Paul Castle

is creating Art, Illustrations, & Stories

47

patrons


Hey there! My name is Paul Castle and this is my Patreon Page! (Cue the fireworks!)

So just in case you know NOTHING about me, I’m here to give you the lowdown. First, my three-second bio: I’m a visually impaired artist and illustrator from Seattle, Washington!

Now for the less time-sensitive among you:

My passion for art and stories began the moment I held my very first crayon (it was blue, just in case you wondered!) and I’ve been making art just about every day since. It was around this time I also started dictating fantastical stories to my babysitters (because I couldn’t write fast enough, myself) who dutifully transcribed my words to the page.

At age 6, I combined my love of art and stories by writing and illustrating my very first book called "The Sad Turtle."  Ok, so it wasn’t exactly a bestseller. In fact, it was just a 10-page story stapled inside an old, discarded book cover - but it didn’t matter! Because it was a book I could HOLD in my hands and that was incredibly special. And from that day on I made it my mission to do more of that.

In grade school I excelled in Art and English classes, often spending the interim periods lost in daydreams and doodles. And by the time I reached high school, I had discovered my love for acrylics and I was painting every day.

Soon after that, something happened that changed my life forever...


I always knew something was a little different about me, but I had no idea it was related to my eyes. At the age of 16, after a rather harrowing driving lesson, I visited an ophthalmologist to see what was happening to my vision. After 6 months of tests, referrals, and more tests (including electrodes in my eyeballs) I was diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation called Retinitis Pigmentosa. I had no clue what that meant, so the doctor made it really clear:

“Paul, you’re going to be blind.”

Hearing those words was a shock, and it didn’t exactly sink in for a while. Is there a cure?
“No.”

Is there a treatment?
“Carrots might help.”

How much longer before all of my sight is gone?
“We don’t exactly know.”

But the question I couldn’t get out of my head was… “How will I continue making art when I can no longer see?”

When I was diagnosed with RP at age 16, I still had about 50% of my vision. Last Spring, my visual field exam revealed that I’m down to roughly 15%


I joined Patreon because it allows me to fund my art and studio during these important years of sight. It also gives me the ability to interact with you in a way that isn’t possible on other platforms. Your support allows me to focus on creating new original paintings, whimsical illustrations, and eventually writing and publishing my first children’s book (unless you count that one from age 6? Ok, SECOND book!).

What will it look like? That’s just part of the journey you’ll be on with me! And I can’t wait to share it all with you.

As my Patrons, you will be the first to see sketches, progress pictures, and original paintings that tell unique and imaginative stories. Your pledges help me to buy art supplies and allow me the ability to focus on bigger and better projects - while also having the time to hang out with you more often!


If you like my work, and you want to support my studio, just choose how much you want to pledge per month. In return for your monthly subscription you’ll get fun rewards like limited edition prints, handwritten postcards, a customized sketch, or even a monthly original mini-painting! But best of all, you’ll become part of the inner-circle that helps my studio thrive and reach an even bigger audience.

And don’t worry! You can edit or cancel your pledge at any time (and I’ll still think you’re pretty awesome) 



  • Social Media Follow! I’ll follow you on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so I can keep up with your adventures!
  • Private Blog! Access to my Patreon-Only activity feed and blog where I will post sketches, ideas, and progress pictures of the cool stuff I’m working on, including my children’s book!
  • Lens! Private video content through “Lens” (a Patreon-Only feature that is similar to Snapchat)

  • Join My Monthly Coloring Club! Every month I’ll send you a new, downloadable coloring page of my artwork! By doing so, you can participate in my monthly coloring contest where I’ll post your work on my social media with a special shout-out!
  • All previous rewards

  • Monthly Handwritten Postcard! I’ll send you a monthly, handwritten postcard in the mail! Each month, the postcard will have a brand new, high quality image of my artwork on the back.
  • All previous rewards

  • Monthly 8x10 Special Edition Print! Every month I’ll send you a brand new, randomly selected, special edition art print! Each print will be signed and numbered and will include a special note from me to you!
  • All previous rewards

  • Monthly Time-Lapse Sketch! As seen on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I will post a time-lapse sketch of ANYTHING you ask me to draw. I’ll also send you a high-quality video of the time-lapse drawing for you to keep forever!
  • All previous reward

  • Monthly Original Painting! Each month I will send you a brand new, ORIGINAL acrylic “mini” painting. Each painting will be signed and dedicated to you! This is not a commission, as this will be art from my own imagination.
  • All previous rewards

Do I have to pay in US Dollars? No, you can pay in any currency and it will be automatically converted!

