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I'm a freelance artist and crafter of handmade dice. I'm female (she/her), based in the US, surrounded by animals, my sign is Cancer, and I'm in a long term relationship with art, my bestie (Dakota), and coffee.Welcome to my little corner of the internet! If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to shoot me a message! (Ways to reach me are all listed here, where you can also find discount codes to my shop!)If you'd like to watch me create things, make sure to join my Discord server! I definitely post there the most!(And follow my Ko-Fi page to never miss a thing!)

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Contact me directly via email:

If you're trying to get in contact with me, the best places to reach me are the Discord server, or the email form to the left! Emails sent this way will go directly to my personal email, where I can then respond to you!If you're just looking for places to follow me online, the rest of my social media accounts are listed above!

(I don't accept Discord friend requests from strangers; Join my server instead!)

Status:

CLOSED

[Current Queue]

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My rate is $20 (USD) per hour.

To ensure the finished product is of an acceptable quality,
I do not give quotes smaller than $20 (1 hour of work).

Want to show support without commissioning?
Tips are always appreciated!

HumanoidsCreaturesAnthrosHorror/GoreNSFW*Mech (With References!)Weapons/Items

Certain Fetishes*Hateful or Harmful ContentTrademarked CharactersUnderage NSFW

*For an in-depth list of what NSFW elements I will and will not draw, click [HERE]If you have something in mind that isn't listed there, just shoot me a message and ask!

What to Expect

Please read these terms in full. Failure to read them does not exempt you from them.
By contacting me, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to these terms.
I (the artist) am available to arrange commissions any time the above status indicates my commissions are open. To inquire about a commission in that circumstance, please contact me through Discord or Email. You (the client) may reach out to me on any platform with an inquiry, but for convenience's sake, I will ask that we move the discussion to the aforementioned platforms if possible.Before contacting me, please review the information above regarding what I am and am not willing to draw. I will not make exceptions to those guidelines, so please do not inquire about a commission containing content I have explicitly stated I will not draw.Once you have explained what kind of piece it is you are wanting me to create, I will give you a price quote. Quotes are based on my estimate of how many hours it will take me to complete the piece. If my estimate turns out to be inaccurate, you will not be charged extra, and I will honor the original quote regardless of the time actually spent on the piece. Please see above for my current hourly rates.I require 100% of the payment to be made in full before I start working. I use PayPal invoices, and will require a PayPal address from you to have somewhere to send the invoice. Unless otherwise stated, the invoice will include a $5.30 consultation fee, and a 2.9% transactional fee (all prices listed here are in USD). The client's position in my queue is not guaranteed until after the full payment is received; I typically work in the order of first payed, first served. I reserve the right to deviate from this and work out of order if I deem it necessary, but I will generally uphold this structure.I will be in frequent communication with the client to inform them of the estimated wait period, as well as any setbacks that occur. If a specific deadline is provided, it will be noted on the invoice. Otherwise, the commission will be addressed at my earliest convenience. Deadlines that are requested after the invoice has been sent and paid are not guaranteed.For larger pieces that require more check-ins, I will send the client periodic screenshots of the in-progress art to get their approval and make any adjustments they request. If the client would like a small detail changed in the finished art they receive, I can usually do this for free, but please keep in mind that significant changes may require additional payments depending on how much longer it will take me to work on the new changes. Edits that are required due to a misunderstanding on my end will always be handled free of charge. Likewise, edits requested based on details that were not disclosed in the original consultation and are being added well into production, or even after the piece is completed, will almost always be subject to additional charge.You may receive a second email at some point from PayPal regarding the "shipment" of your order. Please disregard this email. I have to tell PayPal that your order does not require physical shipping and has been successfully processed as digital goods, or else I can potentially get in trouble for "never shipping the order". It's a technicality that will not affect you, and I apologize for any confusion!

