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After working on my mentorship for almost a year, I finally finished the first 10 weeks of the Advanced Digital Painting mentorship. The first advanced class starts on Sept. 4th. I actually still have two slots available if anyone is interested. You can find out more information about the class here.…

If you are interested in taking the advanced class that starts on Sept. 4th, send an email to 

I also have the "video only" tier available for the Advanced Digital Painting class. It includes all of the videos from the first 10 weeks of the class (25 videos totaling more than 1,500 minutes) and is $250. You can purchase it by sending the payment to my Paypal account ( and then create a free Vimeo account. Send a message to me via Vimeo (my user is Daarken) and I will give you access to the videos. 



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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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TheSlugtopus Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I noticed that you do a lot of gory, infected creatures.
Is that a preference or is it something else?
daarken Featured By Owner 5 hours ago  Professional Digital Artist
I tend to enjoy painting evil characters and creatures, but also my clients always hire me for that type of thing since I've done it before. 
bluegirl546 Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Student General Artist
Hey, I'm a huge fan! Ever since I started playing Magic I've loved your work. And I was excited to find you on DA. I can't do digital art worth anything, so I really look up to someone like you. I was wondering why some of the work you've done for MTG cards is not on DA. Like God of Storms and God of Horizons. 
daarken Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I've been really bad about updating my DA, that is why I don't have a lot of my work on here. I'll try and post more things. 
RoninKai Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome Stuff! being admiring your stuff ever since I started playing mtg.

Apologies for the incoming fave-spam
OmarRules Featured By Owner Edited Aug 27, 2014  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 Aug 24, 2014
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 Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ElijahPerrenoud Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  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  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
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