Kickstart a Fellow Artist’s Project with the Aptly Named: Kickstarter.

There’s this great new website called Kickstarter, “a funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, explorers…” Basically, members submit projects to this site (currently on an invite-only basis but will be opening to the public soon) and they set a monetary goal. Other users then have the abilitly to pledge money for the project to become a reality, however, no money is exchanged unless the project meets it’s goal. So if someone needs $2,000 and folks only pledge $1800 within the given timeframe, no money is sent, and everyone moves on with their lives.

Michelle's Place (GTA4) by James Barnett

Michelle's Place (GTA4) by James Barnett

Check out painter James Barnett’s project, who has been skyrocketing in popularity because of his series of video game paintings, landscapes from Grand Theft Auto, Half Life and more. His plan is to use your pledged money to provide cheaper editions of his prints. $20 gets you a 12 x 18 of your choice… $75 gets you dinner cooked by the artist in your home (for serious)!