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Portrait artist seeks funds to kickstart an exciting year-long project involving YOU and produce a drawing / painting tutorial video
Portrait artist seeks funds to kickstart an exciting year-long project involving YOU and produce a drawing / painting tutorial video
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    1. Lisa G. on September 5, 2017

      No communication! No painting!

    2. Biljana Mitrovska Petreska on February 11, 2017

      Michael, as stated before, I would like a refund. After almost 5 years I am not interested in a painting. If you ever finish the video I may buy it to support you, however I want my money back at this time. Thank you.

    3. Julie Banwellund on February 6, 2017

      Still waiting to hear any sort of update................

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      idntt on October 23, 2016

      Four years and counting and still not a word from you. Despite numerous messages from me and fellow backers you have yet to respond. I trusted you with $1,145 for three rewards. I was hoping you will come around and deliver on your promises.

    5. Julie Banwellund on October 20, 2016

      Hello Michael.
      Do you even get these messages anymore? I have tried to be supportive and SO RIDICULOUSLY patient, but I am very upset at hearing nothing from you. I would like a refund for my $735 payment, as it has now been YEARS since I have gotten a response. I love art, and was so excited about having you do a painting of me and my baby. I have Never paid that much for any art, and it was a HUGE splurge for me and my family. To have never received anything from you and not even a response is heartbreaking. I understand you got in over your head, but to not complete so many of your highest priced rewards is really disheartening. I would very much appreciate an update, or ANY kind of communication. I have filed reports with Kickstarter and Amazon Payments, though I doubt they will do anything so far back from the campaign. I won't even back anything on Kickstarter anymore.

    6. Tori Weyers on July 28, 2016

      Hi Michael are you ok? I haven't heard from you in many years. An update on progress would me much appreciated! Thanks!


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      idntt on July 2, 2016

      Four additional months and still no response from you!!! What is going on? You have truly change my thinking on supporting any future Kickstarter projects. You still have time to make things right.

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      idntt on March 11, 2016

      Still no response from you. Why can't you take a minute to update your backers? Its never too late to do the right thing. I am sure you have valid reasons for the delays but that should not stop you from responding to us.

    9. Liz Poole on February 11, 2016

      Hello. I have tried emailing and texing and facebooking you for years with no reply. I spent $735 and have not received anything. I would like a refund or will be forced to use legal matters.

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      idntt on January 27, 2016

      Hi Michael, I hope all is well. I have sent you numerous messages/emails regarding my rewards but have yet to receive a response from your end. I pledged $1,145 for three rewards over three years ago and have not received anything you promised, not even the respect and consideration we all deserve as backers. Please take a minute to respond. Thanks for your attention to this matter.

    11. Liz Poole on December 9, 2015

      Still no response. Over three years since i pledged $735 over a year since ive heard any response.

    12. Biljana Mitrovska Petreska on September 16, 2015

      Received message..appreciated.

    13. Biljana Mitrovska Petreska on September 16, 2015

      I am also still waiting for a simple response regarding my rewards (painting, DVD, ebook)..It has been more than a year and a half since your last message. I have sent numerous messages/emails. I know someone is reading them on Facebook but not even a note back..
      It is disappointing.
      I will definitely not be supporting anyone else on Kickstarter, especially not with $735.

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      Kory Charles on August 9, 2015

      Checking in to see any update on the tutorial. I understand a lot happens in life and I'm patient but it's been since 2012 and it's now 2015 so please keep me in the loop.

    15. Liz Poole on July 23, 2015

      I've tried emailing you many times but haven't heard a reply in 2 years. :C
      I pledged a lot of money and haven't heard anything since then.

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      Melo Kalemkeridis on July 9, 2015

      Hi Michael,
      I've sent through a few emails but have not heard back from you, so am posting here in the hope that you'll respond.
      I know the project has taken you much longer to complete, and have paitently been waiting. Based on our previous correspondence there are a few things I would like to discuss with you. Could you please get back to me.
      Kind regards

    17. Lisa G. on June 4, 2015

      Hi Michael! I contacted you awhile back! Any updates on the rest of the portraits?

