After earning a B.A. in Digital Arts and Animation in 2005, Michael C. Hayes abandoned the computer and began training as a traditional artist. After several years at the prestigious Watts Atelier of the Arts, Michael began getting working professionally as a freelance fantasy illustrator. Although relatively new to the industry Michael has already acquired an impressive list of clients including: Blizzard Entertainment, Wizards of the Coast, Sony Online Entertainment, LucasArts, Night Shade Books, Palladium Books and more. In addition to his commercial projects Michael has shown his work across the country, including at the renowned Gallery Provocateur in Chicago.