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Nude portrait of the Archangel Michael. I enjoyed painting this piece very much. I also tried to go with a more traditional color scheme for angels (white wings, gold, brown and RED). :XD:

The Genderless Angel(s).
Angels, like everything else in the world that is religious/spiritual, is UP to everyone's interpretation, as well as subject to local beliefs. For example in the Orthodox church, angels don't have any bodies at all. Only heads with six wings. So, whether angels have genders or not, is up to what *YOU* want them to have. *I* want them to have genders. In MY world they have genders. :XD: That said, if the subject is not to your liking, or you aren't comfortable with it, it has a mature content warning, please head it. If it doesn't bother you, then please accept that in MY Universe, Angels as everything else have male and female reproductive organs.

Thank you for your understanding.

@ kateadams2011 and LydiaKitten ; Thank you ever so much for the wonderful critique on this painting!
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What a playful expression; I didn't know angels to be that naughty. Or to have a sex, for that matter. Not that I mind, though.

Anyway, your technique is most excellent, delicious anatomy and sense of volume/shape, lovely colour palletes, nice, layered shading. Only the calf that is extending downwards feels mildly unnatural, too thin perhaps in its lowest part, but other than that, the forms of the body are exceptionally elegant and well-made.

The altar/chair and fabric are also quite lovely, and I love the way the fabric's vivid red seems to glow, reflecting upon the angel's skintone.

The reason originality and impact are somewhat lower than technique is that, lets face it, there's no real message conveyed here, no original idea; it's just eyecandy. Brilliant eyecandy, but eyecandy nonetheless. And fanservice can only be that intense; in order to really strike an emotional chord in your viewers, there must be something personal, a story, a meaning put into the work.

With your incredible technique and fantastic use of light and brightness, I am sure that if you embark on a more complex, challenging artistic project, you'll get all my 5stars in a breeze.

Excellent work.
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I am always impressed when someone can use a bright shade of red correctly in relation to other colors. This piece is attractive in that it allows for the slate blues and whites to come together to form a triangular brilliance.

The pose is interesting, as the angel is suggesting eroticism and strength at the same time. By sitting him on a quasi-abstract environment, one can assume is is not just a human wearing wings.

The technique is a bit simplified, but has a strong impact by using overall symmetry, dramatic shades, and contrast. I would say if you simply detailed the wings slightly, adding a varied look with a touch of realism, you would draw the eye more into the bright red and gold tones. The hair is also very nice, but could use a slight shade of slate blue to complement the gold.

All in all a brillant piece. I hope to see more soon!
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Hobkobold Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2016
Are angels the most beautiful beings in all of the worlds? This golden haired beauty here makes me think that they definitely are. Stunning work.
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Lol. Thank you very much for the wonderful compliment! I do agree with you, Angels are amazing, though maybe I do have a greater love for sidhe, but that's just me. LOL.
heavenly777protector Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2016
so now we know who get's all the damsels in heaven eh?:D (Big Grin) 
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
LOL! Totally true!
SayuriMephistopheles Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Is he evil in these series too? He kinda looks evil here, and Imo he's actually evil in real life too from my Luciferian perspective. However, I am aware that not all demons are bad and not all angels are good, and I am sure that the angels of Yahweh aren't good at all...
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I personally don't think there's such a thing as good or evil; black or white. Just grey.

Strictly analyzing from a 'fictional character' perspective, both Lucifer and Michael are flawed, but both have some really positive sides to them. I love both equally, and both teach positive and negative lessons. For the negative: don't be obidiant to the point that you stop thinking for yourself in the case of Michael, and don't be too arrogant in the case of Lucifer. As for the positive lessons, Lucifer and any other Luciferian figures like Prometheus exemplify my favorite lesson: BE a maverick, walk your own path, do not let yourself be subjugated, never ever stop questioning! Michael on the other hand teaches loyalty, honor, strength and reliability. Both have wonderful sides to them and horrible sides to them... just like real people. :)

Again, strictly speaking from a "fictional character" perspective. I do not believe AT ALL in any supernatural beings. I wish they'd exist, but I won't believe it until I won't see it. I guess, I could be considered a cautious agnostic, but I'd prefer to just be called "religion-less". LOL.
SayuriMephistopheles Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... I see...

I am a Canaanite polytheist myself. But I am also a theistic Satanist and a Luciferian too. However, Luciferianism for me is a form of Canaanite paganism, and it can also be named Helelism because Lucifer's original name is actually Helel, and Helel is a Canaanite god. :P
piccusia Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your anatomy is so perfect... love his pose and those wings are so beautfiully done!
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much. I am overjoyed to hear you like it. :)
AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Very, very sexy (and this coming from an asexual.)
Your work is amazing. The amount of details in every piece of yours is incredible :)
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the wonderful compliment! I am overjoyed to hear that you like my painting. :D

