Raine Szramski is creating Comics, illustration
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patrons

$128
per month
Hello, everyone!
I'm Raine Szramski and I'm an artist/ illustrator/ cartoonist / writer/ comic book artist (quite a mouthful, all that) and there's a chance you may have stumbled across some of my cartoons and other art on places like Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. I'm the creator of the art history cartoon blog Pre- Raphernalia as well as the gothic fantasy graphic novel series Heaven and the Dead City. You may have also seen some of my fantasy paintings or my Doctor Who  fan art.
I've only recently had some of my fan art become actual professional illustration with my first variant cover for Titan Comics' Twelfth Doctor line, as well as illustration work for BBC Books.

So what is Patreon and why am I here?

Patreon was described to me as sort of a "tip jar" for artists.  It's a way for people to give support to creators who might be struggling financially. It's very simple for patrons: you can donate as little to $1 a month to support artists like myself. Depending on how much is pledged, the artist in turn provides special rewards as thank-yous, such as exclusive behind-the-scenes posts, cards, prints and special commissions. You can donate however much you like and can also quit at any time. And even $1 a month can help tremendously with things like art supplies and pet food!                    
               
(My dog Ashi and cats Mifune and GoGo say hi, by the way!)

I post most of my artwork for free online because I love sharing it and getting feedback, especially the blogs. In a perfect world, I would be able to make artwork all the time, but in order to pay my rent and bills, I currently maintain a full-time job as well as an additional weekend job. And art supplies alone are quite expensive (I go through brushes, pens and tubes of gouache faster than anything) and there are times, for instance, when I've had to decide between groceries or a nice box of colored pencils. Kind donations from patrons would help reduce some of my financial stress and allow me to continue to make more of the art and cartoons I love so I can share them with you.

Some of my  ongoing projects:

Pre-Raphernalia
This started as just sketchbook fun, drawing pencil cartoons about the exploits of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their circle, of whom I've been fond of reading about for years.   The more people seemed to like the cartoons, the more I made, and finally it resulted in my Pre-Raphernalia blog, in which I share my cartoons and hopefully amusing art history commentary. (It also includes other 19th Century figures such as the Romantic Poets, Poe and Wilde.) One of my goals is being able to update this blog more frequently and also to ink all my cartoons and compile them into a published Pre-Raphernalia book.

Heaven and the Dead City
This is a story that I've been working on since I was a teenager (yes, a very loooooong time ago) that I've mostly been telling in graphic novel format. It is a gothic fantasy, very different from the Pre-Raphernalia style, and much darker. It's a labor of love and my hope is that Heaven and the Dead City will become my first fantasy novel, as I've been writing it in prose format at the same time. (But never fear, it will be lushly illustrated.)

...And fan art too!
It's no secret that I'm a huge geek and enormous Doctor Who fan. Again, for fun and practice, I began doing portraits of all the Doctors and this became more involved than I ever expected. I was recently asked to do a variant cover for Titan Comics' Twelfth Doctor line, as well as some work for a BBC Books publication called Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived. It's been a great learning experience and has introduced a lot of people to my artwork for the very first time -- which is exciting, of course! I would love to do more, as well as art for different fandoms. (For instance, I recently did some art for two of my other favorite fandoms: Blake's 7 and Doctor Strange.)

There are a few more ambitious projects I'd love to mention, but I will reveal them once I get closer to achieving some of these current goals!

Goodies for Patrons

Depending on how much you pledge, I will provide special goodies-- like high resolution scans or even your choice of cards, prints or even t-shirts. If I reach one of my higher goals, I can even start taking your requests! 
Thank you so much again for your pledges and support. Remember you can always message me anytime with questions, suggestions or ideas. I want to spend time making more of the art you want to see.  And most importantly: you rock.

Rewards
"Hmm. What's that, my boy?"
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Thank you so much! Even just $1.00 a month from many patrons would help keep me in brushes, pens, pencils and tubes of gouache. (Not to mention cat litter.) I thank you and my dog and cats thank you. (Because they get more treats when I can afford art supplies.) You will have access to my blog in which I show you what I'm working on and the finished art before anyone else in the world. Each new patron will receive a greeting card as thanks. (Please message me with your address and which of my available cards you'd like!)
"Oh my giddy aunt!"
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Along with the above, you'll be able to get high-resolution, watermark-free images by request. Let me know in a message which painting or illustration you would like a download of and I'll make it available for you.
"Reverse the polarity!"
$15 or more per month 1 patron
I will send you one signed postcard of your choice each month. It can be any of my fantasy paintings, Pre-Raphernalia, or even my Doctor Who art. Let me know which of my finished pictures you'd like to receive as a card!
"Would you like a jelly baby?"
$25 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
 An art print of your choice! OR I will do a sketch of your favorite character (any fandom) and send you a high-res digital copy!
"Brave heart, Tegan."
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Your choice of any print or t-shirt !  OR I will draw you a character of your choice with a detailed background and send you a high-res version of it. (Any fandoms. Message me for more details.)

