Dark Natasha (born 1972) is a furry artist from Evergreen, Colorado, who began her art career doing covers for Furrlough and a comic for Genus published by Radio Comix. Her first furry convention was ConFurence 10 in 1999. Her artwork proved to be popular, and since then she has been one of the top-selling furry artists. Her work tends to be realistic and were-like, but she also does pure fantasy paintings.
In 2002, Dark Natasha won Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration at the Ursa Major Awards for the cover of Furrlough #109 (January 2002). She was a guest of honor at ConFurence 2003, Eurofurence 12 (2006), Rocky Mountain Fur Con 2007, Furnal Equinox 2012, and ConFurgence 2014. Dark Natasha was selected for the Furry Hall of Fame in 2013.
Dark Natasha is probably best known for her paintings and drawings of fantastical creatures (not just furry), but she has done works in a variety of media and genres, including very realistic pictures of birds and other animals. She is a regular at Further Confusion and generally sells prints as well as doing sketchbook commissions. One of her more well-known pieces, a five-foot long, two hundred pound dragon, was acquired by TCI/Jones Intercable CEO Glen Jones. Today that sculpture resides in the main lobby of the telecommunication giant's headquarters in Denver.
Dark Natasha attended the Colorado Institute of Art, the University of Colorado, Denver and Western State University from which she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Arts. In addition to pursuing an academic background, Natasha attended other schools of art such as the Art Students League of Denver and the California Institute of Studio Makeup in Los Angeles where she perfected her knowledge of motion picture and special effects techniques.
Dark Natasha was introduced to furry art with the work of Terrie Smith, although she had been drawn to fantasy artwork and had previously drawn anthropomorphic characters. Her first furry convention was ConFurence 10.
On May 2nd, 2007, Dark Natasha was reported as having been involved in an auto accident when an Chevy Tahoe ran a red light and blindsided her car. She was was trapped in her vehicle and the Jaws of Life were used to extract her from the wreckage. She was hospitalized for several fractures to her pelvis and released after several days. Following the accident she stayed with her mother until she was able to manage independently again.    By July 2007, Dark Natasha had recuperated, and she continues to attend various furry and fantasy conventions.
- "We are pleased to announce the 2013 Furry Hall of Fame inductee, Dark Natasha!" - Furry Hall of Fame, Facebook (2 November 2013)
- Meet Our GoHs: Marci McAdam - Furnal Equinox (3 February 2012)
- Dark Natasha Hospitalized, David Stein, Anthrocon forums, retrieved 2 May 2007
- Bad News, LiveJournal entry by Heather Bruton, retrieved 2 May 2007
- Dark Natasha Update, LiveJournal entry by Heather Bruton, retrieved 16 May 2007
- Dark Natasha's website
- THE DARK SIDE - Dark Natasha's LiveJournal
- Dark Natasha on DeviantArt
- Dark Natasha on Fur Affinity
|Furry Hall of Fame inductees|
|Ursa Major Award winners for Best Published Illustration|
Front cover by XianJaguar for Fur Visions #20 (2001) · Cover by Natasha "Dark Natasha" Mleynek for Furrlough #109 (2002) · Cover painting by Ursula Vernon of Best in Show: Fifteen Years of Outstanding Furry Fiction (2003) · Cover painting by Kacey Miyagami for Fur Plus #22 (2004) · Cover painting by Cybercat for Transformations: A Forest Tales Story (by Bernard Doove) (2005) · Cover painting by Sara Palmer for Pendant of Fortune (by Kyell Gold) (2006) · Cover by Blotch for Fur Affinity: United souvenir book (2007) · Cover by Blotch for Eurofurence 14 con book (2008) · Cover by Blotch for Out of Position (by Kyell Gold) (2009) · Cover by Sara Palmer for Shadow of the Father (by Kyell Gold) (2010) · Cover by Blotch for Nordguard Book One: Across the Ice (2011) · Cover by Rukis for Green Fairy (by Kyell Gold) (2012) · Cover by Blotch for Divisions (by Kyell Gold) (2013)