Darren

is creating Silk Paintings
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About Darren

Hi there!
So, a bit about me. Currently, I work full time in tech support, have done for years now. Unfortunately as a creative person (and an introvert), sitting in a block and answering phone calls all day tends to leave me brain dead and exhausted (something which I'm sure everyone stuck in a job they don't like has experienced), and after eight odd years I'm finally stick of it (and my girlfriend doesn't exactly like me turning into a zombie each week either).

So I've made the decision to start working towards making a job out of what I enjoy and am passionate about which in my case is Silk paintings, and a Patreon campaign seems like a great way to get that started.
The hope is that in the future I'll be able to make a living doing what I love.

What the heck is Patreon? Think of it like Kickstarter but with a much smaller buy-in and it's for ongoing projects rather than one big thing, it's a way that I can get some support (and incentive!) to keep making pretty things for all of you out there to see, and in exchange I'll add more art into the world, and post some tidbits, tips, making-ofs and such for my Patrons to see.
You'll also be able to send me messages and queries, like "hey, I have no clue how you're doing XYZ, can you post up some close ups from your next project?"

Pledge whatever you like, even a couple of dollars, and every time I complete a new project (and upload it here for all to see) that money will be charged from your account and go towards my next project!
Obviously you can cease at any time, put a maximum amount per month, all that type of thing 

What I do: I do paintings using watercolour dyes on white silk sheeting. Setting up the silk and frame can be quite time consuming, and due to the medium if you stuff something up you either put up with it, figure out a way to incorporate the stuff up into the design, or you start again (there's no "I'll go over this in another colour" with silk once the dye hits the silk it's there to stay!) but it's well worth it.

It's a fantastic medium for making things like medieval style banners, perfect for big bold colours, and lightweight silk flutters in the slightest breeze. I've also made things more suited to just hanging up on a wall at home like you would a regular painting (it also works great for stained-glass type effects).

I've also started doing a bit of resin casting, and anything that I put up about that will be free extras for my Patrons to see.

Do you take commissions? I sure do! If you've ever gone "You know, I'd love a big banner fluttering in the wind in my front yard", or if you look at one of my images and go "Wow, that would look amazing on my wall!" then feel free to send me a message and we can discuss it.
Don't worry about where you are in the world, silk folds up so tiny that even a 1m by 2m super-banner folds up into a ziplock sandwich bag.

What next? Click the "Creations" link at the top of the big picture above this and take a look at my stuff :D
Goals
$2 of $25 per Painting
If I can get $25 pledged per work then I'll know that this Patreon thing really is a workable idea so I'll produce a video of what I do and how it's done (and anyone who would like to make suggestions for what they want in the video will be free to do so). I will make no claim that the production values will be fantastic.
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