Melissa K. Vassar-Belloso is creating Creative Resources,Blogs, and Character Design Aids
0

patrons



I am a hobbyist artist,passionate blogger in not just creative but also mental health and life topics, an aspiring author and an adult on the autism spectrum with a special passion for character design. I want to help lift the stigma on disabilities by proving one creative work at a time that we can all contribute to society in a unique and special way,not as a diagnosis but as people just living their lives and trying to achieve their best life. 

I appreciate you stopping by and showing an interest in my work.I do a bunch of stuff for non-patrons and followers but you can also join me on my creative journey for as low as $2/month! 

Learn more about me and why I chose Patreon in this post!


If you would like to support my work but can't make a monthly commitment you can also...



  • Follow me on Twitter via @themeinav for more creative content, extra characters and updates! What am I tweeting? http://haevenarts.com/my-2018-twitter-schedule
  • Find me on Facebook at http://bit.ly/mkvbonfacebook for more updates,photos,and extras!

  • Did you know I have a store now? The Laughing Cat is the only place where you can buy awesome apparel,stationery items,drinkware and more with my designs. Check it out now at http://bit.ly/thelaughingcat !



    Check out what's going on in the Fall 2018 quarter in this post!

    Patreon will be switching to filtering who sees posts by tiers instead of by monetary amount as of November 7,2018. If you are thinking about hopping on as a patron please be aware that if you pledge with no reward or outside of tier you may have hiccups seeing content. Please pick a tier instead of the option to pledge with no reward because I have no control over the upcoming change and my content will be separated differently among tiers in the upcoming year.

    Tier amounts were changed to create a wider range of choices when it came to support but also rein in the upper tiers to be more reasonable.

    • The lowest tier went from $1 to $2
    • Middle range tiers are $5,$12 & $25
    • Higher range tiers are $40,$60 & $80
    The following perks will be universal to all tiers:

    • Patron Hub access
    • Patron avatars
    • Patron discord server
    • Book series participation

    I will have more news on the discord server and patron avatars later this year.

    Weekly Character Digest
    Weekly character digests will be put out on Fridays and have 2-10 characters.
    Please note that this change will not take effect until 2019 so digests will all have 10 characters until the end of 2018.

    • Low tiers will get 2 characters
    • Middle range tiers will 6 characters
    • Higher ranger tiers will get 10 characters
    • Middle and high range tiers will get an extra post of any bonus characters made during the week on Saturdays if applicable

    Art
    Now as you may remember, the plan was to have more art planned but I realized that just wouldn't float well and leave me time for my writing. Instead art will be a secondary thing so my writing will be the primary focus and depending on what level you are on you will have access to a certain stage of art pieces when I do happen to get time for them.

    • Non-patrons and all patron tiers will have access to the initial sketch phase and anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle
    • Low tier patrons will have access to a low res final version
    • Middle tier patrons will have access to the full process at high resolution
    • Higher tier patrons will have access to the full process and a coloring page/lineart version at full resolution 

    Perk Packages
    Please note that this change will not take effect until 2019 so perk packages will remain as is until the end of 2018.

    • Low tier patrons will have access to the extra character showcase
    • Middle and higher tier patrons will have access to the extra character showcase,content preview and design resource

    Blogs
    Starting in 2019 any tier $5+ will get a week ahead peek at blogs.

    Book Related Benefits

    • All tiers of patrons will be eligible for survey participation and the character contest for the concept sketching section as well as being mentioned in the books
    • Only $5 and up will get chapter previews

    I now have two book series on my plate so instead of the way the book perks were listed I will be planning out post-publishing rewards as promo packs.

    Thoughts of an Aspie: Life on the Spectrum & Other Reflections
    This book is currently planned to be publishing ready by mid to late 2019.

    Promo Pack A (Low Tier)

    • A thank you card,bookmark and stress ball

    Promo Pack B (Middle Tier)

    • A thank you card,signed softcover copy of the book,bookmark ,spiral notebook,pen,travel mug,and stress ball in a drawstring bag

    Promo Pack C (High Tier)

    • A thank you card, signed hardcover copy of the book, bookmark,hardback journal,pen set,travel mug,and stress ball all in a tote

    Character Designer's Series
    This series is being restructured to be a 3 book series. Promotional packs will only be done for the first book which I'm aiming to be publishing ready by mid to late 2020.

