I'm trying to fund myself into a 6 month sabbatical from my day job, which will ideally turn into a permanent move to providing for my family with my art.
It's something that I've been thinking about for some time, given that my painting output has been severely restricted by my daily schedule. Two things have spurred me into giving this a go - a couple of people representing some pretty decent galleries have been in touch - the upshot being that I need to be able to produce more work, and some management changes in my day job will mean that my position there isn't as stable as it has been.
I'm aware that it's a fair bit of funding to ask for, but it'll enable us to cover bills for 6 months, which hopefully set us on the path to generating enough income for the family from self employment. My wife's English is limited, so she's only able to earn minimum wage, which doesn't cover our rent, let alone expenses.I'd also like to be able to give back to the community with art - my current day job only really helps the shareholders...
The average sale price of each of my last 3 pieces was around $1000, so any contribution around that level would be looking at an original painting. $100 a screen printed t shirt (my own brand - Pigs of Darkness) and any contribution a handwritten card with my own artwork and stickers. But I'm happy to discuss any kind of "reward" - needs to be something related to my artwork that I can produce myself though!
As the campaign proceeds, I'll add updates via my facebook page https://www.facebook.com/misutasupakuru/ and instagram https://www.instagram.com/kiramekisan/ and even my blog https://kiramekisan.wordpress.com/ .
If you'd like to get involved, I'd be stoked. And forever grateful. Pretty keen to see what I'll be able to achieve.