Mental Health

ost people don’t talk about needing help when it comes to mental health. There is a negative connotation associated with mental illness, as if it is their own fault for being that way. They just need to “stop being sad” or “stop getting angry.” It simply doesn’t work that way. Most people don’t question taking …

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 …

Gumroad Charity

[pix_dropcap]F[/pix_dropcap]or the month of January I will be donating 100% of my Gumroad sales to Point Foundation and Doctors Without Borders. If anyone wants to match my final donation, you will be eligible to receive a swag bag from me which will contain some signed Magic: The Gathering proofs and original sketches. Your matched donation …

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 …

New Site! Kinda…

[pix_dropcap]I[/pix_dropcap]f you hadn’t noticed already, I have a new site! Well, kinda. This is actually my old store that I’ve been using for awhile now but I decided to merge my portfolio, blog, and store into one site. Before all three sites used to be separate in addition to a separate site for my Enliighten page, so …

Beautiful Grim 2

As some of you may already know, almost two months ago my wife started a Fundly to help pay for her two most recent surgeries. After we left EA we had to get a different health insurance plan and unfortunately, even with health insurance, our out-of-pocket bills have been extremely high. Any help would be …

Starving Artist, no Really.

As soon as you tell someone you are an artist, I’m sure the word “starving” inevitably creeps into their mind. I think the notion that all artists are starving pervades the minds of the general public, and for once I helped perpetuate the stereotype. People always want to know where you came from. They like …

Business cards…finally!

Toot, toot toot toooooooot! My business cards have arrived! That was my trumpet sound if you didn’t know. After 8 years of working professionally as an illustrator and concept artist I finally made some REAL business cards. Before I would just print some out on my own printer on those sheets that you punch out, …

An excuse to buy something awesome

Let’s face it, I draw a lot of knights, warriors, and swords. Sometimes holding a feather duster or a hockey stick just doesn’t cut it. You can’t get the right weight or feel, you can’t see the perspective of the cross-guard, and it just doesn’t look as cool! I decided it was finally time to …