Tory Elena is creating ART!
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Hello Beautiful Humans,

Welcome to my world! 
If you are here, there is a good chance you know me already... but for you new comers, HI! My name is Tory Elena. I make things. Art and Music mainly. I support myself as a freelance illustrator/painter and my specialty is making hand-drawn tour posters/merch/album artwork for bands all over the world. Its super fun and I get to work with my favorite musicians - so I'm in heaven. I am also a professional musician, singing/writing/composing and recording with many projects and going over two decades strong on my soul instrument, the Drums. 
I'm all about the heart-beat. 

So here we are! This is the setting, the online stage, the freaky little creative circus where I am planting the seeds of my visual art, writings, sketchbook epiphanies, paintings, music, songwriting, drumming, singing and basically anyway I want to express myself. (For reference sake, let's just call it all "ART".) It is far more satisfying to share not only the fruits of my creative labor with others but the process as well. So I shall prepare the feast of art and do my damn best to make sure that everyone who comes to the table gets fed. 
___________________________________________________________
"You ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud." - Émile Zola
___________________________________________________________

> WHY I AM DOING THIS:

Reason #1: COMMUNITY...
It's never felt that fulfilling chucking my art into the over-stimulated fast moving feed of the social-media river. Don't get me wrong, its a useful place, yet in a world that seems to be spinning faster and faster with the blur of beauty/chaos, I’m hungry to find a more inspiring and intimate way to share and connect with the world. I'd like to create a special space, stake out a little nook in this vast void of the internet, where I can share my art and heart with you. Setting is key.
Most of you see the fully formed and finished product of a song or painting presented in its complete form. Boom, here it is... magic! Yet there are a ton of half-baked thoughts, the threads of ideas, that don't have a home yet and a lot of times just collect dust in my sketchbook or waiting in voice memos in my phone because other projects take priority.  And I want to put those someplace, I want to explore those ideas further, and I want to open up my process and let you in.
A lot has happened in my life over the past couple years that has been deep, profound, painful and beautiful and this is a way to help me process all the immense feelings of being a human in the world right now, and hey maybe we will both get something out of that. 


Reason #2: FREEDOM..
I am a professional freelance artist/illustrator/graphic-designer AND musician drummer/singer/songwriter. I fancy myself a Renaissance woman, and love being my own boss. Every morning I wake up, mount my mighty steed of creativity, and charge forth into battle as Lady Knight FREE-LANCE-A-LOT! But seriously, anyone pursuing their creative dream knows the hustle is real. It takes a lot of energy. It tests your fear, courage, insecurities and most importantly your strength to Keep Going. I have such amazing clients, and I genuinely enjoy the work I do. Yet, a huge chunk of my time is devoted client work or other projects that I have to think about from a  marketing and selling point of view. The mindset of "I made a thing, how can this make money so I can keep making more things." I have so many ideas and projects that get pushed to the back burner because I have to invest money and time into other things that will help support me financially in a more immediate way. 

THE MORE DIRECT SUPPORT I GET HERE, THE MORE I AM ABLE TO FOCUS ON EXPRESSING MYSELF CREATIVELY IN THE MOST AUTHENTIC WAY WITH %100 FREEDOM. I WANT TO MAKE THINGS JUST BECAUSE. I WANT TO CREATE ART WITHOUT THE PRESSURE FOR IT TO BE COMMERCIALLY VIABLE. 

Reason #3: SUPPORT...
So, in order to make all the things the way I want to, I need to keep the two main ingredients flowing: Time and Money. Artists in this day and age really need ongoing support to make a living. With the help of the internet and platforms like this where patrons contribute at any level of payment they can afford, it really makes it possible for Artists to reach and maintain financial freedom.
And you will not just be supporting me.  As this grows and I get more backing, I will be able to support other artists and hire people to help me make things. Whether its an editor for the illustrated story book I want to make, or a local print-maker to screen print a limited edition series of posters or t-shirts, or a studio engineer and fellow musicians for the songs I want to record, this money will be funneled back into the great community of artists, creators and makers around me and support them in what they do! Funding for the arts is disappearing pretty fast, and the structures on how we pay artists is changing. Now more than ever, it is imperative, most sustainable and effective to go direct when supporting the artist you love. It makes a huge immediate impact. It takes a village. And feeding one, will feed many. 

