Mike 'Daarken' Lim already had a large and dedicated fan base when he started work on his book Elysium - The Art of Daarken with us here at 3DTotal. Since, its release in October 2012 the book has been a huge success and received nothing but praise and 5* reviews, increasing his fan base even further. We're catching up with Daarken to see what he has been up to since the release of the book and, of course, to find out what exciting projects he has coming up!
Hi Daarken! It's so good to catch up with you, especially since Elysium - The Art of Daarken has done so well across the globe. You must be pleased; did you expect to receive such a great response to your work?
Hi! Thanks for having me on here, I really appreciate it.
I am very pleased, and very surprised. I actually never anticipated the ratings to be so high. There were many times during the production of my book when I actually stopped and wondered if I should just cancel the project. I'm usually never happy with my work and I wasn't allowed to publish a huge part of my career either due to contractual agreements or some other legal issues. Those two things planted a seed of doubt in my mind as to whether or not the book would be a success.
I ended up sitting on Amazon hitting refresh every few minutes. If my book had bombed, I would probably be hiding in the corner of the room right now.
Art books can be notoriously hard to sell as they focus on an individual or group's work as opposed to various styles that may appeal to a reader. Have you been surprised by the number of new fans that you've now acquired?
Hah, well I don't know how many new fans I've acquired from my book. I would think new fans would account for only a small portion of the sales. I have received a few comments or messages from people who didn't know my art before, but I don't think I've seen a huge increase in the number of fans.