Hall of Heroes – Concept Push

izards of the Coast has become my second home. I just returned from another three-week concept push at WotC in Renton, WA. I think this marks my fifteenth concept push, although, three of them were for Dungeons & Dragons. One time I did an emergency concept push that only lasted for two days, but I’m …

Everyone is a Critic

[pix_dropcap]T[/pix_dropcap]he digital age has given way to opinions and criticism from virtually everyone, many of which are either unsolicited or malicious. The internet has given people a veil of anonymity through which they don’t have to look the person in the eye or deal with the consequences. Like mob mentality, the glowing computer screen has …

Crash & Burn

[pix_dropcap]W[/pix_dropcap]ell, 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, …

Daarken Newsletter

[pix_dropcap]H[/pix_dropcap]ey 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 …

Signing Cards Internationally!

[pix_dropcap]I[/pix_dropcap] 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 …

Art & Cookies Kickstarter

[pix_dropcap]A[/pix_dropcap] couple of years ago I mentioned that I was in the process of writing a book about the art industry and my career. I’ve been working on it off and on whenever I have some extra time and I finished most of it earlier this year. I tend to find things to add as …

Low Pay, No Way

o one likes to talk about low pay. It is the deep dark secret of the freelance world. If we put it in the corner and throw a rug over it, maybe it will go away. It won’t. Unfortunately this is how the industry works. I’m sure most people have seen the Should I Work …

Signing Cards

Update – Unfortunately I will no longer be able to sign cards internationally through the mail. This applies to people wanting me to sign cards free, not sales made through my website. Update 2.0 – I will now be charging for signatures. It takes time to sign cards and most people send envelopes that are …