Gryphyn Bloodheart is creating PONIES
5

patrons

$36
per Custom or Art Piece
Who Am I?
Hi, my name is Heidi Rae Hosmer, but you may know me as Princess Gryph. I make hundreds of custom My Little Pony figures for people around the world, and sell others I make in my free time online and at conventions. I have hundreds of customers and thousands of fans worldwide.

What Are "Custom Ponies"?
Custom ponies refer to special hand-crafted My Little Pony toys made using a pony toy as a base, whether it is a 2" blind bag figure or an 8" Styling Size brushable toy. Some of my customs are also made using "fakies" or off-brand My Little Pony toys. I have made hundreds of these toys using a wide variety of bases including blind bags, brushables, molded hair toys, fashion style brushables, styling size brushables, Funkos, Funko minis, Chupa Chups, and even figures as obscure as bubble bath bottles.

Why Patreon?
Being a custom artist is... challenging. Many 2D artists can replicate their work indefinitely or print it to other kinds of merchandise, but when I make a custom pony, it is one of a kind. For other artists, three or four hours of work can readily be turned into dozens of sales. For me, it can only ever be one sale.

Art for Art's Sake
For a long time, this was my full-time job. It was enough to get by and support my family in that time, but just barely. I am only grateful that I have the opportunity to exercise my creativity and be my own boss. And, in doing so, I have been able to improve my life significantly. But part of being a professional artist means being a salesperson too. I have lots of great ideas for customs, special projects, even sculpting and other crafts, that I feel as though I can't pursue because any time I might spend on that could just mean lost profits. Sometimes it'd just be nice to do my art for art's sake - and not have to think about the profit margin. If I am able to do this, everyone will get to see more creative, unique, fun pieces coming out of my workshop. The more support I receive here, the fewer limitations there will be on the type of content I can produce. I may even expand into fully hand-sculpted pieces or other custom toys and crafts.

Milestone Goals
For every $30 raised here, I can make a custom brushable. At $50, I can make other kinds of customs, including Funkos. At $75 I can make Fashion Style customs or other complex customs. The higher the Milestone Goal reached here, the more complex my projects can get. There are plenty of ideas trapped in this noggin. Since most of my work can only be shared with patrons in photos, I plan on giving away each finished project to one lucky patron. If the winning patron is not interested in owning that particular project, they can opt to donate it to a charity auction. When this happens, I will auction the project off on eBay, and the full amount of the auction sale will be donated to Family Resources (though the patron donor may choose a different charity if they wish.)

Why Family Resources?
Family Resources is an agency in the Tampa Bay area that offers crisis services for youth and their families, with 84% of total expenses being spent on the services and programs they deliver. They run programs such as SafePlace youth shelters for respite stays, runaway youth, and homeless teens; the Prism Transitional Living Program for LGBT youth transitioning out of the child welfare system or who have been kicked out of their homes; family counseling for crisis intervention; sexual education services through the Teen Outreach Program; and even free after-school and summer art programs through the Youth Art Corps. The services they offer made a huge difference in my young life, and I have always tried to find ways to show my support, even though I can't usually afford to make donations myself. Although patrons can choose to auction custom projects for any charity they want, Family Resources holds a special place in my heart, and being able to donate to them would be very meaningful to me personally.

How Often Will I Make Projects?
Because my Patreon is currently set per project, it will be hard to tell how often I will make projects. At this point, I do not expect to do more than one project per month. This Patreon isn't necessarily aimed at helping me pay bills (though every little bit helps toward that end), so much as it is aimed at giving me an opportunity to expand on my work as an artist. If it happens to become sustainable, all the better.

Please Show Your Support!
I have lots of ideas for beautiful, unique custom ponies. This will be a great way to start seeing more one-of-a-kind pieces! If you enjoy my work, but can't afford to commission one for yourself, becoming a patron for even just $1 per project will give you a chance at receiving a custom of your very own! Even if you aren't interested in owning a custom piece, but enjoy seeing my work, you should consider becoming a patron. Even small contributions will help keep me going. 
Rewards
Cutie Mark Crusaders
$1 or more per Custom or Art Piece 3 patrons
YOU are my core supporters! A dollar may not seem like much, but your continuous support makes it all possible. At this level you will have access to:
  • Patron-only content feed 
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group!
  • Commission Me! I ONLY accept commissions from patrons. Becoming a patron gives you exclusive access to my commission queue.
  • Chance at receiving each finished project! Odds will be weighted depending on how much you contribute each project.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
Ponyville Patrons
$3 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 patrons
Your support is the essence of friendship! At this tier patrons have an opportunity to get a little love from me. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Link to your DeviantART page on my journal! Send a note to me on dA if you would like me to add you on my journal


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
Canterlot Connoisseurs
$5 or more per Custom or Art Piece 1 patron
You are a class above the rest! I want to hear more from you, and will seek your input when considering what direction to go with my projects. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Become a consultant! You will have influence over what kind of custom I make next. You can make suggestions and help me decide which ideas to go forward with. You will have access to my Patreon Project Trello page and be able to add cards and suggestions for future projects.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
Equestrian Elite
$10 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 30 patrons
You are not just another patron, you are a creative peer. This tier is excellent for other artists and creatives seeking feedback on their own work. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece! I will read or view your work and give you intensive constructive feedback to help you grow as an artist. (Warning: I will not hold back.)