_____________________________________________________________
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. - John F. Kennedy
_____________________________________________________________


> ENTER, PATREON!

After watching this platform for a while now, I've finally decided to jump in the boat with so many other artists who have successfully built a direct and lasting relationship with their supporters. They share their art and receive support to keep the cycle going (and growing) and through this they build a strong longterm connection with a world-wide community. So, come grab a paddle and join me, there’s plenty of room in this boat! It’s going to be a fun adventure, I'm in it for the long haul and I’ve got some exciting things planned. I think we will grow and learn some stuff, and at the very least... INSPIRE EACH OTHER. 

HOW IT WORKS:

This is not like a "one-time-all-or-nothing" Crowdfunding Campaign, where I ask you all to support the one thing I'm making, then wait just long enough until I think it's an appropriate time to ask for support for the next one thing. This is more of an ongoing way to support ALL THE THINGS I want to make. It's signing up for the journey, a subscription to my world, either to just follow along or even be involved in the process if you want to. There will be special access/things/gifts available to you depending on which tier of support you subscribe to. These can range from access to my blog posts (where I will write about my life, what I'm going through, it will be %100 real and raw) to live-streaming videos where I share my process, to a random art gift in the mail made just for you!

If you know me, you know that Prolific is pretty much my middle name. I've got volumes upon volumes of sketchbooks stored in suitcases, I have enlisted my friends houses as temporary art museums for my ever growing series of paintings, and what most of you have seen posted on social media thus far is really just the tip of the iceberg of the amount of work I create. So, due to my prolific nature - I will be RELEASING THINGS MONTHLY! This means that you will be charged per month at whatever level you have signed-up for. If you find its not your cup o' tea, you can cancel your subscription at any time! 

I like to be able to share my art and music and creations with the world and not have money be a limiting factor on who gets access to it. Having everyone pitch in what they can means that I can make things more available to everyones price range and even gift it to the world for free when I am able to. Whatever Level of Patronage you sign up for whether at a $1 or $100 is equally important to me.

__________________________________________________________
"A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind." - Eugene Ionesco
____________________________________________________________

I had a long time supporter and patron tell me, "it's been thrilling to see your art evolve and develop over the years." 

I'm thrilled that I wake up everyday inspired to create.
I'm thrilled I get to share this art with you.
I'm thrilled to receive your support and continue the process.

I am in this world to experience life to the fullest and translate what I feel in the most authentic creative expression. Kinda like a little pasta machine. In goes life dough, out comes art pasta! 

CREATE. SHARE. INSPIRE. CREATE. SHARE. INSPIRE.
(Rinse and repeat.)
In the profoundly simple words of one of my greatest heros ever Bruce Lee:

I am an artist of life.

So lets get this party started!
THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU. I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.
With Love and Eternal Inspiration,

~ Tory Elena


Tiers
Level 1 : COMMUNITY
$1 or more per month

 Welcome, I bow to you and thank you for your dollar!
You get:
- Access to all of my Patreon Only posts. This is the main meeting grounds of the community and conversation. You will see tons of art here; sketchbook pages, current inspirations, poetry, etc.



Level 2 : DOWNLOADS
$3 or more per month

Three dollars, the price of a cup of coffee...I promised I'll get you just as hyped.
You get:
- FULL ACCESS to my Patreon feed, this includes all Blog Posts and Videos

- access to direct DOWNLOADS of music, art, content


Level 3: ART-BOMB SUSCRIPTION
$5 or more per month
That's the BIG LOVE right there. You're in for the ride.
You get:
- All of the above plus...
- a subscription to my exclusive monthly ART-BOMB monthly email which will include more personal content; art, inspirational writings and other random and beautiful things, tailored just for this group. This is the inner-circle, within the circle. 

