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Weekly Activity Summary/2 Sampler Characters:Every Saturday
Next Fanpro Friday:March 15,2019
Next Sampler Digest:April 26,2019
Next Patron Perks:TBA

The next perks pack will contain...

  • Fae Folk character collection
  • Mandala Series product reveal or TOAA book-exclusive blog
  • Fantasy Quest Team case study-part 3

Check out my 2019 forecast in this post!
Check out what's going on in the Winter 2018/2019 quarter in this post! (Updated 2/6/19)


Topic:Who has Moral Responsibility?
Patron Access:n/a
General Access:February 20,2019


Topic:Five of the Best Promotional Product Websites
Patron Access:n/a
General Access:February 22,2019
I am a hobbyist artist,passionate blogger in creative, mental health and life topics, an aspiring author and an adult on the autism spectrum with a special passion for character design.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 creative quotes,art,characters and more all week 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Find me on Facebook at http://bit.ly/mkvbonfacebook for more updates,photos,project pages and extras!

  • Did you know I have a store?
    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 !




    Please Note:I’m trying to get all the galleries up to date so they might look a little messy right now.  All the characters up this point are still readily available here on Patreon in the meantime under the OC & Previews category.

    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)
    • Add Twitter Character archive on site  (Due)
    • Rebuild Facebook Galleries (external)-(Due)


    For Non-Patrons/Patrons


    Patron-Exclusive

    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 note that 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 all book related benefits. You will also be blocked from further access to my content on Patreon.

    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 patrons who are doing things the right way. 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. 

     Not sure about becoming a patron yet? Not a problem!
    As a non-patron who keeps an eye on my work you still get...

    • Access to read any news or updates I post about my projects
    • Access to the monthly Q & A Sessions (currently on hiatus)
    • Fanpro Friday every other week (restarting in March 2019)
    • Two sampler characters 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 when I post perk packs
    • Sampler character weeks:4/26/19,8/5/19,11/29/19 & 12/27/19
    • The lowest tier is $2
    • Middle range tiers are $5,$12 & $25
    • Higher range tiers are $40 & $60 

    Patron Avatars



    Patron avatars will be used to represent you in special posts. Please note that you will not be eligible to get the avatar until after you submit at least one successful pledge.

    Discord Roles 
    Being a patron means you can access the HaevenArts Discord server. Please note that by default you will join the server under the "New Patron" tier and have limited access and permissions. Once you submit your first successful pledge I will upgrade your role to whichever is associated to your patron tier.

    • "New Patron" role allows only to read and post messages in the lobby or access the support text channel. You will not be able to embed links or upload attachments
    • Low tiers will be upgraded to the Tier 3 Patron role which allows for embedding links and gives you access to the general chat,generator room and art room text channels
    • Middle tiers will be upgraded to Tier 2 Patron which adds the ability to attach files and change your nickname as well as give you access to the character chat and critique room text channels
    • High tiers will be upgraded to the Tier 1 Patron role which adds the ability to mention everyone in chat and use external emojis as well as access to voice chats

    Access it now to request characters,vote on the cover of my upcoming book or ask me a question! More is coming in 2019.

    Weekly Character Digest
    Weekly character digests will be put out on Fridays and have 2-10 characters.

    • 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
    • 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

    • 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
    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 pending one successful pledge
    • Only $5 and up will get chapter previews
    • All patrons pledging $12+ will be able to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book
    • All patrons at the $60 tier will receive a signed copy of every book I publish



    Find the projects on Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/MKVBBooks/

    Character Designer's Series
    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.I am currently restructuring the book and writing schedule to reflect the series going from two books to three. I should have an updated writing schedule and promotional graphics in early to mid 2019.

    Learn more or read the book sample now!

    NEW! Character Studio Series
    This series is going to be focused around character tutorials but with an approach that teaches you how to truly design them and not just draw them. Alongside the typical parts of each tutorial will be anatomical references,tips on hair and wardrobe design and guides to creating the best color scheme. Each book will have a minimum of 30-50 tutorials within a certain genre. I don't yet have a full page or any graphics for this series but I'm hoping to have more detailed information on it throughout 2019. It is going to be the next book I do after the TOAA book because it carries a lower project cost to it than the Character Designer's Series and I can basically do all of it in house without buying supplementary graphics.

    Thoughts of an Aspie:Life on the Spectrum & Other Reflections
    This book will contain my first 50 Thoughts of an Aspie blog entries. It's going to be a smaller book project that's not graphic heavy. I'm currently planning for a 5 X 8 softback book and publishing in late 2019 or early 2020.

