Daarken is creating Video Tutorials, Paintovers, and Explosions!
63

patrons

$889
per month

Website • Blog • Gumroad • Enliighten • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram



Hey everyone!

My name is Daarken. I am a freelance illustrator and concept artist working in the gaming industry since 2004. Some of my clients include Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard, Gearbox, Bethesda, Id Software, Riot Games, Crytek, Games Workshop, Warner Bros. Games, Kabam, and more.

I've worked on titles such as Doom, Mass Effect 3, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Ryse: Son of Rome, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Rift, and many others. 

I have always enjoyed teaching. In the past I taught at Gnomon and The Academy of Art University. I also teach my own online mentorship and I have a free tutorial site. Finding time to teach while working as a full-time freelance artist is hard, but with your help I can reduce my freelance workload so that I can focus more on teaching and creating personal art.

Mentorship
This Patreon will provide a cheaper alternative to my current mentorship programs. I will be providing paintovers, written notes, personal assignments, video feedback with audio commentary, and chat sessions. If you are looking to improve your work by receiving feedback from an industry professional, you have come to the right place. 

Artists will submit their image via email. Since most tiers allow up to two image paintovers per month, you get to decide when you submit your two images each month. 

For students with the personal assignment tier, I would suggest saving one of your paintovers per month for the personal assignment. 

Video Tutorial - Tier 1
This tier is for people who only want to receive a monthly video tutorial. People at this tier do not submit art to me for paintovers. If you want paintovers, sign up for one of the other tiers. 

The tutorial I create each month will be up to me and I may create anything from painting a robot or a battle scene (or maybe even a robot battle scene!) to talking about the industry or portfolios. You never know what you will get!

Take a look at the FAQ page for more information!



Take a look at the FAQ page for more information!
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
4 patrons
Tier 0 - For the Love

You love me! For a mere $1/month you can help keep me off the streets and provide me with a steady supply of cookies. I will continue to provide free tutorials on my Enliighten site whenever I have time, as well as other content like articles, tech reviews, and art! You will also get to see WIPs of the video tutorials, sneak peeks of other projects I have going on, and Gumroad tutorial discounts. Plus I will think of you fondly whenever I paint an explosion. 
Pledge $5 or more per month
41 patrons
Tier 1 - Lurker

• Video tutorial

You will receive a monthly video tutorial. The tutorial will be something I come up with myself, you will not be submitting art to me for this tier. The tutorial could be about painting illustrations, robots, concept art, portfolios, or something entirely different. You never know!
Pledge $15 or more per month
10 patrons
Tier 2 - Student

Video Tutorial + Video paintover with audio commentary + PSD for 1 piece of art per month

You will receive a video paintover of one painting per month. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the paintover. You will also receive the video tutorial from Tier 1.
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Tier 3 - Master Student

Video Tutorial + Archive Access + Video paintover with audio commentary + PSD for 1 piece of art per month

You will receive a video paintover of one painting per month. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the paintover and the video tutorial from Tier 1. You will also have access to view other patron's paintovers each month. You will need to send me your Google email address for the archive access.
Pledge $35 or more per month
11 of 15 patrons
Tier 4 - Ultimate Student

Video Tutorial + Archive Access + Video paintover with audio commentary + PSD for 1 piece of art per month + 1 Personal assignment

You will receive a video paintover of one painting per month and one bonus personal assignment. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the paintover and the video tutorial from Tier 1. You will also have access to view other patron's paintovers each month. You will need to send me your Google email address for the archive access.
Pledge $55 or more per month
1 of 10 patrons
Tier 5 - Mega Student

Video Tutorial + Archive Access + Video paintover with audio commentary + PSD for 1 piece of art per month + 1 Personal assignment + Group chat

You will receive a video paintover of one painting per month and one bonus personal assignment. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the paintover and the video tutorial from Tier 1. You will also have access to view other patron's paintovers each month. You will need to send me your Google email address for the archive access. A group chat will be held every week on Skype to chat about your work, the industry, questions you have, or thoughts about which are the best cookies.
Pledge $65 or more per month
5 of 10 patrons
Tier 6 - Crazy Uber Student

Video Tutorial + Archive Access + 2 Video paintovers with audio commentary + PSDs for 2 pieces of art per month + 1 Personal assignment + Group chat

You will receive a video paintover of two paintings per month and one bonus personal assignment. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the two paintovers and the video tutorial from Tier 1. You will also have access to view other patron's paintovers each month. You will need to send me your Google email address for the archive access. A group chat will be held every week on Skype to chat about your work, the industry, questions you have, or thoughts about which are the best cookies.
Goals
$889 of $3,000 per month

This will help me free up some time from freelance to pursue teaching and more personal art. I will unlock 10 additional slots. Which tiers gets the spots will depend on which tiers need them.
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Website • Blog • Gumroad • Enliighten • Facebook • Twitter • Instagram



Hey everyone!

