Michael Cunliffe is creating surreal, dark art and genre illustration
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patrons

About me

My name is Michael Cunliffe, but most of my friends know me as Mouse. I have been working as an artist and illustrator for the past ten years, creating dark, surreal and fantastic imagery in both traditional and digital media.

My artistic practice is split between genre illustrations, painted digitally using Corel Painter and Photoshop, and more surreal, personal works created traditionally using oils or ink.

            

My interest in art was nurtured by the covers of the books on my parents' shelves and as I devoured fiction by Asimov, Gaiman and Pratchett, my interest in illustration grew. As a gamer from an early age, I was surrounded by imagery from artists like Brom, Michael Whelan and Christopher Rush and soon started seeking out the work of other fantastic artists like Dave McKean, Patrick Woodruffe and H R Giger.

As my taste for surreal work grew, I started to experiment with traditional techniques like automatic drawing, Éclaboussure and Grattage to explore the dream and nightmare images that began to emerge and can be most readily associated with the modern Dark Art movement. This work allows me to express worries and tension that I could not translate into words and has been a key part of working through periods of anxiety.

            
 

Why use Patreon?

Patreon gives me the opportunity to reach out to an international audience of fans who are interested in seeing more of my work but may not have the means (or wall space in some cases) to purchase original pieces. Patreon helps to support production of the genre illustration and dark art, instead of pursuing more commercial, but less interesting work. It also allows people (and I hope you) to become part of my artistic career, supporting the development of my work and helping to guide its direction.

What does your patronage mean to me?

By becoming a patron, you help to secure my ability to devote time to developing my artwork, as well allowing me to provide behind the scenes insight into my working process, create tutorials, help other artists and connect with my audience in a way that I would not otherwise be able to do.

As more Patrons support my work, I can spend more time rewarding you directly, with regular competitions to win artwork or commissions based on your reward level, live drawing sessions, limited edition prints, Q&A; sessions and more as time goes on.

What if I can’t afford a dollar?

That’s ok. If you like my work, but can’t support me financially, follow me on your preferred social media channel ( Facebook|Twitter|Tumblr|Instagram|Google+), share my work with your friends and if you think they would be interested in becoming a patron, please send them the link to this site.

Above all, get in touch and let me know you like my work - your support means the world to me.
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month

Murid
For just a dollar each month, you will get access to my exclusive Patreon content, inviting you into my studio for behind the scenes sketches, in progress shots and tutorials. You will also be be able to vote on upcoming projects, send me your own work for critique and get access to exclusive contests and additional rewards, just for Patrons.
Pledge $5 or more per month

Corvid
For the price of buying me a cup of coffee (or a pint if you prefer) each month, you will also get a little something extra in your Patron rewards and receive a 10% discount on everything in my store and for direct commissions. 
Pledge $10 or more per month

Cervid
For ten dollars a month, you add an even bigger thank you with your Patron rewards, a 15% discount on my work and screen resolution copies of my artwork on request for your personal, non commercial use.
Pledge $20 or more per month

Hominid
At twenty dollars a month, you get even more in your Patron rewards, a 20% discount on my work at full resolution artwork on request for your personal, non commercial use.
Pledge $50 or more per month

Felid
At fifty dollars each month, you will get a HUGE extra helping in your patron rewards, a 25% discount and a physical print of your choice every three months.
Pledge $100 or more per month

Tyrannosaurid
For $100 each month you get an amazing level of bonus to your Patron rewards, a whopping 30% discount on all my work and if you want a physical print of something - just let me know and it will be yours!
Goals
65% complete
At one hundred dollars a month, you will help to pay for the material costs of my practice.
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About me

My name is Michael Cunliffe, but most of my friends know me as Mouse. I have been working as an artist and illustrator for the past ten years, creating dark, surreal and fantastic imagery in both traditional and digital media.

My artistic practice is split between genre illustrations, painted digitally using Corel Painter and Photoshop, and more surreal, personal works created traditionally using oils or ink.

            

My interest in art was nurtured by the covers of the books on my parents' shelves and as I devoured fiction by Asimov, Gaiman and Pratchett, my interest in illustration grew. As a gamer from an early age, I was surrounded by imagery from artists like Brom, Michael Whelan and Christopher Rush and soon started seeking out the work of other fantastic artists like Dave McKean, Patrick Woodruffe and H R Giger.

As my taste for surreal work grew, I started to experiment with traditional techniques like automatic drawing, Éclaboussure and Grattage to explore the dream and nightmare images that began to emerge and can be most readily associated with the modern Dark Art movement. This work allows me to express worries and tension that I could not translate into words and has been a key part of working through periods of anxiety.

            
 

Why use Patreon?

Patreon gives me the opportunity to reach out to an international audience of fans who are interested in seeing more of my work but may not have the means (or wall space in some cases) to purchase original pieces. Patreon helps to support production of the genre illustration and dark art, instead of pursuing more commercial, but less interesting work. It also allows people (and I hope you) to become part of my artistic career, supporting the development of my work and helping to guide its direction.

What does your patronage mean to me?

By becoming a patron, you help to secure my ability to devote time to developing my artwork, as well allowing me to provide behind the scenes insight into my working process, create tutorials, help other artists and connect with my audience in a way that I would not otherwise be able to do.

As more Patrons support my work, I can spend more time rewarding you directly, with regular competitions to win artwork or commissions based on your reward level, live drawing sessions, limited edition prints, Q&A; sessions and more as time goes on.

What if I can’t afford a dollar?

That’s ok. If you like my work, but can’t support me financially, follow me on your preferred social media channel ( Facebook|Twitter|Tumblr|Instagram|Google+), share my work with your friends and if you think they would be interested in becoming a patron, please send them the link to this site.

Above all, get in touch and let me know you like my work - your support means the world to me.

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month

Murid
For just a dollar each month, you will get access to my exclusive Patreon content, inviting you into my studio for behind the scenes sketches, in progress shots and tutorials. You will also be be able to vote on upcoming projects, send me your own work for critique and get access to exclusive contests and additional rewards, just for Patrons.
Pledge $5 or more per month

Corvid
For the price of buying me a cup of coffee (or a pint if you prefer) each month, you will also get a little something extra in your Patron rewards and receive a 10% discount on everything in my store and for direct commissions. 
Pledge $10 or more per month

Cervid
For ten dollars a month, you add an even bigger thank you with your Patron rewards, a 15% discount on my work and screen resolution copies of my artwork on request for your personal, non commercial use.
Pledge $20 or more per month

Hominid
At twenty dollars a month, you get even more in your Patron rewards, a 20% discount on my work at full resolution artwork on request for your personal, non commercial use.
Pledge $50 or more per month

Felid
At fifty dollars each month, you will get a HUGE extra helping in your patron rewards, a 25% discount and a physical print of your choice every three months.
Pledge $100 or more per month

Tyrannosaurid
For $100 each month you get an amazing level of bonus to your Patron rewards, a whopping 30% discount on all my work and if you want a physical print of something - just let me know and it will be yours!