    Promo Pack A
    (Low Tier)
    • A thank you card and small gift

    Promo Pack B
    (Middle Tier)
    • A thank you card, pen & pencil set,spiral notebook and your choice of a clipboard or mousepad in a drawstring bag

    Promo Pack C
    (High Tier)
    • A thank you card, pen & pencil set,hardback journal,your choice of a clipboard or mousepad and a signed softback copy of the book in a tote bag 

    In order to qualify for post publishing rewards you must be an active patron in your chosen tier for the minimum qualifying length of time prior to the book being published. Please note that I will not track you down if you choose to contribute and then leave as a patron. I will make an effort to reach out to you when the book is published by e-mail if you do the minimum amount of contribution. If you have to leave for financial reasons and would like to come back at a later time please let me know that on your exit survey. The minimum contributing amount to qualify for the post-publishing rewards is $60 for the Character Designer Series and $30 for the TOAA book with a minor exception for the audience level based on the publishing timeframe for that book being closer. I feel like basing eligibility on something concrete like a monetary amount is fairer than basing it on being an active patron at the time like it was previously.


    Minimum Qualifying Times (by tier)

    • Audience ($2/month):30 months for CDH and 8-10 months for TOAA
    • Supporting Character ($5/month): 12 months for CDH and 6 months for TOAA
    • Recurring Character ($12/month): 5 months for CDH and 3 months for TOAA
    • Tertiary Character ($25/month): 3 months for CDH and 2 month for TOAA
    • Secondary Character ($40/month): 2 months for CDH and 1 month for TOAA
    • Primary Character ($60/month): 1 month for CDH and 1 month for TOAA
    • Narrator ($80/month):1 month for CDH and 1 month for TOAA

    If you have any marked history of being what I'm dubbing a "hop & go" patron, which is where you become a patron long enough to access patron-only content like the characters or resources and then cancel before actually completing a successful pledge, then you will be automatically disqualified from receiving post-publishing rewards and your survey responses will not count. I consider any hop & go activity theft and you will be held accountable for it.It is not only unfair to me as a creator but unfair to loyal patrons who are doing things the right way. I've already had one "hop & go" patron and I'm nipping that in the bud right here before more show up. Become a patron because you genuinely want to support me as a creative, not to cheat me out of a pledge and still access exclusive content. I don't want to have to switch to charging up front but if I see too many people taking advantage of my content I'm not against enabling it in the future. I'm hoping making a note will encourage people to respect my work so it doesn't come to that.

    Access it now for.....
    • A high priority patron contact form
    • A form to submit Q & A inquiries
    • A form to submit character requests
    • A survey to vote on the front and back cover of the book

    Not sure about becoming a patron yet? Not a problem!

    As a non-patron who keeps an eye on my work you still get...

    Please note Fanpro Friday is on Hiatus until February 2019 so I can clear some time for freelance work. Sampler characters will continue as scheduled.

    • Access to read any news or updates I post about my projects
    • Access to the monthly Q & A Session
    • Fanpro Friday every other week Learn more here.
    • Two sampler characters and list of the week's daily OCs on Saturdays
    • Light access to art content I post such as doodles and initial sketches
    •  Access to  suggest generators and sampler characters
    • A Teaser version of the extra character showcase (1-2 characters) and some details on what the content preview and design resource were
    • Sampler character weeks:11/18/18-11/24/18 & 12/23/18-12/29/18
    Non-Patrons/Patrons

    Patron-Exclusive


    Please Note:I’m trying to get all the galleries up to date so they might look a little messy right now. Between having some health problems and underestimating how much the extra character collections would add I just lost track of them but I’m doing my best to get them all caught up. All the characters up this point are still readily available here on Patreon in the meantime.

    Galleries are being worked on in the following order:
    • Regular Patron-exclusive archive (In progress)
    • Special Character Collections (Next in line)
    • Fanpro Friday (Due)
    • Sampler Archive (Due)
    • Facebook Galleries (external)-(Due)
    • Add Twitter Character archive (Due)
     


    The Character Designer's series is all about a brand new way to tackle character design. The book is the ideal guide for learning to develop a character inside and out and not just another how-to-draw series.Whether you're a roleplayer,writer, artist, or even an aspiring manga-ka the series can help you create a well-rounded and unique character for any project.

