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The second art book by award winning artist and illustrator, Michael C. Hayes
The second art book by award winning artist and illustrator, Michael C. Hayes
The second art book by award winning artist and illustrator, Michael C. Hayes
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Awakening: The Art of Michael C. Hayes Volume Two

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After the success of my first self-published book, Prologue, I am ready to release the next in the series.  Awakening: The Art of Michael C. Hayes, Volume Two will pick up where Prologue left off and chronicle my work from the last two years.

The new book will be built upon the same format as the original, yet will feature more pages, more art, more behind the scenes photos, and will now include a step by step glimpse of the painting process itself.

 The roughly 48 page softcover edition will be full color throughout, A4 size (8.27 × 11.69) and feature high quality thick paper stock. 

Thanks to the many requests for a hardcover version, a limited number of these will be available exclusively as a Kickstarter reward.

REWARDS:

STRETCH GOALS ADDED!

  • $7.5K 8.5" by 11" print included at all reward levels
  • $10k 6 pages and commentary added to the book
  • $12.5k A second 8.5" by 11" print included at all reward levels
  • $15k  All Hardcover editions will include a remarque, 6 pages added to the sketchbook, all packages with 12" by 18" prints will receive an extra 12" by 18" print.
  • $17.5k A third 8.5" by 11" print included at all reward levels
  • $20K  ?????

Softcover edition:  As described above.Each book will come signed.

Kickstarter exclusive hardcover edition. Only available to Kickstarter backers, there will be no other opportunity to purchase a hardcover edition. Features the same size and page count as the softcover.  Each book will come signed and numbered.

2014 Kickstarter exclusive sketchbook. 24 page, black and white, 5.5" by 8.5", staple bound book, featuring previously unpublished sketches, drawings, thumbnails and close-ups of the most popular drawings of my career.  Each book will come signed and numbered.

Prologue: The art of Michael C. Hayes Volume One.   Softcover, featuring works from 2008 to 2012. If haven't bought the first volume yet, there is no better time than now. Each book will come signed.

 12" by 18" Lustre finish print. Produced by me, on my own printers, using archival pigmented inks. Prints will come signed. (Images may be slightly cropped to fit the aspect ratio)

Available prints are shown below. (Larger versions are available for viewing at www.artofmike.com) Each Kickstarter backer will receive an email request for choice of prints when the project has been funded.

18" by 28"  Limited Edition canvas giclees. 1.5" deep gallery wraps, including hanging hardware, eliminates the need for a frame.  Editions will be strictly limited to 50 and come numbered and signed. Produced by me, on my own printers, using archival pigmented inks. (Images may be slightly cropped to fit the aspect ratio) 

Available giclees are shown below. (Larger versions are available for viewing at www.artofmike.com) Each Kickstarter backer will receive an email request for choice of prints when the project has been funded.

Available for shipping in the U.S. only.

Original oil paintings:Original. Oil. Paintings.

Oil paintings will ship within a few weeks of the project funding. Books will be shipped in June.

Adornment, 14″ x 22″ Oil on paper on board. Personal work 2010

 Siren of the Fanged Coast 16″ x 22″ oil on paper on board.  For the Magic: The Gathering card game 2013.

 The Crimson Rose 16″ by 24″ Oil on paper on board.  Cover to a novel by Sharon Pansky, 2013

 Antipathy. 24″ x 44″ Oil on paper on board.  Commissioned for Sign in Blood, a gaming accessories company. 2013

Add ons:

None of the combination packages are quite what you want? Feel free to create your own combo by adding any of these to your pledge:

·$10 2014 Kickstarter exclusive sketchbook

·$20 Softcover edition of Awakening or Prologue

·$45 Kickstarter exclusive hardcover edition of Awakening

·$25 12" x 18" lustre print

·$60 Three 12" x 18" prints

·$150 Ten 12" x 18" prints

·$200 18" x 28" limited edition canvas giclee

·$500 Three 18" x 28" limited edition canvas giclees

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of trying to make it as a professional artist are too numerous to mention. This past year I have decided to pull away from freelance projects to focus on my own personal work and artistic growth. This, of course, makes that journey that much riskier. This book is one way I am funding my endeavor, thus your support is much more than just the production of a book.

As to the book itself? The first volume was very well received and I am confident I can do even better with this volume.

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