Interview: darkpony and Drawing for Dollars

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Darkpony’s Drawing for Dollars was the very first Kickstarter project to be officially funded. (Currently, even when projects cross the 100% threshold, they aren’t officially launched until their time limit is reached.) He was looking for $20 from a total of three people to make some drawings like the one above. He ended up getting $35, with the reward being one of his sketches, which he shared using his project updates.

We sent darkpony some questions on his project and experience. Here are his responses.

Tell us about your project.

I like drawing but I never seem to finish anything beyond a certain point.  So I thought if other people were somehow invested in the project it might convince me to finish it not just to my liking but to a greater public level of completion.  So that’s what I did. i said “hey if you guys pay me some money i will draw a picture.”

How did you decide on your rewards?

Well, I was a little uncertain about that. I was initially thought I would give away a couple of sketches if people contributed a certain amount. but in the end i decided i would give each contributor a digital print of the work. that seems like a decent deal. the reason i decided against sketches is i didnt have enough interesting sketches.  plus if i ever did this again, a digital copy seemed like a more scalable (per contributor) model.

How many of your backers do you know personally?

Just one. my buddy Joel who really put the project over the top. the other two I didn’t know. well i knew one by name. but the other was a complete stranger to me. which is a really nice feeling. hey some stranger thinks this is a good idea! wow! inspiring!

How are you going to be updating people as you go along?

I use the ”updates” to keep people posted on the progress. I have been taking cell phone shots of the work as i make progress.

Have you learned/discovered anything from the experience?

Working on this was alot of fun. i work a regular job where someone else tells me what to do and then they pay me money for doing thier stuff. then i draw pictures for myself and no one tells me what to do, but for this i dont get any money. my kickstarter project was a fun way for me to try out mixing the two where i am working for someone else who will eventually pay me money, but they will be paying me to do what i want to do. hahah suckers! 

What was unanticipated about the experience?

LIke I mentioned above. the feeling that some complete stranger likes your idea. that can be a very big motivator. you know, with friends you can doubt thier level of interest ‘oh they are just being nice and throwing a couple of bucks my way to help me along.” but seeing someone you have no idea who they are sign on for your project really does something to make the whole endevour seem more ‘real’.

What, if anything, would you change about your project?

I would change the format. maybe make it cost more and get some nicer printing done? offer more smaller poster options. something like that. but luckily i did something very small and it is practically done and i can try again soon and tweak my model.

Who’s your favorite band?

I really like the heartless bastards i don’t know if they are my favorite band but i like the first two albums a whole whole lot and while i have a pretty varied selection of music on my ipod i very frequently would turn off shuffle and just play only heartless bastards while i worked on this project. they are very good music to draw to.

    1. Cafferns on

      This guy seems so awesome. I wish I had seen his project early, so I could be part of the big success story. Wow. Cool drawings too.