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May 1, 2007
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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:


Lineart: Traditional India Ink on Bristol Board
Color: Photoshop CS, Wacom Intous2
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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?
merrak Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist
Wow... the lighting came out great.
Archangeljordan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
that sword was mine 4.6 billion years ago
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...
ImperialSugar Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
Flaming Sword! I approve of this picture. The fire is fantastic!
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"?
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
Soul-Theif Featured By Owner May 21, 2008 does work..^^
Astrologic-Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
I love Memento Mori--the short story, I mean. xD

This is amazing, too. =]
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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