Brandon L. Hankinsis creating Comics and Ink Paintings
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- All previous tier benefits.
- 1 entry in my Sketch Request Line for warm-up prompts (no NSFW, no politics, no hate), shout-outs when the pic is posted to social media (instagram)
- Access to misc. sketches.
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- All previous tier benefits
- Receive 1 original ink painting with you choice of subject shipped to you! Same restrictions as Sketch Request Line apply.
About Brandon L. Hankins
Yo! I'm Brandon Hankins, a cartoonist and ink painter living and working in Michigan. I've made comics all my life, but since 2011 I've begun self-publishing mini-comics and zines. My passion lies in telling action-packed, heartfelt fantasy stories, the kinds I feel I needed to read when I was a kid, but sorely missed.
The one I'm currently working on, and why I need your help, is called Autumn Wing and the Crown of Fire, an adventure comic about a little half-angel (nephilim) child named Autumn on a journey to take sacred fire from a dragon's mouth. With it, he can forge his own halo and become a full angel. It's an idea that I quickly explored in a comic I wrote and drew for 2015's 24-Hour Comics Day, a challenge in which one creates 24 pages of comic within a 24-hour period (my first successful attempt). Even though I had to quickly come up with an idea for that challenge, I've grown to love it and I'm really excited to create more adventures with Autumn and see where his quest takes them. My goal is to tell a story that would've gotten a younger me through rough times, with a young hero who is often considered to be too soft-hearted to survive journeys in an unforgiving, often cruel world. This comic is an exploration of vulnerability, cruelty and identity, and a search for what it takes to keep or restore an open heart when hatred and cruelty are thrust upon us. I hope to find an answer through this comic's creation.
Why a webcomic
Ultimately, what I want is the freedom to explore this story and my arts practice in any way I choose, and continue building this up on my own terms.
A note on brush technique
My comics work is heavily inspired by sumi-e (Japanese ink painting), and zen arts. As such, I use a heavy brush technique for inking, seeking more to be present and express the essence of what I draw, rather than being meticulous or detailed. I've studied sumi-e and zen since 2015 as a means to enrich my comics work and shape my creative identity, but my love for these arts practices have taken on a life of its own, and informs how I approach art as a way of life.
Since I was 4, it's been my dream to make comics as my career. Over the years I've been cartooning, I've worked several jobs at a time to keep afloat, but it's draining physically and mentally. That's why I need your help. Patreon greatly increases my ability to support myself and my family through comics and brushwork. The more I make here, the less time I'll need to spend away from my drafting table. Gaining a livable wage doing what I love is the dream. I'll have more time, energy and freedom to work on this. This may also help me pay for several items that would help sustain workflow, like a new high-quality scanner, and do more helpful things for my practice like table at more conventions. I believe that asking you all for your trust and support as I develop this and other projects, is the strongest chance I have at realizing my own dreams, and hopefully inspiring others to live theirs.
What you get for pledging
Patrons get access to sketches, behind-the-scenes content and developmental writing not seen by most. Sketchbook snapshots and works-in-progress on future pages will be commonly shared here. You will be able to watch this work breathe for the very first time.
This is my journey as a comics creator and ink painter, and I'd like to share this road with you. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and say hi! Peace!
$38 of $100 per month
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I can better maintain or upgrade several supplies on the regular, as well as cover the costs of web domains and hosting.