Darren Close is creating comics and working for YOU.
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patrons

$74
per month
My name is Darren Close, and I’ve been an artist and senior Graphic Designer for over 20 years. I’m relaunching this Patreon account in an attempt to become self-sufficient, and generate enough monthly income to cover my rent and utility expenses.

I’m going to work for your money.



In order to achieve this, I have restructured my patreon to offer my services to you on an hourly basis. In return for every $50US (Patreon’s default currency) I receive from you, you get an hour of my time to be spent in any of the following ways:

  • draw something for you (your choice of subject)
  • design something for you (a logo, flyer, poster, character design)
  • critique something for you (review your art or script)
  • advise you on the marketing or production side of making comics
or
  • receive $50 worth of Killeroo merchandise if you prefer.

How it works
Your patronage will be tallied at the end of each month. When your contributions reach a total of $50, you've qualified for this reward.

Eg. If your pledge is $5 a month, you will have paid for the hour after 10 months ($5 x 10). If you pledge $25 per month, you'll have achieved this after 2 months ($25 x 2). No need to commit to an ongoing pledge; you can make a one-off pledge of $50 for the same result.

From a content perspective on Patreon, I will be making tutorials on the production of comic books, and increasing the amount of artwork produced on a weekly basis. I will be hosting regular Q&A sessions to determine how best to value-add to your monthly pledges. Lastly, you will be given a 20% discount code to purchase original art and merchandise.

You will receive professional level graphic design and art at a substantially reduced price.

Put me to work on your project, folks :)



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

“What exactly is your experience?”
I have worked for advertising agencies, large corporate entities and my own design company. I’ve worked on projects for La Porchetta Restaurant, Village Roadshow, real estate developments, Supanova pop culture expo - and even Planet Hollywood back in the day!

I’ve been making comics over that time as well, including work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and also Wonder Woman ‘77 for DC Comics. But I’m probably best known for self-publishing my creator-owned comic book series, KILLEROO, about a kangaroo-human hybrid warrior of the outback. I’ve published over 20 books in that time.

“Isn’t $50 an hour is a bit cheap for someone with your experience?”
You’re right - my normal commercial contract rate is over $100/hr. I’m offering this discount as I might feature your project as an example in future tutorials (with your permission).

“What can I get for my hour’s work?”
It depends on what you would like. I can do graphic design, art (from comics to pets or human portraiture), or comics consulting - from reviewing scripts or art critique, or help with the production process such as layout, lettering or print advice. Or we can just catch up for a coffee (in Melbourne) or a skype call - whatever suits you best. Or you can just get $50 worth of Killeroo comics & merchandise! You decide.

“How will the work be delivered?”
Digitally, either by email or dropbox. Or in the case of original artwork, by mail (or Melbourne pickup). Additional shipping costs may apply.

“I could use your services, but I don’t want to commit to an ongoing monthly charge.”
I totally get that - you can get an hour or more of work from me without using Patreon on my Bigcartel page here.

“How long until I qualify for my hours work?”
That depends on your monthly pledge - if you pledge $10 a month, I’ll give you a yell after 5 months payment (5 months x $10 = $50). Similarly it would be 10 months for a $5 pledge, or 2 months for a $25 pledge. If you pledge $50 or more, you immediately qualify for the work every month.

“Can I bank up my hours for you to work on a detailed commission, or a project requiring more than 1 hour of help with?”
Sure you can. It’s up to you, just let me know what you’re after.

“Can I change my pledge as I go? Some months I might not be able to afford the same rate.”
Sure can. I know the difficulties of living week to week, so if you need to drop down to a lower level, or even remove your pledge after a while, no problem. I’m thankful for any pledges you can afford.

“What else do I get on Patreon for my pledge?”
Each month I will be posting articles and tutorials, and all my art and comics progress. I’ll also be answering any questions you might have about making comics, so it will be an interactive process. You’ll also qualify for a discount on any commissions or comics in my online store.

“What does this mean for Killeroo? I was pledging to help you make comics.”
That hasn’t changed, I’m still making comics - this is just about maximising my ability to do so. If you would rather not receive any of the new rewards in return for your support - bless you! It’s your call.

“I’ve been pledging for a while before you made this change - do my old pledges qualify?”
Yes! There’s quite a few of you have been pledging small amounts like $1 to $3 for a couple of years, that are either close to or have gone past the $50 total. I’ll be in touch shortly with you to see what I can do for you!
Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
This tier grants you access to all of my art posts :)
18 months
$3 or more per month 5 patrons
This gives you a month of my time every year and a half! Plus all my art posts.
10 months
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
After 10 months, you'll qualify for the hour's work, plus all my art posts.
5 months
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Every 5 months you've got an hour of my time.


You'll also get access to my production blog on how to make your comics better, as well as all my art posts.

2 months
$25 or more per month 1 patron
Every 2 months, you've got an hour of my time! Plus all the previous tier benefits.
Every month
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Every month you get an hour of my time!


You'll also get a limited edition patreon variant cover of every new Killeroo book I publish, and all the previous tier benefits.