Usage Rules

Commissioning me does not mean you own my art. You are buying the rights to use it within the limitations I set. I will always be the owner of my own creations, and I ask that my customers respect that.• Please respect the art/artist. If someone asks who drew it, please answer honestly. I provide finished commissions with very unobtrusive watermarks, so please leave them intact and do not move/edit/crop them out. It's simply a common courtesy to not deny an artist credit for something they worked hard on.• Never re-upload my art to any gallery, blog, social media platform, etc. You are welcome to reblog/share my original post. "Even if I credit you?" Even then, the answer is no.• Please do not edit my drawings without my written permission. If you'd like something changed or added, please ask me to do so, and do not change anything yourself. This includes coloring my lineart and other similar edits; I ask that you do not change my work in any way. The only exception to this rule is that I do allow the customer (and only the customer) to use my cropped art as-is for an online avatar or similar use, provided they agree to follow the rest of my usage rules.

Refunds

If you would like a refund and I have not in any way begun work on your commission, I will happily return your payment, with the exception of the consultation fee, which is non-refundable. You are allowed a full refund once. If you continue to commission me, only to immediately ask for a refund, you will be entitled to exactly half of your payment back. If you continue to do this even after this penalty, you may be subject to being blacklisted, and I will no longer agree to work for you in any way.I do not, under any circumstances, provide refunds once I have begun work on your commission. If I have started on your project and you would like to cancel it, you may do so--but no amount of your payment will be returned. However, you will receive whatever art I have completed at that point.

Deadlines

If you have a specific deadline you need a commission done by and it gives me a reasonable amount of time to complete your project, I will do everything in my power to get your art to you before then. Life is unpredictable, but I will prioritize your commission as much as possible to get it to you in time. If you have a deadline, I need to be aware of it before payment. I will make note of the requested deadline on your invoice.As stated above, I do not provide refunds for any reason once I have started work on your project--and that includes refunds for missed deadlines or "taking too long". I will do everything I can to avoid such a mishap, and I will contact you as much as possible to notify you of any delays. That said, you will still be receiving finished art, which is what you paid for. Since there is no added fee for a deadline, there would be nothing to reasonably refund.

Blacklisting

If I have reason to believe my customer is attempting to scam me out of art by disputing the transaction or issuing a charge-back, the customer forfeits all rights to the art and there will be no refund. Please note that I will be able to provide proof in the form of screenshots with time stamps to show any and all relevant communication between myself and the customer, as well as any files that were successfully delivered.I have a one-strike policy for scams; you will immediately be blacklisted, and I will not do business with you again. Please note that the blacklist applies to the person, not the username. Contacting me through a different alias does not circumvent being blacklisted. I also reserve the right to share my reasoning for blacklisting you for the purpose of protecting other artists from potential future scams. Please also note that being blacklisted excludes you from all future events, promotions, auctions, sales, etc and includes my drawn art, my dice, and anything else I may produce.

Status:

Join my Discord server to be among the
first to know when slots are available!

Want to show support without commissioning?
Tips are always appreciated!

Character DiceMoodboard DiceColor Palette DiceTheme/Aesthetic DiceRecreating past non-private works

Recreating other maker's worksRecreating my past work for private clientsDistasteful or unethical design themesCustom fonts / logos *

*In almost all cases, I will not offer custom mold designs. Producing dice with a custom font or even the tiniest custom logo/marking is hugely resource intensive, and is not cost efficient for the client.

What to Expect

  • Review my Terms of Service below!

  • Use the form at the bottom of the page to send me an (no-obligation) inquiry!

  • If I'm interested in taking your commission, I'll contact you to speak further about what you want and give you a price quote.

  • If you're good with the quote, I'll direct you to a listing in my shop for your payment.

  • Once payment has gone through, I'll add you to my queue and get to work!

Please take a moment to review these! Failure to read them does not exempt you from them.
By contacting me, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to these terms.

Payment

I require 100% of the payment to be made in full before I start working. I will direct you to a listing in my shop to purchase for payment. Unless otherwise stated, the price will include a $6 consultation and transactional fee. Your quoted cost does not include shipping, which will be added and calculated at checkout.

Timeline & Deadlines

Each commission individually will typically take 1-2 weeks on average, so wait time will depend on how many commissions are in my queue, as these timelines should be presumed to run consecutively. In some cases, however, I will be able to work on multiple commissions concurrently, which will expedite that timeline. In all cases, all clients will be kept fully informed as to expected wait periods and any setbacks that occur.If a specific deadline is provided (and gives me a reasonable amount of time to complete the commission), it will be noted in the shop transaction, and I will do my best to honor it. I cannot guarantee meeting deadlines, so I do not charge a fee for deadlines; consequentially, I do not offer refunds for missed deadlines.

