Stephen Carder

is creating Oil paintings, Pencil sketches and Ink drawings
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About Stephen Carder


I'm Stephen from the UK, and last year I quit my job to pursue the life of an artist.

What does that mean?
I've no idea, truth be told. So for the last 9 or so months that I've been working at this, I've been trying to figure that out. For the most part, it means making art. I've always enjoyed drawing with pencils and when at art school I fell for oil painting. Since then I've dabbled into pastels and inkwork, so I've got a lot of different things on the go currently. The plan going forward is to keep practising with the mediums I know, keep trying new things and keep exploring what else I can push myself to create.

What kind of art do you make?
Well, I'm still figuring out if I want to narrow that down at all! At the moment I'm getting my skills up with pencils, inks, oil paints and am happy to be dabbling into other mediums such as pastels, water colours and whatever else the mood strikes me for.
I tend towards the fantastic and the surreal if I let myself, and apart from that I've been making still life studies and I also make pet and people portraits for practice purposes. In the end I think what I want to be doing is making art that tells a story. I love a good story and all of my favourite art, whether it be paintings, books or music, tells a good story.
Check out my website to see some of my finished works:

Why Patreon?
Something that has happened a lot in the past year is that I've changed the way I work a lot. I'm often changing how I organise my week and my focus, and I've pushed myself into trying new mediums. All of this has been great, but making lots of different types of art makes pushing yourself into popularity and selling lots of work tricky. The best thing I can be doing right now is to push my work through big social sites which includes Patreon.
Patreon seems to be bubbling with creativity at the moment. There are lots of amazing artists, writers, and producers of all kinds of things creating imaginative works, so where else would I want to be!
I currently work on my art throughout the day and then work 2 part time jobs throughout the week in the evenings. Part time jobs earn enough for life, but if I want to be making more prints, buying more materials and not feeling held back by the constraints of the wallet fairy then it'd be great to have another income that goes straight back into my art.

The other reason is to really have a place where people who genuinely want to support me can give themselves a voice and let me know what's working and what isn't. Having read through a lot of other creator pages, one of the great things that can happen is feedback from a fan but also to be able to reward that feedback and support with giveaways, unique pieces and whatever else comes to mind.

Going to try and start blogging on here semi regularly with progress pics, frustrations, changes, ideas, sketches. Whatever happens! First few are gonna be public to all and then once we get going I'll start putting in more tiers and changing things up!

Thanks for your support!

Feel free to contact me on [email protected] if you have any questions at all about patreon or about commissions! If you've already pledged you can message me via Patreon.
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Once we have a few people around this place I want to start doing some cool stuff and giving back to you all. I have some pieces that were framed for promo shots that I can offer and I'm always needing and making more! Any advice of what else you'd like to see here is appreciated though
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