep using Patreon the way I had been--as a generic "support the artist" type of thing--and so had to find some alternatives. And I found more than a few, but only two really struck me as being good fits. On additional sober reflection, I've opted to "diversify my portfolio," so to speak, and specialize each of three sites. I'm also doing that so that anyone who wants to support my as an artist can support the work they want to see.
First is Patreon. I've pretty much pulled all of the fanart and NSFW from there, and changed the URL a tiny
bit to make it easier to remember patreon dot com/NightrunnerXM. As a result, I have to change the URL tags I put in my artwork to reflect that...and that's a lot of work.
There's a lot of images I have to go through and edit (not to mention update here on DA). Patreon is going to be where my original works and Ars Valkyria are going to reside...and that's it.
Second is MakerSupport. They're new, but have a much easier to use set of tools, and way simpler rules, and they're good for the NSFW stuff. So that's what I'll be putting there.
Third is Ko-Fi. They've been around a while, they're all about small artists...and I are small-time artist. *shrug* No point being anything other than honest about that. Like MakerSupport, their community guidelines are refreshingly straightforward (if sprinkled with a bit more legalese). I'll be putting fanart and some
NSFW there. The pinups and less suggestive, stuff, at any rate. If Patreon goes belly-up, I'll shift Ars Valkyria over there if another alternative doesn't arise in the meantime.
Now, I don't have anything on either MakerSupport or Ko-Fi right now, what with the need to change URLs on the artwork, but the plan is to have things start going up on or around Jan 1 2018 with whatever I have ready to go then. Also, because each is going to have differing content, I really can't guarantee a consistent posting schedule on all three. I'll do my best, but...it'll probably just be a monthly update for each for the foreseeable future, and that will probably end up including posting here on DA, given some of DA's own rules.
So that's what's goin' on with me right now.Support NightrunnerXM's Ars Valkyria Project on PatreonSupport NightrunnerXM's NSFW on MakerSupportSupport NightrunnerXM's Fanart projects on Ko-Fi