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Spotlight: Michael C. Hayes (My Book Cover Artist)

15 May

Spotlight: Michael C. Hayes (My Book Cover Artist)


It is my privilege to introduce today a creative and just plain gifted artist, Michael C. Hayes.

His amazing artistry will inspire you. I have always said, art and writing go hand in hand just like poetry and music. I am honored to have one of Michael C. Hayes’ works grace the cover of my upcoming novel, The Fall of Lilith. I will do a cover reveal later on but for now I want to showcase this artist and his magnificent works of art.

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In Michael’s words . . .

If you had told me I would end up painting for a living when I was 17, I would have assumed you meant houses or cars. The idea of creating a representational image out of pigments suspended in linseed oil was so far removed from what I thought I was meant to do in life.

Most other artists I know tell stories of ceaselessly drawing as children and never stopping. Drawing was something I was dragged into against my will. Once I stopped grumbling about it and tried to make the best of the situation, I discovered an unrealized passion. It is funny how a seemingly insignificant high school elective can change your life for the better.

At that point in my life I was set on making the big bucks in the glamorous field of software engineering, so when I learned in order to graduate I had to take an art elective instead of a programming course, I was not happy. I chose animation as the elective; over the  course of that semester, I found that I enjoyed drawing. I was also introduced to a few 3d animation programs, for which I developed an affinity. I eventually decided that animation would be a lot more fun than writing code.

In the 5 years that followed, I studied at a local community college and later at Cogswell Polytechnical College, earning a degree with honors in Digital Arts and Animation. Throughout the years it became evermore apparent that 3D animation was not quite what I wanted to devote my career to. I was slowly spending more and more time and effort on my traditional drawing, painting, and sculpting courses and less time building wire frames on the computer. By the time I was ready to graduate my goals had once again changed. All the years of required art courses and a few influential and supportive professors had made their mark: I was undeniably hooked.

I moved back to San Diego after graduating in 2005 and enrolled at Watts Atelier of the Arts. Free from the constraints of term papers and physics tests, and in a wonderful artistic environment, I began spending almost every waking moment I could spare on a drawing bench or in front of an easel.  I often tell people the crammed 20 years worth of study into my short time at the atelier.  As a result of this effort, and a few extraordinary teachers, my artistic skills began to develop to professional level.

About halfway through 2008 I got my first professional gig working freelance on a game called “Legends of Norrath”.  In the years that followed I began to receive more and more work and took fewer and fewer classes, slowly transitioning from student to full time professional.  Since then I have had the good fortune to work for clients such as: Wizards of the Coast, Blizzard Entertainment, Sony Online Entertainment, LucasArts Entertainment, Night Shade Books, Palladium Books and others.  In the past few years I have received several ARC awards, a Chesley award and a nomination for a Spectrum award.

In late 2013 I decided to make some changes and pull away from the freelance world for awhile. Although I will still take those projects that are too good to pass up I plan to spend a few years focusing on my personal work.

There is so much more art to see. Check out more of Michael’s work and connect with him at the sites bellow:

DeviantArt

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

You can sign up for Michael’s newsletter here.

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Haiku Friday – Beautiful & Curse

21 Apr

Happy National Tea Day, National Chocolate-Covered Cashews Day, and National Big Word Day!

 

This goes to show that there’s always something to celebrate. 😉 Since we’re celebrating these wonderful events (?) I will contribute a little something to each one. First, for National Tea Day I’m going to recommend you try my morning ritual tea:

  • Green Tea
  • 1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 packets Stevia

This combo tastes delicious and it revs you and your metabolism in the morning and helps you off to a great start.

For National Chocolate Covered Cashews day I’m going to let you in on something . . . cashews are not nuts. They are actually fruits. 😮 Mind blown!

Now for National Big Word Day I’m going to give you one of my favorite, and I think one of the most beautiful words in the English language, wait for it.

Mellifluous:

Okay it’s not that big (that’s why I made the letters bigger––shhh) It is a beautiful word though and it means: A sound that is sweet and smooth, pleasing to hear.

So go on and celebrate the day by having a nice cup of tea, handful of chocolate covered cashews, and tell someone their voice is mellifluous. They’ll love you, once you tell them what it means.

 

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Illustration by Selene Regener

Beauty has a soul

Beyond the perfect features

Lies curse of intellect

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Beautiful and Curse are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Enjoy your day!

Haiku Friday – Feel & Space

30 Dec

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog!

 

Feel and Space are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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Photographer: Chad Powell

Shed your light on me

An aura’s ray reaches far

So you’re never gone

Shimmer on me from your star

Reborn you shall be each dawn

(Reaches – Space | Aura – Feel)

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Illustration by Selenada on DeviantART

Have a Happy New Year and keep warm!

Writers Quote Wednesday – INNOCENCE

10 Aug

Welcome to another edition of Writers Quote Wednesday sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of ‘Silver Threading‘ and Ronovan Hester of ‘Ronovan Writes‘. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then you may add artwork, photography, a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can add anything you like to highlight your quote. Have fun with it!

We have a great theme this week: INNOCENCE chosen by Colleen.