Oh, we can find things sexy, even if we are asexual, no? ;)
AngelOfDarkness089 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe you are most welcome (and I agree :iconlaplz:)
U-r-i Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I could try to earn a place on Heavens just for meeting him =w=
It's really a great work. Thank you godness to share your Art with us :heart:
you don know how to illustrate his better points...UBBBBBBBER Sexy!
KKccee4 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
mmmm  a handsome dream male
jvel4073 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just Awesome and Amazing Art Work. A Masterpiece?
beachelf Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
:wave: Featured here -> [link] :woohoo:
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for the honor. :)
aquamaquicha Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yoou job is awesome, please draw gabriel too
Michaelangelo1981 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
i really liked how u painted his stomach, he looks awesome
Demon-of-Sins666 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
anything with wings and i love it, but you make it a sexy guy, in a casual pose... like this... OMG i love it!
PrincessOfTheDark25 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ehh, looks more like Gabriel...still very nice work though!
SerinaGyrfalc Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love the use of color as a whole on this piece. Very nice and well put together.
AntiqueGarden Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Student Filmographer
Splendid work! I love the colours, and the facial expression is just wonderful.
dgraymanlover17 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Student General Artist
wow that is a wonderful pic!! amazing...!!
latent-ookami Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
So gorgeous! :heart:
They do say they're genderless. But with so much power you'd think that's the perfect representation of the male energies. That they would mostly be male! And all that power is sexy ;)
Justa124 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
beautiful O.O
Widdershins-Works Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist

This work of yours got in the featured folder in the :iconnekkid-boys: group! :clap:
SnowWhiteAssassinXI Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Writer
Ah, I critiqued this, but I think I may have sent two by mistake, please do forgive me. My browser is so glitchy Dx. Anyway, I just want to say that this is the most detailed painting I've ever seen in my life. Seriously. Excellent work.
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much for your critique. It was posted only once, so no worries. Thanks again, for the wonderful compliments on my painting. :D
pipishko Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Nice work
angemuet Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
he is absolutely gorgeous ... just as i would expect him to look save maybe his expression as i agree with the critique below that he has an almost sly look to him but hey, if I looked like that, i might too *grins* ... i absolutely love the whole androgynous thing for angels though i as well see them as having gender although i was raised to believe they didn't ... this would definitely be the reason humans would want to ... copulate ... *g* with angels ... *mutters* i know I would :blush: ... i find it funny that generally when there is an argument as to their gender vs non-gender selves, it is over an image of a male angel rather than a female i.e., i don't recall having seen a discussion of gender regarding an image of a female angel. i love him .. i want him *ducks the lightening bolts*
MathiaArkoniel Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Lol! Thank you so much for this wonderful and funny comment. :D I am very glad to hear that this painting and the angel in it, is to your liking. Regarding the 'sly look'... people don't read in my comments that this is NOT THE Archangel Michael spoken of by the Christian Church. This is Chantel Lysette's Archangel Michael, and Chantel Lysette's Michael has a sly look *because* he is fully aware of how he looks and of the effect he has on others. :D
Abigel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
Omg. I'm just in loss for words. He is the perfect image of Archangel Michael that I have. May I say, he even looks a little like Loki to me :aww: Thank you! :hug: For drawing this, and sharing. :heart:
Rukureshia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
beautiful Picture
lostredhead Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
This is absolutely....BEAUTIFUL
Thevala Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Thank you very much for giving me a totally new and different look to archangels in general! I prefer the interpretation that angels have power and a body and are, so so speak, more substantial than just being "some thing" with wings...
I would like very much to feel the protection of "your" Michael...
markdraco12 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
epic work
GayStudent Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
I want me a piece of that angel!
Samuel-Yew Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
0.0 WOW
AnimeOtaku1020 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH GOOD JESUS IM IN HEAVEN!?:iconnosebleedfaintplz:
Zahnradfee Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
Hehe, this is probably the Angel that has caused the Ecxtasy of Saint Theresa... [link]
red-winged-angel Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AngelicallyEnthused Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Michael, Michael, Michael! What can I say?! You definitely depicted him in ALL of his glory.....Thank you!!

@Serinji: I didn't purposely mark your comment as unfair. I'm on my iPad and it somehow moved the keyboard out of the way and I accidentally clicked it. I so wholeheartedly agree with your comment!
Guitaropathe Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just wanna add something... several clues in the ancient testament can lead us to think angels can have a sex. For exemple the Nephilim (a giant race like Goliath for exemple) are the chlidren of "Sons of Heaven" (so angels) wich had sex with women. And Prophets described the seraphims as angels with six wings; one pair is used to hide their face, one pair to fly, and their lower wings are used "to hide their feet". But according to an expert, it would be an euphemism, and seraphim would use those lower pair to actualy hide their sex. ^^

But I don't know about the archangels. ;) Maybe they can change their gender? xD
Balck-Angel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have no words for the beauty of this picture, so it goes directly to my favourites!
Sagittarianism Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god! You read Chantel Lysette too? She's awesome! I don't agree with everything she says, but I love her work anyway! I read 'Azrael Loves Chocolate' and I was so inspired by it that I bought 'The Angel Code' too. :)
This is an interesting interpretation of her vision of him. I picture him with slightly frizzy red hair, and innocent brown eyes, and a sad expression that conveys his sadness for humanity. But that's just me and not Chantel, right? ;)
I love this! It's awesome, and I love the colors you used. :nod:

Yaoi-Huntress-Earth Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful.
Nightday Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012   Writer
Amazing work! I absolutely happy to see so handsome interpretation of archangel Michael. Thank you!

P.S.: I accept that art in any groups)
Leroks Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing artist work, but did you know that angels are sexless?
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