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GP San Antonio 2014

View from the hotel
Last weekend I attended GP San Antonio. This was the first GP I've been to since GP Albuquerque one year ago. I haven't been traveling lately because of the little guy and I probably won't be doing much more. I do plan on going to GP Vancouver in February since I can drive to it. I can tell you one thing, I don't miss flying.
This GP was special because I created a unique playmat for the event and I was able to visit my parents since they live in Texas. Of course that meant a […]



Mentees, not Manatees

Andres Esquivel - Week 2 (left), Week 4 (right)
Although manatees are awesome, and something I need to post about in the future, this post is all about my mentees!
Last week was the final week of my third Intro to Digital Painting class and the fourth week of the first Advanced Digital Painting class. I've been extremely happy with the progress everyone has made, so I just had to share a few of them. These first few are from the Intro to Digital Painting class. During week 2 I have everyone paint a black and white still life and on […]



GP San Antonio Playmat – Spirits of War

Spirits of War
Next month I'll be one of the guest artists for GP San Antonio from November 28-30th.
Steve Port contacted me and wanted to know if I would be interested in creating an original playmat illustration for the GP. They wanted something that was specific to the city of San Antonio, so of course the Alamo and the Riverwalk were the first to come to mind.
The illustration needed to look like it could fit within the world of Magic, but it couldn't look too much like Magic. The Riverwalk is a little too modern, so I didn't […]



Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath

Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath
This morning I checked my FB feed and saw that my Ob Nixilis card finally came out after waiting for more than a year! I've been waiting for a long time to show this painting, but I have some mixed feelings about it now that so much time has passed.
I guess the good thing about going back and looking at older paintings is that I can see what needs to be fixed. Sometimes I'll go back and fix older paintings before I make prints. My older Magic cards were pretty loose and painted […]



Dokiwear: The CG Art Glove

Image from DokiWear Kickstarter
Not too long ago I was contacted about testing out a new glove designed for CG artists called the DokiGlove.
This glove was designed to eliminate oil from your screen surface and continue cleaning the surface at the same time. It is also supposed to act as a sports compression, offering hand and wrist support.
I'm not sure how much it actually helps in terms of supporting the wrist. According to their size chart I am a medium, but it seems a little too loose to act as a viable sports compression. Maybe it would work […]



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 […]