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Trailer – The Thin Race – Random Idea Generator

Posted on 2017/08/10 at 5:33am by daarken No Comment
Trailer – The Thin Race – Random Idea Generator

This is a trailer of my tutorial The Thin Race – Random Idea Generator. In this tutorial I take you through my process of creating an illustration with multiple figures from a random brief generator. Some of the topics I cover include • Composing multiple figures • Composition • Lighting • Storytelling • and more!…

Wacom 27QHD Touch – Review

Posted on 2017/05/08 at 6:51am by daarken No Comment
Wacom 27QHD Touch – Review

Here is my video review of the Wacom 27QHD Touch. You can find the written review here. The written review contains some additional information and links. Please take a look! I’m giving the 27QHD a 9 out of 10 due to touch not working as well as it should. If touch worked as well as the Companion,…

Figure Painting – Reclining Female Figure

Posted on 2016/06/06 at 1:11am by daarken 1 Comment
Figure Painting – Reclining Female Figure

This is a short preview of the Figure Painting – Reclining Female Figure demo. In this section of the demo, Daarken shows his process for painting the face. If you would like to see the full video, please visit his Gumroad. Figure Painting – Female Portrait from Daarken on Vimeo.    

Creating a Romance Cover – Without Painting

Posted on 2015/04/01 at 3:50pm by daarken 6 Comments
Creating a Romance Cover – Without Painting

In this tutorial Daarken shows you how to create a sweet romance novel cover that will make your legs quiver and your loins tingle. Plus you don’t even have to do any actual painting! Topics covered How to create an exciting cover What women and men want to see How to add special effects! Using…

Creating Muzzle Flashes – Two Techniques

Posted on 2014/10/25 at 1:57pm by daarken 2 Comments
Creating Muzzle Flashes – Two Techniques

In this tutorial Daarken shows you two different techniques for creating muzzle flashes. The first is achieved by painting the flashes by hand and combining a linear dodge (add) layer. The second is using live-action frames in combination with layer effects. For more information about the live-action clips mentioned in the video, please visit Video…

Huion GT-220 – Review & Testing

Posted on 2014/08/23 at 9:48pm by daarken 4 Comments
Huion GT-220 – Review & Testing

The Huion GT-220 is a 21.5″ tablet monitor with an IPS display. It has a resolution of 1920×1080 and 2048 levels of pressure. At half the price of a Wacom 22HD, this is going to be a real contender once they fix some minor issues. Update 8/27/14 – Huion has told me that the stylus trigger…

Wacom Companion – Review & Testing

Posted on 2013/11/10 at 11:16am by daarken 28 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 25 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.