Communication

I will be in frequent communication with the client to inform them of the estimated wait period, as well as any setbacks that occur. This can take place via either Discord or Instagram DMs (as a last resort, I'm also willing to communicate via email).Transactions and their automated messages will occur through Ko-Fi, as that is where my shop is set up. It's strongly encouraged that you make an account there if you do not already have one so you will have access to those details more easily than checking out as a guest.Communication (beyond the initial consultation) will include sharing work-in-progress photos and videos to ensure the commission is coming out as intended.

Fees & Refunds

It may take multiple attempts to cast dice that I feel fulfill the commission properly. You will not be charged for this. If this happens, I reserve the right to finish and sell any of the dice that did not make the final cut to be included in your commission.For projects where the design is intended to be my interpretation of a provided moodboard/etc, I do not typically offer redos of the design itself, as my artistic liberty is an intended part of the process.Commissioned work is not eligible for refunds, unless I have not yet started on your commission whatsoever--in which case, you are entitled to a one-time refund of 80% of the commission's cost (not including the consultation/transaction fee). Repeatedly commissioning me only to cancel the commission may result in blacklisting.

Usage Rules

• In virtually all cases, I will post the finished dice on my own social media (primarily Instagram and Tumblr). Please share/signal boost/link to the posts I make instead of reposting my content on your account.• If you would like to take your own photos and share the dice I made for you on social media, I kindly request that you tag me (accounts to tag are here!) in the post so I can spotlight it! If the platform allows external links, crediting me as Daarka.com is helpful, too!• You are strictly prohibited from making molds of my dice in any way, for any purpose.• I ask that you do not resell my dice for profit (more than what you paid for them). If you see someone reselling my dice, you are welcome to contact me to verify if the price you're seeing matches what that seller paid me for them.• I do not do wholesale arrangements.

Commission Inquiries

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If you have character art or a moodboard you're wanting dice based off of, upload it here!

Dice Menu

Prices may differ from the quote you receive based on the details of your commission!

TypeStarts at (USD)
Regular 7pc Set$70
TypeStarts at (USD)
Mini 7pc Set$50
TypeStarts at (USD)
Artisan D6$50
D2 Coin$7
Chonk D20$30
Regular D20$18
Rhombic 2D12 Pair$30
Regular Singles$12
Mini D20$15
Mini Singles$9

Thanks!

Your commission request has been submitted! I'll be reviewing all submissions to decide which commissions I'd like to take, and if I choose yours, I'll be in touch!

Commission Status & Live Queue

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Live queue is a work in progress, check back soon!
Sorry, technology hates me currently :)

About Me!

I'm Daarka!
♀️♋🏜️🎨🎲☕🦊
I'm a freelance artist and crafter of handmade dice. Yes, this is my "real" job. I use she/her pronouns, I've been a legal adult for many years now, my sign is Cancer (and every description of that sign ever fits me like a glove), and I'm in a long-term relationship with my art, my bestie (Dakota), and coffee. I'm very neurodivergent, very gay, very tired, and the owner of two guinea pigs that are wanted in several countries for various war crimes. (And a lizard who has never done a bad thing in her entire life ever.)I live and breathe D&D, and DM a couple games as part of that; I've been doing literary roleplay almost my entire life, and so breaking into TTRPG was a natural and wonderful evolution of that (on that note: we stan Critical Role in this house). It's my philosophy that you don't get extra credit points for forcing yourself to play D&D races/classes just for the sake of being diverse, so I will be playing clerics (and aasimars) until the government physically stops me because I like being happy.I think cake is better than pie, but ice cream pie is better than cake. "Caltrop" d4s make my hands sad to touch them, and I cannot, for the life of me, decide if I like rhombus d12s. I love very oversized hoodies (and weather cool enough to let me wear them) and I collect novelty mugs. I've got a thing for Vulture Culture, and most of the space in my freezer is dedicated to dead stuff I've brought home and not had time to properly clean up. Similarly to the distress of those who live with me, I have a tendancy to adopt things like black widow spiders, tarantulas, scorpions, and centipedes (many times having originally found them in my backyard), and that tendancy, as well as the uncanny way in which ridiculous wild animals end up in my literal hands has earned me a reputation as a ratchet Disney princess who can only summon wildlife of the rat/snake/creepy-crawly variety (whether I want to or not). I live in Arizona and am deeply in love with the Sonoran desert (which some quite aptly consider to be "Australia Lite"), and ever since I was young, I've been the go-to person in the household for relocating the highly venomous rattlesnakes that semi-frequently show up on our property. I grew up a chronic Horse Girl™, and have been riding since I was about 4 years old; horses have likewise been one of my autistic special interests my entire life, though that comes up very little in online spaces.If my username somewhere is "DaarkaArts", you can rest assured I'm pissed about "Daarka" being taken, and that I constantly scheme about how to amend that somehow.And that's me in a nutshell!
Trans Rights Are Human Rights
Black Lives Matter
Sex Work Is Real Work
Rats Are Super Cool Actually
Therapy Is Good For You
Resin Dice Are Balanced Fine
Don't Be A Weirdo