*The ART-BOMB monthly email will be sent out on a random date, once a month to surprise attack your inbox with awesome (and hopefully give you a smiling momentary reprieve amongst your worky-work time.) All members will be BCC'd so your email addresses are anonymous and safe.

Level 4: ART GIFT DRAWING
$10 or more per month
Heeeyaaawww! You're really making my day here! 
You get:
- All of the above plus...
- Your name will be entered in my Art Give Away! I will draw one name each month from this group and will mail the winner a small print, original illustration, poem, something awesome and made by me. This could also include an exclusive song demo!
Level 5: RANDOM ART IN THE MAIL
$25 or more per month
This is a lot. You're an angel. You really believe in what I'm doing here. Deep Gratitude.
You get:
- All of the above plus...
- Instead of being entered into the Art Give Away drawing - you will receive a personal surprise envelope full of a bunch of glorious thank you stuffs. Printed photographs, illustrations, little poems etc. It will be random, (though if you want to upgrade to the consistent monthly dose of personal art see the below option!)

LEVEL 7 : MONTHLY ART IN THE MAIL
$50 or more per month
This is big time. You're really showing the love and I will show it right back!
You get:
- All of the above plus...

- You will receive a monthly envelope of art mailed right to your door! YES LONG LIVE SNAIL MAIL! This Art Package will have a lot of original art and extra special things. We is pen pals now.

- A monthly video of me playing a song just for youuuuu!

Level 7: EPIC
$100 or more per month
You're the shit! But you probably knew that already. This is a huge investment in me and my creations. I shall remind you every chance I can, that your awesomeness is appreciated by me and the universe. (Yes, I'm just gonna go ahead and speak on behalf of the universe here.)
You get:
- All of the above

- For my die hard supports who hang out in this tier for a while, you'll get an original painting/epic piece of art.

- Skype drum lessons? Draw a portrait of your dog?

- Let's talk! I'm open to ideas....

Goals
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YES! This will allow me to rent a practice space where I can play my drums! I do not have that right now - so this is HUGE!
*When I reach this goal, I will send you all an unreleased song, most likely an awesome rare lo-fi demo version. 
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Hello Beautiful Humans,

Welcome to my world! 
If you are here, there is a good chance you know me already... but for you new comers, HI! My name is Tory Elena. I make things. Art and Music mainly. I support myself as a freelance illustrator/painter and my specialty is making hand-drawn tour posters/merch/album artwork for bands all over the world. Its super fun and I get to work with my favorite musicians - so I'm in heaven. I am also a professional musician, singing/writing/composing and recording with many projects and going over two decades strong on my soul instrument, the Drums. 
I'm all about the heart-beat. 

So here we are! This is the setting, the online stage, the freaky little creative circus where I am planting the seeds of my visual art, writings, sketchbook epiphanies, paintings, music, songwriting, drumming, singing and basically anyway I want to express myself. (For reference sake, let's just call it all "ART".) It is far more satisfying to share not only the fruits of my creative labor with others but the process as well. So I shall prepare the feast of art and do my damn best to make sure that everyone who comes to the table gets fed. 
___________________________________________________________
"You ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud." - Émile Zola
___________________________________________________________

> WHY I AM DOING THIS:

Reason #1: COMMUNITY...
It's never felt that fulfilling chucking my art into the over-stimulated fast moving feed of the social-media river. Don't get me wrong, its a useful place, yet in a world that seems to be spinning faster and faster with the blur of beauty/chaos, I’m hungry to find a more inspiring and intimate way to share and connect with the world. I'd like to create a special space, stake out a little nook in this vast void of the internet, where I can share my art and heart with you. Setting is key.
Most of you see the fully formed and finished product of a song or painting presented in its complete form. Boom, here it is... magic! Yet there are a ton of half-baked thoughts, the threads of ideas, that don't have a home yet and a lot of times just collect dust in my sketchbook or waiting in voice memos in my phone because other projects take priority.  And I want to put those someplace, I want to explore those ideas further, and I want to open up my process and let you in.
A lot has happened in my life over the past couple years that has been deep, profound, painful and beautiful and this is a way to help me process all the immense feelings of being a human in the world right now, and hey maybe we will both get something out of that. 


