Kelly McKernan is creating artwork, tutorials, artist insights, and mentorship
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Hello there! I'm Kelly McKernan, an independent artist, freelance illustrator, and single momma. I'm kicking ass at living the dream every day with the support from those who enjoy my watercolor paintings! Over the years, I've built up a large social media following by sharing every step of my journey as a full time artist, from showing works-in-progress, creating tutorial videos, sharing behind-the-scenes struggles and triumphs, providing tips and tricks to aspiring artists, giving away original art and special prizes, and of course, taking everyone along on the journey that is my art career.

With the introduction of eeeeevil, small-business crushing algorithms on Facebook and Instagram, it has become harder than ever to reach my wonderful community of supporters! This is why I have  a Patreon account - so that I can continue to cultivate this community and reach those interested in my work in a more effective way. I have so much to offer, from in-depth video tutorials, an artist journal, early WIPs and previews of completed artwork headed to galleries, coloring pages, a close-knit Discord and Facebook group experience for my community to interact and share artwork, and even live demos!

Other ways to support my work:


Depending on your Patreon budget, interest in my work, and the amount of support you're interested in sharing, I have eight tiers offering a wide variety of rewards! Have a look to the right for short descriptions, or keep scrolling for additional information on what to expect by becoming one of my Patrons. Thank you for taking a look and please let me know if you have any further questions!


For $2 per month, you'll get access to a plethora of posts sharing my works in progress, my thought process on approaching a new piece, peeks at my sketchbook, notes on how I create my color studies, and first look at finished pieces before I post them publicly! This is a great tier for those who are looking to show a little support and don't want to miss what I'm up to. 

You will also be among the first to hear about sales, exciting releases, and other updates!



For $5 a month, you'll get access to all posts in Tier One in addition to access to one live demo per month, which will be available to stream for one month following if you miss it! After that, it will be archived and only available to those in Tier Four, who can stream all previous videos.

You will also receive one coloring page every month created from a previous artwork, free to print out and color yourself! 

Additionally, Tier Two gets you access to my exclusive Discord channel and Facebook community, where members are welcome to share their own works in progress, ask questions, share inspiration, and whatever else you like! 

Finally, this tier gives you access to the Book Club*! Every month, those who wish to participate will read along with me a book on my reading list, which we'll discuss through the month in the Facebook community. I'd like to be able to do a live google hangouts at the end of the month with those in the book club to discuss as well! *book club is temporarily on hiatus until August!



In addition to all the awesome things in the above two tiers, the Magnifying Glass tier at $10 a month includes a regularly updated Artist Journal, where I will document personal and career triumphs, struggles, current inspirations, and musings. One of the things I can't really do on Facebook or Instagram is share personal posts anymore as those harm my reach and follower count. However, many seem interested in my life as a single mom and professional artist, and I have a lot to share! Fair warning: it will get personal. I will talk about difficult things, but it will be insightful. 

Tier three also includes one full time-lapse video of a painting, including annotations! The monthly time lapse video will be available for streaming for one month. After that, it is archived and only available to those in Tier Four. 

Finally, those pledging to this tier receive a 20% discount in my shop! This can be used on anything, including original paintings!


In addition to all the amazing rewards above, things get really fun with this tier at $20 a month because you'll get stuff in the mail every 2 months! Think of this one like a Kelly McKernan subscription box: you'll receive 3-5+ items that can include any of the following: stickers, pins, buttons, small prints not found in my shop, con exclusive postcard prints, watercolor swatches, candy, art supplies, and more! PS: If you're located outside of the US, please add $4 to your pledge to help me cover the shipping cost.

Tier four also grants you access to my archive of tutorial and demo videos for streaming at any time you like! 


Are you a student or aspiring artist and looking for a little help along the way? At $75 per month, you can access the Mentorship Express, which gets you one in-depth crit and review of a single piece (work in progress or finished is acceptable!) along with photoshop paint-overs and annotations. The Mentorship Express begins after your first billing cycle is completed. This review can be done over email or over one 45 minute live video session.

To learn more about the Mentorship tiersclick here.

