Raine Szramski

Raine Szramski

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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'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 Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived, from BBC Books. I've contributed art (and even essays) to many charity publications. Examples of recent private commissions have been for the cult television series Blake's 7, a portrait of Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, as well as original characters. 

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. 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 at a bookstore 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:

Fan art!
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 had ever expected. As I mentioned above, 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, by Christel Dee and Simon Guerrier. It's been a great learning experience and has introduced a lot of people to my artwork for the very first time—which is very exciting! I would love to do more professional work, as well as art for different fandoms. 

Pre-Raphernalia
This started as just sketchbook fun, drawing pencil cartoons about the exploits of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their circle, a Victorian art movement I've loved reading about for years.The more people seemed to like the cartoons, the more I made; 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.

Other
I also have plans for an illustrated, novelized version of my early graphic novel, Heaven and the Dead City. H&DC (for short) is a gothic fantasy that I've been concocting since I was a teenager and I feel the story would be better told in prose and illustrations.This and another more whimsical illustrated fantasy story are on the backburner right now. More about them as I get closer to their preparation. ;)

Goodies for Patrons
Depending on how much you pledge, I will provide special goodies, such as high resolution scans or even your choice of cards and prints. If I reach one of my higher goals, I can even start taking your requests!  I will take commissions for patrons in the $50 and higher tiers. 

Thank you so much again for your pledges and support. Remember you can always message me anytime with questions, suggestions or ideas. You're what helps keep me working (and in art supplies!) and you are awesome!

Tiers
First Doctor
$1 or more per month

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 postcard of any of my pictures (your choice) as thanks. (Please message me with your address and which of my pictures  you would like on the card!)

Second Doctor
$5 or more per month

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.
Each new patron will receive two postcards of any of my pictures (your choice) as thanks. (Please message me with your address and which of my pictures  you would like on your cards!) 

Third Doctor
$15 or more per month

I will send you three postcards of your choice. They can be of any of my Doctor Who art—or any of my other artwork that you like. Message me and let me know which ones!

Fourth Doctor
$25 or more per month

An art print of your choice!  And I will also send you two postcards of whichever art of mine you would like. Message me which print and cards you would like.

Fifth Doctor
$50 or more per month

Your choice of any print OR I will draw you a character sketch of your choice with a detailed background and send you a high-res version of it. (Any fandoms. Message me for more details.)

Sixth Doctor
$100 or more per month
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.
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This amount will help tremendously with art supplies! (As I mentioned, I go through brushes, pens and tubes of paint faster than anything.) 
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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'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 Doctor Who: The Women Who Lived, from BBC Books. I've contributed art (and even essays) to many charity publications. Examples of recent private commissions have been for the cult television series Blake's 7, a portrait of Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, as well as original characters. 

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. 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 at a bookstore 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:

Fan art!
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 had ever expected. As I mentioned above, 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, by Christel Dee and Simon Guerrier. It's been a great learning experience and has introduced a lot of people to my artwork for the very first time—which is very exciting! I would love to do more professional work, as well as art for different fandoms. 

Pre-Raphernalia
This started as just sketchbook fun, drawing pencil cartoons about the exploits of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and their circle, a Victorian art movement I've loved reading about for years.The more people seemed to like the cartoons, the more I made; 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.

Other
I also have plans for an illustrated, novelized version of my early graphic novel, Heaven and the Dead City. H&DC (for short) is a gothic fantasy that I've been concocting since I was a teenager and I feel the story would be better told in prose and illustrations.This and another more whimsical illustrated fantasy story are on the backburner right now. More about them as I get closer to their preparation. ;)

Goodies for Patrons
Depending on how much you pledge, I will provide special goodies, such as high resolution scans or even your choice of cards and prints. If I reach one of my higher goals, I can even start taking your requests!  I will take commissions for patrons in the $50 and higher tiers. 

Thank you so much again for your pledges and support. Remember you can always message me anytime with questions, suggestions or ideas. You're what helps keep me working (and in art supplies!) and you are awesome!

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Tiers
First Doctor
$1 or more per month

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 postcard of any of my pictures (your choice) as thanks. (Please message me with your address and which of my pictures  you would like on the card!)

Second Doctor
$5 or more per month

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.
Each new patron will receive two postcards of any of my pictures (your choice) as thanks. (Please message me with your address and which of my pictures  you would like on your cards!) 

Third Doctor
$15 or more per month

I will send you three postcards of your choice. They can be of any of my Doctor Who art—or any of my other artwork that you like. Message me and let me know which ones!

Fourth Doctor
$25 or more per month

An art print of your choice!  And I will also send you two postcards of whichever art of mine you would like. Message me which print and cards you would like.

Fifth Doctor
$50 or more per month

Your choice of any print OR I will draw you a character sketch of your choice with a detailed background and send you a high-res version of it. (Any fandoms. Message me for more details.)

Sixth Doctor
$100 or more per month
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.