Kim Holmis creating free art
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Early access through the Pre-Release gallery, where high res scans live before I publish them officially. Also work updates. Great prices for buying prints from the Pre-Release gallery.
Work-updates, pre-release gallery, and exclusive access to Projects-gallery, where I post hi-res scans and photos of long term projects, so people can approach me on using my art long before it will be released.
Not necessarily gratis, but free to spread, use, and make new art from. Like the fairy tales of old, or folk music, art is at it’s heart a communal effort. It is a way of commununication, not a commodity.
I make art and release it under Creative Commons licenses, so you can use it exactly as you see fit.
As the copyright industries tighten their grip of the internet, infringing on our privacy, our freedom of speech, and our human rights in the process, we as artists need to find new, free ways of distributing our art, that is in line with the nature of art itself. That’s is what I’m trying to do.
What is Patreon?
Patreon is a crowdfunding service, like Kickstarter or Indiegogo.
It allows you to back creators on a regular basis, instead of a onetime sum. I'm asking for monthly donations, to allow me to create even more free content.
So, who am I?
I’m Kim Holm, an artist from Bergen, Norway, creating art that delves the depths of darkness and sometimes brings up a little light.
I have worked as an illustrator, comic book artist, and teacher, but am now focusing on fine art. I’ve released books, comics, held exhibitions, and am occasionally capturing black metal music from the side of the stage at concerts, having drawn over 2000 live concert drawings, all available for free use. I have worked with bands like Solstafir, Vreid, 1349, Primordial, and many more.
I have worked professionally since 2004, and my online gallery has over 4 GB’s of art for free use.
I am also, like many artists, suffering from depressions and bi-polar disorder. And that’s one of the main reasons I need your help. Over the years I have shown that I’m willing to put in the work, but unfortunately my head doesn’t always play ball, and getting consistency, either it be in comic book projects or social media promotion, has been a huge problem.
I'm also a family man, with a wife and two small kids. So everything I do is also for the stability for us all.
So I’m humbly asking for help getting back on my feet, so I can produce even more and better art than already.
No matter what, I will never stop making free art.
So what will you use the money on?
Everything I get on will go directly into just surviving so that I can produce more art. If I someday get more than I need, it will go into producing more free art in some shape of form.
There are a lot of expenses just hosting hi-resolution art, scanning, photographing art, storage, and not the least materials to make art with.
I will also continue doing exhibitions, selling artwork, doing work for bands and individuals, so I’m not planning on making Patreon my sole income. But every single dollar I get from here will help me more than you can ever know.
So what’s in it for you, my patrons?
Well, I tried having different types of rewards in the past, and that simply didn’t work. So the only reward you get for supporting me is early access to a great deal of work that’s not yet released, and some updates, videos, and exclusive small things once in a while.
If you supported me before 2019¸ and haven’t gotten your physical rewards, contact me and we’ll sort it out.
How often will I release art?
More and more, that depends. I’ve tried sticking to schedules before, but I can only stick with them for a while before they are broken by one of my depressive periods.
But even through the first years on Patreon, where I was regularly unable to keep my commitments because of depression, I released hundreds and hundreds of artworks for free use. And as I search for more stability, I will continue trying to make even better art.
But copyright? Pirates? Do I hate artists?
Not at all. I just think the copyright system has failed.
We need a system that protects the consumers, freedom of information, and freedom of speech.
We can create a system that pays content creator in a fair way without infringing these rights.
And most importantly, I think art itself suffers until we change the system.
With copyright, we can nevermore have folk-music, folk-heroes, or folk-art. Art is just a commodity.
The system encourages plagiarism, and allows for corporations to steal creative work from their creators.
It allows work to fall into obscurity and disappear forever because its owners don't see the value in them. It creates an atmosphere where we are all limit the stories and images and possibilities in our own mind.
So, I fight the current system of intellectual property because I love art.
You can't support me, you say?
Well, there's other ways to support me as well, such as following me on social media, interacting, liking, sharing, and telling people about my art.
And most importantly, support my art by using it for your project. Find stuff at denungeherrholm.smugmug.com or just ask me if I have anything that fits.