Crow Hags


Trying to get back into the habit of illustration again, I'm going to try start with a new sketch every few weeks. Just for fun I'm going to spit out a few fantasy concepts that have been rattling around for a while.

When you hear a particularly nasty crow cawing, I just love the purity of the expression, even if it's the sound of something repugnant. One of our new neighbours calls across the street to her dog in what sounds to me like a similar sound, so why not bring both ideas together and create a cackling hag? For the sake of redesigning a classic fairytale trope, why not make three together? For variety I made their profiles exaggeratingly different.  I wanted every aspect of theirs to be gnarled, decaying, tangled, torn and messy.

The bottom left was the first iteration, I like the idea of semi-beast-like people who scrounge in the didrt for herbs and have tanlged branches in their hair. Each of them uses a shawl differently as an element of the elderly. There's something unsusual about an elderly person's nakedness, so I felt the partial clothing might emphasise that. Of the walking canes I had a last idea to make the heaviest roam ponderously on imporssibly tiny canes, feet dangling even.

More to come soon!

Savage Priest of Rheorek

Inspiration can strike anytime, anywhere. I pride myself on my ability to be able to sit down, and with the right music, invoke its power on command. Many times though it feels like a spark from particular items. This was an idea inspired by the growling vocals of Psycroptic which reminded me of a rabid dog growling in tongues. But what's gnarlier than a snapping hound foaming at the mouth? Foaming at two mouths! Some kind of double-reflexive jaw spitting out curses could make for a pretty cool cultist.

Blood Suckers!

If I had all the time in the world, I would revisit every trope you can think of in storytelling, and challenge the conventions to try to re-envision it in a way you hadn't thought of before. I know it because it's the feeling I chase when I see something extraordinarily cool in a movie or game and think "damn that's clever, why didn't I think of that???" This is one such idea for a vampire as a withered husk, intending to gorge on blood like a mosquito. I'd really like to paint it up sometime, so show off the translucency of the heart bulging with blood, like the mosquito's thorax.

Pantheon of Fiends

Sample Album Cover

Full Illustration


The gods of metal are innumerably vast. This is first in a series exploring different character ideas based on the metal sub-genre that inspires it. I want to design each around a single word concept, summarized in the type of 'crown' interpretation each may have. AzerezA is inspired by Technical Death Metal, from bands like Origin, Psycroptic,  Beyond Creation, Fallujah and Gorod. A palindrome name, is representative of omniperception. He bears a crown of eyes, and peers into infinity using the Prism of the Faultless and Trisceptre. I wanted to push an imposing stature for one-who-knows-all-and-sees-all, so it took a bit of rework to try get it right after the first draft.

If you have the guts to see its inception, take a look HERE

Neojac Work







Finished at Neojac, and here are some of the fruits of my labor there. It was a fantastic experience working with the dev team to see assets created start to finish. I learned a hell of a lot in a relatively small amount of time. I feel that much more prepared for anything the next company I work for can throw at me. I also learned valuable lessons in polish, refinement of concepts, a bit of how Maya works and a myriad of CS5 shortcuts to expedite my workflow. The remainder of my work can be seen on my newly redesigned website:  www.danmarkin.com

Monster Mash!






I've always wanted to try my hand at the iconic fantasy monsters and see what I can come up with. I ran with a few classics and tried to add in more distinctive animal characteristics, trying to put emphasis on the silhouette of the unique anatomies.