Der-shing Helmer

is creating comics and tutorials

620

patrons

$2,372

per month
Tiers
You're Rad
$1 or more per month
Thank you so much for your support!
Quantifiably 2x Radder Than That Guy ↑
$2 or more per month

Access to Patron-only livestreams, where you can watch the comics come to life in hideous "real time"

  • Access to milestone PDF comics
  • Access to exclusive wallpapers
  • [new!] Access to 20% of weekly sketches
  • [new!] Access to caudex posts
The Good Stuff
$5 or more per month


  • [new] Access to all Meek thumbnail sketches for future chapters- Patreon exclusive content (begins Oct 2019)
  •  Access to the full high-res Shingworks tutorial archive
  •  Access to all new tutorials, once the tutorial goal has been reached
  • Access to 100% of weekly sketches
  • All of the PDF comics :U
  • Access to exclusive wallpapers AND wallpaper PSD files, plus the ability to suggest and vote on new 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
  • Access to most other stuff. Honestly this tier is where I'll post most everything
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are a hero and a king amongst your fellows
The Serious Patron
$10 or more per month
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)
Rent-a-Shing
$100 or more per month (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
Thank you so much for your support!
Quantifiably 2x Radder Than That Guy ↑
$2 or more per month

Access to Patron-only livestreams, where you can watch the comics come to life in hideous "real time"

  • Access to milestone PDF comics
  • Access to exclusive wallpapers
  • [new!] Access to 20% of weekly sketches
  • [new!] Access to caudex posts
The Good Stuff
$5 or more per month


  • [new] Access to all Meek thumbnail sketches for future chapters- Patreon exclusive content (begins Oct 2019)
  •  Access to the full high-res Shingworks tutorial archive
  •  Access to all new tutorials, once the tutorial goal has been reached
  • Access to 100% of weekly sketches
  • All of the PDF comics :U
  • Access to exclusive wallpapers AND wallpaper PSD files, plus the ability to suggest and vote on new 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
  • Access to most other stuff. Honestly this tier is where I'll post most everything
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are a hero and a king amongst your fellows
The Serious Patron
$10 or more per month
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)
Rent-a-Shing
$100 or more per month (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