I don't have much money, can I still become a Patron?
Yes, please only sign up to donate what you can easily afford. Even $5 per month adds up, and is greatly appreciated!

Can I stop donating in the future if I can't afford it?
Yes of course! You can log in to change or cancel your pledge whenever you want.
Tiers
Boy Blue
$5 or more per month
  • Social Media Follow! I’ll follow you on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so I can keep up with your adventures!
  • Private Blog! Access to my Patreon-Only activity feed and blog where I will post sketches, ideas, and progress pictures of the cool stuff I’m working on, including my children’s book!
  • Lens! Private video content through “Lens” (a Patreon-Only feature that is similar to Snapchat)
Budding Artist
$15 or more per month
  • Join My Monthly Coloring Club! Every month I’ll send you a new, downloadable coloring page of my artwork! By doing so, you can participate in my monthly coloring contest where I’ll post your work on my social media with a special shout-out! 
  • All previous rewards
Flying Pig
$30 or more per month
  • Monthly Handwritten Postcard! I’ll send you a monthly, handwritten postcard in the mail! Each month, the postcard will have a brand new, high quality image of my artwork on the back.
  • All previous rewards
Grumpy Dog
$60 or more per month
  • Monthly 8x10 Special Edition Print! Every month I’ll send you a brand new, randomly selected, special edition art print! Each print will be signed and numbered and will include a special note from me to you!
  • All previous rewards
Bloomicorn
$125 or more per month
  • Monthly Time-Lapse Sketch! As seen on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I will post a time-lapse sketch of ANYTHING you ask me to draw.  I’ll also send you a high-quality video of the time-lapse drawing for you to keep forever!
  • All previous rewards
Pink Star Unicorn
$250 or more per month
  • Monthly Original Painting! Each month I will send you a brand new, ORIGINAL acrylic “mini” painting. Each painting will be signed and dedicated to you! This is not a commission, as this will be art from my own imagination. 
  • All previous rewards
Patreon Pete
$500 or more per month
  • Monthly Phone Call! Each month, I'll call you up on the phone and we can chat about anything you want!
  • All previous rewards
Goals
47 of 100 patrons
With a community of 100 Patrons, I'll be able self-publish my first children's book!
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Hey there! My name is Paul Castle and this is my Patreon Page! (Cue the fireworks!)

So just in case you know NOTHING about me, I’m here to give you the lowdown. First, my three-second bio: I’m a visually impaired artist and illustrator from Seattle, Washington!

Now for the less time-sensitive among you:

My passion for art and stories began the moment I held my very first crayon (it was blue, just in case you wondered!) and I’ve been making art just about every day since. It was around this time I also started dictating fantastical stories to my babysitters (because I couldn’t write fast enough, myself) who dutifully transcribed my words to the page.

At age 6, I combined my love of art and stories by writing and illustrating my very first book called "The Sad Turtle."  Ok, so it wasn’t exactly a bestseller. In fact, it was just a 10-page story stapled inside an old, discarded book cover - but it didn’t matter! Because it was a book I could HOLD in my hands and that was incredibly special. And from that day on I made it my mission to do more of that.

In grade school I excelled in Art and English classes, often spending the interim periods lost in daydreams and doodles. And by the time I reached high school, I had discovered my love for acrylics and I was painting every day.

Soon after that, something happened that changed my life forever...


I always knew something was a little different about me, but I had no idea it was related to my eyes. At the age of 16, after a rather harrowing driving lesson, I visited an ophthalmologist to see what was happening to my vision. After 6 months of tests, referrals, and more tests (including electrodes in my eyeballs) I was diagnosed with a rare genetic mutation called Retinitis Pigmentosa. I had no clue what that meant, so the doctor made it really clear:

“Paul, you’re going to be blind.”

Hearing those words was a shock, and it didn’t exactly sink in for a while. Is there a cure?
“No.”

Is there a treatment?
“Carrots might help.”

How much longer before all of my sight is gone?
“We don’t exactly know.”

But the question I couldn’t get out of my head was… “How will I continue making art when I can no longer see?”

When I was diagnosed with RP at age 16, I still had about 50% of my vision. Last Spring, my visual field exam revealed that I’m down to roughly 15%


I joined Patreon because it allows me to fund my art and studio during these important years of sight. It also gives me the ability to interact with you in a way that isn’t possible on other platforms. Your support allows me to focus on creating new original paintings, whimsical illustrations, and eventually writing and publishing my first children’s book (unless you count that one from age 6? Ok, SECOND book!).

