We’ve always supported amazing illustrators and artists by buying their products and books if we can, but we know from personal experience (Mail Me Art, Showcase 100, Saltopus) what a huge financial burden it is to produce anything more than a couple of dozen copies of a product. Even then, if you were to sell every copy of your “short run” (which will normally be POD if you’re lacking funds) you’ll still be out of pocket unless you are printing and selling several thousand copies when you take all the costs into account.
Emily Hare and Iris Compiet, two artists we love and admire are in this boat at the moment! Emily currently has an awesome Kickstarter campaign on the go (ends May 11th) and Iris has one starting in June. Kickstarter is an excellent way to support the artists you love and get something in return. Seeing artists like Emily Hare have the funds upfront (20k and counting) to be able to produce her Strangehollow book is fantastic! I know Kickstarter doesn’t work for everyone, but being able to secure your customers before investing several thousand into production is a godsend for illustrators who create beautiful work, but don’t otherwise have the funds or assurances to bring it to the masses. Illustrators don’t want your charity, what they want to do is create and share their work by getting their products to market to support themselves, like any other business.
If you enjoy an artist’s work and they’re running a Kickstarter campaign or selling products, support them by making a purchase or pledge. Doing this allows them to do what they do and continue to create new and wonderful illustrations for your enjoyment.
Make a pledge to Emily Hare’s Strangehollow