Naean Howlett-Foster

is creating art, taking photos, editing audio and videos.

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All of your patron pledges - whether big, small or otherwise - will get yourself added to the Patron Praise page on my website, to acknowledge your kind generosity.

I will also link back to your Patreon page from there!

Cheers once more for all of you who choose to financially support me!  :-D




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About Naean Howlett-Foster


Hi, it's Naean Howlett-Foster here.

I hope that you are doing well; thank you for checking me and my Patreon page out!

I'm a self-employed artist and photographer. I also do various audio and video editing. An Autistic man who is incompatible with traditional jobs.

To put a long story short, I am pursuing the endeavour of working at home, due to past experiences in traditional jobs consistently not turning out well.

I would be extremely grateful, of any and all financial support given, to help me along my creative path to making a living through some of my biggest passions: art and photography!

For those wondering: My forename, Naean, is pronounced as "nayun".

Think of the name Nathan, except replace the "th" sound with a "y" sound, but without too much emphasis on the "y" sound.

I'm also known by my nickname Nez Man. This nickname was given to me by someone many years ago while I was at secondary school, and it stuck with me ever since.

Branding Fonts

"Artist & Photographer" text:

Amhurst SF and Algerian fonts.

"Audio & Video Editor" text:

Orbit-B BT and OCR A Extended fonts.

"On Patreon" text:

Copperplate Gothic Light and Copperplate Gothic Bold fonts.

"Naean" and "NHF" text:

Tasty Technology, my own typography.

At some point in future, I will be condensing everything in this Overview page into a short YouTube video.

The main points of this Overview page will be covered in a brief overview video, so that people don't have to wade through tonnes of text for a basic understanding of my Patreon goals/purpose.

I will be keeping the information in this Overview page long and comprehensive, for those who wish to find out more details after watching the short video.  :-)

I post my art and photography via my accounts on various social media and community websites, as well as my own website.

DeviantArt | Facebook | Newgrounds | Tumblr | Twitter

I also share my art in topics on a variety of different forums.

SSMB | NG BBS | GTAForums | Sonic and Sega Retro Forums

Moreover, going forward, I will be uploading all of my new art and photography in the Posts section of this Patreon page, too. :-)

I also like to share some of my other work online, such as music medleys and mashups that I upload to my YouTube Channel.

As Of 14 February 2019 Onwards

I no longer have schedules for anything, as setting schedules causes me unnecessary stress.

I am no longer pressuring myself with self-imposed deadlines.

Content will be uploaded as and when it is ready.   :-)

My aim is to make a self-employed living via pursuing my creative passions. In order to comfortably sustain this job, I could do with a little bit of financial help from others. Any and all financial support (Big and small.) means the world to me, and makes a real difference to my life.

If you choose to financially support me, please know that I am extremely grateful, and that you have made a positively impactful decision that assists me massively in maintaining a job that I love doing.

Financial acts of generosity towards me are something that I don't take lightly. If someone decided to be so generous as to take their own money, and then give it to me, that's a big deal! What was some of their money, would now be some of my money, and that's something which I respect deeply.

Ultimately, I cannot express in words just how helpful any and all financial contributions truly are, as well as the sheer joy it brings me to continue doing what I love, with the really kind monetary gifts of complete strangers backing me up along the way!

I believe that it is only right to be clear and transparent with people about what their money will be going towards.

Individuals have a solid right to know where their valuable money is going, and it is very important that I respect this.

Below is a list of areas in my life that donations and merchandise sales will positively contribute towards.*

Paying Rent (Once every month.)

An all-inclusive bill that also covers electricity, hot water, council tax, central heating, and broadband internet.

Minor Launderette Charges (Usually once or twice every week.)

I pay a small amount of money to wash and dry my laundry at my home's on-site launderette.

Art Shopping (As and when needed. Usually not too regularly.)

Typically including, but not limited to: oil pastels, sketch pads, biro ink pens, cartridge paper, fibre tipped pens, led and colour pencils.

Grocery And Other Non-Art Based Shopping (At least once a week. Sometimes more than twice a week.)

Typically including, but not limited to: foods and drinks, everyday living essentials.

Paying Significant Website Costs (Once every 2 years.)

Including, but not limited to: file storage, editing abilities, hosting services, domain registration, bandwidth usage allowances, ability to maintain a large quantity of pages.

DeviantArt Core Membership (When it happens to expire. Varies based on special offers and/or if gifted to me by other DeviantArt members.)

