My name is Steffen aka. Xikura or XikurArt.
I'm a 29 year old hobby artist with a degree in digital art and design, I work as a web developer.
All my life I have been over moderately interested in drawing thanks to my grandfather, and after buying my first digital drawing tablet in 2005 the interest grew even more. Sadly, life has a lot of obstacles and hindrances screaming for attention, while I enjoy drawing, up until now it's only been a hobby for the easy times in my life.
"What is this?"
When I found out that I'm going to become a father in January 2016 it changed me, I started to realize that my art dream would vanish. That's what you hear when people talk about getting kids, your hopes and dreams get's tossed away in favor of the hopes and dreams of new life.
I wish to be there 100% for my coming son, but becoming a father takes energy, time and money. With your help I believe I can also hold on to my drawing dream!
"How can I help?"
By supporting me you create the necessary motivation and social pressure I need to keep on drawing and improving my art.
I have chosen to ask for support for each finished drawing, this creates a situation where I won't earn anything unless I draw. The more followers I get the higher social pressure it will create for me to draw something, these could both be defining factors I need to take this to the next level.
"Can't you just create 100 drawings a month and 'steal' all my money?"
No, sadly for me this is not how it works.
First of all you decide the amount you wish to support from the minimum $1, you also choose how many drawings each month you wish to support. This gives you total freedom to choose the maximum amount going out each month. You will at any time be able to stop supporting me.
Secondly, drawing takes time, I also create videos for all my drawings and administer all this.
My goal is 1 drawing each month, but I aim for 1 drawing each week.
On a good month I will create 4-5 images maximum, that way I won't sacrifice quality or too much time with my family.
"What do I get out of this?"
My drawings and videos are freely available to everyone and you do not need to pay to get access, however as a supporter you get access to other rewards depending on your level of support.
Starting from $1 you will get exclusive access to my Patreon feed where I post all my creative work, including work related projects, gift projects to family and friends as well as other personal projects.
Starting from $5 you can get your very own themed environmental drawing for me, toss in an extra $2 and I can even draw your house or something else from a photo!
More details about rewards can be found below.
"How will my support help?"
I am humble to everyone that takes the step from reading this to actually supporting me, I am forever grateful for every $1 I get.
Step 1: If this yields any fruit it will start by supporting my monthly payment for the apps I use, enabling me to continue drawing and creating videos.
Step 2: When step 1 is covered it's time to switch out my 8 year old drawing tablet with a new one - By the time I bought it, Steve Jobs had just announced the very first iPhone. A lot has changed since then...
Step 3: I will buy tutorials from Patreon and other sites and attend courses and web-seminars. At this point I hope to be giving a lot more back to the community in form of tutorials and how-to's.
"How does Patreon work? Can I trust them? "
Patreon is used every day by thousands of creative minds, enabling the very best to make a living of what they enjoy the most, it can be trusted :)
Patreon also made this convenient video explaning itself, I'll leave it here for you: