So since my last blog post a few things happened besides my appearance in the Aesthetica Magazine.
So in June, I've got, like many other artists too, hit by the suspension wave on Patreon. I've got my account successfully back but the reason why I've got suspended is ridiculous. Implied nudity, something that suddenly is against their community guidelines and isn't even mentioned anywhere, they've only told me that after I asked them. The Patreon helpdesk was at this time down because of the requests flood and handling my account took some extra time because of that. If Patreon should suspend you as well and you write them a support ticket that don't give you an automated answer within 10 minutes - write another one.
What happens to my Patreon account now?
Right now I no longer plan to upload anything there, I wanted to make my art available on Patreon without paywall. And people that just follow me on Patreon should enjoy it too. Patreons ultimatum is that I put everything that contains, "adult content" (yes boobs hidden by an arm or hands is adult content too) as patron-only content. This is bullshit and is an act of censorship.
So this brings me to my current solution and a way to build up a community and have a better way to interact with my fans and get the same personal level that is possible with Patreon. I resurrected my Discord Server :) Where I have enough freedom to share my art without those restrictions.
I tried to do some merchandise. I personally don't have the equipment to make those products on my own, so I have to rely on print-on-demand services.
My first attempt was Teespring but they suspended one of my campaigns, which took me the motivation to upload any more of my art there. I tried to appeal their decision and showed them that my artwork is similar to the examples they had in their guidelines about artistic nudity.