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      Monika Schmid on May 31, 2015

      Hi Michael, Have you got any update on the progress of this project? I am still waiting for my painting. Am I the only one? I emailed you a while back but never heard back. Hope all is well with you.

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      David Luhr on February 2, 2015

      Hello Michael. Any updates on the video and ebook content? You mentioned the planning in your update almost a year ago, so just checking in.

    20. Lia McCaffrey on February 23, 2014

      Do you have an expected completion date for the video?

    21. Lonnie on February 1, 2014

      How's the video coming along?

    22. zbiggie on January 10, 2014

      Got my LE print. Looks absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to get it framed and up on my wall. Thank you for the great work.

    23. Juho Vepsäläinen on December 30, 2013

      Good news! Just received my LE print here in Finland. :)

    24. Juho Vepsäläinen on December 23, 2013

      Any update on this? I received a postcard earlier this year but no news of any other material.

      Looks like Michael's blog has been last updated on January (2013). He does appear to be active on Facebook and has some fresh work for sale so he is definitely still in business. Just hoping he hasn't forgotten about his commitments.

      Had I known it would take this long I wouldn't have supported the project. I can understand delays as long as there's some communication about it but Kickstarter updates have been somewhat dead.

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      Dan D on December 12, 2013

      Similar comment to Elisa. Please let your backers know.

    26. Elisa Ellsworth on December 9, 2013

      Any news on when this project pledges will be fulfilled ? Just checking ...

    27. Lisa G. on November 28, 2013

      Did you get my message?

    28. renfig on November 4, 2013

      Still no postcard. Thanks.

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      Kim Heil on October 31, 2013

      Hi Michael - Just checking on the update of my painting. Thanks

    30. Susan Goodell on October 31, 2013

      Michael, I emailed you privately about a month ago and haven't heard back from you. I don't mind things are taking you longer, but I wish you would at least keep people posted on your progress. For me pledging $725 is a lot of money and it would be nice to know how things are coming.

    31. Liz Poole on October 20, 2013

      Hi Micheal, i've been trying to get into contact with you via email etc. I pledged $725 and haven't heard from you since i gave you the reference image. Could you email me back? I'm just wondering if it's going ok.

    32. Maha Ahmad on October 10, 2013

      HI Michael
      I pledged 5$ to get a postcard painting
      but didn't receive anything till this hour !!

    33. Michael Shapcott Creator on September 2, 2013

      Hi Lori! Very sorry for not getting back to you sooner... I've been moving/setting up the new studio work space so took a break from online to get moved in. No, you haven't missed anything! I'm just a bit behind with the paintings and so would like to complete those before filming the DVD. It's all planned and ready to go and now that I'm in my new permanent studio I'm back to work full-time, full-speed again. Even though I'm behind, everything will be created and delivered as promised. I've also wrote you an email explaining a little better. I appreciate the support Lori and hope you understand the delay!

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      Lori Garner on August 23, 2013

      I know you have had a crazy year, but I have emailed you twice at your gmail address and contacted you via Facebook and I still am awaiting a response.

      I am a $275 backer and I received an AMAZING portrait from you. Thank you so much. However, I am curious about the other awards that I was to receive. Included in my awards "a signed DVD copy of the my 1st ever full-length painting tutorial (comes with a beautiful fridge magnet featuring one of my paintings)--estimated delivery date, Feb. 2013. I have heard no further update on this unless I missed it someplace and Feb was 6 months ago. I wonder if I missed getting this award or you are still working on this or...?

      I would be very grateful or an update!

    35. Lisa G. on July 29, 2013

      I forgot to send you a picture!

    36. Michael Shapcott Creator on March 27, 2013

      Hi Lee, I'm so sorry to hear that! Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I liked the idea of sending a traditional postcard open with stamps and all. I think that's part of the fun! But the downside to that, as you mentioned, is that there is a possibility of a little wear. The wear on your postcard was certainly a bit excessive though and I can see how that would be disappointing! I will be happy to send you another postcard to help make up for it. And, please, no worries about your other reward - when it comes time to ship the DVD's they will of course be protected in a protective outer packaging. Also, if anyone else has any issues or concerns about postcards or any other rewards, please don't hesitate to send me an email at Thanks so much!