Innocence actually means a state that is unblemished by guilt, malice or any other wicked intentions. So shouldn’t we try to hang on to some of our innocence? Innocence should never be misconstrued as ignorance. As adults we should seek knowledge and experience, but there’s a part of us that can always remain innocent. 

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Illustration by Sybil Erdnuss-Baum (DeviantArt)

“A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men.”

~Martin Farquhar Tupper

“An honest man is always a child.”

~Socrates

“When we take revenge against another, we lose some of our innocence.”

~Patrice Redd Vecchione

“No security of mind is so salutary as that of innocence: guilt, however confident, has inexorable fears.”

~Norman MacDonald

“Innocence tinctures all things with brightest hues.”

~Edward Counsel

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Age of Innocence by Staša Sahman

Happy day everyone!

 

Writers Quote Wednesday – HOPE

20 Jul

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Happy Wednesday everyone! We’re over the hump of the work week and that much closer to the weekend. 😀

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme is HOPE.

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Looking for Hope by Lihnida Dimeska (lihnida – DeviantArt)

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

“There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.”

~Jonas Salk

“Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.”

~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.”

~Charles L. Allen

The Gates of Hope

by Victoria Safford

Our mission is to plant ourselves at the gates of Hope—

Not the prudent gates of Optimism,

Which are somewhat narrower.

Not the stalwart, boring gates of Common Sense;

Nor the strident gates of Self-Righteousness,

Which creak on shrill and angry hinges

(People cannot hear us there; they cannot pass through)

Nor the cheerful, flimsy garden gate of

“Everything is gonna’ be all right.”

But a different, sometimes lonely place,

The place of truth-telling,

About your own soul first of all and its condition.

The place of resistance and defiance,

The piece of ground from which you see the world

Both as it is and as it could be

As it will be;

The place from which you glimpse not only struggle,

But the joy of the struggle.

And we stand there, beckoning and calling,

Telling people what we are seeing

Asking people what they see.

Have a great day!

Haiku Friday – Sun & Moon

22 Apr

Hello! It is Haiku Friday and today’s prompt words are Sun and Moon. They were provided by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ronovan hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Also check out Ronovan Hester’s new release AMBER WAKE: Gabriel Falling a Historical Adventure about pirates available on Amazon.

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The Curse

by Vashti Q

A chance encounter

Sun hides in the horizon

He howls at the moon

A fetching stranger

Till moonlight shines on her face

Then deep, painful kiss

Have a happy Friday!

Haiku Friday – Bust & Must

14 Aug

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Hello everyone! Welcome to my blog. It’s Haiku Friday, and I must admit that this week’s prompt words, selected by Ronovan from RonovanWrites, have a fun and somewhat naughty tone. Well, Ron definitely knows how to challenge us every week with his selections. The prompt words this week are Bust and Must. Visit his blog and check out all the creative, fun, and cool haiku, and take part in his Haiku challenge. (New prompts every Monday)

I went back to my Horror roots for these haiku. I hope you like them.

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Watching Me

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

It’s eyes track me

I must escape the red glare

Of the monstrous Bust

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Boxing Helena (Romance/Horror Film)

Mind of a Deviant

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

A face so fetching

Limbs and torso are not a must

Why not form a Bust

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Haiku Friday – Silent & loud

10 Jul

RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge 

Hello and a warm welcome to my blog. I appreciate the visit. Today is Haiku Friday and that means I’ve written a haiku based on the prompt words from Ron’s haiku challenge. You can participate too! Click on the link above and join us. This week’s prompt words are Silent and Loud.

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Schizophrenia

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Inexorable

The loud voices in her head

Slowly hushed sane thoughts

Inexorable, the loud voices in her head.

The loud voices in her head slowly hushed sane thoughts.

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The prompt words this week made me think of the movie Black Swan. Natalie Portman did a phenomenal job portraying a ballerina slowly losing her mind. If you enjoy psychological thriller-horror movies and a stellar cast, I highly recommend this movie.

Have you seen the movie, Black Swan? Did you enjoy Natalie’s performance?

Do you know anyone who suffers from schizophrenia?

Haiku Friday –– Love Story

22 Jan

Hello and welcome to Haiku Friday! It’s great to have visitors. I hope you enjoy!

 

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I Lost My Hope Along The Way by Ilojleen on DeviantART “The depicted girl is the beautiful Cristina Otero. Anyway, although it’s not my face here, the portrait symbolizes all the seriously bad and sad experiences I’ve been through since last year. If someone thinks, ‘I didn’t notice any change in your behaviour’… well, I’m good at keeping up appearances.” ~Dominika (ilojleen on DeviantART)

 ♥

Love Story

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

All consuming pain

A hundred Bullet Ants sting

How losing you feels

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Bullet Ant – Click the picture to watch a YouTube video A man bitten by one of these. The worst pain known to man

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Wedding Bliss

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Whirling through the air

Nuptial flight to test true love

A courageous heart

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Have a great Valentine’s Day weekend everyone!

Haiku Friday – Snow

9 Jan
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SNOW

by Hashin

All Heaven and Earth

Flowered white obliterate . . .

Snow . . . unceasing snow

 

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I hope you enjoyed today’s haiku. For those of you living in places where it is snowing––keep warm and safe. Have a wonderful weekend!