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Several people have asked, so I've been playing around with the idea of offering a mentorship program. This idea is still in the very early stages of development, so I don't have any concrete information regarding price or length, but you can read more about it on my blog. Right now I'm just trying to gauge interest and get ideas from potential students as to what they would like to see. Thanks! 


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Mike Lim
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
In the early years of his youth, Daarken attended the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Most of his days were spent huddled over a sketchbook at a figure drawing workshop or in a cafe, where he was affectionately known as “the guy that likes to draw deltoids.” After three long years of drawing deltoids and video game playing, Daarken graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in traditional illustration. Daarken began his career in 2004 when his incessant video game playing was interrupted by a phone call. The mysterious voice on the other end identified himself as someone from Wizards of the Coast. Daarken immediately blurted out that he would like to work for them. His overzealous nature was countered with the statement “but you haven’t even heard what the project is yet.” And so began the lifestyle of creating monsters and zombies, with the occasional video game playing on the side. Daarken’s true video game playing powers were put to the test when he was hired by Mythic Entertainment in 2007 as a concept artist for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. His two loves combined into a gigantic ball of awesomeness, which he happily rolls around all day. He now spends his days creating Warhammer monsters and zombies and, of course, playing more video games.


Favourite style of art: Awesome art
Operating System: PC and Mac


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OmarRules Featured By Owner Edited 3 hours ago  New member
Hey I am creating a dubstep track on Youtube and do you mind if I use a few of your pictures for the track? Ill give you credit and a direct link to your profile in the video description.
Crow-Jacknas Featured By Owner 3 days ago
You are my favorite Magic: the Gathering artists, and probably one of my favorite artists in general. Keep on keeping on man!
daarken Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
ElijahPerrenoud Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
You. Pro.
CloneEnjinear Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love your work dark and empowering nothing can go wrong with that.
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NeoKeth Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Student Writer
I love your work. One of your playmats is a prized possession. I do not play magic without it.
Davey-the-6th-moon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Student Writer
DethSider Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  New member Professional Digital Artist
Your art is amazing, I love your style, keep working that way please!, your work motivate myself to improve!
kolsyrad123 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Do you have more tutorials on '''' other than the '' Painting armor '' and Portraiture?
I am stacking up some more tutorials, already got all of the videos from your website but I am interested in more PDF ones if you have made more. :).
daarken Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry, the only ones I have are on my Enliighten site and on my store.
kolsyrad123 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Ah, okey :(. I'll keep my eyes out for anything new ;). Just got my print too. (dark sun), got it hanging on my wall!
daarken Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
kolsyrad123 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I've tried searching for Daarken and Mike Lim. But only your artbook shows up ( got that too btw) hehe. Yes, I am a creepy stalker. Just love your work man ;).
setophis37 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
wonderfull work, really love it
Koogleblitz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you dont mind, i'm going to ask you a few questions for a school assignment i'm doing. 

what is your occupation
why kind of skills do you need for entry into our position
what kinds of education/credentials are needed
did you need any special or additional training
what aspects of your occupation most appeal to you
what is a typical day like?
what are the tasks that you perform?
do you mostly deal with people, data, or things?
describe your working conditions
what tools and equipment are used?
what are the physical and psychological demands of your job?
what are the benefits of your job?
what types of institutions/companies employ people in you occupation?
are job opportunities increasing or remaining the same?
does this occupation offer you the opportunity to acquire skills and responsibility that wold allow room for advancement?
are these skills transferable?
what re some of your interests? are yo able to satisfy them at work?
what did yo have to give up in order to pursue your occupation? was it worth it?
what advice would you give someone wanting to enter this profession?
what kind of interview tips would you give to someone preparing to enter your field?

please answer if you have the time. thanks.
animeniacKING Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
love your work.
zenstep Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
reminds me a lot of kekai kotaki, in a very good way
Jojingo Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Daarken-sama! You complete me!
ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Amazing! Fantastic gallery!
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