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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,…

Carpal Tunnel – Treatment and Prevention

Posted on 2011/10/27 at 8:24am by daarken 18 Comments
Carpal Tunnel – Treatment and Prevention

In the previous tutorial Daarken spoke a little bit about Carpal Tunnel and ways to help prevent RSI. As a followup, Daarken discusses his experiences with Carpal Tunnel and what types of medications and products you can use to ease aches and pains associated with RSI. Note – I just wanted to make sure that…

Ergonomics – Creating a Safe Workstation

Posted on 2011/10/27 at 8:23am by daarken 74 Comments
Ergonomics – Creating a Safe Workstation

Keeping safe and healthy is one of the most important things as a digital artist. Creating good habits early on can save you a lot of trouble and pain many years down the road. In this video Daarken will show you how to create an ergonomic workstation to minimize strain and ways to prevent it….

Enliighten Debut – Speedy Paint

Posted on 2011/10/27 at 8:21am by daarken 79 Comments
Enliighten Debut – Speedy Paint

Welcome to Enliighten.com! We are happy to bring you this special debut tutorial for the launch of Enliighten.com. In this tutorial Daarken will take you through the process of creating a 30 minute speed painting from start to finish. Everything is filmed in real-time so that you can see everything Daarken is doing. If you…

Character Design – Liche Priest Part 02

Posted on 2011/10/23 at 7:39pm by daarken 5 Comments
Character Design – Liche Priest Part 02

Part 02 In this tutorial Daarken takes you through his process of creating a character for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. From start to finish, you will be able to see and hear Daarken’s thought process of designing a character from an existing IP and how he goes about adding color to a black and…