    The content previews leading up to the release the TOAA book will be six of the book exclusive posts. Patrons get to see some of them before even the people buying the book will.The full list of preview topics are below and I'll add hyperlinks to them as they become available in content previews.

    Please note that these blogs are designated as patron-exclusive on my Wordpress blog and should not be shared,copied or redistributed outside of it or shared with non-patrons in any way. It will be considered theft. You may need to sign in to Patreon through my webpage at least initially to access these.

    Suffrage or Stigma?:The Double-Edged Sword of Self-Disclosure
    "I'm not Going to Make it in Today": How Mental Health Stigma is Killing our Workforce
    Do I Really Need to Take This?: The Epidemic of Medicating Side Effects
    Forgive or Regret?: A Practical Look at the Practice of Forgiveness
    When Okay is not Okay: How to Plan for Your Worst
    When We Confront Pain With Pain:A Closer Look at Self-Mutilation

    Find TOAA/Creative 5 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mkvbblogs !

    • [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
    • [June 5th ] Life Under a Shroud:What it Truly Means to be Suicidal
    • [June 19th] It's not That Simple: What it's Like to Live with an Autoimmune Disease
    • [Hiatus for publishing prep ] June 2019-Late 2019

    Get caught up now at
     http://bit.ly/readtoaa !



    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”. 

  • [Hiatus for New Year's ] December 30,2018-Jan 25,2019
  • [February 15th ] Five of the Best Promotional Product Websites
  • [March 1st] Five Reasons You Should Care About Art Being in Schools
  • [March 15th ] Five Great Sites for Photoshop Brushes
  • [March 29th ] Five Things You Might Not Know About Colors
  • [April 12th ] Five Reasons Digital Art is an Avenue Worth Considering
  • [April 26th ] Five Reasons Traditional Art is Still Great
  • [May 10th ] Five Mobile Drawing Apps Worth Checking Out
  • [May 24th ] Five Brands Every Traditional Artist Should Know About
  • [June 7th] Five Art Museum Visits to Add to Your Bucket List
  • [June 21st] Five World Cultures with Extraordinary Art
  • [July 5th ] Five Awesome Reference Sites Every Figure Artist Needs
  • [July 19th ] Five Creative and Affordable Alternatives to a Wacom Tablet
  • [August 2nd ] Five Ways to Beat Creative Blocks: Artist Edition
  • [August 16th ] Five Ways to Beat Creative Blocks: Writer Edition
  • [August 30th ] Five Coloring Books That Will Make You Reconsider Coloring Being for Kids
  • [September 13th ] Five Things Art School Can't Teach You
  • [September 27th] Five Surfaces You Can Use Instead of a Traditional Canvas
  • [October 11th] Five Things You Need to Stop Doing When You Commission an Artist
  • [October 25th ] Five Cool and Creative Promotional Products
  • [November 8th ] Five Things to Consider Before You Become a Writer
  • [November 22nd ] Five Things to Consider Before You Become an Artist
  • [December ] Hiatus-No scheduled blogs.

  • 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.


    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample) 
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles 
    • Low-res final versions 


    Character Digests

    • Access to a  2 character digest on Friday 


    Monthly Perks Pack

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase
    Includes Discord rewards
    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)  
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution 


    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public


    Character Digest 

    • Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack

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


    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!
    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)   
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook 
    • The chance to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution 

    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public


    Character Digest

    • Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack

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

     

    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!
    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)  
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook  
    • The chance to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution  

    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public

     

    Character Digest

    • Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

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

     

    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!
    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)  
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook  
    • The chance to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book  


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution

    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public

     

    Character Digest

    • Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!
    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
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)  
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook  
    • The chance to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book
    • A signed copy of every book that I publish  


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution 


    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public

     

    Character Digest

    • Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!
    Goals
    0% complete
    • I will start doing 1-2 livestreams of casual games and character designs every week
    Read more about my monetary goals here!

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    Weekly Activity Summary/2 Sampler Characters:Every Saturday
    Next Fanpro Friday:March 15,2019
    Next Sampler Digest:April 26,2019
    Next Patron Perks:TBA

    The next perks pack will contain...

