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Spirits of War by daarken
Spirits of War
This is a playmat illustration I did for GP San Antonio, 2014. You can visit my blog to learn more about the illustration and see the original sketch. daarken.com/blog/2014/10/28/gp…

I also created a video tutorial if you want to see the process. gum.co/spiritsofwar
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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. enliighten.com/daarkens-mentor…

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

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 (daarkenart@daarken.com) 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. 

Thanks! 
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. enliighten.com/daarkens-mentor…

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

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 (daarkenart@daarken.com) 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. 

Thanks! 

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Mike Lim
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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.

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Learningasidraw Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Hey man, Absolutely love your work and follow you on Youtube too, You are one of the best artists at painting armour, I would love to be able to draw and paint armour. Could you recommend anything to me as I am not sure where to start. Do you just keep drawing armour from reference until you come up with something?
Thanks so much in advance , keep up the great work.
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner 4 days ago   Digital Artist
Hi Daarken!
I just wanted to let you know that I purchased your artbook for my birthday and that our experiences (though I am way less experienced LOL) are almost parallel. I think that if we met, we'd sorta be bros. Hahahaha great artbook, man! Thank you for sharing your stories with us who bought Elysium. Keep up the great work!
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daarken Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Haha, nice!
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SiwySzczur Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Nice gallery:)
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Maxlach115 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HELLO! i was wondering if your open to doing commison artwork?
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daarken Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Right now my schedule is pretty full, so I probably won't be accepting new commissions until January. You can email me at daarkenart@daarken.com for more information. Thanks! 
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Contrared Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
YEAH! :D
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DexHero Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Make me a Digital Art pls → prntscr.com/4oe94h

You do magnificent work :)

Best Regards.

Send me picture to: www.facebook.com/Dextroia

Thank you.
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TheSlugtopus Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  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?
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daarken Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  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. 
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TheSlugtopus Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not going to pretend to be as good as you, but I think I might feel the same way. Evil characters can have many different looks and give off many different feels.
Sometimes, I might feel like drawing a cruel, bloodthirsty, almost primal creature, and other times, I will draw a cold, calculating mastermind, carefully planning his every move.
Anyway, I love your work, keep at it!
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bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  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. 
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daarken Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  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. 
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bluegirl546 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my god! I didn't expect you to respond, I think my inner artist literally had a heart attack haha. But yes I would love to see more from you on DA. Also if its not a bother, my latest painting 'Spirit of Night' was very inspired by your work. Its so far from what you can do with art. Its almost embarrassing. But I'd love feedback from it. I won't be insulted, I'm still a student.
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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
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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.
Thanks.
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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!
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daarken Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ElijahPerrenoud Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You. Pro.
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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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