Cary Gray is creating Illustrations , Stories, and Videos
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Thank you for showing up here! 

You're the reason I'm here, too.  I wanna connect with people who need the little things like a positive lift, or hand-made card, or personal art lesson.  I wanna meet all those people out there who support independent craftsmen and artists.  So thank you for showing up!
My name is Cary and I was born in the sticks.  America's Heartland.  St. Louis, Missouri, I mean.  I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated in 2011, living in Baltimore til 2013.  That year, I became a nomad, riding over 18,000 miles on a unicycle through North and South America.  Check out the blog here.

Hey, I needed something to make art about.  I needed inspiration.

During that trip and since then, I have created a pile of works in a number of media, inspired by distance unicycling.  This year, my hard work has paid off, as I was able to successfully fundraise on kickstarter (with the help of 101 awesome people) a full length children's book.  I wrote the story, and I illustrated the entire book using my feet.  The Sustainable Adventures of Luno! is now available on amazon as an ebook!
I also recently published a full-length nonfiction (ebook) about my journey, called " The Naked Unicyclist"
This page will surely evolve as I add or subtract creative elements as they go well or go under.
This is a Community Effort.  What that means is that if you have suggestions, comments, or ideas that will make things better, let me know!  I want to serve the community with my artwork and writing, and I expect and encourage that all those supporting me with donations will speak their minds about how I can serve them better, or what I'm doing well that they'd like to see continue.  Thank you!

BONUS Rewards---
"Sharing is Caring"  --  limit one per person per month
After receiving your reward (levels $10 and up), such as thank-you card or artwork, take a picture, write how much you enjoy it, and share on your social media of choice.  Screenshot this and send to me in an email.  The following month you will receive an illustrated thank-you card in addition to whatever your reward is (holler if you want me to theme the card or make it out to a specific someone)
"Reading is Feeding"  --  limit 2 per person (one for each book)
Follow this link to the my ebook, The Naked Unicyclist or the children's ebook, The Sustainable Adventures of Luno!  Then, read it (or at least skim it), go to Amazon and give it 5 stars, and leave it a positive review.  These books cost $9 each, so to compensate for that, and as a reward--you will get the reward of my $100 Patreon level (only once).  Specifically, you will get an original watercolor, signed and framed, sent to your doorstep.
Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per month
0 patrons
The Twofer

(TOOh-fer) noun Twofers pl. ::  a strange and wonderful beast that makes its home under golfing greens and very thick carpets.  This gets you a high five and a thank you!
(It also gets you access to MOST of the Patron-only content that I post)
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 of 25 patrons
The High Five

This also gets you a high-five, but one of those that really smacks, after which both parties recoil in laughter and mild pain. 
I will write you a Haiku poem, complete with a very simple sketch, and send it to you electronically.  It won't be published anywhere, but feel free to post it on your facebook.  Just be a dear and included proper credit, okay?
(It also gets you access to MOST of the Patron-only content that I post)
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
"TENk You, TENk you vedy much"

I will create a small thank you card, with a small watercolor illustration on it.  Like a half-baked logo, really.  Plus it'll have a wry or pithy one-liner, so that you can get mad props when you re-use it as a thank you note for a friend or lover.  Just be a dear and included proper credit, okay?
(Of course, it also gets you access to ALL of the Patron-only content that I post)
Pledge $15 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
"The Freshmen 15"

...is what happens when you meet the love of your life: college cafeteria food.  That and binge drinking.  Anyway, this is like, the hot sister of the $10 reward, meaning that in addition to a high five and a thank you card that you can (not) pass off as your own later, your card will be more complex and the drawing may even be...complete.  Enough so that you might hang it on the wall, or that the $10 reward people will jump ship and upgrade.
(Of course, it also gets you access to ALL of the Patron-only content that I post)
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
"The 25-Year Baby Commitment"

My most popular reward.  It just doesn't say that anywhere on the site... This gets you a high five and an original piece of artwork, unframed.  That means: drawing, watercolor, or painting.  This will be a simple, but polished work.  Sizing?  It will fit into a 9x12 padded envelope or smaller and not need batteries.  If you'd rather I make a high-end version of the $15 thank you card, or a themed greeting card, just shout.  When I say themed, I mean "birthday" or "grandma's 80," not "words words more words etc etc."  I mean, I love your help, but I just don't read long messages.
(Of course, it also gets you access to ALL of the Patron-only content that I post, including the higher-tier content)
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 of 15 patrons
"Fifty is the New Shifty"

Ohh yeahhh!  You're awesome.  This gets you an original work of art (pencil drawing or watercolor) by yours truly once per month.  If you choose, you can get an unframed piece monthly, or a suped-up piece that's framed every other month.   Or even save up three months and get a larger piece, framed, and signed.  (Etc. up to 4 months) Just let me know! 
I will also create a video for this level--ask me any one question and I will choose 5-10 of people's questions to answer in the video and post it to this level only!
(Of course, it also gets you access to ALL of the Patron-only content that I post, including the higher-tier content)
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Be a Character

Thank you!! For this reward level you can EITHER be a drawn character, or a character in a short story.  If you want the drawing, send me an image of you (or whoever you want drawn).  I will not send more than one reminder for this, so if I don't receive the photo, I will simply make a piece of artwork.  For the short story, please send a character name, a 1-2 sentence description, and link to a facebook, if you want it eerily accurate.  You may suggest a scene/setting/context, but I won't necessarily follow it.  I'm wily.
This also gets you a 1-on-1 skype or phone chat 15-30 minutes long, or Q&A.
(This of course gets you access to the highest level of content that I post..)
Goals
$0 of $250 per month
Yay!  We made the first goal!  This means I can eat 3 meals a day instead of just two!  Thank you for getting the momentum going!
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Thank you for showing up here! 

