Der-shing Helmer is creating comics and tutorials
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You're Rad
$1 or more per month 162 patrons
Thank you so much for your support!
You're Quantifiably 2x Radder Than That Guy Up There
$2 or more per month 200 patrons
Access to Patron-only livestreams, where you can watch the comics come to life in hideous "real time"
  • Access to many milestone PDF comics
  • [new!] Access to exclusive wallpapers
The Good Stuff
$5 or more per month 368 patrons
  • Access to new tutorials and the full high-res Shingworks tutorial archive!
  • All of the milestone PDF comics :U
  • Access to exclusive wallpapers AND wallpaper PSD files, plus the ability to suggest and vote on wallpaper ideas
  • Forbidden livestream access
  • Behind-the-scenes sketches, in-progress work, side comics, peeks into the Meek bible, etc
  • Access to development work and announcements about new projects
  • Periodic .psd files for interesting things
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are a hero and a king amongst your fellows
The Serious Patron
$10 or more per month 91 patrons
All of the previous, plus
  • Access to the monthly tutorial support worksheet
  • Your name (and site, if you want to promote your stuff) will be linked in a thank you section on the site [resuming in July 2017]
  • secret rewards~ (they are secret)
Advanced tutorial study!
$60 or more per month 1 of 2 patrons
Every month's new tutorial will come with a worksheet and a .psd to practice on, but sometimes you just want some personal attention :] If you sign up for the advanced study you'll get
And for added convenience, each of these tutorial study groups are on a month-to-month basis, so you can drop out of any month you are not interested in and come back for future months that you feel would be more useful; no pressure and no obligation.
  • A full month to email with me about anything pertaining to the most recent tutorial subject, including: clarification questions, hints on how to proceed on tough questions, and a bit of troubleshooting for you if you get stuck on any concepts. Your active month starts the day you sign up and lasts until the same day of the next month :]
  • I will personally redline, comment and correct your worksheet and .psd file as necessary. You'll also get a copy of this review in PDF form to keep for your records
  • You will receive personalized advice from me to you about the best ways to optimize your process in regards to the tutorial subject. Email me any time with anything that might be on your mind, regarding the subject! Seriously it is fine to bug the shit out of me, you're paying for it
  • Access to a private Patreon page to discuss and share your work with other members of that months' group (for months with more than one member!)
Rent-a-Shing
$100 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
An experiment I am trying. Did you know that I used to tutor? I also taught highschool for a while, and directed art for games for a few years as well. My ability to analyze my art is how I got my comics looking they way they do, and now you can get in on some of this. You'll get:
But what will we talk about? Here are a few of many ideas...

  • Everything in the $10 reward tier plus
  • ONE HOUR of one-on-one video chat to talk shop about whatever you want. This hour can be split into two 30-min sessions as well, depending on what we do I can recommend what split works best. If you email me the work you want critiqued beforehand, my initial review of the material will not count as part of the chat. And, if you live near Mountain View, CA, you have the option of meeting in-person locally. Your hour must be used up within 30 days of purchase, but we can schedule it to take place during a time that works for you.
  • any material I make for you. This might be a lesson plan, a written review, redlines or a paintover, links to resources, process drawings, a worksheet... depends on what we end up doing.
  • A thorough critique of your webcomic (strengths and weaknesses of the art, writing, site, marketing, etc). I can share our analysis later as a formal review, if you would like
  • A thorough critique of your personal-project development or scripting process... let's think critically and put your ideas through a workout
  • A drawing lesson, from the self-taught/ dedicated hobbyist approach. Where to start, what kind of supplies are appropriate for your level and your goals, best places to find resources, how to make sure you are progressing, how to avoid bad information, etc
  • How to achieve a certain style in your art, redlining or troubleshooting on a specific art piece you are working on, etc
  • A specific explanation of any art techniques I use, about software or brushes or equipment or plugins I use, places I go to get reference, how to approach doing research on something you're unfamiliar with, an overview of some points I like to address while worldbuilding and how to keep all that information organized, an explanation of why I decide to draw everyone's eyes and noses so big despite all advice to the contrary, etc
  • Advice about freelancing or anything I know about the art industry; the differences between good and bad clients, how to avoid drama, personal horror stories, etc
  • Friendly chat, proselytizing, an informative explanation about the evolution of snake dentition, etc
  • ANYTHING ELSE as long as it is reasonably art-related, haha... please do not be creep
Tiers
You're Rad
$1 or more per month 162 patrons
Thank you so much for your support!