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
Mustang Masters
$20 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 20 patrons
Your business is a high priority! Patrons starting at this level gain access to high priority commission slots. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • One (1) rush order commission slot! Exclusively for Patrons. You must still pay for a commission, but this guarantees you a slot at the top of my queue.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
Pegasus Partners
$30 or more per Custom or Art Piece 1 of 10 patrons
You deserve MORE PONIES! How sweet does "FREE" sound to you? Rewards at this tier include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Free ponies! I will give one free pony to a patron at this tier, per project. That means for each project I complete, you have a chance to receive TWO different customs!


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
  • Free ponies
United Unicorns
$50 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 10 patrons
You shouldn't have to worry about shipping costs. This is like the Amazon Prime of pony patron tiers. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Free shipping! For one (1) paid commission, both domestic and international.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
  • Free ponies
  • Free shipping
Discordian Dandies
$75 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 5 patrons
You are a treasure to me, and a gift to the world. I could just wrap you up in beautiful paper and tie you up with ribbons and bows. In fact, I might just do that. Rewards at this tier include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Free gift wrap! Planning to commission customs as gifts, or give away the ponies you win to friends? A person as giving as you deserves to have beautifully wrapped gifts, for free.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
  • Free ponies
  • Free shipping
  • Free gift wrap
All-Star Alicorns
$100 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 5 patrons
Yours is the gift that just keeps on giving. You do so much to make my projects possible, I can't help but give a little back. Rewards at this tier include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Free gift sent in mail! Mysterious, random, free stuff. Most likely pony related. But possibly not. Random exciting free stuff in the mail is fun for everyone. What could go wrong? Nothing creepy. Promise.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
  • Free ponies
  • Free shipping
  • Free gift wrap
  • Free gift sent in mail
Goals
$36 of $200 per Custom or Art Piece
You guys are giving me $200 per project? That's it. All holds barred. Imma make some crazy sh*t at this level. Hold onto your butts.
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Who Am I?
Hi, my name is Heidi Rae Hosmer, but you may know me as Princess Gryph. I make hundreds of custom My Little Pony figures for people around the world, and sell others I make in my free time online and at conventions. I have hundreds of customers and thousands of fans worldwide.

What Are "Custom Ponies"?
Custom ponies refer to special hand-crafted My Little Pony toys made using a pony toy as a base, whether it is a 2" blind bag figure or an 8" Styling Size brushable toy. Some of my customs are also made using "fakies" or off-brand My Little Pony toys. I have made hundreds of these toys using a wide variety of bases including blind bags, brushables, molded hair toys, fashion style brushables, styling size brushables, Funkos, Funko minis, Chupa Chups, and even figures as obscure as bubble bath bottles.

Why Patreon?
Being a custom artist is... challenging. Many 2D artists can replicate their work indefinitely or print it to other kinds of merchandise, but when I make a custom pony, it is one of a kind. For other artists, three or four hours of work can readily be turned into dozens of sales. For me, it can only ever be one sale.

Art for Art's Sake
For a long time, this was my full-time job. It was enough to get by and support my family in that time, but just barely. I am only grateful that I have the opportunity to exercise my creativity and be my own boss. And, in doing so, I have been able to improve my life significantly. But part of being a professional artist means being a salesperson too. I have lots of great ideas for customs, special projects, even sculpting and other crafts, that I feel as though I can't pursue because any time I might spend on that could just mean lost profits. Sometimes it'd just be nice to do my art for art's sake - and not have to think about the profit margin. If I am able to do this, everyone will get to see more creative, unique, fun pieces coming out of my workshop. The more support I receive here, the fewer limitations there will be on the type of content I can produce. I may even expand into fully hand-sculpted pieces or other custom toys and crafts.

Milestone Goals
For every $30 raised here, I can make a custom brushable. At $50, I can make other kinds of customs, including Funkos. At $75 I can make Fashion Style customs or other complex customs. The higher the Milestone Goal reached here, the more complex my projects can get. There are plenty of ideas trapped in this noggin. Since most of my work can only be shared with patrons in photos, I plan on giving away each finished project to one lucky patron. If the winning patron is not interested in owning that particular project, they can opt to donate it to a charity auction. When this happens, I will auction the project off on eBay, and the full amount of the auction sale will be donated to Family Resources (though the patron donor may choose a different charity if they wish.)

