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This is me in front of my older work. Like, last year old. I changed my palette to a darker one. It feels better to me. There was always something unpleasant about my older works. They seemed to lack that painterly "something". Whatever... Just know that I am still not satisfied with what I have made, but also know that it is the reason that I keep painting.
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papariz Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  New Deviant Student Artist
brittymon37 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Lovely work as always! and Its nice to see you in the shot
VioLeNT13 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I miss some of your older work:)
mulysamayhem Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
"...I am still not satisfied with what I have made.." Are we ever???? Love the darker palette. Love da' woik. Wow-ee zow-ee.
angelbaby88 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student General Artist
theres one aleast.
MeganYourFace Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Your paintings are gorgeous!! ^_^
OAK-Art-Gallery Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010
Your work is very good!
Bluebell7 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
MishkaJk Featured By Owner May 17, 2010
I love your artwork... the lighting works very well. You're models are beautiful if they're anything like the paintings.

Ps. You're pretty sexy yourself :P
smirkstudios Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010
What you describe is a lot of how I feel. I am having trouble getting to the palette that suits me, and for that reason I'm not exactly happy with my colored work. I feel limited to these brighter colors, and I wonder why my black and white stuff feels so good until it is colored. I feel tortured by this.
sasunaru4life Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Wow...I honestly hope there is someone around to tell you what a beautiful person you are.
kimberliepee Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
the painting in the back left is sooo beautiful, from what i can tell from what you DO have posted you have got some very gorgeous models and so much talent! I love that hair and her shy glance and expression. God damn.
folksong Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Dear Doc Hammer,

Hi, my name is Michael Joseph Sauvageau and I think you are the man. I am a senior at the University of California Riverside and my major is studio art with an emphasis on oil painting. I have a man crush on you ( and so does my girlfriend), the venture brothers has been my favorite show for sometime now, I think your band is bitchin!, and when I saw your series of saints painting's I couldn't help but wonder how cool a sitcom based based on you traveling back in time and becoming friends with Rembrandt and Jacque-Louis David would be. Needless to say, I think you are tearing ART a new asshole, which is what I'de like to do sooner than later as well. I am currently in a intermediate drawing class in which I have a paper due in 2 weeks on a artist that I admire (that would be you). My proposal to you is, is there anyway I can interview you (send you 10-20 questions via email) sometime before the 5th of December which I could use in my previously mentioned paper on you for my drawing class?

I hope the answer will be, " Sure, asshole I wil allow you a peak into the awesome factory that is my mind ", but either way I am still going to watch the venture brothers religiously.


Michael Joseph Sauvageau

For my Thesis project I am making a triptych inspired by Otto Dix and it is going to be composed of 3 canvases (each one is 3ft by 7ft, and yes I made the stretchers and stretched the canvas myself), and in the middle canvas I am going to include the Monarch in the composition. Do I have your blessing?
AllysJinX Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
I wish I could make art like yours...
I can't even draw the Venture Bros.
I'm really jelous of you!
Shukketsu-Sakura Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's too bad that we didn't get to see these, haha.
but move on as you wish, good sir.
i understand that feeling as well.
i'm constantly shoving papers and drawings and things away so that i don't have to look at them anymore.

[by the way, i really like your profile.
well, almost-profile.
you've a handsome face. :)]
Angilram Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I like your older work. I like your new work, mind you, but it has a different atmosphere, so it's interesting.
There's so much intensity in the eyes and faces of your painted women they feel alive. Now out of curiosity I'd love to see you paint them smiling and with lighter colors, just to see the difference.
This is very beautiful work. Oh, and since I can't possibly comment on all your works here, I'll just add, because I read some other comment you made, that you're not supposed to be satisfied with your own work. If you were, you'd be stalling and rotting. I just hope you get to sleep. Insomnia is just plain unbearable.
HybridDemon22 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's noticeably lighter than your newer works, but I think it suits the subject of the painting. (She reminds me somewhat of Poison Ivy; never a bad thing.) To me, what makes this specific shot interesting to look at is the lightness of the composition meeting the darkness of your wardrobe and downcast expression. The clash of the light and dark, whether intentional or not, is a great underlying theme in this. :]

Also, the subject in the upper left of the shot glancing enviously at the foreground is humorous, hahaha.
GoldManeRoyale Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
I totally dig your hair dude. your a very beautiful person. the side burns are effin kick ass. Your style is so unique dude. fuggin cool
Liamythesh Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
meh, I really like that one right behind you.