    Learn more or read the book sample now!


    Current Writing Schedule
    [Last Updated:
    9/1/18]

    December 2017:
    Main elements
    January 2018:Section One
    February 2018:Section One
    March 2018-June 2018:Hiatus
    July 2018-December 2018:Section One +Chapter Reassessment
    January 2019-March 2019:Section Two
    April 2019-June 2019:Section Three
    July 2019-September 2019:Section Four
    October 2019- December 2019:Section Five
    January 2020-February 2020:Resource Library
    March 2020-April 2020:Wrap-up & publish
    May 2020-July 2020:Promotion & Reward Distribution

    Thoughts of an Aspie is my weekly blog where I discuss practical and honest mental health and life topics.

    Did you know "Thoughts of an Aspie" is going to be turned into a book? Read more about it here!

    • [December 5th ] Searching for Words: A Real Look at Selective Mutism
    • [December 19th ] Life Under a Shroud:What it Truly Means to be Suicidal
    • [Hiatus for New Year's ] December 30,2018-Jan 25,2019
    • [February 13th ] Who has Moral Responsibility?
    • [February 27th ] How to Discover Your Unique Form of Structure
    • [March 13th] When we Choose to Accept
    • [March 27th ] The True Cost of Living
    • [April 10th ] The Harm in Holding on: How Emotions Can Kill Us
    • [April 24th ] My Personal Dances with Death
    • [May 8th ] What People Can Learn From a Dog
    • [May 22nd ] My Journey to Becoming my Own Boss
    • [Hiatus for publishing prep ] June 2019-Late 2019

    Get caught up now at
     http://bit.ly/readtoaa !
    Find TOAA on Facebook at http://bit.ly/toaaonfacebook !



    Creative 5 is a bi-weekly blog formatted to highlight creative top fives like “5 Reference Sites Every Figure Artist Needs” and “5 Ways to Beat Creative Blocks”. 

  • [December 7th ] Five Artist Manikin Must Haves:Animal Edition
  • [December 28th ] Five of the Best Promotional Product Websites
  • [Hiatus for New Year's ] December 30,2018-Jan 25,2019

  • New Blog!
    "My Creative Corner"
    "My Creative Corner" is going to be a patron-exclusive blog with a 5 issue preview that will be premiering on the site  in early to mid 2019. It will cover a range of creative topics as well as technology,creative industry, and of course character design. I am currently in the planning stages of the series.

    Character Kits are a new and innovative way for character artists to source and utilize visual references with an inspiring twist. Learn more about it at http://haevenarts.com under the "Works" menu.
    Character Kit is currently being prepared for a Kickstarter relaunch in Mid 2019!

    Find it on Facebook:
    http://bit.ly/characterkit
    Tiers
    Audience
    $2 or more per month
    General
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Low-res final versions 


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  2 character digest on Friday 

     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack A pending 8-10 months of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    •  A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    •  Eligibility to receive Promo Pack A pending 30 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack

    • [Until end of 2018] A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    • [ Effective January 2019 ] A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase
    Supporting Character
    $5 or more per month
      General
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution 


    Daily Characters (Generated) 

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


     Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 6 months of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 12 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource


    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Recurring Character
    $12 or more per month
     General
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution 


    Daily Characters (Generated) 

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


      Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 3 months of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 5 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource

     

    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Tertiary Character
    $25 or more per month
    General 
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution  


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 2 months of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 3 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource

     

    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Secondary Character
    $40 or more per month
      General 
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 

     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 2 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Main Character
    $60 or more per month
     General 
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution 


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Narrator
    $80 or more per month
      General 
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution 


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Goals
    0% complete
    • The Character Designer's Resource Disc will be officially greenlit and produced after the main books in the series.
    • I can start paying for a monthly plan on Dreamstime so I can start working on graphics for the book.
    Read more about my monetary goals here!

    1 of 4


    I am a hobbyist artist,passionate blogger in not just creative but also mental health and life topics, an aspiring author and an adult on the autism spectrum with a special passion for character design. I want to help lift the stigma on disabilities by proving one creative work at a time that we can all contribute to society in a unique and special way,not as a diagnosis but as people just living their lives and trying to achieve their best life. 