Grants me useful DeviantArt website perks. Affects my profile page customisation options, and by extension, the ability to promote my art and photography in more ways.

Miscellaneous Expenses (Varying recurrences.)

Additionally, money will go towards technology related things, such as those occasions of upgrading to better equipment, or replacing outdated/defunct equipment. Some scenarios could be, for example, replacing a slow computer with a faster one, buying more drives for file space, or getting a new scanner if an older one stops working.

Furthermore, money will go towards me buying cards and gifts for friends/family members for birthdays and Christmas. I may also use it to support fellow online content creators.

*There may be other expenses that money will be used for which are not specifically listed above, however this list covers the most likely and most common expenses.

This list is quite exhaustive, (And perhaps more in-depth than some other people would choose to disclose**.) however I believe that detail and clarity is absolutely paramount.

**This is by no means a dig at anyone in the slightest. Different things work for different people. It's up to each individual accepting financial support to decide what they disclose.

Acknowledgement Of Your Generous Support!  ^w^

As my thanks for you financially helping me by becoming a patron, your name will be added to the Patron Praise page on my website as an Active Supporter. I will also link back to your Patreon page from there!

Additionally, in my various online accounts – including Facebook, Newgrounds, Tumblr, Twitch, Twitter and YouTube – I will link to the Patron Praise page in areas such as profiles, image descriptions and video descriptions.  :-)

Notice For New Patrons

I might be busy drawing, taking photos, editing audio/video, or adding work to merchandise on my DeviantArt and Redbubble stores.

Due to this, if you decide to become a patron, please allow some time for me to edit my website and add you to the Patron Praise list.  :-)

In the event that you retract your Patreon subscription, by default your name will remain in the Patron Praise page on my website, but as a Past Supporter.

If you would like to be removed from the Patron Praise page, please let me know in the Community section of my Patreon page* that you want record of your support removed, and I will do so.**

* It is important that only this specific method is used to contact me regarding record removal. This is to ensure that I can confirm the correct identity of individual patrons. People contacting me about this outside of Patreon, is something which can be easily faked.

** As with adding new patrons to the Patron Praise page, please allow some time for me to edit my website and remove you from the Patron Praise list.

Do I Offer Any Exclusive Content Reward Tiers?

I do not offer any patron exclusive reward types beyond the one listed above.

There are 3 key reasons behind this, and I would like to explain them below.

Forewarning: I am a genuinely nice person, and I do not want to come across as aggressive in the slightest. That being said, my explanations below are very blunt, and I am firm about my opinions and perspectives.

I have the best intentions at heart, so I ask that you please don't misconstrue my statements as me having a go at other people, because that couldn't be further from the case. Thanks.  :-)

1: Time And Detail Requirements

As my very lengthy Patreon page About section demonstrates, I am quite a thorough and meticulous person. This extends to my other work as well, and in particular to my finely detailed art.  :-)

It can take many hours, over the span of up to a week, for me to produce my art in such a fashion where I am satisfied that it is not rushed. Additionally, I want to ensure that my portfolio of work does not dip in quality over time. Maintaining a consistent high standard is something that I deem very crucial.

This is a primary reason why I am unable to allocate time for reward tiers which unlock things such as art commissions. Another reason that I do not take art commissions is due to me working best within my own desires of what I would like to draw. There are so many different things that I could want to draw next, and additional commissions would certainly interfere with that.

2: 'Exclusive Content' Leak Potential

As much as I would love to be able to honestly say that I 100% trust anyone and everyone who decides become a patron, that would sadly not be the truth.

Even if it is only the minority of people, the fact of the matter is that it's entirely possible for individuals to become a patron with intents to publicly distribute supposedly 'exclusive content'.

This may be an uncommon opinion, but I would feel rather disingenuous if I provided access to something as an exclusive tied to a Patreon money tier, knowing full well that there is potential of one or more patrons making that supposed 'exclusive reward' available elsewhere online for free.

I am aware that money is not always a successful deterrent to trolls and ill-intentioned people. Granted, it would obviously never be my intent for paid tier content to be publicly accessible to all, but this kind of content leaking publicly would still not sit quite right with me.

3: Stance Against Excessive And Bloated Paywalls

As someone who has experienced this kind of frustration before, in my opinion it would be downright hypocritical for me to carelessly implement reward tiers in a similar fashion.

What do I mean by this? Well...

{... Let's say you're out shopping, and you want to buy a new radio. You see a radio that you like the look of, but there's an annoying catch: it doesn't support D.A.B., and you really want a radio that provides digital reception!

