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Memento Mori by MPsai Memento Mori by MPsai
This came out way far better than I thought it would, I was so tired while working on the coloring for this last night I wasn't even thinking. And I do seem to do my best work when I don't overthink things and just .. do them.

I've been experimenting alot with brush settings in Photoshop and how they can work with my tablet. I've also been focusing on color alot more if you couldn't tell.

Anyway, odd motivation for this piece. The biggest was: it's mostly for fun. I've been hankering to draw Azrael in a costume like this and a sketch I did came out so good I had to do a final. I'm going to explain the rest in bullet points cause it's easier:

:bulletpurple: I figured Azrael probably wore a different outfit when he was the practicing Angel of Death/Destroying Angel. This isn't final, however. Either way its kind of dumb to think he's worn the same thing for several thousand years :slow:

:bulletpurple: I've seen several paintings of the Angel of Death wearing robes of this color scheme.

:bulletpurple: I've been thinking alot about changing Azrael's sword, making it smaller/thinner. This too is not final. In fact this sword I drew here is kinda crappy.

:bulletpurple: You can see the face styles for the angels changing here. Overall I've been putting more detail into the nose/lip areas of my characters, but the angels are going even more to the realistic side than characters from other worlds/stories. Which is fine by me.

I haven't had alot of finished art lately because I've been sketching like crazy, defining the faces of the angels and actually doodling out older characters of mine and improving on their designs. I'll upload sketches on my website in time.

:bulletpurple: That fire came out friggin' awesome.

:bulletpurple: Azrael is missing his scar because this would be him before the war in Heaven.

:bulletpurple: It sucks that the hand I actually drew well is mostly hidden by the flames.

:bulletpurple: To get the shadows and highlights on Az's face right I referenced several pictures of faces lit from below, and also set an Obitsu drawing doll over a lamp to shine light on it's face (better for tones as the heads are rubbery and flesh-colored, as opposed to the glossy and grey Art S. Buck models which I also own/use)

Despite the refreshed computer having no MP3s I did manage to get myself some mood music going for this piece, luckily I have plenty of good CDs to rip. Alot of E Nomine and Modest Mouse went into this (odd combonation, eh?). Some Cowboy Bebop music too :lol:

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Lineart: Traditional India Ink on Bristol Board
Color: Photoshop CS, Wacom Intous2
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:iconapollo-xalia:
Apollo-Xalia Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
Do you think you can do a version of this where he is wearing White armor with red trimming?
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:iconmerrak:
merrak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow... the lighting came out great.
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:iconarchangeljordan:
Archangeljordan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
that sword was mine 4.6 billion years ago
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:iconmairish:
Mairish Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
it's a cool pic :winner: Az looks a bit strange without the scar on his face, though...
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:iconimperialsugar:
ImperialSugar Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Flaming Sword! I approve of this picture. The fire is fantastic!
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Soul-Theif Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
*tilts head*Az-chan looks good..

Did you know that Memento Mori means something along the lines of "Remember you are human..remember you will die"?
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:iconmpsai:
MPsai Featured By Owner May 21, 2008   Digital Artist
I think it literally means "Remember you are mortal", him being the angel of death I thought it was fitting. Also it's catchy :p
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Soul-Theif Featured By Owner May 21, 2008
well..it does work..^^
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:iconastrologic-chaos:
Astrologic-Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
I love Memento Mori--the short story, I mean. xD

This is amazing, too. =]
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:iconliamous:
Liamous Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Very vibrant and eye catching, while still containing the mood. Good job.
One tiny crit I have is that the shading on the hand holding the sword seems to be off. The shadows should be more on the other side of the fingers, however, it's nothing big just something to keep in mind for future works.

The shading on the face, and especially the lips is fantastic, the lips look really full and work for the piece.
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:iconmpsai:
MPsai Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007   Digital Artist
Yeah I still have trouble with the placement of shadows. Do you have any suggestions?
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:iconliamous:
Liamous Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2007
Practice. <3 Studying both real life set ups and even photography helps too.

Keep up the good work though!
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:iconslaugther:
Slaugther Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
islam believe that Azrael or in islam Izrail that never bring sword when taking soul of human.......
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:iconswordholio:
Swordholio Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
This looks really good!! Great work! :D
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:iconheatherqagoncillo:
heatherqagoncillo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Ah! Ah! Someone gimme wateeeerr!
Meh ~ i wouldn't want to mess with him! =?
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gimme tips?
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:iconcrotafang:
crotafang Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2007
Nice flame effects. The expression on Azrael's face is fitting for this scene. Great job all around. :D :D
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:iconragingpsyco:
RagingPsyco Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2007
WOO AZ!!
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:iconneodalion:
neodalion Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007
the lighting from the sword is beautiful * 3*
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:iconkeoko:
Keoko Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
I like this a lot!!! The fire on the sword is a especially cool! It really caught my eye. but the whole thing just has really awsome detail!
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:iconkinomaruu:
Kinomaruu Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
did lucifer ever look this deep and sexy? or has he always been...yeah
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:iconkinomaruu:
Kinomaruu Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
wow. this is amazing :wow: i lobve it!! i like the colors...and he looks very deep in thought here...im going to fav it ^^
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:iconrjpulse:
rjpulse Featured By Owner May 15, 2007
Very nice composition... I like how you've worked with the movement aspect of the figure along with the color scheme... lol... later...

