From the ancient world onward, patronage of the arts was important in art history. It is known in greatest detail in reference to medieval and Renaissance Europe, though patronage can also be traced in feudal Japan, the traditional Southeast Asian kingdoms, and elsewhere. Artists as diverse and important as Chrétien de Troyes, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson all sought and enjoyed the support of noble or ecclesiastical patrons. Figures as late as Mozart and Beethoven also participated in the system to some degree.
Though the nature of the sponsors has changed—from churches to charitable foundations, and from aristocrats to average art lovers. In this new century, peer-to-peer is the new model. That means commissions, direct sales and crowd-funding. While these things are very old techniques for artists, the technologies powering them is. As an artist today, I have to be able to utilize many techniques to fund what it is I do. Whether you value my teaching efforts, graffiti and public art advocacy, painting or comic illustration, below is a list of ways to partially support my artistic endeavors.
Buy Some Art
Go to the Studio Sale page and buy something! I will accept payment plans on the more expensive items, just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commission Some Art
Contact me at email@example.com and hire me to create a piece of art just for you. I also do live painting and murals.
Patreon is ongoing crowdfunding for creators and artists of all kinds. You can now pledge a few bucks to pay your favorite creators for making the stuff you love, and you become a bonafide, real-life patron of the arts.
In my case, I do so many different projects at a time, I felt is was best to set up monthly donations.
I have had a Paypal business account for over 10 years. With card-swiper and Paypal ATM card, it has basically become my second account.
To make a one-time gift directly through Paypal, go to your account, click on "Money" and select "Send money". Then click on "Send money to friends and family" and then enter my email address "firstname.lastname@example.org". Paypal will lead you the rest of the way through the process.