You look at the brand's next model up, and it receives D.A.B., but it's double the price! You only want the digital reception function of the next model up, yet it comes with a bunch of other features that you don't want, along with a hefty price tag.

Meanwhile, the style, size, colour, portability and sound quality of the non-D.A.B. radio is on point. If only it provided digital reception, then it'd be almost perfect! But alas, to get that one feature from that brand, you'd have to buy the significantly more expensive next model up, along with all of its functions that you frankly couldn't care for. What a bummer!  :-/

With that example set out, imagine a similar scenario with myself: I put out a piece of art that someone really likes for its detail, colouring, and subject matter, but the caveat is that I've plastered a whopping watermark over it.

You want to just see the unfiltered, raw image? Why, that'll be an additional significant fee please! Oh, and that also includes a bunch of other perks you're not interested in, so you end up paying a bulk cost for at most one third of what you desire, with a load of unwanted stuff sitting on the sidelines.}

I hope that this adequately describes my stance against excessive and bloated paywalls.

I will never charge extra for access to 'exclusive benefits' such as higher resolution images or unwatermarked images. In my eyes these ought not to be 'exclusive benefits', and instead are standard elements of my image uploads, which should absolutely be provided for free, in my opinion.

Disclaimer Regarding Other Patreon Users

I have no issues whatsoever with other Patreon users setting exclusive content to paid tiers, as it's of course up to each individual to decide how they use Patreon. I just wanted to make my personal preferences clear for how and why I operate my Patreon page in the way that I do.

Rest assured, I am not attacking other content creators at all.  ;-)

Will There Be More Patron Benefits Added In Future?

Depending on how my work goes, I may be able to come up with more reward tiers, if I am able to comfortably do so in relation to my overall workflow.

I would love to expand with more reward tiers. I'm not making any promises that it will happen, but if I can feasibly do it at some points in future, I will see what I can do.

I will only be adding new tiers if I can do so in a manner where I am in full control. By that, I mean I wouldn't add tiers which involve 'exclusive content', for the reasons explained above.

Furthermore, I want to tread very carefully with how I handle additional reward tiers. It must be something that strikes a comfortable balance between 'reasonable justification for it being behind a higher paid tier' and 'not depriving lower tier patrons and non-patrons of base content'.

My desire is to maintain a fair and balanced playing field.  :-)

Please ensure that you do not over spend; I hate to think of people draining their financial stability for my sake.

Only financially support me if it's feasible and your desire to.

If you do not support me financially, that is entirely understandable.

The fact that you are on my Patreon page to begin with, is in itself something I'm very thankful of!  ^_^

Yeah! If you happen to be interested in assisting me money-wise, but don't wish to become a patron, there are 2 other ways to support me...

1: DeviantArt And Redbubble Merchandise

I sell merchandise online, courtesy of the DeviantArt and Redbubble websites.

My stores on DeviantArt and Redbubble include periodically updated selections of my art and photography. These can be printed onto various different items, including: bags, apparel, wall art, stationery, home decor, cases and skins!

DeviantArt Prints | Redbubble Shop

The purchase of my merchandise is warmly welcomed, but never mandatory.

Please do not feel pressured whatsoever to buy anything from me if you don’t want to.

To all of you who buy my merchandise, thank you so much! It means a lot to me.

Your custom is greatly appreciated, and I hope that you like the item(s) you have purchased!

Earnings Disclosure

Please note that all money spent on my merchandise items is split between me and the stores' websites. Find out how my sales earnings are split.

2: PayPal Donation

I accept donations online, courtesy of the PayPal website.

You can donate money to me via PayPal, using its account system or with a bank card.

You decide the amount to donate. You can also choose to either place a single donation, or make repeat donations on a monthly basis.

I deeply appreciate any and all donations, whatever the amount, both standalone and recurring.

To all of you who choose to donate, you have my utmost thanks of your generosity, and your choice to support me financially is immensely appreciated!

With everything stated above, I hope that I have comprehensively covered myself, what I do, how financial contributions help, and so on.

If you think that I have missed something out, or if you have any questions/critiques/suggestions, please feel free to let me know.

Being honest, launching this Patreon page does make me a fair bit nervous. Nevertheless, I'm dedicated to my art, photography, audio and video work. I have my mind set on making this work out.

Thank you so very much for your time and attention.

Take care. Peace!  :-)

Best regards,
Naean Howlett-Foster.

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