    I appreciate you stopping by and showing an interest in my work.I do a bunch of stuff for non-patrons and followers but you can also join me on my creative journey for as low as $2/month! 

    Learn more about me and why I chose Patreon in this post!


    If you would like to support my work but can't make a monthly commitment you can also...



  • Follow me on Twitter via @themeinav for more creative content, extra characters and updates! What am I tweeting? http://haevenarts.com/my-2018-twitter-schedule
  • Find me on Facebook at http://bit.ly/mkvbonfacebook for more updates,photos,and extras!

  • Did you know I have a store now? The Laughing Cat is the only place where you can buy awesome apparel,stationery items,drinkware and more with my designs. Check it out now at http://bit.ly/thelaughingcat !



    Check out what's going on in the Fall 2018 quarter in this post!

    Patreon will be switching to filtering who sees posts by tiers instead of by monetary amount as of November 7,2018. If you are thinking about hopping on as a patron please be aware that if you pledge with no reward or outside of tier you may have hiccups seeing content. Please pick a tier instead of the option to pledge with no reward because I have no control over the upcoming change and my content will be separated differently among tiers in the upcoming year.

    Tier amounts were changed to create a wider range of choices when it came to support but also rein in the upper tiers to be more reasonable.

    • The lowest tier went from $1 to $2
    • Middle range tiers are $5,$12 & $25
    • Higher range tiers are $40,$60 & $80
    The following perks will be universal to all tiers:

    • Patron Hub access
    • Patron avatars
    • Patron discord server
    • Book series participation

    I will have more news on the discord server and patron avatars later this year.

    Weekly Character Digest
    Weekly character digests will be put out on Fridays and have 2-10 characters.
    Please note that this change will not take effect until 2019 so digests will all have 10 characters until the end of 2018.

    • Low tiers will get 2 characters
    • Middle range tiers will 6 characters
    • Higher ranger tiers will get 10 characters
    • Middle and high range tiers will get an extra post of any bonus characters made during the week on Saturdays if applicable

    Art
    Now as you may remember, the plan was to have more art planned but I realized that just wouldn't float well and leave me time for my writing. Instead art will be a secondary thing so my writing will be the primary focus and depending on what level you are on you will have access to a certain stage of art pieces when I do happen to get time for them.

    • Non-patrons and all patron tiers will have access to the initial sketch phase and anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle
    • Low tier patrons will have access to a low res final version
    • Middle tier patrons will have access to the full process at high resolution
    • Higher tier patrons will have access to the full process and a coloring page/lineart version at full resolution 

    Perk Packages
    Please note that this change will not take effect until 2019 so perk packages will remain as is until the end of 2018.

    • Low tier patrons will have access to the extra character showcase
    • Middle and higher tier patrons will have access to the extra character showcase,content preview and design resource

    Blogs
    Starting in 2019 any tier $5+ will get a week ahead peek at blogs.

    Book Related Benefits

    • All tiers of patrons will be eligible for survey participation and the character contest for the concept sketching section as well as being mentioned in the books
    • Only $5 and up will get chapter previews

    I now have two book series on my plate so instead of the way the book perks were listed I will be planning out post-publishing rewards as promo packs.

    Thoughts of an Aspie: Life on the Spectrum & Other Reflections
    This book is currently planned to be publishing ready by mid to late 2019.

    Promo Pack A (Low Tier)

    • A thank you card,bookmark and stress ball

    Promo Pack B (Middle Tier)

    • A thank you card,signed softcover copy of the book,bookmark ,spiral notebook,pen,travel mug,and stress ball in a drawstring bag

    Promo Pack C (High Tier)

    • A thank you card, signed hardcover copy of the book, bookmark,hardback journal,pen set,travel mug,and stress ball all in a tote

    Character Designer's Series
    This series is being restructured to be a 3 book series. Promotional packs will only be done for the first book which I'm aiming to be publishing ready by mid to late 2020.