Got a question? Check out my FAQ!

F.A.Q.

About MeWhat program do you use?
Primarily Procreate on my iPad. While drawing on my PC is very hard on my carpal tunnel, that was my default for a long time, and any work done on my PC is in PaintToolSAI v2.0.
What tablet do you use?
iPad (7th Gen.) + Apple Pencil; Wacom Bamboo Capture when using my PC (rare).
How long have you been drawing?
My whole life, really. From when I was old enough to hold a pencil, I've been doodling constantly, and I never really stopped.
Do you have any training?
Nope. I'm self-taught. I've never taken any actual art courses, and most of my techniques are consequentially pretty simplistic. I'm not able to attend college due to disability, so I make do with the tools I've got.
Where can I learn more about the dice you make?
Info is posted here, and you can browse what I have available for sale at Shop.Daarka.com!
Are you open for commissions?
You can check the present status on the Commissions page! (Or this page for dice!)
Are you open for art trades?
Not usually. I will consider art trades with friends / mutual followers, however. I do my best to participate in Art Fight every year, though!
Are you open for requests?
No. Please do not approach me asking for free art; the answer will be no, and I will be disinclined to even do paid work for you after that.
Can I post your art somewhere online?
No. I am grateful for reblogs and shares, but please do not re-upload my work anywhere yourself. That includes art I may have created for you on commission. "Even if I credit you?" Even then, the answer is still no. If you'd like to share my work on social media, please reblog/retweet/etc where I myself have posted it (you can see where to find my social media accounts here!)
Can I trace your art for practice, or color your line art?
I ask that you do not. I can't stop you, but I do not support doing this unless an artist has explicitly granted you permission--which I have not. If you're inspired by my art, I am genuinely flattered, but people tracing, coloring, "finishing", or otherwise adding to my creations makes me uncomfortable, and I do not give my consent for that. Above all, please do not post traced/drawn-on art of mine publicly; I will ask you to take it down.
I want to know more about the characters you draw!
Most, if not all of them, will be listed here! If you have specific questions, I would love to answer them! Feel free to send those questions as asks on Tumblr!
Do you happen to be a part of Art Fight?
Yes! I've even had my character, Daarka, on the banner for several different years! My profile can be found here, and I'd love to see you at the next fight!
A long time ago, I made profile icons for Art Fight that a lot of people seemed to enjoy using; you can find those here, as well as under Art Fight's official user-made resources! I may or may not continue making those in the future, but I've included resources to easily edit your own custom ones if my set is missing something you want!

This is always the first (and sometimes only) thing people ask.Handmade dice, with very few exceptions, are at least as balanced as factory dice—usually moreso! Handmade dice contain fewer bubbles and voids than most mass-produced dice.The only major reason for handmade dice to be unbalanced would be large and heavy inclusions (something even factory dice sometimes have!), and I will always note anything of this nature clearly in each shop listing.Angles and velocity (as well as the surface tension of your table/dice tray) have more to do with the outcome of your roll than a tiny bubble or slightly curved corner. ♡
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Product Reviews

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I find making moodboards to be very useful for several different things in my life, so I wanted to create a little tutorial I could easily link people on how anyone can create their own!https://www.fotor.com/

The websites I use in these tutorials are not owned or operated by myself, so it's possible that they may be updated in ways that invalidate parts or even all of this tutorial. If you notice that my tutorial does not match the software currently available in a way that makes the tutorial useless, please don't hesitate to reach out and let me know! (You can use the contact form here!)