What will it look like? That’s just part of the journey you’ll be on with me! And I can’t wait to share it all with you.

As my Patrons, you will be the first to see sketches, progress pictures, and original paintings that tell unique and imaginative stories. Your pledges help me to buy art supplies and allow me the ability to focus on bigger and better projects - while also having the time to hang out with you more often!


If you like my work, and you want to support my studio, just choose how much you want to pledge per month. In return for your monthly subscription you’ll get fun rewards like limited edition prints, handwritten postcards, a customized sketch, or even a monthly original mini-painting! But best of all, you’ll become part of the inner-circle that helps my studio thrive and reach an even bigger audience.

And don’t worry! You can edit or cancel your pledge at any time (and I’ll still think you’re pretty awesome) 



  • Social Media Follow! I’ll follow you on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so I can keep up with your adventures!
  • Private Blog! Access to my Patreon-Only activity feed and blog where I will post sketches, ideas, and progress pictures of the cool stuff I’m working on, including my children’s book!
  • Lens! Private video content through “Lens” (a Patreon-Only feature that is similar to Snapchat)

  • Join My Monthly Coloring Club! Every month I’ll send you a new, downloadable coloring page of my artwork! By doing so, you can participate in my monthly coloring contest where I’ll post your work on my social media with a special shout-out!
  • All previous rewards

  • Monthly Handwritten Postcard! I’ll send you a monthly, handwritten postcard in the mail! Each month, the postcard will have a brand new, high quality image of my artwork on the back.
  • All previous rewards

  • Monthly 8x10 Special Edition Print! Every month I’ll send you a brand new, randomly selected, special edition art print! Each print will be signed and numbered and will include a special note from me to you!
  • All previous rewards

  • Monthly Time-Lapse Sketch! As seen on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I will post a time-lapse sketch of ANYTHING you ask me to draw. I’ll also send you a high-quality video of the time-lapse drawing for you to keep forever!
  • All previous reward

  • Monthly Original Painting! Each month I will send you a brand new, ORIGINAL acrylic “mini” painting. Each painting will be signed and dedicated to you! This is not a commission, as this will be art from my own imagination.
  • All previous rewards

Do I have to pay in US Dollars? No, you can pay in any currency and it will be automatically converted!

I don't have much money, can I still become a Patron?
Yes, please only sign up to donate what you can easily afford. Even $5 per month adds up, and is greatly appreciated!

Can I stop donating in the future if I can't afford it?
Yes of course! You can log in to change or cancel your pledge whenever you want.

Recent posts by Paul Castle

Tiers
Boy Blue
$5 or more per month
  • Social Media Follow! I’ll follow you on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook so I can keep up with your adventures!
  • Private Blog! Access to my Patreon-Only activity feed and blog where I will post sketches, ideas, and progress pictures of the cool stuff I’m working on, including my children’s book!
  • Lens! Private video content through “Lens” (a Patreon-Only feature that is similar to Snapchat)
Budding Artist
$15 or more per month
  • Join My Monthly Coloring Club! Every month I’ll send you a new, downloadable coloring page of my artwork! By doing so, you can participate in my monthly coloring contest where I’ll post your work on my social media with a special shout-out! 
  • All previous rewards
Flying Pig
$30 or more per month
  • Monthly Handwritten Postcard! I’ll send you a monthly, handwritten postcard in the mail! Each month, the postcard will have a brand new, high quality image of my artwork on the back.
  • All previous rewards
Grumpy Dog
$60 or more per month
  • Monthly 8x10 Special Edition Print! Every month I’ll send you a brand new, randomly selected, special edition art print! Each print will be signed and numbered and will include a special note from me to you!
  • All previous rewards
Bloomicorn
$125 or more per month
  • Monthly Time-Lapse Sketch! As seen on my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, I will post a time-lapse sketch of ANYTHING you ask me to draw.  I’ll also send you a high-quality video of the time-lapse drawing for you to keep forever!
  • All previous rewards
Pink Star Unicorn
$250 or more per month
  • Monthly Original Painting! Each month I will send you a brand new, ORIGINAL acrylic “mini” painting. Each painting will be signed and dedicated to you! This is not a commission, as this will be art from my own imagination. 
  • All previous rewards
Patreon Pete
$500 or more per month
  • Monthly Phone Call! Each month, I'll call you up on the phone and we can chat about anything you want!
  • All previous rewards