    Promo Pack A
    (Low Tier)
    • A thank you card and small gift

    Promo Pack B
    (Middle Tier)
    • A thank you card, pen & pencil set,spiral notebook and your choice of a clipboard or mousepad in a drawstring bag

    Promo Pack C
    (High Tier)
    • A thank you card, pen & pencil set,hardback journal,your choice of a clipboard or mousepad and a signed softback copy of the book in a tote bag 

    In order to qualify for post publishing rewards you must be an active patron in your chosen tier for the minimum qualifying length of time prior to the book being published. Please note that I will not track you down if you choose to contribute and then leave as a patron. I will make an effort to reach out to you when the book is published by e-mail if you do the minimum amount of contribution. If you have to leave for financial reasons and would like to come back at a later time please let me know that on your exit survey. The minimum contributing amount to qualify for the post-publishing rewards is $60 for the Character Designer Series and $30 for the TOAA book with a minor exception for the audience level based on the publishing timeframe for that book being closer. I feel like basing eligibility on something concrete like a monetary amount is fairer than basing it on being an active patron at the time like it was previously.


    Minimum Qualifying Times (by tier)

    • Audience ($2/month):30 months for CDH and 8-10 months for TOAA
    • Supporting Character ($5/month): 12 months for CDH and 6 months for TOAA
    • Recurring Character ($12/month): 5 months for CDH and 3 months for TOAA
    • Tertiary Character ($25/month): 3 months for CDH and 2 month for TOAA
    • Secondary Character ($40/month): 2 months for CDH and 1 month for TOAA
    • Primary Character ($60/month): 1 month for CDH and 1 month for TOAA
    • Narrator ($80/month):1 month for CDH and 1 month for TOAA

    If you have any marked history of being what I'm dubbing a "hop & go" patron, which is where you become a patron long enough to access patron-only content like the characters or resources and then cancel before actually completing a successful pledge, then you will be automatically disqualified from receiving post-publishing rewards and your survey responses will not count. I consider any hop & go activity theft and you will be held accountable for it.It is not only unfair to me as a creator but unfair to loyal patrons who are doing things the right way. I've already had one "hop & go" patron and I'm nipping that in the bud right here before more show up. Become a patron because you genuinely want to support me as a creative, not to cheat me out of a pledge and still access exclusive content. I don't want to have to switch to charging up front but if I see too many people taking advantage of my content I'm not against enabling it in the future. I'm hoping making a note will encourage people to respect my work so it doesn't come to that.

    Access it now for.....
    • A high priority patron contact form
    • A form to submit Q & A inquiries
    • A form to submit character requests
    • A survey to vote on the front and back cover of the book

    Not sure about becoming a patron yet? Not a problem!

    As a non-patron who keeps an eye on my work you still get...

    Please note Fanpro Friday is on Hiatus until February 2019 so I can clear some time for freelance work. Sampler characters will continue as scheduled.

    • Access to read any news or updates I post about my projects
    • Access to the monthly Q & A Session
    • Fanpro Friday every other week Learn more here.
    • Two sampler characters and list of the week's daily OCs on Saturdays
    • Light access to art content I post such as doodles and initial sketches
    •  Access to  suggest generators and sampler characters
    • A Teaser version of the extra character showcase (1-2 characters) and some details on what the content preview and design resource were
    • Sampler character weeks:11/18/18-11/24/18 & 12/23/18-12/29/18
    Non-Patrons/Patrons

    Patron-Exclusive


    Please Note:I’m trying to get all the galleries up to date so they might look a little messy right now. Between having some health problems and underestimating how much the extra character collections would add I just lost track of them but I’m doing my best to get them all caught up. All the characters up this point are still readily available here on Patreon in the meantime.

    Galleries are being worked on in the following order:
    • Regular Patron-exclusive archive (In progress)
    • Special Character Collections (Next in line)
    • Fanpro Friday (Due)
    • Sampler Archive (Due)
    • Facebook Galleries (external)-(Due)
    • Add Twitter Character archive (Due)
     


    The Character Designer's series is all about a brand new way to tackle character design. The book is the ideal guide for learning to develop a character inside and out and not just another how-to-draw series.Whether you're a roleplayer,writer, artist, or even an aspiring manga-ka the series can help you create a well-rounded and unique character for any project.

    Learn more or read the book sample now!


