We are thrilled to join Portland Design Week with Patreon creator Portland Indie Game Squad for a night of local-made games and art! Games will be open for everyone to play and all artists (or non-artists!) are welcome to make game-inspired art. Also, join the legendary Art Battle — a competition of lightning round artwork creation over the course of 15 minutes. The featured game developers will pick their favorite piece and the chosen artist wins reputation points and a special prize! Along with the 20 indie games, we’ll have virtual reality stations, including Tilt Brush! The Patreon team will be hanging out and giving goodies to launched creators. If you're thinking about launching a page or would like some advice on…

A typical lunch at Patreon stars the daily New York Times Crossword. Every day at 12:30, you’ll find teammates crowding around the word puzzle with a “driver” (why yes, it is I) who reads the clues aloud and 8-10 guessers who chime in, mouths full, with the answers they’re proud to know. Thursday’s crossword had a name we all knew well. Taryn: “48 Across, 3 letters: Issa of Comedy…!” A chorus of voices, all at once: “RAE!!!!” If you’re unfamiliar with Issa Rae, shame on you. Just kidding, but really... you should get to know her. With her NYT bestselling book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, award-winning web-series by the same name, and as the creator, writer and star…

There’s never been a better time for artists, especially when it comes to making money. No longer are artists at the mercy of big name galleries and dealers in order to sell their work. Instead, today’s social media landscape has made it possible for creators of all kinds to monetize their craft, especially once understanding how to effectively advertise on social media.

Freelancers: it's your time to shine, and it's only getting brighter. According to Fast Company, over 40% of the American workforce, or 60 million people, will be a part of the freelance economy by 2020. How do you hop on this wave? While creativity is vital, it’ll only get you so far. Understanding business and marketing concepts like branding is what will truly propel you closer to realizing your dreams of developing a successful brand on the web. Great branding transcends merely focusing on the type of product or service you offer the world and enters the territory of emotion and romanticism. In other words, branding is about making a genuine connection with fans and followers. Successful creative entrepreneurs get…

Join us during GDC week at The Mix Showcase, featuring No Clip creator Danny O’Dwyer! At every GDC for the last 6 years, The Mix Showcase celebrates the coolest indie games from around the world. Patreon creator Danny O’Dwyer will be hosting the Twitch livestream from the event sharing selected games. Come meet Danny, the Patreon team, and play some brand new indie games — some showing for the first time ever! February 27th, 7 -11 PM 981 Mission Street, a few blocks from the Moscone Convention Center      Interested in attending? Register on the event page. While admissions will be limited to people with confirmation emails sent by The MIX team, we’ll accommodate as many as possible at the…

Meet Meg and Isa, a writer and an illustrator who joined forces to create the fairy tale adventure comic, Namesake. Members: Isabelle Melancon (Quebec, Canada) and Megan Lavey-Heaton (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Patreon Page: www.patreon.com/namesake   Q+A with NameSake   Describe, in your own words, what it is that you create: Isa: Together, me and Megan make comics, often in the fantasy genre, and often inspired by fairy tale and literature. Our lead series is the fairy tale adventure comic Namesake.   How did you get your start as a creator? Isa: I’ve been interested in doing comics since I was a kid, my parents had a lot of French comics for me and my brothers to read. During college and University, I had a minimal…

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