    37. Lee Pearce on March 27, 2013

      I received my backer postcard today, this is the condition in which it arrived - - damaged and battered. I understand that once it is posted these things are out of your control but it is disappointing none the less. Perhaps in future posting them in an envelope or some other means of protecting them from damage during transport might be advisable (securing them inside the case of the dvd or other backer items for those who chose them perhaps). I just hope my other items make it to me in better condition.

    38. Tejae Floyde on March 4, 2013

      Hi Michael, personally i don't mind that it's taking longer than expected, I just wish you'd post your comment below on facebook so that backers there know you're working on it.

      I've been wondering about the delay for weeks, i've sent messages and not gotten a response...

      Now i come here and see there is an understandable delay...communication is a good thing. :)

    39. Michael Shapcott Creator on March 2, 2013

      Hi Melissa, hi Elisa... it's taken a lot longer than expected to handwrite 450+ cards so I've been working on them little by little while doing the drawings/paintings at the same time. The good news is, they are all written out and I'm stamping them now. I estimate that you can expect yours to arrive within the next couple weeks. The prints are also being printed now. I wanted to wait until I had a painting that I felt worthy of making into an LE print! So those won't be too much longer either. The tutorial will need more time though due to 2 unexpected moves and a temporary studio so I will have to wait until my permanent set-up is good to go before filming the bulk of the DVD. I know that the delay has been quite lengthy so I do apologize. There's been a tremendous amount of work involved in this project and a few delays with some of the rewards but I deeply appreciate the support and will definitely deliver on everything promised! Thanks for the patience. :)

    40. Melissa Malone on March 2, 2013

      Hi Michael, i'm a fan of your work but very disappointed at the fact that 7 months after the estimated delivery i have yet to receive my reward. I find it deeply unprofessional and while I do not regret backing you, I would hesitate to do so again. Good luck with your future endeavors. -Melissa

    41. Elisa Ellsworth on February 26, 2013

      Hi, Just wondering when my print + stuff was going to be delivered ...Smiles, Elisa
      (I am in the $75.00 pledge)

    42. Michael Shapcott Creator on February 17, 2013

      Just replied Lisa! Thanks! Contact me through MichaelShapcott (at) gmail (dot) com for easier correspondence. :) And Steph... thank you so much! I'm so glad I could inspire you! I'm a bit behind on the e-book but it is coming! I'll be posting an update once it's released along with other news so keep an eye out for that soon. :)

    43. Lisa G. on February 16, 2013

      I've sent you a few emails but they do not seem to be reaching you through Kickstarter for some reason...

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      Stephanie Lebel on January 16, 2013

      Hi Michael! Love what you've done so far. You're honestly my role model for portraiture and I hope I can be as good as you some day. I was just wondering: you mention on the front page that there will be an e-book available for those who pledged over 5$, do you know when it will be made?

      Thanks for the taking the time to read this,

    45. Michael Shapcott Creator on January 9, 2013

      Hey Dale! Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I've sent you an email with details on your drawing. It's coming! Many thanks! Hope you had a great holiday and Happy New Year! :)

    46. Dale Reed on January 9, 2013

      Hi Michael, I've tried contacting you via your email address a few times now but no luck so far. You told me you would be doing my drawing in the fall of last year but haven't seen or heard anything since. I know you're still drawing away as I keep an eye on your tumblr site. Can you let me know if/when I'll be getting my drawing?

      Thanks in advance.

    47. Sonja on September 9, 2012

      Congratulations on your busy summer. I have so enjoyed the days going by on Facebook. It's pretty neat seeing the different portraits. I can't even think about how you are going to get through writing all our postcards. One-a-day. haha Don't forget to take some time for you and yours. Thanks for sharing your work with us.

    48. Melissa Malone on August 26, 2012

      I'm just wondering the same as Katy. The drawings are looking great so far, congratulations on meeting over 6x your requirement!

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      Katy ☯ on August 23, 2012

      I pledged within the $5 or more category, although haven't yet received the postcard.
      I realise that handwriting these will take a lot of time, but since the estimated delivery was July, I thought that maybe I would have received it by now.
      Just a quick query, not sure whether this was the best place to write it :S

      Anyways, hope the project it going well! :)

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