Fantasy Art So Beautiful It Should Be Painted On A Crumbling Old Church

Michael C. Hayes is a fantasy illustrator whose work may be familiar to fans of Magic: The Gathering. He's also worked with Sony Online Entertainment on the Legends of Norrath franchise.

Hayes' work is, well, beautiful. Unlike most other artists we feature here on Fine Art, who specialise in dark environment pieces, basic character art and/or things that kill things, his pieces have a classical feel to them that, yeah, makes some of them look as much like a painting from the 18th century as something designed for a fantasy game.

You can see more of Michael's work at his personal site. He also has a book available, should you like his stuff so much you'd want to stick it on your coffee table.

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Fine Art is a celebration of the work of video game artists, showcasing the best of both their professional and personal portfolios. If you're in the business and have some concept, environment or character art you'd like to share, drop us a line!


    If only I was rich, I would hire this person to do the walls of my future gaming and room and library.

      err gaming room and library*
      Where the hell are our accounts Kotaku!

    I see what you did there! Pat on the back for this champ!

    You know, while I appreciate that they are fine pieces of art, to me, they unfortunately have no soul. There seems to be something lacking in them that I can't quite place. The second last piece is my personal favourite however. I think what turns me off the others is that their eyes/heads seem to be looking in the wrong direction to give the piece life.

    Aww, someone with no sense of humor had my comment deleted. Weak.

      very weak. It was an awsome comment btw mate. very true

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