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The Art of Commissions Podcast Episode 2: The Story Behind His Successful Kickstarter Campaign and Eldet Feat. Marccus Ehren

The Art of Commissions Podcast Episode 2: The Story Behind His Successful Kickstarter Campaign and Eldet Feat. Marccus Ehren

“You have to keep in mind, when you are making something, you are so horribly familiar with what you are making. You know the in’s and out’s of everything about it and you are just bored by it because that’s all you’ve been doing.”

For this episode, Marccus Ehren, the game developer and artist, is here to talk about his recent successful Kickstarter campaign of Eldet, a LGBT and medieval fantasy visual novel. Not only did we touched on what inspired him to create Eldet, we also talked about time managements and work-life balance that came with developing a project of this scale with only one manpower. Marccus also explained about the extreme challenge of finding the time to create it while studying for his final year exams, a part-time job, and how he found the time to do all of it.

The craziest thing about Eldet is that Marccus actually composed the music, drew all the art, and wrote the story all by himself. The scope of the project and the fact that he did it in 6 months is amazing and can be seen as superhuman. However, he breaks down on the sacrifices he made to fit the project into those 6 months and what he learned from it.

Faaron from Eldet
Faaron from Eldet

In this episode, we talked about revealing topics about an artist’s life, such as:

  • The fickleness of his brief internet fame as a fandom fan-artist and how it forced him to mature as an artist.
  • The gruelling process of creating Eldet all by himself and how he coped with the lack of time, all the while juggling with studying for his finals and a job.
  • How he overcame his fear of failure and how he managed his expectations for the game to ensure that it is created while sitting on a pile of student debt.
  • The stigma of artists monetizing their skillsets, how you can get a lot of backlash for putting a price tag on your art, and what you can do about it.
  • The importance of finding the meaning behind your art and how it actually can make your life as an artist better.
  • The unpleasant surprises of juggling with his personal life while creating this game (such as losing friends because he wasn’t able to explain why he couldn’t meet anyone for the next year and a half because he is creating this game!)
  • And finally: the critical lessons that he learned to create a successful Kickstarter and Patreon campaign and why artists should consider these platforms to monetize their art.

 

“That’s advice I would give to anyone. You want your work to actually call to mind of you and not something else. So, you don’t want someone to see your name and think ‘oh yeah, they draw fanart of… whatever’. You want people to think that’s the person that draws realistic and they are really good at lighting! You want people to think about you and not the thing that you draw.”

In-game Screenshot of Tariq from Eldet
In-game Screenshot of Tariq from Eldet

Marccus Ehren comes from a very interesting background of having the honor of becoming a true internet sensation due to his fanwork. Despite of his young age, he have had his art was shared all over the internet and on all sort of social media platforms.

Having experienced being an internet sensation briefly, Marccus realized that the fame could be more of a burden than an advantage and how fickle that social media attention can be. Despite of the challenges he faced, he still ventured forward to create Eldet, his first Kickstarter original project, all the while of losing 80% of his audience immediately due to his withdrawal from the fandom that gave him the fame in the first place.

He faced the challenges of losing community feedback and losing his personal life in exchange for Eldet. Despite of this, he was able to succeed and create the demo for Eldet that broke his minimal funding requirements right on the first day. Eventually, the Kickstarter project ended up with an astounding $30,000USD.

Listen to this episode to hear how he managed to overcome all these challenges, as well as a reveal to the more emotional side of being an artist.

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The Art of Commissions Podcast Episode 1: Dissecting the Science of Social Media Success Feat. Benjamin Ee

The Art of Commissions Podcast Episode 1: Dissecting the Science of Social Media Success Feat. Benjamin Ee

I am super excited that I am finally revealing the first podcast episode of Art of Commissions!

From now on, I intend to showcase artist feature via podcast instead, since I believe that audio will give the interview format a more personal touch to our listeners and it also allows for greater details to be communicated. As always, I am open to feedback and any other ways to improve Art of Commissions as a resource website for budding freelancing artists.

Much to my greatest pleasure, I’ve had the chance to talk to Benjamin Ee — Art Director of Wymac Gaming Solution and Freelancing Artist as our first podcast guest!

“I could paint like some artsy piece about society and their obsession with technology or I could just paint a picture of a Pikachu, I don’t know, doing a backflip. There will be that satisfaction of creating something. If it makes one more person happy, job done!”

For this episode podcast, Ben and I talked about using social media to represent yourself as an artist, expanding on the previous blog post. This is something that Ben is amazing at, with his art getting regular social media attention. On top of having a good handle on social media, he uses his social media platforms to generate leads for his freelancing business on the side. While there are advantages that social media can have for artists, we also talked about certain dangers that social media can have to growing artists and how to avoid these pitfalls that social media presents.

Click HERE to get access to the cheatsheet to his social media success

Born Anger and Vengeance
Born Anger and Vengeance

In this episode — one hour of packed-in goodness — we discuss important topics such as:

  • Ben’s favorite social media platform as well as the important factors to choosing the social media platform that you are comfortable in.
  • The fatal mistakes that most artists do when using social media and how to distinguish yourself from your competitions with it.
  • The concept and fallacy of viral marketing and why you shouldn’t solely focus on getting your art viral.
  • The dangers of using social media to measure the value of your art and why you shouldn’t rely solely on social media to get people talking about your art.
  • Why showcasing yourself as a person is more important than showcasing yourself as an artist in social media and how that can increase the likelihood to you being hired as an artist.
  • The do’s and do not’s of using social media for networking.

“I think it is a legitimate danger that people should be aware of focusing so much on getting better or getting popular that they forget why they wanted to paint in the first place.”

Vampire's Kiss
Vampire’s Kiss

Benjamin Ee hugely believes in that the most important thing about being an artist is recognizing your own individual uniqueness. He also voiced concerns that many artists nowadays can find themselves in the toxic black hole of social media – using social media to validate the value of the art they created and forgetting the reason to why they started drawing in the first place.

While dialog and discussion about art (after all, who doesn’t like a bit of attention from their own hard work?) is important, he believes that artists should understand that passion behind their art and the message they want to spread to the world. This is the key to finding the perseverance to a long art career.

As he himself said, it doesn’t have to be something overly artsy and meaningful and it could be something as simple as a silly drawing that makes people smile. Even with a simple reason, remembering the meaning behind it will help on the days when you don’t feel like your art is not worthy.

Got any questions or comments for Benjamin Ee? Do leave the comments below and I will forward the questions to Ben!

Do feel free to also check out Benjamin Ee’s tumblr account here!