Art & Cookies


Protected: Shadow of Mordor – Concepts

Nazgul concept More than two years ago I created a couple of concepts for the game Shadow of Mordor. At the time I was working on Guardians of Middle-earth by Warner Bros. Games and they asked if I wanted to work on a few concepts for another project they were working on. I didn't know anything about the new project other than it was a LotR game. I wish I could say I had a bigger hand in making this game, but unfortunately I was only able to work on three concepts. Getting the chance to concept the Ringwraiths was […]



MtG of Thrones

Dragon Throne of Tarkir
Another one of my cards from Khans of Tarkir was spoiled yesterday. Technically it was spoiled a couple of weeks ago because someone took a picture of it and posted it online, but the image was really blurry and you couldn't really see my art.
It was kind of funny when I received these two commissions because back in the beginning of 2013 I had painted Zurgo Helmsmasher sitting on a dragon skull throne. Of course the description for these two cards was exactly that; paint Zurgo Helmsmasher sitting on a dragon skull throne.
Why two […]



Khans of Tarkir – Concepts & Illustrations

Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker
Hey everyone! I have some more Khans of Tarkir art to show you. I'm also going to go ahead and repost the illustrations from before so that you can get the whole picture of what I've done for Khans of Tarkir.
Today WotC posted the video of their Khans of Tarkir Worldbuilding panel at Pax Prime 2014. If you weren't able to attend Pax Prime, be sure to watch the video! They also posted a high-res wallpaper of Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker.
Since they spoiled a few pieces of my concept art at the panel, I wanted to […]



Huion GT-220

Huion GT-220 - Claptrap wants to know what all the fuss is about. (Claptrap not included)
Not too long ago Huion contacted me and asked if I would be willing to review their upcoming GT-220 if they shipped a unit to me. I had never heard of Huion before, but the products on their site looked interesting, especially for the price.
Behold! The new Huion GT-220! This is a 21.5" tablet monitor with an IPS display. It has a native resolution of 1920x1080 and has 2048 levels of pressure.
Other than mobile tablet devices, like the Fujitsu ST5112, Asus EP121, […]



Advanced Digital Painting – Video only tier!

Illustration from a Client Brief
I am pleased to announce that the "video only" tier for my Advanced Digital Painting class is now available for purchase!
The class is 10 weeks long and includes 25 videos totaling more than 1,500 minutes. You can purchase the video only tier by sending $250 to my Paypal account (daarkenart@daarken.com) with a note letting me know that you are purchasing either the Advanced class demos or the Intro class demos. You then need to create a free Vimeo account and send a message through Vimeo to my user (Daarken). I will then give you […]



Khans of Tarkir from SDCC

Zurgo Helmsmasher...and crew.
Hey everyone! I'm sure you are all back from SDCC by now. I didn't go, but I saw some of my Khans of Tarkir illustrations were spoiled at the con.
This first illustration was painted more than a year ago. I had just gotten back from the first concept push for Khans of Tarkir when I was asked to paint this illustration. I think I only had 2 days to paint it, so it was a bit of a rush.
Back then we didn't really know what the dragon skull should look like, so a few months […]



…now draw the rest of Soul of New Phyrexia

Soul of New Phyrexia - M15
New Magic stuff!
Last night I found out that my Soul of New Phyrexia card had been spoiled.
I almost forgot about this guy since I painted him a year ago. I always enjoyed painting Phyrexian stuff, so I was pretty excited about this guy. Phyrexian aesthetics tend to suit me well since I like painting weird flesh metal stuff, sprinkled with a dab of oil and smoke.
I wasn't very happy with my old Phyrexian paintings, so this was a chance to redeem myself. Here is the description I received.
"Show us a […]



Kabam Stuff

Ravenmarch: Empire in Flames
I have a few new things that came out recently for Kabam. By recently I mean they probably came out a couple of months ago; sometimes it is hard keeping track of when my paintings have been released.
The first is a poster for the game Ravenmarch: Empire in Flames. It is a free-to-play game, so go check it out!
The turnaround for this one was fairly short. I think after I turned in my color comps I finished the final in a week. I was given reference for the character designs, so I can't take […]



WotC Concept Push 2014

Renton Concept Push 2014 - Wayne Reynolds, Vince Proce, Steve Prescott, Steven Belledin, Cynthia Sheppard, Me :O
I just returned from a 5-week concept push at WotC. I was joined by Cynthia Sheppard, Steven Belledin, Steve Prescott, Wayne Reynolds, Sam Burley, and Vince Proce.
It was great seeing and working with everyone again, even if we were trapped in a tiny room. After 2.5 weeks Belledin and I broke out of our room and joined the others for some shenanigans, tomfoolery, and general ballyhoo.
Cynthia and I stayed on for an extra two weeks, while the rest of the guys […]



Déjà vu – Return of the Woodies

Wood Elves © Games Workshop
You may remember this painting from a few weeks ago of the Wood Elves from the new army book. Apparently there was some confusion over the release date of the painting, so I was asked to remove it. This of course caused even more of an uproar; conspiracy theories were flying left and right. I honestly don't believe there was any nefarious intent behind the leak, especially since I was the one who approached GW about posting my work, not the other way around.
Some people were questioning the timing of the "leak," but it […]