Reason #2: FREEDOM..
I am a professional freelance artist/illustrator/graphic-designer AND musician drummer/singer/songwriter. I fancy myself a Renaissance woman, and love being my own boss. Every morning I wake up, mount my mighty steed of creativity, and charge forth into battle as Lady Knight FREE-LANCE-A-LOT! But seriously, anyone pursuing their creative dream knows the hustle is real. It takes a lot of energy. It tests your fear, courage, insecurities and most importantly your strength to Keep Going. I have such amazing clients, and I genuinely enjoy the work I do. Yet, a huge chunk of my time is devoted client work or other projects that I have to think about from a  marketing and selling point of view. The mindset of "I made a thing, how can this make money so I can keep making more things." I have so many ideas and projects that get pushed to the back burner because I have to invest money and time into other things that will help support me financially in a more immediate way. 

THE MORE DIRECT SUPPORT I GET HERE, THE MORE I AM ABLE TO FOCUS ON EXPRESSING MYSELF CREATIVELY IN THE MOST AUTHENTIC WAY WITH %100 FREEDOM. I WANT TO MAKE THINGS JUST BECAUSE. I WANT TO CREATE ART WITHOUT THE PRESSURE FOR IT TO BE COMMERCIALLY VIABLE. 

Reason #3: SUPPORT...
So, in order to make all the things the way I want to, I need to keep the two main ingredients flowing: Time and Money. Artists in this day and age really need ongoing support to make a living. With the help of the internet and platforms like this where patrons contribute at any level of payment they can afford, it really makes it possible for Artists to reach and maintain financial freedom.
And you will not just be supporting me.  As this grows and I get more backing, I will be able to support other artists and hire people to help me make things. Whether its an editor for the illustrated story book I want to make, or a local print-maker to screen print a limited edition series of posters or t-shirts, or a studio engineer and fellow musicians for the songs I want to record, this money will be funneled back into the great community of artists, creators and makers around me and support them in what they do! Funding for the arts is disappearing pretty fast, and the structures on how we pay artists is changing. Now more than ever, it is imperative, most sustainable and effective to go direct when supporting the artist you love. It makes a huge immediate impact. It takes a village. And feeding one, will feed many. 

_____________________________________________________________
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. - John F. Kennedy
_____________________________________________________________


> ENTER, PATREON!

After watching this platform for a while now, I've finally decided to jump in the boat with so many other artists who have successfully built a direct and lasting relationship with their supporters. They share their art and receive support to keep the cycle going (and growing) and through this they build a strong longterm connection with a world-wide community. So, come grab a paddle and join me, there’s plenty of room in this boat! It’s going to be a fun adventure, I'm in it for the long haul and I’ve got some exciting things planned. I think we will grow and learn some stuff, and at the very least... INSPIRE EACH OTHER. 

HOW IT WORKS:

This is not like a "one-time-all-or-nothing" Crowdfunding Campaign, where I ask you all to support the one thing I'm making, then wait just long enough until I think it's an appropriate time to ask for support for the next one thing. This is more of an ongoing way to support ALL THE THINGS I want to make. It's signing up for the journey, a subscription to my world, either to just follow along or even be involved in the process if you want to. There will be special access/things/gifts available to you depending on which tier of support you subscribe to. These can range from access to my blog posts (where I will write about my life, what I'm going through, it will be %100 real and raw) to live-streaming videos where I share my process, to a random art gift in the mail made just for you!

If you know me, you know that Prolific is pretty much my middle name. I've got volumes upon volumes of sketchbooks stored in suitcases, I have enlisted my friends houses as temporary art museums for my ever growing series of paintings, and what most of you have seen posted on social media thus far is really just the tip of the iceberg of the amount of work I create. So, due to my prolific nature - I will be RELEASING THINGS MONTHLY! This means that you will be charged per month at whatever level you have signed-up for. If you find its not your cup o' tea, you can cancel your subscription at any time! 

