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Crash & Burn

Well, my first Kickstarter was a spectacular failure. I only ended up raising $4,446 out of my $15,000 goal. If you don't know how Kickstarter works, it's an all or nothing platform. If you don't hit your goal, you don't receive any money.
After the first week I saw that my Kickstarter wasn't going anywhere, so I sort of gave up. I hate spamming people and I don't like bugging anyone, so I just let it die. Even if I hit my $15,000 goal, that would have been $0 profit for me. All of that money would have gone to taxes, […]

Kaladesh Previews from PAX

Gonti, Lord of Luxury © Wizards of the Coast
If you've been following Magic: The Gathering at PAX, then you've probably seen a few of my concepts and illustrations for the upcoming set Kaladesh.
Back in 2014 I was brought in as part of a team to help concept the world of Kaladesh for Origins. I believe during that original push it was just me, Cynthia Sheppard, and Steve Belledin.
Typically we work on a world for three weeks, but since this was just a mini push, I think we only worked on it for a week...or was it two? […]

Khorne Pit Fight

It was recently announced that my Khorne painting will be on the cover of the September 2016 issue of White Dwarf magazine!
I used to look through White Dwarf when I was a kid, so it's crazy to think that one of my paintings will be on the cover.
You might have noticed that my painting is quite a bit different than the version used for the cover. The colors have changed, the background is gone, and the figures are in different places. Since GW owns the copyright to the painting, they are allowed to make any changes they see […]

Daarken Newsletter

Hey everyone! Starting next month I will be creating a monthly newsletter! What will the newsletter contain you ask? Good question!
The newsletter will of course contain recent news, but it will also contain new art, premium content, behind-the-scenes images, industry information, special offers, and more!
Premium content is a new idea I want to implement because it encourages people to subscribe to the newsletter. What exactly is premium content? Premium content will be additional posts and information that only subscribers can see. For example, I might post a new painting for everyone to see, but only subscribers will get […]

Kickstarter Launched!

My Playmat & Print Kickstarter launched today!
You can choose from six different playmats and prints, which include Bloodstained Mire, Bloodghast, Bridge from Below, Soul of New Phyrexia, Praetor's Counsel, and Birthing Pod. Both Bridge from Below and Praetor's Counsel will be Kickstarter exclusives.
Hopefully this will only be my first playmat Kickstarter. I know there are a lot of other Magic illustrations that people would love to see as a playmat. Based on my last poll, if this Kickstarter is successful, I plan on making Form of the Dragon, Geist of Saint Traft, Mindwrack Demon, Hangarback Walker, and Moonrise Intruder […]

Playmat & Print Kickstarter

On August 15th, 2016 I will launch my first playmat Kickstarter! There will be six different playmats to choose from: Birthing Pod, Soul of New Phyrexia, Bridge from Below, Praetor's Counsel, Bloodghast, and Bloodstained Mire. Praetor's Counsel and Bridge from Below will be a Kickstarter exclusive playmats. I will also be offering 11x17 prints of the same six illustrations.

Bloodstained Mire playmats
If this Kickstarter is successful, I plan on launching additional playmat Kickstarters featuring different illustrations. So if your favorite card isn't offered in this first run, don't worry! I would love to take suggestions on future playmat designs.
A […]

Eldritch Moon

It That Rides as One
Time for some new art! The rest of my Eldritch Moon cards have been previewed, so I can finally show the high-res versions.
I've noticed that my illustrations for Shadows over Innistrad and Eldritch Moon printed extremely dark and very contrasty. I've been doing illustrations for Magic: The Gathering for probably 10 years now but I don't think I've ever had a problem with printing until now.
I noticed that most of the other cards in the set look very dark and contrasty too, so I'm not sure if this was a conscious decision or what. I […]

Signing Cards Internationally!

I am happy to announce that I will begin signing cards internationally through Jack Stanton and his signing service. For more information about the process, please visit his page.
Several years ago I had to discontinue signing cards internationally for several reasons. Some of the reasons included people wanting me to lie on customs forms (which is illegal), people not paying for shipping (which in some cases was $15-30 per envelope), people getting mad at me for customs fees (which I have no control over), the time it takes for me to drive to the post office, filling out forms, and standing in line […]

From the Vault: Mythic Entertainment

The other day I was rummaging through my old hard drives and I found some art I did while I was at Mythic Entertainment.
After the bulk of the concept work had been finished for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, we were given the task to play around with different styles and ideas for new IPs. I don't really remember what the briefs were or when these were painted. I'm assuming around 2009? Or maybe 2008? I have no idea.
These concepts are pretty rough. Since we had a lot of freedom with style and design, I didn't want to […]

A Hunter Must Hunt

A Hunter Must Hunt
I know there are a lot of people out there that believe playing video games is stupid and a waste of time. For some reason people don't see playing video games as a legitimate hobby and they really don't see it as a viable career choice.
Usually as an illustrator, playing video games is just for reference or market research, or just due to the fact that many illustrators like to play video games. This was one of those times where playing video games was actually required to get the job.
I've worked with Jon Schindehette before when […]