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Mystique 12 Cover Painting by mikemayhew Mystique 12 Cover Painting by mikemayhew
11X17 in acrylic.
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What a fantastic, dynamic piece. I really love the PVC/ leather; it's painted so well and is probably the most photorealistic texture of the piece in general. (I bet it was so much fun to paint.) The abstract shapes of the fire juxtaposed with the tight rendering of Mystique make for a great contrast.
My main criticism would be that the fire is reflecting off her clothes, but her skin appears unaffected by the flames. In reality, I think the firelight would reflect off her skin to some degree. This would have looked great on her belly, and perhaps if you added some warm tones to her arms they would "pop out" at the viewer more and add to the 3-D effect and the perspective in general. Possibly some rougher texture on the arms, to suggest skin/ scale texture, would also help the arms come forward more (although they do already).
In addition, though this is not a criticism of your technique, I think you could have cropped the picture in a graphics program, to eliminate the border and make a neater presentation overall.
Anyway, I should also mention that I love the flying hair, and Mystique's expression is awesome. There's not much more I can write as your skill outstrips mine, but I can say I enjoyed your work thoroughly! Wish I could paint like this!
Best wishes,
Donna.
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:iconbulman66:
Bulman66 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mind BLOWING :-)
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:icondevonthomas:
devonthomas Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
stunning work as alway
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:iconfoxnur:
foxnur Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student General Artist
amazing
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:iconedas7:
Edas7 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Love the colours and her pose
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:icondarkbraincomics:
DarkBrainComics Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This cover is incredible! So intense, visually stunning, and she is downright gorgeous. Great job!
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harDcoRe-GaGa-Love Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Hell yeah !! Awesome !!
Mystique rocksss <3
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hakutheblindedsoul Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Of all the Mystique covers, this is one of my favorites! I had no idea that you were on DA though. Gotta go look at more of your stuff.

Keep up the seriously awesome work!
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Pendius Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Great piece.

One Question, though:

Why has Mystique (covered all over in natural blue skin as she is) pink gums?

Strikes me as extremely odd.
I don't know why, but I would have envisioned her with pale/light blue or even white gums, not the strikingly "normal" colour.
It's for this small detail that I can't quite shake the feeling of a spray-painted "ordinary girl" (with big guns. Okay. That's not quite so ordinary. Granted.)
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EduardoMonteiro Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
MAGIC!
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GodSaveTheEmoz Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2009  Student Photographer
EXCELSIOR!!!
:XD: lol excuse my nerdiness :)
if you dont get the reference, that means your sain
:crazy:

ANYWHO...
Your X!treamly X!traudinary piece of of MARVEL art
has been featured in Part One of my Three part MARVEL Featurette,
quite obviously its X-Men :D
Here is the link [link]
Feedback is allways greatly appreciated
thats just my sugarcoated way of saying demanded ^^

Now... If You'll Excuse me I have to send this EXACT!! same message to 114 other poeple!!
:mwahaha: YES FORM LETTER!!! IM CRUEL, INSENSITIVE AND COLD HEARTED!!!
*thunder clap* :mwahaha:

TARD GLOMP! :icontardglompplz:
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:iconlonflavio:
lonflavio Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Very well painted, looks very real, im amazed on the details on the reflections on the trousers and top. Congrats on a perfect peace of ART!!
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:iconxmutant:
XMutant Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
That's my girl; armed and eXtremely dangerous.
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:iconkidugly:
KidUgly Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
Your work continues to amaze me. The leather is PERFECT and believable.

@CharmedFamiliar: I actually like the understated blue skin tone. Although I do agree that a bit of the warmer color showing up on the skin would make the light from the backlight/fire more realistic.
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sterlingy Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely amazing work! :D I absolutely love it! The shiny surfaces of the clothing and the weapons really have great detail on them as they reflect the explosion!

Only thing that slightly bothers me is that the skin color is maybe a bit too flat and not vivid enough. It doesn't really show a reaction to the explosion, by that mean there's no lighting on her skin reflecting the fiery background (needs a smidgen of warmer coloring here and there?). It's like she was having a scene in front of a green screen. There is lighting on her but it's more like...as if someone had taken a shot of her with flash on. I dunno...I'm so not good at critiquing xD