Please note, this tier does not include mailed rewards from Tier Four, but does include access to the archive of tutorial and demo videos! If you would like the mailed rewards included, please add $20 to your pledge ($24 if located outside of the US). 



This super limited tier is for those aspiring artists and students that would like a personal mentorship with Kelly McKernan at a little slower pace than the full mentorship. Every two weeks, we will have a 45-60 minute Google video chat to discuss your goals as an artist and taking the steps to reach them, which includes personalized review and tips on how to grow your social media following. Additionally, we will work together on improving your current body of work, focusing on improving your techniques, concepts, composition, and more. This is best for artists working watercolor or acrylic, but all media, including digital, is welcome!

There is no portfolio review required to be accepted, but it's recommended that you contact me first with some samples of your work to make sure you'd be a good fit for the Mentorship Lite program. We will also need to work out a schedule that works for both of us. Missed meetings will not be made up unless there's 24 hour notice of a change in your schedule. If I have to miss a meeting, we will reschedule.The program begins after one billing cycle has completed.

To learn more about the Mentorship tiers, click here.

Please note, this tier does not include mailed rewards from Tier Four, but does include access to the archive of tutorial and demo videos! If you would like the mailed rewards included, please add $20 to your pledge ($24 if located outside of the US).


Are you like, my biggest fan? 'Cause this is where you belong! Every two billing cycles, you'll receive one 8" x 10" (or larger) watercolor painting! You can choose to let me paint whatever I want and surprise you, or you can get involved with the process and suggest what form the painting will take by choosing whether the piece will be inspired by an interesting word of choice, a color, an idiom, a phrase, or whatever else strikes your fancy! It's important to note that I will take suggestions into account, but if you ask me to paint a bare-breasted woman on the back of a hedgehog riding into battle against an army of sentient sunglasses... it's not gonna happen. What you will get is a painting that fits in with the rest of my portfolio of work! I will send you WIP images, from starting sketches to the finishing touches. Consider this a regularly occurring mostly hands-off commission! 

This tier includes everything in Tier Four too! A couple additional things to note: paintings will be shipped flat and unframed to keep shipping expenses low. However, each will be mailed to you with tracking and insurance. I also reserve the right to create prints from these pieces.


This VERY limited tier is for those aspiring artists and students that would like a rigorous personal mentorship with Kelly McKernan. Every week, we will have a 45-60 minute Google video chat to discuss your goals as an artist and taking the steps to reach them, which includes personalized review and tips on how to grow your social media following. Additionally, we will work together on improving your current body of work, focusing on improving your techniques, concepts, composition, and more. This is best for artists working watercolor or acrylic, but all media, including digital, is welcome!

There is no portfolio review required to be accepted, but it's recommended that you contact me first with some samples of your work to make sure you'd be a good fit for the Mentorship Lite program. We will also need to work out a schedule that works for both of us. Missed meetings will not be made up unless there's 24 hour notice of a change in your schedule. If I have to miss a meeting, we will reschedule. The program begins after one billing cycle has completed.

To learn more about the Mentorship tiers, click here.

Please note, this tier does not include mailed rewards from Tier Four, but does include access to the archive of tutorial and demo videos! If you would like the mailed rewards included, please add $20 to your pledge ($24 if located outside of the US).
Tiers
Binoculars
$2 or more per month
Get exclusive previews of works in progress, including studies and my sketchbook, with annotations on my process. 
Telescope
$5 or more per month
In addition to the above tier, you will gain access to:


  • The community Discord Channel as well as Facebook page, where we'll share what's inspiring us, our current works in progress, ask questions, and more.
  • The book club! Once a month you can join us in reading and discussing an art or creativity-related book that we'll vote on together. **Currently on Hiatus until August**
  • A monthly live demo/tutorial voted on by Patrons
  • A coloring page released once per month of a previous artwork.
Includes Discord rewards
Magnifying Glass
$10 or more per month
In addition to the above tiers, you'll gain access to:


  •  A regularly updated artist journal, documenting my triumphs, struggles, current inspirations, and musings. It will get personal. To read an example post, click here.
  • One time-lapse video of a painting with annotations.
  • 20% discount to my online store
Includes Discord rewards
X-Ray
$20 or more per month
In addition to the above tiers, you'll gain access to:


• My flat file! Every two months, you'll receive a small package including 3-5 items, such as unreleased small prints, stickers, pins, buttons, con exclusive postcards, watercolor swatches, and even the occasional watercolor sketch may find its way into a package! *Please add $4 to your pledge if you live outside of the US!

