Spirit Was is creating illustrations & recordings.
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patron

My name is Nick Corbo, I’m an illustrator and musician living and working in NYC. I love drawing landscapes, fantastic objects, magical moments, and eerie mist. I build one of a kind guitar effects, as well as write, record and perform music all under the name Spirit Was.
                         


6 years ago I started hand building effects for distorted guitar, illustrating every individual pedal with it’s own image. The project became more and more of a vehicle for drawing, a chance to experiment, a creative outlet to collect and reproduce tender images on a repetitive format. I fell in love with the project because it amalgamated so many of the precise, repetitive and challenging qualities I enjoy in making visual art and music. Lately, though, I’ve noticed that what I was building felt like it appealed to a hyper niche audience. Not only musicians, but guitar players, and not only guitar players, but those willing to go out of their way to find and buy a handmade item at a premium cost. I was feeling insular and wanted to branch out and offer something less expensive that more and different people can enjoy, like prints and books. However, I need your help to get things off the ground, and turned to patreon to provide a monthly preorder service to anyone looking to purchase prints of my original work.

Where is your money going?

Right now all money generated by this project will go directly to paying to get prints made, and for art supplies for new original pieces. For the time being I’ve only been able to afford risograph prints. While risograph printing is an endearing medium, I’ve always loved the texture, definition, and stark contrast of large silk screen prints. Silk screening also opens the doors for printing on other surfaces, like clothing. 

Spirit Was is my lil light. This is what I love and it’s the work I’ve always wanted to do, I simply need your support to get these projects off the ground. The more people get involved, the more I can do, try, experiment, mess up and learn and grow and get better. Right now this platform is a way for you to see what I do and preorder some prints, but if this becomes something that helps me support myself I can look into offering more items and incentives; posters, soft goods like clothing and bags, books, records and a myriad of other content.

Thank you for looking!
Tiers
Access Patreon Feed
$2 or more per month
Patreon exclusive behind the scenes feed detailing process and practice. Including but not limited to:
  • High resolution downloads of finished drawings, bigger and more detailed than I can post on any other website.
  • Process videos in real time and time lapse.
  • Scans of sketches, ideas, and drafts.
  • Rough demo songs and recordings.


Eventually, if I reach my $300/month goal, I can invest in some real video equipment and start posting more detailed instructional videos, like how to play Spirit Was songs, or how  Spirit Was pedals sound.

Goals
6% complete
Silk Screen Prints
Right now all the prints available through this website are risograph prints, a relatively inexpensive digital reproduction method using thermal plate printing. While I love the medium and it’s strengths, I’m also very drawn to the texture and contrast of silk screen printing, which I think would be a flattering medium for my drawings. $150 / month would make silk screening production possible. 
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My name is Nick Corbo, I’m an illustrator and musician living and working in NYC. I love drawing landscapes, fantastic objects, magical moments, and eerie mist. I build one of a kind guitar effects, as well as write, record and perform music all under the name Spirit Was.
                         


6 years ago I started hand building effects for distorted guitar, illustrating every individual pedal with it’s own image. The project became more and more of a vehicle for drawing, a chance to experiment, a creative outlet to collect and reproduce tender images on a repetitive format. I fell in love with the project because it amalgamated so many of the precise, repetitive and challenging qualities I enjoy in making visual art and music. Lately, though, I’ve noticed that what I was building felt like it appealed to a hyper niche audience. Not only musicians, but guitar players, and not only guitar players, but those willing to go out of their way to find and buy a handmade item at a premium cost. I was feeling insular and wanted to branch out and offer something less expensive that more and different people can enjoy, like prints and books. However, I need your help to get things off the ground, and turned to patreon to provide a monthly preorder service to anyone looking to purchase prints of my original work.

Where is your money going?

Right now all money generated by this project will go directly to paying to get prints made, and for art supplies for new original pieces. For the time being I’ve only been able to afford risograph prints. While risograph printing is an endearing medium, I’ve always loved the texture, definition, and stark contrast of large silk screen prints. Silk screening also opens the doors for printing on other surfaces, like clothing. 

Spirit Was is my lil light. This is what I love and it’s the work I’ve always wanted to do, I simply need your support to get these projects off the ground. The more people get involved, the more I can do, try, experiment, mess up and learn and grow and get better. Right now this platform is a way for you to see what I do and preorder some prints, but if this becomes something that helps me support myself I can look into offering more items and incentives; posters, soft goods like clothing and bags, books, records and a myriad of other content.

Thank you for looking!

Recent posts by Spirit Was

Tiers
Access Patreon Feed
$2 or more per month
Patreon exclusive behind the scenes feed detailing process and practice. Including but not limited to:
  • High resolution downloads of finished drawings, bigger and more detailed than I can post on any other website.
  • Process videos in real time and time lapse.
  • Scans of sketches, ideas, and drafts.
  • Rough demo songs and recordings.


Eventually, if I reach my $300/month goal, I can invest in some real video equipment and start posting more detailed instructional videos, like how to play Spirit Was songs, or how  Spirit Was pedals sound.