Why Family Resources?
Family Resources is an agency in the Tampa Bay area that offers crisis services for youth and their families, with 84% of total expenses being spent on the services and programs they deliver. They run programs such as SafePlace youth shelters for respite stays, runaway youth, and homeless teens; the Prism Transitional Living Program for LGBT youth transitioning out of the child welfare system or who have been kicked out of their homes; family counseling for crisis intervention; sexual education services through the Teen Outreach Program; and even free after-school and summer art programs through the Youth Art Corps. The services they offer made a huge difference in my young life, and I have always tried to find ways to show my support, even though I can't usually afford to make donations myself. Although patrons can choose to auction custom projects for any charity they want, Family Resources holds a special place in my heart, and being able to donate to them would be very meaningful to me personally.

How Often Will I Make Projects?
Because my Patreon is currently set per project, it will be hard to tell how often I will make projects. At this point, I do not expect to do more than one project per month. This Patreon isn't necessarily aimed at helping me pay bills (though every little bit helps toward that end), so much as it is aimed at giving me an opportunity to expand on my work as an artist. If it happens to become sustainable, all the better.

Please Show Your Support!
I have lots of ideas for beautiful, unique custom ponies. This will be a great way to start seeing more one-of-a-kind pieces! If you enjoy my work, but can't afford to commission one for yourself, becoming a patron for even just $1 per project will give you a chance at receiving a custom of your very own! Even if you aren't interested in owning a custom piece, but enjoy seeing my work, you should consider becoming a patron. Even small contributions will help keep me going. 

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Rewards
Cutie Mark Crusaders
$1 or more per Custom or Art Piece 3 patrons
YOU are my core supporters! A dollar may not seem like much, but your continuous support makes it all possible. At this level you will have access to:
  • Patron-only content feed 
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group!
  • Commission Me! I ONLY accept commissions from patrons. Becoming a patron gives you exclusive access to my commission queue.
  • Chance at receiving each finished project! Odds will be weighted depending on how much you contribute each project.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
Ponyville Patrons
$3 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 patrons
Your support is the essence of friendship! At this tier patrons have an opportunity to get a little love from me. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Link to your DeviantART page on my journal! Send a note to me on dA if you would like me to add you on my journal


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
Canterlot Connoisseurs
$5 or more per Custom or Art Piece 1 patron
You are a class above the rest! I want to hear more from you, and will seek your input when considering what direction to go with my projects. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Become a consultant! You will have influence over what kind of custom I make next. You can make suggestions and help me decide which ideas to go forward with. You will have access to my Patreon Project Trello page and be able to add cards and suggestions for future projects.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
Equestrian Elite
$10 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 30 patrons
You are not just another patron, you are a creative peer. This tier is excellent for other artists and creatives seeking feedback on their own work. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece! I will read or view your work and give you intensive constructive feedback to help you grow as an artist. (Warning: I will not hold back.)


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
Mustang Masters
$20 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 20 patrons
Your business is a high priority! Patrons starting at this level gain access to high priority commission slots. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • One (1) rush order commission slot! Exclusively for Patrons. You must still pay for a commission, but this guarantees you a slot at the top of my queue.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
Pegasus Partners
$30 or more per Custom or Art Piece 1 of 10 patrons
You deserve MORE PONIES! How sweet does "FREE" sound to you? Rewards at this tier include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Free ponies! I will give one free pony to a patron at this tier, per project. That means for each project I complete, you have a chance to receive TWO different customs!


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
  • Free ponies
United Unicorns
$50 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 10 patrons
You shouldn't have to worry about shipping costs. This is like the Amazon Prime of pony patron tiers. Rewards include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Free shipping! For one (1) paid commission, both domestic and international.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
  • Free ponies
  • Free shipping
Discordian Dandies
$75 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 5 patrons
You are a treasure to me, and a gift to the world. I could just wrap you up in beautiful paper and tie you up with ribbons and bows. In fact, I might just do that. Rewards at this tier include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Free gift wrap! Planning to commission customs as gifts, or give away the ponies you win to friends? A person as giving as you deserves to have beautifully wrapped gifts, for free.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
  • Free ponies
  • Free shipping
  • Free gift wrap
All-Star Alicorns
$100 or more per Custom or Art Piece 0 of 5 patrons
Yours is the gift that just keeps on giving. You do so much to make my projects possible, I can't help but give a little back. Rewards at this tier include:
  • All rewards from lower tiers
  • PLUS: Free gift sent in mail! Mysterious, random, free stuff. Most likely pony related. But possibly not. Random exciting free stuff in the mail is fun for everyone. What could go wrong? Nothing creepy. Promise.


Includes
  • Access to exclusive Patreon Skype chat group
  • Chance at receiving each finished project
  • Commission Me!
  • Patron-only content feed
  • Link to your DeviantART page on my journal
  • Become a consultant
  • One (1) critique on your custom art or literary piece
  • One (1) rush order commission slot
  • Free ponies
  • Free shipping
  • Free gift wrap
  • Free gift sent in mail