I must admit though, no one paints morose women in their underwear quite like you.
starrynienna Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like you two are gonna kiss ;) I'm sure that was intentional. Beautiful moment!
Specter2683 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
For some reason, when I see this photo all I can think of is the song "Goodbye hooooorses! Im crying over yoooooooou!" from Silence of the Lambs playing in the background and you telling some girl "It rubs the lotion on its skin, it does this whenever its told.". HAHA! Dude your awesome!
Vive-Le-Rock Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Student General Artist
i'd love to see the old paintings such as that one in your gallery..
btw can i just say, i love your hair. pretty unique idea.
DrValentine Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2008
--late comment
I'm glad you have moved on from that style, that sort of thing is pretty common. It's encouraging when someone achieves "crowd-pleasing" but doesn't rest there.
M-Nearing Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Have you sold that painting? I'd buy it.
rukawachan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are atractive, I like your hair
hatefueled Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008
Your work is stunning. then and now. :clap:
Monica-jfa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007
You are a wounderful Artist!!!
lucyinthesky16 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
wow...that model looks just like my best friend Nikki! I must admit, I am a person who leans towards color...and I love the contrast of the red hair and green ribbons...sort of reminds me of this art deco poster I have on my wall that I bought for the same reason. It is excellent work. But I can understand why you wouldn't want to look back. People change over time, and it shows best in their artwork. There are so many pieces that I would never even show anyone.
Heh, the resemblance to my friend is astounding, hmm maybe she has a double life I'm not aware of...
seraphic-dreaming Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
I like how in this photograph, it seems almost like you and your painting are (nearly) touching noses. It's really cool.
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2007
I hope you haven't destroyed these paintings too! I do agree in general with your unsentimental ideology of using every painting as a practive for the next and to learn and improve etc. I admire your integrity and drive, don't get me wrong... However I don't think you should completely reject your past output as it does have value. An artist can so easily delude himself that he is improving by moving from one style to another when all that has really changed may be what emotional elements of art he prefers and prioritizes because of the pahse of life he is in. Just because his earlier stuff communicated a different mood and that means less to him now, it doesn't diminish its quality or worth.
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
I burnt them all. And what I didn't burn I made into booties. Like hard socks for shuffling around the house. Hard socks with chunks of portrait on them.
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2007
Do I detect sarcasm?
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
Yes. Ya see, I have my methods. They work for me, and I'm not about to debate or defend them anymore. I'm sure you have heard of far more ridiculous methods that painters employ to get to "that place". Destroying the occasional unfinished, or unsuccessful painting is hardly anything new or wacky. It's just part of the way I do things.
TimeNorPlace Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2007
the red head looks so great tho! her hair is kickass! haha, i think i saw your work on a small pamphlet that i got from the school im transferring to, the academy of fine art in philly. the picture was this overhead shot of a usartists exhibit showing u bunch of cubicle-like walls with all of these paintings hung up. i glanced over it at first but then i spotted what i thought was number 49 in the bottom right. i was like,"no way! i know who that dude is!" haha, small world. if you don't have it, ill send you the pamphlet, ya know, just so you can show it off to your friends and assure them that you're quasi-famous, haha.
LadyCatra Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2007
For some reason on a dull Friday morning I finally decide to stop lurking and post a comment on one of your pages.

Your "older work" seems more modern (I know that can be a dirty word) than your "new" work. The colours being brighter makes it very clean and elegant and although still amazing, your "darker palette" seems to have more depth. I like this photo because I think there's something in your expression about the paintings behind you - as if you know they're competently outstanding, but lacking a deeper expression. That deeper expression has broken through in your Saints series - and it's not just the darker colours, there's something more. You've given depth and power to simple, beautiful things.

For some reason I wanted to let everyone know that I'm faving this for the photo itself and not really the art behind it. I want to selfishly keep it as a reminder that we *need* to strive for better things. But then again, what the hell do I know, I'm just a fan ^^; I love all of it.

RLFedun Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
That painting in the background definitely has a different mood than your newer stuff, which to me seems more mysterious and somehow holy looking....must be the halo effects you do around the sitter's head. I do like this painting here though, the hair is amazing.
PunkedAnna Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2006
I actually like that painting at the front, the Halo is a great concept and the red and green shades contrast together nicely.

I just read you don't like it, so I'll shut up about it now. Can I tell you your hair looks awesome instead? Luvin' the sideburns. :)
ChibiLoveXX Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2006
I like this, and I have to agree with everyone, you do have nice hair
CallMeHomocide1188 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2006  Student
Were you ever into or have you ever gotten into anything like Charcoal-esq? With all the shading and such with the paint(one thing i was never able to do with oil) i think you'd be pretty good at it
CallMeHomocide1188 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2006  Student
this is very cute i think this is a really cool picture/ i love the painting
takara13 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
From what I can see of it, I say you should give your old work more credit. I understand it may not feel right to you anymore, but it's still a hell of a lot better than the majority of the population here could do. Remember that. As for the darker palette you've adopted, it may also be a phase your muse is leading you through. All your works are just footsteps on the path to the artist you really want to be. :peace:
JohnnyDynamo Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
That's great work there doc. I was tricked by the painting close to you. In the thumbnail it looked like a real woman, just farther behind you. If that's not a compliment on your style I don't know what is.
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Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner May 9, 2006
Thank you... But I think my work might be just a tad nicer than the guy who makes it.
LeticiaCeballos Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006
I don't think not, I believe that the principal objective of an artist must be never be totally HAPPY of what is doing at the moment, causez the point that make us get bigger is the desire of want more.
Hope u understand my point, because it seems difficult to say in english. Anyway, spanish?:
Yo creo que el principal objetivo de un artista es no estar nunca satisfecho totalmente de lo que hace en el momento, porque lo que nos hace ser mejores que el deseo de querer mas.
Doc-Hammer Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006
Your English is absolutely fine. And may I say that it is made even better by its comparison to my almost nonexistent Spanish. So... I get your point, and I feel exactly as you do. The drive to fly past your limitations is one of the great engines of art. Self-loathing (when tempered by a strong sense of purpose) is a perfect fuel for that "engine".
skth00 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
great coment unsatisfctory always keeps me going as well, although my work is no where near like yours, the concept of continuance by not being satisfied is much alike.
smok-u Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2006
You're wonderful ^^ I dont have to say nothing more...
BedtimeMilk Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006
" never satisfies and you keep painting, with the hope of being satisfied, one day..with the hope of sleeping so confortably, dreaming of another things, like everybody else do..but you'll never'll always fight for better, you'll always dream of them, and they will even be in your have to live with this cause you need this to be better and better, to go always forward, not to fall down...satisfaction,it just takes you down..."
this was somethin i wrote about myself a long time ago..i think that feeling might be familiar to you too..
mxpt3c Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006
I guess this has become a cliche'd comment, but I think those paintings with the description of 'old' are lovely, I think their captured expressions are the best part. I also love the eyes done on the frontmost one. Beautiful...
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