• You will also get streaming access to all past live demos as well as any other video content.

Includes Discord rewards
Mentorship Express
$75 or more per month (sold out!)
In addition to the Magnifying Glass tier*, you'll receive:

• One honest but helpful crit over email OR a single 45 minute live video session once a month of a piece (WIP or completed) of your choice. This includes a digital paint-over with annotations. To learn more about the Mentorship tiers, click here.


* If you'd like the X-Ray tier in addition, please add $20 to your pledge of support!

Includes Discord rewards
Mentorship Lite
$200 or more per month
In addition to the Magnifying Glass tier*, you'll receive:

• A one-on-one mentorship in which we'll video chat once every two weeks for 45 minutes to an hour. To learn more about how the Mentorship tiers work, click here.  


* If you'd like the X-Ray tier in addition, please add $20 ($24 if outside the US) to your pledge of support!

Includes Discord rewards
Collector
$350 or more per month
In addition to the X-Ray tier you'll receive:


• One 8" x 10" (or larger) watercolor painting* every two months. This can be treated as a word commission, where you send me an interesting word, phrase, or idiom to inspire the piece, and a color choice. Or, just be surprised!
*To keep shipping costs to a minimum, these will be shipped flat and unframed.

Includes Discord rewards
Full Mentorship
$400 or more per month
In addition to the Magnifying Glass tier*, you'll receive:

• A one-on-one mentorship in which we'll video chat once every week for 45 minutes to an hour. To learn more about how the Mentorship tiers work, click here.  


* If you'd like the X-Ray tier in addition, please add $20 ($24 if located outside the US) to your pledge of support!

Includes Discord rewards
Goals
95% complete
At this goal amount, my child's daycare expenses are covered AND so is my car payment, car insurance, health insurance, and phone bill. This is a HUGE weight off of my shoulders, so thank you! When this goal amount is reached, I will give away a $75 gift card to my shop!
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Hello there! I'm Kelly McKernan, an independent artist, freelance illustrator, and single momma. I'm kicking ass at living the dream every day with the support from those who enjoy my watercolor paintings! Over the years, I've built up a large social media following by sharing every step of my journey as a full time artist, from showing works-in-progress, creating tutorial videos, sharing behind-the-scenes struggles and triumphs, providing tips and tricks to aspiring artists, giving away original art and special prizes, and of course, taking everyone along on the journey that is my art career.

With the introduction of eeeeevil, small-business crushing algorithms on Facebook and Instagram, it has become harder than ever to reach my wonderful community of supporters! This is why I have  a Patreon account - so that I can continue to cultivate this community and reach those interested in my work in a more effective way. I have so much to offer, from in-depth video tutorials, an artist journal, early WIPs and previews of completed artwork headed to galleries, coloring pages, a close-knit Discord and Facebook group experience for my community to interact and share artwork, and even live demos!

Other ways to support my work:


Depending on your Patreon budget, interest in my work, and the amount of support you're interested in sharing, I have eight tiers offering a wide variety of rewards! Have a look to the right for short descriptions, or keep scrolling for additional information on what to expect by becoming one of my Patrons. Thank you for taking a look and please let me know if you have any further questions!


For $2 per month, you'll get access to a plethora of posts sharing my works in progress, my thought process on approaching a new piece, peeks at my sketchbook, notes on how I create my color studies, and first look at finished pieces before I post them publicly! This is a great tier for those who are looking to show a little support and don't want to miss what I'm up to. 

You will also be among the first to hear about sales, exciting releases, and other updates!



For $5 a month, you'll get access to all posts in Tier One in addition to access to one live demo per month, which will be available to stream for one month following if you miss it! After that, it will be archived and only available to those in Tier Four, who can stream all previous videos.

You will also receive one coloring page every month created from a previous artwork, free to print out and color yourself! 

