Hi there, it’s Darren here, welcome to my website. As you’ve clicked my ‘about’ page, I’ll assume you want to learn a little more about me, so here’s my background in a nutshell…
Born in Singapore, I migrated to a sleepy little Australian city called Adelaide with my parents when I was 5 years old. I went through a relatively regular childhood here…primary school, secondary school, high school, they all passed at a pretty non-chalant pace. Looking back now, I realize I certainly enjoyed painting and drawing more than other children, but other than that, there wasn’t much to separate me from my peers and my artistic nature wasn’t encouraged beyond recreation.
When I entered University, it was to study Computer Science and Management, rather than art, the latter of which was deemed to have limited career potential. I suppose it was the respectable thing to do, but truth be told, I never enjoyed studying those dry text books on subjects that had no bearing on my own reality. When I graduated, it was into professions that held no long term attraction for me…it always felt like there had to be more to life than selling stuff that I could care less about.
One day while I was browsing random sites killing time, I stumbled across something called concept art. It never occurred to me that things in movies and games needed to be designed, but it looked like I had stumbled across what I still consider to be my dream career, designing cool stuff and getting paid to do it! Looking around for schools to teach me the ways of concept art, I found none, so I did the next best thing and ordered a few instructional DVDs from the Gnomon Workshop and started to teach myself how to do it by trial and error. It certainly seemed like a monumental hill to climb, but learning about art was just plain enjoyment for me, nothing serious.
The turning point came one day while I was at my day job, manning the phones. It hadn’t rang all day, I was just sitting and gazing out of the office window at the gorgeous sky outside and realized that the thing I loved most about that job was packing up for the day and driving home. That night, I decided to get serious about my art and started to commit more and more time to art making. After 6 months of intensive art study, I miraculously managed to land my first concept art position and the rest as they say, was history.
Six years on, I am still at it, growing artistically and loving my career more than when I started. These days, I’m a freelance concept artist working from my home studio in Melbourne for various clients and also teach concept art to second year game art students at RMIT University. I absolutely love that I get to draw stuff for a living, to work with amazing people on a regular basis and to make a difference in other people’s lives through teaching.
Please get in touch with me via the Contact Page if you need artwork or would like some private tutoring. While, I often have a lot on my plate, I also love interacting with people and I’ll endeavor to respond to messages in a timely manner.
Keep arting and I’ll catch you soon.