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Wacom Companion – Review & Testing

Posted on 2013/11/10 at 11:16am by daarken 16 Comments
Wacom Companion – Review & Testing

This is my review of the new Wacom Companion. The version I have is the 256 GB Companion. In short, this computer is awesome. I highly recommend it and I will be using it for all of my professional work. Sorry for the dark video, I live in a cave. Update – Wacom just released…

Figure Painting – Female High Angle

Posted on 2013/02/20 at 11:04am by daarken 23 Comments
Figure Painting – Female High Angle

In this video Daarken takes you through his process of painting a female figure from a high angle using a black and white photo ref. The video is sped up by 8x. Hyper Angle books – http://www.animebooks.com/hyperangle.html Software – Photoshop Painting time – ~91 minutes Resolution – 3000×4500 @ 300dpi Brushes – Hard Round, Chalk,…

Jaja Stylus – Testing on the iPad

Posted on 2013/02/06 at 10:07am by daarken 46 Comments
Jaja Stylus – Testing on the iPad

In this video Daarken shows the Jaja Stylus in action on an iPad using Procreate. He talks about the pros and cons and gives you a little peek at a sketch he did using the Jaja. Jaja Stylus 1024 levels of pressure Two customizable trigger buttons Uses high frequency sound to communicate with the tablet…

Painting Light – One Pixel at a Time

Posted on 2013/01/02 at 1:53am by daarken 22 Comments
Painting Light – One Pixel at a Time

In this tutorial Daarken takes you through his process of painting a female nude from photo reference. The actual painting took a little less than 2 hours to paint and was painted back in 2011. Reference – www.domai.com/pics/big/dancer-0099.jpg Music – Trash80 www.trash80.com Painting Light – One Pixel at a Time from Daarken on Vimeo.

Elysium Sneak Peek – The Art of Daarken

Posted on 2012/09/24 at 1:56pm by daarken 43 Comments
Elysium Sneak Peek – The Art of Daarken

Preorders through the 3DTotal site are finally open! If you preorder through 3DTotal’s site, the first 100 people will receive 3, 8.5×11 signed prints! Preorders from other sites like Amazon have been available for awhile now, but they will not come with signed prints, only preorders through 3DTotal will receive them (and only while supplies…

Creative Painting – Using Only One Brush

Posted on 2012/06/22 at 12:50am by daarken 25 Comments
Creative Painting – Using Only One Brush

In this video Daarken challenges you to create a sketch or a painting using only one brush. Don’t pick a typical brush like the round or chalk brush, pick something that you would never consider doing an entire painting with. The example used in this video is the chain brush. Post your painting here! Creative…

Painting Fur – With Only the Round Brush

Posted on 2012/06/20 at 12:36am by daarken 26 Comments
Painting Fur – With Only the Round Brush

In this video Daarken shows you how to paint fur using only the round brush. The purpose of this tutorial is to show that the brush you use doesn’t matter. Even though you need to paint something that is light and fluffy, you can still accomplish it using only the round brush. No layer effects…

Male Figure Drawing – From Reference

Posted on 2012/06/15 at 10:08am by daarken 22 Comments
Male Figure Drawing – From Reference

In this video Daarken paints a male figure from reference. Instead of starting with a line drawing, he starts by blocking in large shapes and silhouettes. Music by Trash80 from Icarus Sycamore Drive from Kicks/Moves Male Figure Drawing – From Reference from Daarken on Vimeo.

Freelance Basics – Invoicing with Billings

Posted on 2012/06/13 at 12:16am by daarken 17 Comments
Freelance Basics – Invoicing with Billings

In this video Daarken talks about invoicing as a freelance artist and how to use the program Billings. Unfortunately Billings is only for the Mac, so PC users will have to try and find another invoicing program. Freelance Basics – Invoicing with Billings from Daarken on Vimeo.

Female Nude Seated – Part 03 Final Details

Posted on 2012/06/08 at 12:18am by daarken 4 Comments
Female Nude Seated – Part 03 Final Details

This is the third and final part of the female nude painting. In this part Daarken finishes up the face and adds the final details. Warning – There is no commentary in this video, so if you feel that you won’t learn anything without audio, then you are not required to watch it. Reference Music…