Archive for November, 2011

How to Create Custom Brushes

Posted on 2011/11/29 at 7:05pm by daarken 6 Comments
How to Create Custom Brushes

Creating custom brushes in Photoshop is easy and sometimes necessary in order to keep up with your freelance schedule. That being said, it is also important to realize that the brush does not make the artist and custom brushes are not required in order to make you a professional artist. Most of Daarken’s paintings are…

An Artist’s Arsenal – Brushes and Brush Controls

Posted on 2011/11/11 at 5:46am by daarken 7 Comments
An Artist’s Arsenal – Brushes and Brush Controls

Brushes are your main weapon when it comes to digital painting, so you need to be prepared to go into battle! Daarken talks about his commonly used brushes and what he uses them for. He also explains how to change the brush controls to customize your brushes to suit your needs.

Staying Organized – Creating a Workspace

Posted on 2011/11/11 at 5:45am by daarken 5 Comments
Staying Organized – Creating a Workspace

In the freelance world time is money. Searching for windows and palettes can waste a lot of time and energy. Daarken will show you how to improve your workspace by creating and saving custom workspace layouts in order to increase your speed and efficiency.

Photoshop Basics – A Crash Course in Photoshop

Posted on 2011/11/11 at 5:44am by daarken 20 Comments
Photoshop Basics – A Crash Course in Photoshop

Learning Photoshop for the first time can be a very daunting task. How do you use Photoshop? How do you setup and customize your tablet? Daarken will take you through some of the basics of how to start using Photoshop in order to begin painting right away. He also discusses how to bind shortcuts and…

Tools of the Trade – Tablets and Peripherals

Posted on 2011/11/11 at 5:42am by daarken 79 Comments
Tools of the Trade – Tablets and Peripherals

Beginners to the digital world may not know which type of tools they should use. Whether it is from a tablet to a Cintiq, Daarken talks about the different tools he uses and which ones are good for beginners and professionals. Wacom Fujitsu ST5112 Nostromo My Fujitsu ST5112 specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit Photoshop CS2…

Still Life – Painting Metal

Posted on 2011/11/11 at 5:39am by daarken 48 Comments
Still Life – Painting Metal

Still life painting is one of the foundations of every good artist. Learning form and value is crucial for any artist, and it all starts with a metal pot. Painting a metal pot or an apple may not seem like fun and games, but it is a necessary step in learning how to understand form,…