Anyways, that's some awesome job done right there! It's a beautiful action filled piece. I can only hope to one day be able to draw or paint things like that :D
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PollythePinky Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I am big fan of his and their work, and I love this illustration, I never worked with this type of material but I think the fantastic, and their pictures have been a great inspiration to me! Congratulations once more!:worship:
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xJGabyCx Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
omg totally amazing :o!
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:iconrheged:
Rheged Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
I loved all your Mystique covers. They are fantastic!
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:iconthelearningcurv:
thelearningcurv Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
yeah... she looks damn tough.....
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:iconjedimike:
Jedimike Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
fantastic!
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:iconjaimemolina:
JaimeMolina Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
you are a monster!
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joaogil Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
wow!!
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MyLadyLiesWaiting Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Utterly superb! An incredibly smooth, pin-point perfect proportional image....awesome! My only nit-pick (although not something quite in-depth enough for an official Critique!) is that in order to link the charachter to the background, you'd need to give her a flame-coloured highlight around her edges from the where the explosion would back-light her. Having got the reflections on her latex so painstakingly correct, it seems a shame not to add this detail too. But that's as much a stylist choice as a technical one. Really enjoy this....so pretty! :)
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DavidSimpson2112 Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
This is so sweet!
You should do a pic of Domino like this.
I realy like this image. Everything is top notch on it.
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barbaryAPE Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
wow how have i not known about you untill now.

amazing work
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:iconnagdabl:
nagdabl Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
This is amazing
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:iconmistakendestiny:
mistakendestiny Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
cooooooooool.
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deniably-blithe Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
wow.

this is insanely good.
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:icondanyboz:
danyboz Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of my prefered piece from you.
Pose, expression, colors, material, movement... all is perfect.
It's really alive! :worship:
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:iconericlinquist:
EricLinquist Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Stun. Ning. Work. Killer job, man! Killer! =D
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:iconudapruda:
Udapruda Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
Traditional work? You're insane mike! The leather pants must have taken quite some time to do the traditional way.
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:iconmikemayhew:
mikemayhew Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Had photo ref since that's exactly what my model was wearing. Even had twin desert eagles(airsoft) for her to hold.
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T3h-Hugging-Monster Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
I love all your work, but the Mystique stuff is my favorite. She's so badarse and the skintone is awesome!
Her expression is the best!
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:iconmothbot:
mothbot Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
such a great piece
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:icontkmillersculpt:
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Artist
Wonderful as always!
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:iconmetalheadkomik:
metalheadkomik Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009   General Artist
awesomeness
your model must be a stunt XD
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:iconmikebear-a-weanie:
MikeBear-A-Weanie Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
how do you decide which will be acrylic vs water color? both mediums you seem to have a pretty great handle on
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:iconmikemayhew:
mikemayhew Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Did acrylic when i first learned to paint. Imitated Sorayama's tutorials in the back of his books. Now I like watercolor for the ways you can play with color. Might be incorporating more gouache in the future.
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MikeBear-A-Weanie Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
nice.
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:iconblindtetra:
blindtetra Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
How the heck do you get such vibrant colours and such vibrant life out of your paintings? I'm definitely awestruck.
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SAWjigIam66 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Fantaztik x-plozion and aktion shot! The polished, realistik style you use is excellent man. Seeing works like this shows just how far comics have come.
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rudyao Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
i admire you for long time.......your work such amazing ..can u explained to us step by step or somethink please please....!!!!!!! thanks b 4

is it used water color and air brush?
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:iconmikemayhew:
mikemayhew Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
This particular piece is acrylic and applied in thin layers and airbrush to soften the brushstrokes.
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:iconrudyao:
rudyao Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
waw..... mike thanks for reply my question i really appreciate that thanks a lot....
right now i used photoshop n painter for painting but b fore that i used sama teknik with u but not acrilic i used water color n touch up air brush can u check my art work sir.....

waww u are my idol sir can you give some advices for my artwork?? thanks a lot master thanks a lot....!!!!
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mikemayhew Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Your work is incredible! You have a very strong voice and a lot of talent.
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:iconrudyao:
rudyao Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Waww thanks for coming....
and
Many2 thanks to u for coment...
I always waiting for yr new artwork..keep it up Mike!!!
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EJT-Studios Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
My word your work is amazing.
How many paintings/drawings do you do a day.
verytime i check my deviant account there are 1-2 more new ones in there. You're a machine!
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mikemayhew Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional General Artist
Whoa, easy tiger! I'm no speed demom. These are paintings from my career since 2000, so they've just been adding up. In fact, I should probably slow done to keep a better pace of having new stuff to show.

Mike
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EJT-Studios Featured By Owner May 1, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ahhh ... gotcha.

Well that makes me feel better.
Now if I just had your talent, all would be well. :)
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MacLPirata Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009
Just the same, any consistent pace would be joyously accepted! Keep 'em comin', Señor Awesome!
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:iconk-hermann:
K-hermann Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2009  Professional Filmographer
omg i love the fire effect!
epic!!
did you painted the flame explosion?
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