    Current Writing Schedule
    [Last Updated:
    9/1/18]

    December 2017:
    Main elements
    January 2018:Section One
    February 2018:Section One
    March 2018-June 2018:Hiatus
    July 2018-December 2018:Section One +Chapter Reassessment
    January 2019-March 2019:Section Two
    April 2019-June 2019:Section Three
    July 2019-September 2019:Section Four
    October 2019- December 2019:Section Five
    January 2020-February 2020:Resource Library
    March 2020-April 2020:Wrap-up & publish
    May 2020-July 2020:Promotion & Reward Distribution

    Thoughts of an Aspie is my weekly blog where I discuss practical and honest mental health and life topics.

    Did you know "Thoughts of an Aspie" is going to be turned into a book? Read more about it here!

    • [December 5th ] Searching for Words: A Real Look at Selective Mutism
    • [December 19th ] Life Under a Shroud:What it Truly Means to be Suicidal
    • [Hiatus for New Year's ] December 30,2018-Jan 25,2019
    • [February 13th ] Who has Moral Responsibility?
    • [February 27th ] How to Discover Your Unique Form of Structure
    • [March 13th] When we Choose to Accept
    • [March 27th ] The True Cost of Living
    • [April 10th ] The Harm in Holding on: How Emotions Can Kill Us
    • [April 24th ] My Personal Dances with Death
    • [May 8th ] What People Can Learn From a Dog
    • [May 22nd ] My Journey to Becoming my Own Boss
    • [Hiatus for publishing prep ] June 2019-Late 2019

    Get caught up now at
     http://bit.ly/readtoaa !
    Find TOAA on Facebook at http://bit.ly/toaaonfacebook !



    Creative 5 is a bi-weekly blog formatted to highlight creative top fives like “5 Reference Sites Every Figure Artist Needs” and “5 Ways to Beat Creative Blocks”. 

  • [December 7th ] Five Artist Manikin Must Haves:Animal Edition
  • [December 28th ] Five of the Best Promotional Product Websites
  • [Hiatus for New Year's ] December 30,2018-Jan 25,2019

  • New Blog!
    "My Creative Corner"
    "My Creative Corner" is going to be a patron-exclusive blog with a 5 issue preview that will be premiering on the site  in early to mid 2019. It will cover a range of creative topics as well as technology,creative industry, and of course character design. I am currently in the planning stages of the series.

    Character Kits are a new and innovative way for character artists to source and utilize visual references with an inspiring twist. Learn more about it at http://haevenarts.com under the "Works" menu.
    Character Kit is currently being prepared for a Kickstarter relaunch in Mid 2019!

    Find it on Facebook:
    http://bit.ly/characterkit

    Recent posts by Melissa K. Vassar-Belloso

    Melissa K. Vassar-Belloso has a Special Offer until January 17th
    Tiers
    Audience
    $2 or more per month
    General
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Low-res final versions 


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  2 character digest on Friday 

     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack A pending 8-10 months of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    •  A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    •  Eligibility to receive Promo Pack A pending 30 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack

    • [Until end of 2018] A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    • [ Effective January 2019 ] A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase
    Supporting Character
    $5 or more per month
      General
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution 


    Daily Characters (Generated) 

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


     Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 6 months of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 12 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource


    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Recurring Character
    $12 or more per month
     General
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution 


    Daily Characters (Generated) 

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


      Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 3 months of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 5 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource

     

    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Tertiary Character
    $25 or more per month
    General 
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution  


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 2 months of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack B pending 3 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource

     

    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Secondary Character
    $40 or more per month
      General 
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 

     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 2 months of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Main Character
    $60 or more per month
     General 
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution 


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character
    Narrator
    $80 or more per month
      General 
    • A chance to be able to weigh in on creative input for my books through participation surveys.
    • Access to a Patron Hub with downloads,exclusive content, and the ability to submit character requests 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases 
    • Anything constituting as a sketchdump or doodle 
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution 


    Daily Characters (Generated)

    • [Until end of 2018] Access to a 10 character digest on Friday
    • [Effective January 2019] Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


     

    Thoughts of an Aspie Book

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges.


    Character Designer's Handbook

    • A special mention in the book pending at least one successful pledge 
    • A chance to enter a character contest to have your character featured in the concept sketching section of the book
    • Eligibility to receive Promo Pack C pending 1 month of successful pledges. 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Get a generated character!Special Offer • 33 days left
    I will generate a character in ePic Character Generator based on you or your character