    • Fae Folk character collection
    • Mandala Series product reveal or TOAA book-exclusive blog
    • Fantasy Quest Team case study-part 3

    Check out my 2019 forecast in this post!
    Check out what's going on in the Winter 2018/2019 quarter in this post! (Updated 2/6/19)


    Topic:Who has Moral Responsibility?
    Patron Access:n/a
    General Access:February 20,2019


    Topic:Five of the Best Promotional Product Websites
    Patron Access:n/a
    General Access:February 22,2019
    I am a hobbyist artist,passionate blogger in creative, mental health and life topics, an aspiring author and an adult on the autism spectrum with a special passion for character design.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 creative quotes,art,characters and more all week 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
  • Find me on Facebook at http://bit.ly/mkvbonfacebook for more updates,photos,project pages and extras!

  • Did you know I have a store?
    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 !




    Please Note:I’m trying to get all the galleries up to date so they might look a little messy right now.  All the characters up this point are still readily available here on Patreon in the meantime under the OC & Previews category.

    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)
    • Add Twitter Character archive on site  (Due)
    • Rebuild Facebook Galleries (external)-(Due)


    For Non-Patrons/Patrons


    Patron-Exclusive

    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 note that 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 all book related benefits. You will also be blocked from further access to my content on Patreon.

    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 patrons who are doing things the right way. 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. 

     Not sure about becoming a patron yet? Not a problem!
    As a non-patron who keeps an eye on my work you still get...

    • Access to read any news or updates I post about my projects
    • Access to the monthly Q & A Sessions (currently on hiatus)
    • Fanpro Friday every other week (restarting in March 2019)
    • Two sampler characters 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 when I post perk packs
    • Sampler character weeks:4/26/19,8/5/19,11/29/19 & 12/27/19
    • The lowest tier is $2
    • Middle range tiers are $5,$12 & $25
    • Higher range tiers are $40 & $60 

    Patron Avatars



    Patron avatars will be used to represent you in special posts. Please note that you will not be eligible to get the avatar until after you submit at least one successful pledge.

    Discord Roles 
    Being a patron means you can access the HaevenArts Discord server. Please note that by default you will join the server under the "New Patron" tier and have limited access and permissions. Once you submit your first successful pledge I will upgrade your role to whichever is associated to your patron tier.

    • "New Patron" role allows only to read and post messages in the lobby or access the support text channel. You will not be able to embed links or upload attachments
    • Low tiers will be upgraded to the Tier 3 Patron role which allows for embedding links and gives you access to the general chat,generator room and art room text channels
    • Middle tiers will be upgraded to Tier 2 Patron which adds the ability to attach files and change your nickname as well as give you access to the character chat and critique room text channels
    • High tiers will be upgraded to the Tier 1 Patron role which adds the ability to mention everyone in chat and use external emojis as well as access to voice chats

    Access it now to request characters,vote on the cover of my upcoming book or ask me a question! More is coming in 2019.

    Weekly Character Digest
    Weekly character digests will be put out on Fridays and have 2-10 characters.

    • 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
    • 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

    • 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
    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 pending one successful pledge
    • Only $5 and up will get chapter previews
    • All patrons pledging $12+ will be able to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book
    • All patrons at the $60 tier will receive a signed copy of every book I publish



    Find the projects on Facebook at:https://www.facebook.com/MKVBBooks/

    Character Designer's Series
    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.I am currently restructuring the book and writing schedule to reflect the series going from two books to three. I should have an updated writing schedule and promotional graphics in early to mid 2019.

    Learn more or read the book sample now!

    NEW! Character Studio Series
    This series is going to be focused around character tutorials but with an approach that teaches you how to truly design them and not just draw them. Alongside the typical parts of each tutorial will be anatomical references,tips on hair and wardrobe design and guides to creating the best color scheme. Each book will have a minimum of 30-50 tutorials within a certain genre. I don't yet have a full page or any graphics for this series but I'm hoping to have more detailed information on it throughout 2019. It is going to be the next book I do after the TOAA book because it carries a lower project cost to it than the Character Designer's Series and I can basically do all of it in house without buying supplementary graphics.

    Thoughts of an Aspie:Life on the Spectrum & Other Reflections
    This book will contain my first 50 Thoughts of an Aspie blog entries. It's going to be a smaller book project that's not graphic heavy. I'm currently planning for a 5 X 8 softback book and publishing in late 2019 or early 2020.

    The content previews leading up to the release the TOAA book will be six of the book exclusive posts. Patrons get to see some of them before even the people buying the book will.The full list of preview topics are below and I'll add hyperlinks to them as they become available in content previews.