Goals
$74 of $600 per month
That's my rent and utilities covered for the month! Awesome!
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My name is Darren Close, and I’ve been an artist and senior Graphic Designer for over 20 years. I’m relaunching this Patreon account in an attempt to become self-sufficient, and generate enough monthly income to cover my rent and utility expenses.

I’m going to work for your money.



In order to achieve this, I have restructured my patreon to offer my services to you on an hourly basis. In return for every $50US (Patreon’s default currency) I receive from you, you get an hour of my time to be spent in any of the following ways:

  • draw something for you (your choice of subject)
  • design something for you (a logo, flyer, poster, character design)
  • critique something for you (review your art or script)
  • advise you on the marketing or production side of making comics
or
  • receive $50 worth of Killeroo merchandise if you prefer.

How it works
Your patronage will be tallied at the end of each month. When your contributions reach a total of $50, you've qualified for this reward.

Eg. If your pledge is $5 a month, you will have paid for the hour after 10 months ($5 x 10). If you pledge $25 per month, you'll have achieved this after 2 months ($25 x 2). No need to commit to an ongoing pledge; you can make a one-off pledge of $50 for the same result.

From a content perspective on Patreon, I will be making tutorials on the production of comic books, and increasing the amount of artwork produced on a weekly basis. I will be hosting regular Q&A sessions to determine how best to value-add to your monthly pledges. Lastly, you will be given a 20% discount code to purchase original art and merchandise.

You will receive professional level graphic design and art at a substantially reduced price.

Put me to work on your project, folks :)



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

“What exactly is your experience?”
I have worked for advertising agencies, large corporate entities and my own design company. I’ve worked on projects for La Porchetta Restaurant, Village Roadshow, real estate developments, Supanova pop culture expo - and even Planet Hollywood back in the day!

I’ve been making comics over that time as well, including work on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and also Wonder Woman ‘77 for DC Comics. But I’m probably best known for self-publishing my creator-owned comic book series, KILLEROO, about a kangaroo-human hybrid warrior of the outback. I’ve published over 20 books in that time.

“Isn’t $50 an hour is a bit cheap for someone with your experience?”
You’re right - my normal commercial contract rate is over $100/hr. I’m offering this discount as I might feature your project as an example in future tutorials (with your permission).

“What can I get for my hour’s work?”
It depends on what you would like. I can do graphic design, art (from comics to pets or human portraiture), or comics consulting - from reviewing scripts or art critique, or help with the production process such as layout, lettering or print advice. Or we can just catch up for a coffee (in Melbourne) or a skype call - whatever suits you best. Or you can just get $50 worth of Killeroo comics & merchandise! You decide.

“How will the work be delivered?”
Digitally, either by email or dropbox. Or in the case of original artwork, by mail (or Melbourne pickup). Additional shipping costs may apply.

“I could use your services, but I don’t want to commit to an ongoing monthly charge.”
I totally get that - you can get an hour or more of work from me without using Patreon on my Bigcartel page here.

“How long until I qualify for my hours work?”
That depends on your monthly pledge - if you pledge $10 a month, I’ll give you a yell after 5 months payment (5 months x $10 = $50). Similarly it would be 10 months for a $5 pledge, or 2 months for a $25 pledge. If you pledge $50 or more, you immediately qualify for the work every month.

“Can I bank up my hours for you to work on a detailed commission, or a project requiring more than 1 hour of help with?”
Sure you can. It’s up to you, just let me know what you’re after.

“Can I change my pledge as I go? Some months I might not be able to afford the same rate.”
Sure can. I know the difficulties of living week to week, so if you need to drop down to a lower level, or even remove your pledge after a while, no problem. I’m thankful for any pledges you can afford.

“What else do I get on Patreon for my pledge?”
Each month I will be posting articles and tutorials, and all my art and comics progress. I’ll also be answering any questions you might have about making comics, so it will be an interactive process. You’ll also qualify for a discount on any commissions or comics in my online store.

“What does this mean for Killeroo? I was pledging to help you make comics.”
That hasn’t changed, I’m still making comics - this is just about maximising my ability to do so. If you would rather not receive any of the new rewards in return for your support - bless you! It’s your call.

“I’ve been pledging for a while before you made this change - do my old pledges qualify?”
Yes! There’s quite a few of you have been pledging small amounts like $1 to $3 for a couple of years, that are either close to or have gone past the $50 total. I’ll be in touch shortly with you to see what I can do for you!

Recent posts by Darren Close

Tiers
Thank you!
$1 or more per month 9 patrons
This tier grants you access to all of my art posts :)
18 months
$3 or more per month 5 patrons
This gives you a month of my time every year and a half! Plus all my art posts.
10 months
$5 or more per month 7 patrons
After 10 months, you'll qualify for the hour's work, plus all my art posts.
5 months
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Every 5 months you've got an hour of my time.


You'll also get access to my production blog on how to make your comics better, as well as all my art posts.

2 months
$25 or more per month 1 patron
Every 2 months, you've got an hour of my time! Plus all the previous tier benefits.
Every month
$50 or more per month 0 patrons
Every month you get an hour of my time!


You'll also get a limited edition patreon variant cover of every new Killeroo book I publish, and all the previous tier benefits.