Additionally, Tier Two gets you access to my exclusive Discord channel and Facebook community, where members are welcome to share their own works in progress, ask questions, share inspiration, and whatever else you like! 

Finally, this tier gives you access to the Book Club*! Every month, those who wish to participate will read along with me a book on my reading list, which we'll discuss through the month in the Facebook community. I'd like to be able to do a live google hangouts at the end of the month with those in the book club to discuss as well! *book club is temporarily on hiatus until August!



In addition to all the awesome things in the above two tiers, the Magnifying Glass tier at $10 a month includes a regularly updated Artist Journal, where I will document personal and career triumphs, struggles, current inspirations, and musings. One of the things I can't really do on Facebook or Instagram is share personal posts anymore as those harm my reach and follower count. However, many seem interested in my life as a single mom and professional artist, and I have a lot to share! Fair warning: it will get personal. I will talk about difficult things, but it will be insightful. 

Tier three also includes one full time-lapse video of a painting, including annotations! The monthly time lapse video will be available for streaming for one month. After that, it is archived and only available to those in Tier Four. 

Finally, those pledging to this tier receive a 20% discount in my shop! This can be used on anything, including original paintings!


In addition to all the amazing rewards above, things get really fun with this tier at $20 a month because you'll get stuff in the mail every 2 months! Think of this one like a Kelly McKernan subscription box: you'll receive 3-5+ items that can include any of the following: stickers, pins, buttons, small prints not found in my shop, con exclusive postcard prints, watercolor swatches, candy, art supplies, and more! PS: If you're located outside of the US, please add $4 to your pledge to help me cover the shipping cost.

Tier four also grants you access to my archive of tutorial and demo videos for streaming at any time you like! 


Are you a student or aspiring artist and looking for a little help along the way? At $75 per month, you can access the Mentorship Express, which gets you one in-depth crit and review of a single piece (work in progress or finished is acceptable!) along with photoshop paint-overs and annotations. The Mentorship Express begins after your first billing cycle is completed. This review can be done over email or over one 45 minute live video session.

To learn more about the Mentorship tiersclick here.

Please note, this tier does not include mailed rewards from Tier Four, but does include access to the archive of tutorial and demo videos! If you would like the mailed rewards included, please add $20 to your pledge ($24 if located outside of the US). 



This super limited tier is for those aspiring artists and students that would like a personal mentorship with Kelly McKernan at a little slower pace than the full mentorship. Every two weeks, we will have a 45-60 minute Google video chat to discuss your goals as an artist and taking the steps to reach them, which includes personalized review and tips on how to grow your social media following. Additionally, we will work together on improving your current body of work, focusing on improving your techniques, concepts, composition, and more. This is best for artists working watercolor or acrylic, but all media, including digital, is welcome!

There is no portfolio review required to be accepted, but it's recommended that you contact me first with some samples of your work to make sure you'd be a good fit for the Mentorship Lite program. We will also need to work out a schedule that works for both of us. Missed meetings will not be made up unless there's 24 hour notice of a change in your schedule. If I have to miss a meeting, we will reschedule.The program begins after one billing cycle has completed.

To learn more about the Mentorship tiers, click here.

Please note, this tier does not include mailed rewards from Tier Four, but does include access to the archive of tutorial and demo videos! If you would like the mailed rewards included, please add $20 to your pledge ($24 if located outside of the US).


Are you like, my biggest fan? 'Cause this is where you belong! Every two billing cycles, you'll receive one 8" x 10" (or larger) watercolor painting! You can choose to let me paint whatever I want and surprise you, or you can get involved with the process and suggest what form the painting will take by choosing whether the piece will be inspired by an interesting word of choice, a color, an idiom, a phrase, or whatever else strikes your fancy! It's important to note that I will take suggestions into account, but if you ask me to paint a bare-breasted woman on the back of a hedgehog riding into battle against an army of sentient sunglasses... it's not gonna happen. What you will get is a painting that fits in with the rest of my portfolio of work! I will send you WIP images, from starting sketches to the finishing touches. Consider this a regularly occurring mostly hands-off commission! 