Robert
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:iconnamelessthethief:
NamelessTheThief Featured By Owner May 13, 2007
omg! wow! Azrael gets sexier each time you draw him.
im lovin this style. much more realistic without destracting from the individuality of the work. beautiful.
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metalgearhead123 Featured By Owner May 7, 2007  Student General Artist
right hands wierd but you knew that

this is great which you also know
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:icondeadgiraffe:
deadgiraffe Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Hobbyist
i think it should stayhow it as before.

wider and not as long.
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:iconkikyounokanashii:
Kikyounokanashii Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
nice job
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:iconforestyoukai:
ForestYoukai Featured By Owner May 4, 2007
Wow, VERY nice! I always love your colours...and the newish style is VERY appealing.

Rawr <3
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:iconkamiawolf:
kamiawolf Featured By Owner May 4, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
gah thats looking really beautiful. i love the subtle texture and Az's face looks really good!
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:iconrandiradio:
randiradio Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
I love the flaming sword and how it's illuminating his face. The whole picture looks magical.
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:iconphantomfluteplayer:
Phantomfluteplayer Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Ohhhh! This is so pretty! I would list specifically what I like, but I can't narrow it down. I like everything! :+fav:
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:iconmayshing:
mayshing Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Nice image, this one has a kind of mystic, epic feel. :nod:
Try to check with your picture's value in black and white, it will help to bump your picture up a few notches.
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Earthbound2005 Featured By Owner May 3, 2007
Really nice, I love the robes... and the gaint flaming sword is nice touch too... ;)

Quick (but silly) question: Is that the flaming sword that the cherbium is holding in Genesis? Or a different flaming sword?
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:iconmpsai:
MPsai Featured By Owner May 3, 2007   Digital Artist
It's that flaming sword, Azrael isn't a cherubim though :XD: Being cliche I gave the sword to the Angel of Death.
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Earthbound2005 Featured By Owner May 5, 2007
Nah, it's not cliche. The Angel of Death is entitled to have a flaming sword. :D
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DragonessD Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
You're right - the flame is Awesome! I don't know if the reflections on his eyes match up with where the sword is, but hey - overall it's a great pic!
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:icondisturbedchicken:
disturbedchicken Featured By Owner May 3, 2007  Student Digital Artist
odd... this makes me think of star wars for some reason....
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Fem-Rai Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Correct me if I'm wrong, 'cos it's been a few years since I've heard this quote, but doesn't it mean something like "Remember you will die"?

Love this. :D :heart:
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TheMysteriousMidget Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
...I only know the title in English because of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Yeah, well, this costume may not be final, but I like it anyway; it's very neat and, how should I put it? Unexpected. At least his costume isn't black ;p ahh...he still looks depressed and sleep-deprived, though. Poor Azrael.
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:iconmpsai:
MPsai Featured By Owner May 2, 2007   Digital Artist
I doubt you'll ever see Azrael wearing black, I don't think it suits him. :p
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:iconthemysteriousmidget:
TheMysteriousMidget Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
All the better :nod: he doesn't need to fit the emo image he's already building up to a T.
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:iconmpsai:
MPsai Featured By Owner May 2, 2007   Digital Artist
:XD: Awwww he's really not that emo, he just looks..er.. depressed.
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Keynomoe Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Wow, awesome job on the colouring!
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marthandroyup Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
saaaaweeet!!!!
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:iconscots-angel:
Scots-Angel Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
This is so beautiful I miss your work so much.

you keep getting better this is so amazing
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dragontamer363 Featured By Owner May 2, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
absolutely grogeoues use of light and effect sai- You've really made leaps and bounds in your art with this'un :D
I ador ethe misty effect given too- and the sort of sulphuric look it all seems to have.
Very cool - big ass thumbs up ^^
*faves*
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TommySwoes Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
Excellent coloring and effects!!
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:iconfidranth:
Fidranth Featured By Owner May 2, 2007   Photographer
great!!
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Tuheroinen Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
I'm going to feel like an idiot for asking this, but... is the title an intented pun wich I'm completely missing? "Momento mori"? I've always thought it was "memento mori"...

...or maybe I just suck at latin
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:iconmpsai:
MPsai Featured By Owner May 2, 2007   Digital Artist
:lol: No you're right, it is supposed to be an "e". I'll change it in the title.

I'm the one who sucks at Latin, I don't even know it :p
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Tuheroinen Featured By Owner May 2, 2007
That makes two of us :D
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