My name is Daarken. I am a freelance illustrator and concept artist working in the gaming industry since 2004. Some of my clients include Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard, Gearbox, Bethesda, Id Software, Riot Games, Crytek, Games Workshop, Warner Bros. Games, Kabam, and more.

I've worked on titles such as Doom, Mass Effect 3, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, Hearthstone, League of Legends, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Ryse: Son of Rome, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, Rift, and many others. 

I have always enjoyed teaching. In the past I taught at Gnomon and The Academy of Art University. I also teach my own online mentorship and I have a free tutorial site. Finding time to teach while working as a full-time freelance artist is hard, but with your help I can reduce my freelance workload so that I can focus more on teaching and creating personal art.

Mentorship
This Patreon will provide a cheaper alternative to my current mentorship programs. I will be providing paintovers, written notes, personal assignments, video feedback with audio commentary, and chat sessions. If you are looking to improve your work by receiving feedback from an industry professional, you have come to the right place. 

Artists will submit their image via email. Since most tiers allow up to two image paintovers per month, you get to decide when you submit your two images each month. 

For students with the personal assignment tier, I would suggest saving one of your paintovers per month for the personal assignment. 

Video Tutorial - Tier 1
This tier is for people who only want to receive a monthly video tutorial. People at this tier do not submit art to me for paintovers. If you want paintovers, sign up for one of the other tiers. 

The tutorial I create each month will be up to me and I may create anything from painting a robot or a battle scene (or maybe even a robot battle scene!) to talking about the industry or portfolios. You never know what you will get!

Take a look at the FAQ page for more information!



Take a look at the FAQ page for more information!

Recent posts by Daarken

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
4 patrons
Tier 0 - For the Love

You love me! For a mere $1/month you can help keep me off the streets and provide me with a steady supply of cookies. I will continue to provide free tutorials on my Enliighten site whenever I have time, as well as other content like articles, tech reviews, and art! You will also get to see WIPs of the video tutorials, sneak peeks of other projects I have going on, and Gumroad tutorial discounts. Plus I will think of you fondly whenever I paint an explosion. 
Pledge $5 or more per month
41 patrons
Tier 1 - Lurker

• Video tutorial

You will receive a monthly video tutorial. The tutorial will be something I come up with myself, you will not be submitting art to me for this tier. The tutorial could be about painting illustrations, robots, concept art, portfolios, or something entirely different. You never know!
Pledge $15 or more per month
10 patrons
Tier 2 - Student

Video Tutorial + Video paintover with audio commentary + PSD for 1 piece of art per month

You will receive a video paintover of one painting per month. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the paintover. You will also receive the video tutorial from Tier 1.
Pledge $25 or more per month
0 of 10 patrons
Tier 3 - Master Student

Video Tutorial + Archive Access + Video paintover with audio commentary + PSD for 1 piece of art per month

You will receive a video paintover of one painting per month. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the paintover and the video tutorial from Tier 1. You will also have access to view other patron's paintovers each month. You will need to send me your Google email address for the archive access.
Pledge $35 or more per month
11 of 15 patrons
Tier 4 - Ultimate Student

Video Tutorial + Archive Access + Video paintover with audio commentary + PSD for 1 piece of art per month + 1 Personal assignment

You will receive a video paintover of one painting per month and one bonus personal assignment. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the paintover and the video tutorial from Tier 1. You will also have access to view other patron's paintovers each month. You will need to send me your Google email address for the archive access.
Pledge $55 or more per month
1 of 10 patrons
Tier 5 - Mega Student

Video Tutorial + Archive Access + Video paintover with audio commentary + PSD for 1 piece of art per month + 1 Personal assignment + Group chat

You will receive a video paintover of one painting per month and one bonus personal assignment. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the paintover and the video tutorial from Tier 1. You will also have access to view other patron's paintovers each month. You will need to send me your Google email address for the archive access. A group chat will be held every week on Skype to chat about your work, the industry, questions you have, or thoughts about which are the best cookies.
Pledge $65 or more per month
5 of 10 patrons
Tier 6 - Crazy Uber Student

Video Tutorial + Archive Access + 2 Video paintovers with audio commentary + PSDs for 2 pieces of art per month + 1 Personal assignment + Group chat

You will receive a video paintover of two paintings per month and one bonus personal assignment. I will show you how to improve your painting and what you need to continue to work on. You will also receive the PSD file of the two paintovers and the video tutorial from Tier 1. You will also have access to view other patron's paintovers each month. You will need to send me your Google email address for the archive access. A group chat will be held every week on Skype to chat about your work, the industry, questions you have, or thoughts about which are the best cookies.