"Change, my dear. And not a moment too soon."
$100 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
All of the above, plus I will do finished art of your request! This will done in my fully painted, gray-tone gouache style! It can again be Pre-Raphernalia-related, Doctor Who or another fandom altogether. I will send you a high-resolution image of your painting.
Goals
$128 of $300 per month
Not only does this help me afford art supplies and pay my bills, but it will take a huge amount of stress off of me and this will make me funnier. This is a good thing: patrons will get more cartoons! I will now take three cartoon ideas each month. (And my cats will get extra treats and Ashi a new squeaky toy.)
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Hello, everyone!
I'm Raine Szramski and I'm an artist/ illustrator/ cartoonist / writer/ comic book artist (quite a mouthful, all that) and there's a chance you may have stumbled across some of my cartoons and other art on places like Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. I'm the creator of the art history cartoon blog Pre- Raphernalia as well as the gothic fantasy graphic novel series Heaven and the Dead City. You may have also seen some of my fantasy paintings or my Doctor Who  fan art.
I've only recently had some of my fan art become actual professional illustration with my first variant cover for Titan Comics' Twelfth Doctor line, as well as illustration work for BBC Books.

So what is Patreon and why am I here?

Patreon was described to me as sort of a "tip jar" for artists.  It's a way for people to give support to creators who might be struggling financially. It's very simple for patrons: you can donate as little to $1 a month to support artists like myself. Depending on how much is pledged, the artist in turn provides special rewards as thank-yous, such as exclusive behind-the-scenes posts, cards, prints and special commissions. You can donate however much you like and can also quit at any time. And even $1 a month can help tremendously with things like art supplies and pet food!                    
               
(My dog Ashi and cats Mifune and GoGo say hi, by the way!)

I post most of my artwork for free online because I love sharing it and getting feedback, especially the blogs. In a perfect world, I would be able to make artwork all the time, but in order to pay my rent and bills, I currently maintain a full-time job as well as an additional weekend job. And art supplies alone are quite expensive (I go through brushes, pens and tubes of gouache faster than anything) and there are times, for instance, when I've had to decide between groceries or a nice box of colored pencils. Kind donations from patrons would help reduce some of my financial stress and allow me to continue to make more of the art and cartoons I love so I can share them with you.

Some of my  ongoing projects:

Pre-Raphernalia
This started as just sketchbook fun, drawing pencil cartoons about the exploits of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their circle, of whom I've been fond of reading about for years.   The more people seemed to like the cartoons, the more I made, and finally it resulted in my Pre-Raphernalia blog, in which I share my cartoons and hopefully amusing art history commentary. (It also includes other 19th Century figures such as the Romantic Poets, Poe and Wilde.) One of my goals is being able to update this blog more frequently and also to ink all my cartoons and compile them into a published Pre-Raphernalia book.

Heaven and the Dead City
This is a story that I've been working on since I was a teenager (yes, a very loooooong time ago) that I've mostly been telling in graphic novel format. It is a gothic fantasy, very different from the Pre-Raphernalia style, and much darker. It's a labor of love and my hope is that Heaven and the Dead City will become my first fantasy novel, as I've been writing it in prose format at the same time. (But never fear, it will be lushly illustrated.)

...And fan art too!
It's no secret that I'm a huge geek and enormous Doctor Who fan. Again, for fun and practice, I began doing portraits of all the Doctors and this became more involved than I ever expected. I was recently asked to do a variant cover for Titan Comics' Twelfth Doctor line, as well as some work for a BBC Books publication called Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived. It's been a great learning experience and has introduced a lot of people to my artwork for the very first time -- which is exciting, of course! I would love to do more, as well as art for different fandoms. (For instance, I recently did some art for two of my other favorite fandoms: Blake's 7 and Doctor Strange.)

There are a few more ambitious projects I'd love to mention, but I will reveal them once I get closer to achieving some of these current goals!

Goodies for Patrons

Depending on how much you pledge, I will provide special goodies-- like high resolution scans or even your choice of cards, prints or even t-shirts. If I reach one of my higher goals, I can even start taking your requests! 
Thank you so much again for your pledges and support. Remember you can always message me anytime with questions, suggestions or ideas. I want to spend time making more of the art you want to see.  And most importantly: you rock.

Recent posts by Raine Szramski

Rewards
"Hmm. What's that, my boy?"
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Thank you so much! Even just $1.00 a month from many patrons would help keep me in brushes, pens, pencils and tubes of gouache. (Not to mention cat litter.) I thank you and my dog and cats thank you. (Because they get more treats when I can afford art supplies.) You will have access to my blog in which I show you what I'm working on and the finished art before anyone else in the world. Each new patron will receive a greeting card as thanks. (Please message me with your address and which of my available cards you'd like!)
"Oh my giddy aunt!"
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
Along with the above, you'll be able to get high-resolution, watermark-free images by request. Let me know in a message which painting or illustration you would like a download of and I'll make it available for you.
"Reverse the polarity!"
$15 or more per month 1 patron
I will send you one signed postcard of your choice each month. It can be any of my fantasy paintings, Pre-Raphernalia, or even my Doctor Who art. Let me know which of my finished pictures you'd like to receive as a card!
"Would you like a jelly baby?"
$25 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
 An art print of your choice! OR I will do a sketch of your favorite character (any fandom) and send you a high-res digital copy!
"Brave heart, Tegan."
$50 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
Your choice of any print or t-shirt !  OR I will draw you a character of your choice with a detailed background and send you a high-res version of it. (Any fandoms. Message me for more details.)

"Change, my dear. And not a moment too soon."
$100 or more per month 1 of 5 patrons
All of the above, plus I will do finished art of your request! This will done in my fully painted, gray-tone gouache style! It can again be Pre-Raphernalia-related, Doctor Who or another fandom altogether. I will send you a high-resolution image of your painting.