First off, you'll want to make an account--or generate one by linking a Google/etc account. Then you should end up on this page; if you don't, just head to www.fotor.com/design directly.

Click "Classic Collage"!

You'll be taken to this page, where you'll be able to upload your photos. If you haven't already, pause here and go collect some! A good quantity to aim for is around 4-12 images. These images should, when put together, contribute to the vibe and--in most cases--color scheme you're aiming for. I'll be using this tutorial to put together a moodboard for my character, Kelnari, so you can see what kind of content is good to include!

When you have the images you want, drag and drop them into the web builder. For my demonstration, I ended up with 12 images total; Fotor sorted them very plainly, like this:

Now we get to format things! It doesn't look very fancy right off the bat, but that's okay!
First, I'm going to scroll down through the layouts presented on the sidebar, and find one I want to start with. I chose one that felt the most dynamic as a starting point. I also reduced the "Spacing" and "Margins" slider to zero, which took away that white space between each image. You might like that, though! So it's up to your preference here.

Now let's tweak the layout to our liking! First, you can click and drag any image into the spot of another image, and Fotor will swap their places. You can also double click any image, and it'll show you the edges of that image, which you can then click and drag to resize how it appears. You can also then click and drag the center of the image to reposition it within the cell.

If you click an image, little white tabs appear, which you can also click and drag to resize the cell itself.

And if you decide you aren't feeling a certain image anymore, right click it, and select "Change Photo" to swap it out with something else.

When everything is where you want it, you might still be wanting to tweak the colors on everything so that it feels more uniform. In my demonstration, I definitely had some images that fit the right vibe, but didn't create as consistent of a color scheme as I desired.Click on an image, and you'll see a toolbar above the moodboard appear, with options like "Filters", amongst others. Though most of the settings in the "Filters" menu are reserved for paid users, you can usually get the job done by clicking the button for sliders to the right of "Filters". Explore those options, play with those settings, and tweak things around until you're happy! And if you're someone who does any dabbling with digital art in any capacity, don't be afraid to take this moodboard to your usual image editing software when you're done here, and do whatever other touchups this website can't do!

When you've tweaked what you want to tweak, here are some other tips!You can go to "Background" on the far left sidebar, and change the color that appears between the images. This is most noticeable if you did not reduce your "Margins" and "Spacing" to zero earlier, but even if you did, you might notice tiny little white cracks that have persisted becoming far less visible if you change the background color to something that matches the colors of the images themselves. In the top right corner above all the background color options is a color palette button, which you can click to use a more specific color.

You're also more than welcome to explore the other features on Fotor, such as adding "Elements" (like stickers) or Text to give some additional flavor.

When you're all done, it's time to export it!Click "Download" in the top right corner. If you see this text at the bottom of the popup, it means you're using features in your moodboard that are premium-only. To finish for free, go find the details it's referring to and remove them, or switch to non-premium versions of it. For me, it turned out my text was using a gradient instead of a flat color. I could have switched it to "Solid" for color, but instead, I decided to just delete the entire text element.

You'll know you successfully got rid of all the premium content if you click "Download" again, and that text at the bottom is gone! The blue button should also no longer prompt you to purchase premium, but should say "Download".The default settings for exporting from Fotor are perfect for our needs! 2,000 x 2,000 px is just right for the use of a moodboard. If you are completing a moodboard for one of the swaps I host, please do not change these settings! You will need to only submit a moodboard that is 2,000 x 2,000 px square.If you'd like to rename the file, you can do that here, as well. Otherwise, click "Download", and you're good to go!

If you need to save the moodboard before it's done to come back to it later, click this little cloud button at the top!

That's it! Most aspects of this are pretty self-explanatory, but hopefully this little walkthrough helps to bridge any gaps! Happy creating!

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Dakota is my bestest friend, my platonic soulmate, and a wonderful creator themselves. Dakota makes gorgeous handmade jewelry and candles, and I promote those products alongside my own. Maybe you'll find something in that selection that you want to snag for yourself! Click below for more info!

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