Valentina Baric & Zehai Liu are creating pictures of creatures and places that don't exist
3

patrons

$81
per month
Hi everyone, this is Valentina Baric aka Nimphradora and Zehai Liu aka Zeddartha, we live and make art together in Zagreb Croatia. 

So... Who are you?

Valentina:
I started drawing when I was a kid, and was very inspired by fairytales, and that's where my affinity for mythical creatures and dragons comes from. Nowadays I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi novels, and listen to podcasts about mysteries and legends while I draw. My goal is to make art that inspires people, and give them a sense of wonder.

I went to art highschool, but was self taught while going to (non-art) college. Eventually I dropped out of college to pursue a freelance illustration career.

I love growing plants, my balcony is full of them, and I have two cats, whom I'm constantly trying to keep from ravaging my poor plants.

I'm shy and get nervous with the prospect of talking to people, most of the time I stay home and play games instead of going out and partying.


Ze:
I doodled in class simply because classes were boring, the idea of making a living from art never even occurred to me until I finished highschool and found myself at a complete loss about what to do as a career.

I took a few leaps of faith, going into debt to go to school for different game art courses, and ended up working in various places, big game companies, animation schools, small film studios, eventually ending up here in Zagreb as a freelancer.

Now-adays we work as a team, giving each other ideas, inspiration, feedback and critiques, which makes our works better and the process more fun.


What are you doing here?

Every dollar of your support goes directly maintaining our livelihoods, to paying bills and putting food on the table.

This enables us to dedicate ourselves more to our art.

We started drawing because when we were kids we saw art that gave us a sense of mystery and wonder, and opened up our imaginations, and now we'd like to do the same, to be independent and make our own art.
art that gives others that same sense of wonder and inspires them to realize their own creativity.
Art that makes other people happy and put a smile on their faces.

What do I get?

We'd like to think that when you support us, you're supporting the artists for who we are as much as what we do, so in return we'd like to give you a glimpse into our lives, our creative endeavors and our struggles. 

You'll get finished artworks only for our patrons, and not published anywhere else.
You'll get a peek at the entire range of our creative process, from reference and inspirational images, to loose sketches and scribbles, to rough paintings and style explorations, all the way to the final result. 

You can join our private discord channel to chat with us, or join us on a twitch stream or google hangout where we create art, chat and answer your questions. We'll also take this time to thank every supporter by name and have your name in the end credits of every video and monthly supporter thank you image.

We'll send out physical goodies like mini prints, sketchbook pages to new patrons upon sign up, and to all patrons upon reaching our earning goals. 

Lastly, tthanks for checking us out and supporting us! It means a lot and we are grateful from the bottom of our hearts!
Tiers
Budget Tier
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier is ideal for you if you dig out stuff, would like to see more and don't want to spend too much money. 


By pledging $1 you get:


Every 1/3 post which includes everything from the Main Tier:


Digital Goodies:

-Sketches and works in progress

-Process gifs and videos

-Tutorials

-High res wallpapers in PC and Mobile resolution


Privileged access:

-Invitation to our patron only discord server 

-Access to exclusive twitch live streams of us drawing and painting


Tribute:

-Your name included in each monthly Thank-You sketch 

-Your name mentioned in each livestream

Main Tier
$5 or more per month 0 of 200 patrons
This is THE tier, it includes a variety of rewards at a moderate cost.


By pledging $5 you get every post we make:


Digital Goodies:

-Sketches and works in progress

-Process gifs and videos

-Tutorials

-High res wallpapers in PC and Mobile resolution


 Privileged access:

-Invitation to our patron only discord server
-Access to exclusive twitch live streams of us drawing and painting

 

Discounts:

-A 10% discount when you buy our art prints, merchandise or commission us for custom artwork

(Limited to 3 commission per year)



Tribute:

-Your name included in each monthly Thank-You sketch 

-Your name mentioned in each livestream

Includes Discord rewards
Collector Tier
$30 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
This tier is specially designed for those who like our art so much that they want to own a part of it, it comes with certain privileges that really stands out from the previous tiers:

 

By pledging $30 you get all of the contents of the Main Tier plus :


Influence:

-Once a month you can request a theme which we'll incorporate into a sketch, painting, or tutorial.

 

More Discounts:

 -An additional 10% discount when you buy our art prints, merchandise, or commission us (20% total - Limited to 3 commissions per year) 



Physical goodies:


-1 x Large (roughly A3) size print and 

-1 x sketch-filled page from our sketchbooks every other month




Art Maker Light - 2 hours per month
$80 or more per month 1 of 4 patrons
This is for mentorship students who want to meet only 2 hours a month. You have the option of having one long sessions or 2 shorter ones. 
Art Maker - 1 hour session per week
$160 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Do you enjoy making art and want to take your craft to the next level? Or maybe you want to know how to turn your art hobby into a way of making a living?


That's what this program is for, we will share with you everything we know as artists, from the technical side as well as the business and working side, drawing from our life long passion as artists and experience as working professionals. 


