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    Big ol' dump of Oil paintings and Illustration work (update 02/04/14)

    Shameless ninja editing in of my kickstarter project link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/500076908/awakening-the-art-of-michael-c-hayes-volume-two


    It's been awhile since I posted here last. Done all sorts of work since then. Here are some of the better ones:

    Some are personal, others are commissioned. All are oil on paper on board and vary in size from 16" by 20" to 20" by 30"

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    Man those are just awesome. I'm gonna be staring at those for ages just taking in all the details. Excellent work. Please keep sharing...

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    I'm hopelessly in love with this art!

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    Ooh! I love that white-haired girl with the sword (3rd to last).
    I don't know if I've seen it before.
    You're getting so good so fast, it's gross.

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    Lawdy.
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    Very Donato-ish.

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    Lovely, really nice work - particularly the hands, very strong.

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    Fantastic!!! Kudos

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    Lovely lovely lovely!! Every single bit of it. My favorite are the 5th and last; you've positioned them in such strange poses from unfamiliar angles, but they look so BEAUTIFUL! Wonderful choice of reference, or whatever it is that you did.

    Did you take reference pictures yourself? Or did you stumble across them and use already existing reference? I'd love to know.

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    I have a thing for oil paintings. These are just lovely.

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    AHHHH, amazing work!! Congrats!!!!

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    Simply stunning work Michael, it was a treat seeing the second one at the workshop.

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    absolutely stunning! the detail and colors and the composition and the angles are so different and fresh, the ideas have meaning too. both thumbs up and both hats down to you sir.

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    To be honest I dont really like these.
    I mean... theres no doubt to your technical skills, yeah, very effective.
    I miss the story though. These have a stunning "form" but very little "to say".
    Not that, I would do better

    Just thought you could use a honest opinnion.

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    Damn but these are fantastic!

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    WOW - you got some very strong expressions here.
    Amazing these are done traditionally, you don't see a lot of traditional work on this level around in these digital days. Delightful!
    How long do you spend on a piece?

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    Amazing!
    Is the first one - Joan of Arc?

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    amazing !!!

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    Amazing stuff, I would love to see one of this in original.

    I envy you for your skills. I am just starting with humans. If you have some time, please take a look at my last work and tell my what I could have done better:

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    This stuff is CRAZY gorgeous man! I really dig the girl with the sail and the one in the blue dress especially.

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    Definitively a MASTER

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    These are gorgeous. The detail and coloring in the faces, hands and feet is skillful and beautifully done.

    With that said, something really bugs me about the positioning of her arms.. in the 3rd to last painting. Try to imagine her without the armor...her arms don't quite make sense.

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    Thanks everyone for the kind words and helpful criticism, it's much appreciated.

    To answer a few questions:

    Define: I shoot reference myself most of the time, and usually take a couple hundred pictures. I tend to photoshop the head from one, body from another etc... and draw and paint from that. (every once in awhile I get a picture that works almost perfectly straight out of the camera) I do use stock photos occasionally, and have no philosophical objection to painting straight from a stock photo, (so long as it has been properly licensed) but thus far, whenever I use them I seem to stitch so many different pics together that it looks nothing like the original source.

    Marina: about 3 days to 3 weeks, depending on how complex or difficult the imagery.

    Edarneor: yup

    To anyone who is interested: There is a timelapse video of the 3rd from the bottom painting up on my blog.

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    love your color light

    life goes on
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    The third to last picture definitely has the best finish and the best unity when it comes to texture and colour. But I agree that there is something wrong with the arm to our right. It's as there isn't anything between the elbow piece of her armour and her chest.

    What I mean about unity: the style you seem to be going for is one where you want the polish and realism to be so high that you forget it's paint you're looking at. I think the third to last picture is the only one of this batch where you've REALLY got that working. Great work!

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    I'm glad I saw these, I love them... you just kinda get lost staring into them. They have a lovely classic feel and the women in armour retain that feminine touch. Your use of colour is amazing and beautiful.
    Thank you for uplifting my day

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    Absolutely beautiful! Inspiring stuff.

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    Good god you can paint hands.

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