    Please note that these blogs are designated as patron-exclusive on my Wordpress blog and should not be shared,copied or redistributed outside of it or shared with non-patrons in any way. It will be considered theft. You may need to sign in to Patreon through my webpage at least initially to access these.

    Suffrage or Stigma?:The Double-Edged Sword of Self-Disclosure
    "I'm not Going to Make it in Today": How Mental Health Stigma is Killing our Workforce
    Do I Really Need to Take This?: The Epidemic of Medicating Side Effects
    Forgive or Regret?: A Practical Look at the Practice of Forgiveness
    When Okay is not Okay: How to Plan for Your Worst
    When We Confront Pain With Pain:A Closer Look at Self-Mutilation

    Find TOAA/Creative 5 on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mkvbblogs !

    • [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
    • [June 5th ] Life Under a Shroud:What it Truly Means to be Suicidal
    • [June 19th] It's not That Simple: What it's Like to Live with an Autoimmune Disease
    • [Hiatus for publishing prep ] June 2019-Late 2019

    Get caught up now at
     http://bit.ly/readtoaa !



    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”. 

  • [Hiatus for New Year's ] December 30,2018-Jan 25,2019
  • [February 15th ] Five of the Best Promotional Product Websites
  • [March 1st] Five Reasons You Should Care About Art Being in Schools
  • [March 15th ] Five Great Sites for Photoshop Brushes
  • [March 29th ] Five Things You Might Not Know About Colors
  • [April 12th ] Five Reasons Digital Art is an Avenue Worth Considering
  • [April 26th ] Five Reasons Traditional Art is Still Great
  • [May 10th ] Five Mobile Drawing Apps Worth Checking Out
  • [May 24th ] Five Brands Every Traditional Artist Should Know About
  • [June 7th] Five Art Museum Visits to Add to Your Bucket List
  • [June 21st] Five World Cultures with Extraordinary Art
  • [July 5th ] Five Awesome Reference Sites Every Figure Artist Needs
  • [July 19th ] Five Creative and Affordable Alternatives to a Wacom Tablet
  • [August 2nd ] Five Ways to Beat Creative Blocks: Artist Edition
  • [August 16th ] Five Ways to Beat Creative Blocks: Writer Edition
  • [August 30th ] Five Coloring Books That Will Make You Reconsider Coloring Being for Kids
  • [September 13th ] Five Things Art School Can't Teach You
  • [September 27th] Five Surfaces You Can Use Instead of a Traditional Canvas
  • [October 11th] Five Things You Need to Stop Doing When You Commission an Artist
  • [October 25th ] Five Cool and Creative Promotional Products
  • [November 8th ] Five Things to Consider Before You Become a Writer
  • [November 22nd ] Five Things to Consider Before You Become an Artist
  • [December ] Hiatus-No scheduled blogs.

  • 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.


    Recent posts by Melissa K. Vassar-Belloso

    Melissa K. Vassar-Belloso has a Special Offer until March 19th
    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample) 
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles 
    • Low-res final versions 


    Character Digests

    • Access to a  2 character digest on Friday 


    Monthly Perks Pack

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase
    Includes Discord rewards
    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)  
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution 


    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public


    Character Digest 

    • Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack

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


    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!
    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)   
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook 
    • The chance to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book 


    Art Content

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution 

    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public


    Character Digest

    • Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack

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

     

    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!
    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)  
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook  
    • The chance to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book 


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution  

    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public

     

    Character Digest

    • Access to a  6 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

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

     

    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!
    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 
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)  
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook  
    • The chance to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book  


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution

    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public

     

    Character Digest

    • Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!
    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
    • A patron avatar (see overview for sample)  
    • A special mention in one or all of my books 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 Character Designer's Handbook  
    • The chance to suggest one or more characters for the Character Studio books and be credited for the tutorial idea in the book
    • A signed copy of every book that I publish  


    Art Content 

    • Initial sketch phases,sketchdumps and doodles  
    • Full process in high-resolution  
    • A coloring page/lineart version at full resolution 


    Blogs

    • View blogs one week before the general public

     

    Character Digest

    • Access to a  10 character digest on Friday + access to a post of up to 5 bonus characters on Saturdays when applicable 


    Monthly Perks Pack 

    •  A monthly perk package that contains an extra character showcase,content preview,and design resource
    Includes Discord rewards
    Get a custom vector character!Special Offer • 25 days left
    Get one custom built generated character that will be converted to a vector for any use you choose!