The difference between this program and other online tutorials is that it's completely tailor made for you. Every session is 1 on 1. We look closely at your strengths, weaknesses and goals, and try to find answers to your specific questions and challenges. 


Ok, so, how will you help me exactly?


 1. Goal setting - What do you want to achieve? Finding this out is more important than just keeping busy, we'll talk in the beginning and every few weeks to make sure you understand your goal and are on the right track


2. Evaluation - Depending on your personal goal, we will look at your artworks, resume, website or any other aspect of your artistic endeavor and help you figure our your strengths and weaknesses


 3. Personalized Lessons - We'll give you personal lessons on a range of skills based on your specific needs, they can include artistic skills such as:    


  • Light and form
  • Color Theory
  • Composition and story telling
  • Character design
  • Environment design


Or we'll can cover the business aspect of art, sharing our experience in: 


  • establishing an online presence
  • finding and taking commissions
  • finding in-house jobs as an artist
  • setting and negotiating your rates, fees, or salary
  • attending conventions as a merchant

 

4. Live demonstration - We show you how a variety of skills come together in a real piece


5. Weekly Meeting - Every week we'll meet and look at your current pieces and state of career development, we'll give you comments, critiques, paint overs, and suggestions to help you move forward


Can you guarantee I'll succeed?

We can promise to give you the best of our knowledge and skill and hold nothing back, but there is always uncertainty in life, so we can offer a money back guarantee for the first month, that way you can try it out for a month and see how you feel. 


Can Anyone Apply?

If you're interested, send an email to: [email protected]


Include some of your artwork, and tell us about yourself:

  • Who are you?
  • What are your goals as an artist?
  • What brought you to us, and what do you hope to gain from this mentorship?


How will you be choosing the candidates?

Since there are only 2 spots, we would like to offer them to people who we feel can get the most out of the program. People who have a lot of enthusiasm, energy, joy and persistence when it comes to making art. 


Who will be my mentor, Valentina or Ze? 

  • It will be a team effort, where Ze will take the lead he has more teaching experience

 

How often do we meet?

  • We can agree on a time to meet once a month for at least 1 hour, you can also email any time with questions. 
  • If you want more sessions, consider the Art Producer tier below, which includes 4 sessions per month. 


How long is the program?

  • It's flexible, dependent on the goals we set together and how long it takes us to achieve them. 
  • Participation is month by month, you can start or stop any time.


All previous tier rewards are included as well.

Goals
3 of 5 patrons
When we reach 5 patrons we'll start our live streams!
1 of 1
Hi everyone, this is Valentina Baric aka Nimphradora and Zehai Liu aka Zeddartha, we live and make art together in Zagreb Croatia. 

So... Who are you?

Valentina:
I started drawing when I was a kid, and was very inspired by fairytales, and that's where my affinity for mythical creatures and dragons comes from. Nowadays I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi novels, and listen to podcasts about mysteries and legends while I draw. My goal is to make art that inspires people, and give them a sense of wonder.

I went to art highschool, but was self taught while going to (non-art) college. Eventually I dropped out of college to pursue a freelance illustration career.

I love growing plants, my balcony is full of them, and I have two cats, whom I'm constantly trying to keep from ravaging my poor plants.

I'm shy and get nervous with the prospect of talking to people, most of the time I stay home and play games instead of going out and partying.


Ze:
I doodled in class simply because classes were boring, the idea of making a living from art never even occurred to me until I finished highschool and found myself at a complete loss about what to do as a career.

I took a few leaps of faith, going into debt to go to school for different game art courses, and ended up working in various places, big game companies, animation schools, small film studios, eventually ending up here in Zagreb as a freelancer.

Now-adays we work as a team, giving each other ideas, inspiration, feedback and critiques, which makes our works better and the process more fun.


What are you doing here?

Every dollar of your support goes directly maintaining our livelihoods, to paying bills and putting food on the table.

This enables us to dedicate ourselves more to our art.

We started drawing because when we were kids we saw art that gave us a sense of mystery and wonder, and opened up our imaginations, and now we'd like to do the same, to be independent and make our own art.
art that gives others that same sense of wonder and inspires them to realize their own creativity.
Art that makes other people happy and put a smile on their faces.

What do I get?

We'd like to think that when you support us, you're supporting the artists for who we are as much as what we do, so in return we'd like to give you a glimpse into our lives, our creative endeavors and our struggles. 

You'll get finished artworks only for our patrons, and not published anywhere else.
You'll get a peek at the entire range of our creative process, from reference and inspirational images, to loose sketches and scribbles, to rough paintings and style explorations, all the way to the final result. 

You can join our private discord channel to chat with us, or join us on a twitch stream or google hangout where we create art, chat and answer your questions. We'll also take this time to thank every supporter by name and have your name in the end credits of every video and monthly supporter thank you image.

We'll send out physical goodies like mini prints, sketchbook pages to new patrons upon sign up, and to all patrons upon reaching our earning goals. 

