Darlene is an American artist and calligrapher whose artwork appeared in early Dungeons & Dragons works published by TSR. Her best-known piece, the full-colour map of the Flanaess that accompanied the 1980 folio edition of the World of Greyhawk by Gary Gygax, was used as the basis of all subsequent Greyhawk publications and maps until Greyhawk publications were discontinued by Wizards of the Coast in 2008.
In 1982 DARLENE created Jasmine: The Battle for the Mid-Realm card game, the first roleplaying card game in history. She left Lake Geneva (and the RPG world) in 1984 to pursue studies in the graphic arts at Indiana University, where she earned her MFA three years later. She soon settled into a freelance career as a graphic designer and illustrator.
Fast forward to 2005, when Gary Gygax contacted her. Their reunion pulled DARLENE back into RPGs, beginning with the creation of two full-color foldout maps for Gary’s Castle Zagyg series. She resides in the witch-haunted Uwharrie Mountains of North Carolina with sibling cats Mila and Milo in an Addams family style house, complete with ghosts, gargoyles, and portals into other dimensions. But you can visit her at darlenetheartist.com or at StarCatBookDesign.com.