You're the reason I'm here, too.  I wanna connect with people who need the little things like a positive lift, or hand-made card, or personal art lesson.  I wanna meet all those people out there who support independent craftsmen and artists.  So thank you for showing up!
My name is Cary and I was born in the sticks.  America's Heartland.  St. Louis, Missouri, I mean.  I attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated in 2011, living in Baltimore til 2013.  That year, I became a nomad, riding over 18,000 miles on a unicycle through North and South America.  Check out the blog here.

Hey, I needed something to make art about.  I needed inspiration.

During that trip and since then, I have created a pile of works in a number of media, inspired by distance unicycling.  This year, my hard work has paid off, as I was able to successfully fundraise on kickstarter (with the help of 101 awesome people) a full length children's book.  I wrote the story, and I illustrated the entire book using my feet.  The Sustainable Adventures of Luno! is now available on amazon as an ebook!
I also recently published a full-length nonfiction (ebook) about my journey, called " The Naked Unicyclist"
This page will surely evolve as I add or subtract creative elements as they go well or go under.
This is a Community Effort.  What that means is that if you have suggestions, comments, or ideas that will make things better, let me know!  I want to serve the community with my artwork and writing, and I expect and encourage that all those supporting me with donations will speak their minds about how I can serve them better, or what I'm doing well that they'd like to see continue.  Thank you!

BONUS Rewards---
"Sharing is Caring"  --  limit one per person per month
After receiving your reward (levels $10 and up), such as thank-you card or artwork, take a picture, write how much you enjoy it, and share on your social media of choice.  Screenshot this and send to me in an email.  The following month you will receive an illustrated thank-you card in addition to whatever your reward is (holler if you want me to theme the card or make it out to a specific someone)
"Reading is Feeding"  --  limit 2 per person (one for each book)
Follow this link to the my ebook, The Naked Unicyclist or the children's ebook, The Sustainable Adventures of Luno!  Then, read it (or at least skim it), go to Amazon and give it 5 stars, and leave it a positive review.  These books cost $9 each, so to compensate for that, and as a reward--you will get the reward of my $100 Patreon level (only once).  Specifically, you will get an original watercolor, signed and framed, sent to your doorstep.

Recent posts by Cary Gray

Tiers
Pledge $2 or more per month
0 patrons
The Twofer

(TOOh-fer) noun Twofers pl. ::  a strange and wonderful beast that makes its home under golfing greens and very thick carpets.  This gets you a high five and a thank you!
(It also gets you access to MOST of the Patron-only content that I post)
Pledge $5 or more per month
1 of 25 patrons
The High Five

This also gets you a high-five, but one of those that really smacks, after which both parties recoil in laughter and mild pain. 
I will write you a Haiku poem, complete with a very simple sketch, and send it to you electronically.  It won't be published anywhere, but feel free to post it on your facebook.  Just be a dear and included proper credit, okay?
(It also gets you access to MOST of the Patron-only content that I post)
Pledge $10 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
"TENk You, TENk you vedy much"

I will create a small thank you card, with a small watercolor illustration on it.  Like a half-baked logo, really.  Plus it'll have a wry or pithy one-liner, so that you can get mad props when you re-use it as a thank you note for a friend or lover.  Just be a dear and included proper credit, okay?
(Of course, it also gets you access to ALL of the Patron-only content that I post)
Pledge $15 or more per month
0 of 20 patrons
"The Freshmen 15"

...is what happens when you meet the love of your life: college cafeteria food.  That and binge drinking.  Anyway, this is like, the hot sister of the $10 reward, meaning that in addition to a high five and a thank you card that you can (not) pass off as your own later, your card will be more complex and the drawing may even be...complete.  Enough so that you might hang it on the wall, or that the $10 reward people will jump ship and upgrade.
(Of course, it also gets you access to ALL of the Patron-only content that I post)
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
"The 25-Year Baby Commitment"

My most popular reward.  It just doesn't say that anywhere on the site... This gets you a high five and an original piece of artwork, unframed.  That means: drawing, watercolor, or painting.  This will be a simple, but polished work.  Sizing?  It will fit into a 9x12 padded envelope or smaller and not need batteries.  If you'd rather I make a high-end version of the $15 thank you card, or a themed greeting card, just shout.  When I say themed, I mean "birthday" or "grandma's 80," not "words words more words etc etc."  I mean, I love your help, but I just don't read long messages.
(Of course, it also gets you access to ALL of the Patron-only content that I post, including the higher-tier content)
Pledge $50 or more per month
0 of 15 patrons
"Fifty is the New Shifty"

Ohh yeahhh!  You're awesome.  This gets you an original work of art (pencil drawing or watercolor) by yours truly once per month.  If you choose, you can get an unframed piece monthly, or a suped-up piece that's framed every other month.   Or even save up three months and get a larger piece, framed, and signed.  (Etc. up to 4 months) Just let me know! 
I will also create a video for this level--ask me any one question and I will choose 5-10 of people's questions to answer in the video and post it to this level only!
(Of course, it also gets you access to ALL of the Patron-only content that I post, including the higher-tier content)
Pledge $100 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Be a Character

Thank you!! For this reward level you can EITHER be a drawn character, or a character in a short story.  If you want the drawing, send me an image of you (or whoever you want drawn).  I will not send more than one reminder for this, so if I don't receive the photo, I will simply make a piece of artwork.  For the short story, please send a character name, a 1-2 sentence description, and link to a facebook, if you want it eerily accurate.  You may suggest a scene/setting/context, but I won't necessarily follow it.  I'm wily.
This also gets you a 1-on-1 skype or phone chat 15-30 minutes long, or Q&A.
(This of course gets you access to the highest level of content that I post..)