Lastly, tthanks for checking us out and supporting us! It means a lot and we are grateful from the bottom of our hearts!

Recent posts by Valentina Baric & Zehai Liu

Tiers
Budget Tier
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
This tier is ideal for you if you dig out stuff, would like to see more and don't want to spend too much money. 


By pledging $1 you get:


Every 1/3 post which includes everything from the Main Tier:


Digital Goodies:

-Sketches and works in progress

-Process gifs and videos

-Tutorials

-High res wallpapers in PC and Mobile resolution


Privileged access:

-Invitation to our patron only discord server 

-Access to exclusive twitch live streams of us drawing and painting


Tribute:

-Your name included in each monthly Thank-You sketch 

-Your name mentioned in each livestream

Main Tier
$5 or more per month 0 of 200 patrons
This is THE tier, it includes a variety of rewards at a moderate cost.


By pledging $5 you get every post we make:


Digital Goodies:

-Sketches and works in progress

-Process gifs and videos

-Tutorials

-High res wallpapers in PC and Mobile resolution


 Privileged access:

-Invitation to our patron only discord server
-Access to exclusive twitch live streams of us drawing and painting

 

Discounts:

-A 10% discount when you buy our art prints, merchandise or commission us for custom artwork

(Limited to 3 commission per year)



Tribute:

-Your name included in each monthly Thank-You sketch 

-Your name mentioned in each livestream

Includes Discord rewards
Collector Tier
$30 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
This tier is specially designed for those who like our art so much that they want to own a part of it, it comes with certain privileges that really stands out from the previous tiers:

 

By pledging $30 you get all of the contents of the Main Tier plus :


Influence:

-Once a month you can request a theme which we'll incorporate into a sketch, painting, or tutorial.

 

More Discounts:

 -An additional 10% discount when you buy our art prints, merchandise, or commission us (20% total - Limited to 3 commissions per year) 



Physical goodies:


-1 x Large (roughly A3) size print and 

-1 x sketch-filled page from our sketchbooks every other month




Art Maker Light - 2 hours per month
$80 or more per month 1 of 4 patrons
This is for mentorship students who want to meet only 2 hours a month. You have the option of having one long sessions or 2 shorter ones. 
Art Maker - 1 hour session per week
$160 or more per month 0 of 2 patrons
Do you enjoy making art and want to take your craft to the next level? Or maybe you want to know how to turn your art hobby into a way of making a living?


That's what this program is for, we will share with you everything we know as artists, from the technical side as well as the business and working side, drawing from our life long passion as artists and experience as working professionals. 


The difference between this program and other online tutorials is that it's completely tailor made for you. Every session is 1 on 1. We look closely at your strengths, weaknesses and goals, and try to find answers to your specific questions and challenges. 


Ok, so, how will you help me exactly?


 1. Goal setting - What do you want to achieve? Finding this out is more important than just keeping busy, we'll talk in the beginning and every few weeks to make sure you understand your goal and are on the right track


2. Evaluation - Depending on your personal goal, we will look at your artworks, resume, website or any other aspect of your artistic endeavor and help you figure our your strengths and weaknesses


 3. Personalized Lessons - We'll give you personal lessons on a range of skills based on your specific needs, they can include artistic skills such as:    


  • Light and form
  • Color Theory
  • Composition and story telling
  • Character design
  • Environment design


Or we'll can cover the business aspect of art, sharing our experience in: 


  • establishing an online presence
  • finding and taking commissions
  • finding in-house jobs as an artist
  • setting and negotiating your rates, fees, or salary
  • attending conventions as a merchant

 

4. Live demonstration - We show you how a variety of skills come together in a real piece


5. Weekly Meeting - Every week we'll meet and look at your current pieces and state of career development, we'll give you comments, critiques, paint overs, and suggestions to help you move forward


Can you guarantee I'll succeed?

We can promise to give you the best of our knowledge and skill and hold nothing back, but there is always uncertainty in life, so we can offer a money back guarantee for the first month, that way you can try it out for a month and see how you feel. 


Can Anyone Apply?

If you're interested, send an email to: [email protected]


Include some of your artwork, and tell us about yourself:

  • Who are you?
  • What are your goals as an artist?
  • What brought you to us, and what do you hope to gain from this mentorship?


How will you be choosing the candidates?

Since there are only 2 spots, we would like to offer them to people who we feel can get the most out of the program. People who have a lot of enthusiasm, energy, joy and persistence when it comes to making art. 


Who will be my mentor, Valentina or Ze? 

  • It will be a team effort, where Ze will take the lead he has more teaching experience

 

How often do we meet?

  • We can agree on a time to meet once a month for at least 1 hour, you can also email any time with questions. 
  • If you want more sessions, consider the Art Producer tier below, which includes 4 sessions per month. 


How long is the program?

  • It's flexible, dependent on the goals we set together and how long it takes us to achieve them. 
  • Participation is month by month, you can start or stop any time.


All previous tier rewards are included as well.