Katy Ellis O'Brien is creating Cartoon Art
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patrons

$41
per creation
Howdy! My name's Katy. I'm a painter, cartoonist, and childcare worker living in Portland, OR. I love my part-time job wrangling schoolchildren, but art is my life. I've been painting pictures and drawing comics since before I learned to read or write. My Patreon campaign is about making art a self-sustaining part of my awesome existence on this planet.

My main subject matter is cartoon animals. I've been fascinated with animal characters for as long as I can remember. Cute, charismatic and a bit mysterious, they appear in everything from ancient folklore to junk food advertisements. I'm interested in how animal characters can be used to portray the human experience, in ways both lighthearted and profound. In fact, my work tends to run the gamut from light to dark, and my target audience ranges from young children to adults.

My usual choice of media are pen & ink and gouache, watercolor or acrylic paints. Everything I do is completely hand-drawn and hand-painted, with minimal photoshop intervention. Nothing against computers, I just love the look & feel of paint on paper.

Here are some of the many things I look forward to sharing with my patrons:
  • Paintings & illustrations
  • Comics (fiction, autobiographical, surreal, strange or silly)
  • Illustrated stories
  • Coloring pages
  • Animations
  • Hand-painted treasures (ornaments, pendants, etc.)
  • Art activities and lessons for kids
  • Greeting cards, postcards and the like

Supporting my Patreon campaign means empowering me to approach art as a part-time career as well as a full-time passion. Every little drop in the bucket makes a difference to me :)
Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per creation
1 patron
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person! Thanks for your support.
Pledge $5 or more per creation
1 patron
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
1 patron
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
Pledge $15 or more per creation
0 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
Pledge $20 or more per creation
0 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • You'll receive any minicomic published that month, as an "e-book†in PDF format! (Please note that minicomics are NOT published on a monthly basis, but this patron level guarantees that you'll receive all new minicomics automatically.)
Pledge $30 or more per creation
1 patron
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • You'll receive any minicomic published that month, as an "e-book†in PDF format! (Please note that minicomics are NOT published on a monthly basis, but this patron level guarantees that you'll receive all new minicomics automatically.)
  • You'll receive a postcard-sized inkjet print of any painting published on the blog that month, chosen at random unless you request a specific one.
Pledge $40 or more per creation
0 of 30 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • Monthly care package including: postcard-sized inkjet print of any painting published on the blog (random or requested), an ORIGINAL doodle (random or requested), plus any minicomics published that month!
Pledge $50 or more per creation
0 of 20 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
  • 20% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • Monthly care package including: a handwritten personal note, any minicomics published that month, an ORIGINAL doodle (random or requested), plus any one ORIGINAL postcard-sized painting already published on the blog (since these are one-of-a-kind originals, requests are first come first serve - place your dibs early!)
  • You will also get personally thanked in one of my minicomics :)
Pledge $60 or more per creation
0 of 10 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog
  • Monthly care package including: a handwritten personal note, any minicomics published that month, an ORIGINAL doodle (random or requested), any one ORIGINAL postcard-sized painting already published on the blog, AND a postcard-sized inkjet print, plus one extra special mystery item!
  • You will also get personally thanked in ALL of my minicomics. ;)
Goals
$41 of $100 per creation
I will make a special thank-you card for ALL my patrons to send out at the holidays!
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Howdy! My name's Katy. I'm a painter, cartoonist, and childcare worker living in Portland, OR. I love my part-time job wrangling schoolchildren, but art is my life. I've been painting pictures and drawing comics since before I learned to read or write. My Patreon campaign is about making art a self-sustaining part of my awesome existence on this planet.

My main subject matter is cartoon animals. I've been fascinated with animal characters for as long as I can remember. Cute, charismatic and a bit mysterious, they appear in everything from ancient folklore to junk food advertisements. I'm interested in how animal characters can be used to portray the human experience, in ways both lighthearted and profound. In fact, my work tends to run the gamut from light to dark, and my target audience ranges from young children to adults.

My usual choice of media are pen & ink and gouache, watercolor or acrylic paints. Everything I do is completely hand-drawn and hand-painted, with minimal photoshop intervention. Nothing against computers, I just love the look & feel of paint on paper.

Here are some of the many things I look forward to sharing with my patrons:
  • Paintings & illustrations
  • Comics (fiction, autobiographical, surreal, strange or silly)
  • Illustrated stories
  • Coloring pages
  • Animations
  • Hand-painted treasures (ornaments, pendants, etc.)
  • Art activities and lessons for kids
  • Greeting cards, postcards and the like

Supporting my Patreon campaign means empowering me to approach art as a part-time career as well as a full-time passion. Every little drop in the bucket makes a difference to me :)

Recent posts by Katy Ellis O'Brien

Rewards
Pledge $1 or more per creation
1 patron
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person! Thanks for your support.
Pledge $5 or more per creation
1 patron
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
Pledge $10 or more per creation
1 patron
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
Pledge $15 or more per creation
0 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
Pledge $20 or more per creation
0 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • You'll receive any minicomic published that month, as an "e-book†in PDF format! (Please note that minicomics are NOT published on a monthly basis, but this patron level guarantees that you'll receive all new minicomics automatically.)
Pledge $30 or more per creation
1 patron
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • You'll receive any minicomic published that month, as an "e-book†in PDF format! (Please note that minicomics are NOT published on a monthly basis, but this patron level guarantees that you'll receive all new minicomics automatically.)
  • You'll receive a postcard-sized inkjet print of any painting published on the blog that month, chosen at random unless you request a specific one.
Pledge $40 or more per creation
0 of 30 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
  • 10% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • Monthly care package including: postcard-sized inkjet print of any painting published on the blog (random or requested), an ORIGINAL doodle (random or requested), plus any minicomics published that month!
Pledge $50 or more per creation
0 of 20 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog.
  • 20% discount in my Etsy shop!
  • Monthly care package including: a handwritten personal note, any minicomics published that month, an ORIGINAL doodle (random or requested), plus any one ORIGINAL postcard-sized painting already published on the blog (since these are one-of-a-kind originals, requests are first come first serve - place your dibs early!)
  • You will also get personally thanked in one of my minicomics :)
Pledge $60 or more per creation
0 of 10 patrons
  • Subscription to monthly newsletter, and high-fives whenever we meet in person!
  • Access to Patron-only blog content - includes paintings, comics, animations, sketches, and occasional thoughts about art, teaching and life in general.
  • You may request one doodle of any subject of your choice each month, and I'll draw it on my doodle request page and publish it to the blog
  • Monthly care package including: a handwritten personal note, any minicomics published that month, an ORIGINAL doodle (random or requested), any one ORIGINAL postcard-sized painting already published on the blog, AND a postcard-sized inkjet print, plus one extra special mystery item!
  • You will also get personally thanked in ALL of my minicomics. ;)