You're Quantifiably 2x Radder Than That Guy Up There
$2 or more per month 200 patrons
Access to Patron-only livestreams, where you can watch the comics come to life in hideous "real time"
  • Access to many milestone PDF comics
  • [new!] Access to exclusive wallpapers
The Good Stuff
$5 or more per month 368 patrons
  • Access to new tutorials and the full high-res Shingworks tutorial archive!
  • All of the milestone PDF comics :U
  • Access to exclusive wallpapers AND wallpaper PSD files, plus the ability to suggest and vote on wallpaper ideas
  • Forbidden livestream access
  • Behind-the-scenes sketches, in-progress work, side comics, peeks into the Meek bible, etc
  • Access to development work and announcements about new projects
  • Periodic .psd files for interesting things
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are a hero and a king amongst your fellows
The Serious Patron
$10 or more per month 91 patrons
All of the previous, plus
  • Access to the monthly tutorial support worksheet
  • Your name (and site, if you want to promote your stuff) will be linked in a thank you section on the site [resuming in July 2017]
  • secret rewards~ (they are secret)
Advanced tutorial study!
$60 or more per month 1 of 2 patrons
Every month's new tutorial will come with a worksheet and a .psd to practice on, but sometimes you just want some personal attention :] If you sign up for the advanced study you'll get
And for added convenience, each of these tutorial study groups are on a month-to-month basis, so you can drop out of any month you are not interested in and come back for future months that you feel would be more useful; no pressure and no obligation.
  • A full month to email with me about anything pertaining to the most recent tutorial subject, including: clarification questions, hints on how to proceed on tough questions, and a bit of troubleshooting for you if you get stuck on any concepts. Your active month starts the day you sign up and lasts until the same day of the next month :]
  • I will personally redline, comment and correct your worksheet and .psd file as necessary. You'll also get a copy of this review in PDF form to keep for your records
  • You will receive personalized advice from me to you about the best ways to optimize your process in regards to the tutorial subject. Email me any time with anything that might be on your mind, regarding the subject! Seriously it is fine to bug the shit out of me, you're paying for it
  • Access to a private Patreon page to discuss and share your work with other members of that months' group (for months with more than one member!)
Rent-a-Shing
$100 or more per month 1 patrons (sold out!)
An experiment I am trying. Did you know that I used to tutor? I also taught highschool for a while, and directed art for games for a few years as well. My ability to analyze my art is how I got my comics looking they way they do, and now you can get in on some of this. You'll get:
But what will we talk about? Here are a few of many ideas...

  • Everything in the $10 reward tier plus
  • ONE HOUR of one-on-one video chat to talk shop about whatever you want. This hour can be split into two 30-min sessions as well, depending on what we do I can recommend what split works best. If you email me the work you want critiqued beforehand, my initial review of the material will not count as part of the chat. And, if you live near Mountain View, CA, you have the option of meeting in-person locally. Your hour must be used up within 30 days of purchase, but we can schedule it to take place during a time that works for you.
  • any material I make for you. This might be a lesson plan, a written review, redlines or a paintover, links to resources, process drawings, a worksheet... depends on what we end up doing.
  • A thorough critique of your webcomic (strengths and weaknesses of the art, writing, site, marketing, etc). I can share our analysis later as a formal review, if you would like
  • A thorough critique of your personal-project development or scripting process... let's think critically and put your ideas through a workout
  • A drawing lesson, from the self-taught/ dedicated hobbyist approach. Where to start, what kind of supplies are appropriate for your level and your goals, best places to find resources, how to make sure you are progressing, how to avoid bad information, etc
  • How to achieve a certain style in your art, redlining or troubleshooting on a specific art piece you are working on, etc
  • A specific explanation of any art techniques I use, about software or brushes or equipment or plugins I use, places I go to get reference, how to approach doing research on something you're unfamiliar with, an overview of some points I like to address while worldbuilding and how to keep all that information organized, an explanation of why I decide to draw everyone's eyes and noses so big despite all advice to the contrary, etc
  • Advice about freelancing or anything I know about the art industry; the differences between good and bad clients, how to avoid drama, personal horror stories, etc
  • Friendly chat, proselytizing, an informative explanation about the evolution of snake dentition, etc
  • ANYTHING ELSE as long as it is reasonably art-related, haha... please do not be creep