This tier includes everything in Tier Four too! A couple additional things to note: paintings will be shipped flat and unframed to keep shipping expenses low. However, each will be mailed to you with tracking and insurance. I also reserve the right to create prints from these pieces.


This VERY limited tier is for those aspiring artists and students that would like a rigorous personal mentorship with Kelly McKernan. Every week, we will have a 45-60 minute Google video chat to discuss your goals as an artist and taking the steps to reach them, which includes personalized review and tips on how to grow your social media following. Additionally, we will work together on improving your current body of work, focusing on improving your techniques, concepts, composition, and more. This is best for artists working watercolor or acrylic, but all media, including digital, is welcome!

There is no portfolio review required to be accepted, but it's recommended that you contact me first with some samples of your work to make sure you'd be a good fit for the Mentorship Lite program. We will also need to work out a schedule that works for both of us. Missed meetings will not be made up unless there's 24 hour notice of a change in your schedule. If I have to miss a meeting, we will reschedule. The program begins after one billing cycle has completed.

To learn more about the Mentorship tiers, click here.

Please note, this tier does not include mailed rewards from Tier Four, but does include access to the archive of tutorial and demo videos! If you would like the mailed rewards included, please add $20 to your pledge ($24 if located outside of the US).

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Tiers
Binoculars
$2 or more per month
Get exclusive previews of works in progress, including studies and my sketchbook, with annotations on my process. 
Telescope
$5 or more per month
In addition to the above tier, you will gain access to:


  • The community Discord Channel as well as Facebook page, where we'll share what's inspiring us, our current works in progress, ask questions, and more.
  • The book club! Once a month you can join us in reading and discussing an art or creativity-related book that we'll vote on together. **Currently on Hiatus until August**
  • A monthly live demo/tutorial voted on by Patrons
  • A coloring page released once per month of a previous artwork.
Includes Discord rewards
Magnifying Glass
$10 or more per month
In addition to the above tiers, you'll gain access to:


  •  A regularly updated artist journal, documenting my triumphs, struggles, current inspirations, and musings. It will get personal. To read an example post, click here.
  • One time-lapse video of a painting with annotations.
  • 20% discount to my online store
Includes Discord rewards
X-Ray
$20 or more per month
In addition to the above tiers, you'll gain access to:


• My flat file! Every two months, you'll receive a small package including 3-5 items, such as unreleased small prints, stickers, pins, buttons, con exclusive postcards, watercolor swatches, and even the occasional watercolor sketch may find its way into a package! *Please add $4 to your pledge if you live outside of the US!

• You will also get streaming access to all past live demos as well as any other video content.

Includes Discord rewards
Mentorship Express
$75 or more per month (sold out!)
In addition to the Magnifying Glass tier*, you'll receive:

• One honest but helpful crit over email OR a single 45 minute live video session once a month of a piece (WIP or completed) of your choice. This includes a digital paint-over with annotations. To learn more about the Mentorship tiers, click here.


* If you'd like the X-Ray tier in addition, please add $20 to your pledge of support!

Includes Discord rewards
Mentorship Lite
$200 or more per month
In addition to the Magnifying Glass tier*, you'll receive:

• A one-on-one mentorship in which we'll video chat once every two weeks for 45 minutes to an hour. To learn more about how the Mentorship tiers work, click here.  


* If you'd like the X-Ray tier in addition, please add $20 ($24 if outside the US) to your pledge of support!

Includes Discord rewards
Collector
$350 or more per month
In addition to the X-Ray tier you'll receive:


• One 8" x 10" (or larger) watercolor painting* every two months. This can be treated as a word commission, where you send me an interesting word, phrase, or idiom to inspire the piece, and a color choice. Or, just be surprised!
*To keep shipping costs to a minimum, these will be shipped flat and unframed.

Includes Discord rewards
Full Mentorship
$400 or more per month
In addition to the Magnifying Glass tier*, you'll receive:

• A one-on-one mentorship in which we'll video chat once every week for 45 minutes to an hour. To learn more about how the Mentorship tiers work, click here.  


* If you'd like the X-Ray tier in addition, please add $20 ($24 if located outside the US) to your pledge of support!

Includes Discord rewards