I like to be able to share my art and music and creations with the world and not have money be a limiting factor on who gets access to it. Having everyone pitch in what they can means that I can make things more available to everyones price range and even gift it to the world for free when I am able to. Whatever Level of Patronage you sign up for whether at a $1 or $100 is equally important to me.

__________________________________________________________
"A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind." - Eugene Ionesco
____________________________________________________________

I had a long time supporter and patron tell me, "it's been thrilling to see your art evolve and develop over the years." 

I'm thrilled that I wake up everyday inspired to create.
I'm thrilled I get to share this art with you.
I'm thrilled to receive your support and continue the process.

I am in this world to experience life to the fullest and translate what I feel in the most authentic creative expression. Kinda like a little pasta machine. In goes life dough, out comes art pasta! 

CREATE. SHARE. INSPIRE. CREATE. SHARE. INSPIRE.
(Rinse and repeat.)
In the profoundly simple words of one of my greatest heros ever Bruce Lee:

I am an artist of life.

So lets get this party started!
THANK YOU. I LOVE YOU. I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.
With Love and Eternal Inspiration,

~ Tory Elena


Recent posts by Tory Elena

Tiers
Level 1 : COMMUNITY
$1 or more per month

 Welcome, I bow to you and thank you for your dollar!
You get:
- Access to all of my Patreon Only posts. This is the main meeting grounds of the community and conversation. You will see tons of art here; sketchbook pages, current inspirations, poetry, etc.



Level 2 : DOWNLOADS
$3 or more per month

Three dollars, the price of a cup of coffee...I promised I'll get you just as hyped.
You get:
- FULL ACCESS to my Patreon feed, this includes all Blog Posts and Videos

- access to direct DOWNLOADS of music, art, content


Level 3: ART-BOMB SUSCRIPTION
$5 or more per month
That's the BIG LOVE right there. You're in for the ride.
You get:
- All of the above plus...
- a subscription to my exclusive monthly ART-BOMB monthly email which will include more personal content; art, inspirational writings and other random and beautiful things, tailored just for this group. This is the inner-circle, within the circle. 

*The ART-BOMB monthly email will be sent out on a random date, once a month to surprise attack your inbox with awesome (and hopefully give you a smiling momentary reprieve amongst your worky-work time.) All members will be BCC'd so your email addresses are anonymous and safe.

Level 4: ART GIFT DRAWING
$10 or more per month
Heeeyaaawww! You're really making my day here! 
You get:
- All of the above plus...
- Your name will be entered in my Art Give Away! I will draw one name each month from this group and will mail the winner a small print, original illustration, poem, something awesome and made by me. This could also include an exclusive song demo!
Level 5: RANDOM ART IN THE MAIL
$25 or more per month
This is a lot. You're an angel. You really believe in what I'm doing here. Deep Gratitude.
You get:
- All of the above plus...
- Instead of being entered into the Art Give Away drawing - you will receive a personal surprise envelope full of a bunch of glorious thank you stuffs. Printed photographs, illustrations, little poems etc. It will be random, (though if you want to upgrade to the consistent monthly dose of personal art see the below option!)

LEVEL 7 : MONTHLY ART IN THE MAIL
$50 or more per month
This is big time. You're really showing the love and I will show it right back!
You get:
- All of the above plus...

- You will receive a monthly envelope of art mailed right to your door! YES LONG LIVE SNAIL MAIL! This Art Package will have a lot of original art and extra special things. We is pen pals now.

- A monthly video of me playing a song just for youuuuu!

Level 7: EPIC
$100 or more per month
You're the shit! But you probably knew that already. This is a huge investment in me and my creations. I shall remind you every chance I can, that your awesomeness is appreciated by me and the universe. (Yes, I'm just gonna go ahead and speak on behalf of the universe here.)
You get:
- All of the above

- For my die hard supports who hang out in this tier for a while, you'll get an original painting/epic piece of art.

- Skype drum lessons? Draw a portrait of your dog?

- Let's talk! I'm open to ideas....