There are two new bits of good news that I'll also be sharing along with the next mailing list.
Firstly, Paypal is now an option for all items at checkout! This was something people were requesting for a long time and the platform we're hosted on finally made it a fully integrated option.
Secondly, as of about a month ago, I've started signing all the books sold on the site. It's easy now that I'm fulfilling all book orders out of my studio. If you bought a book recently or buy a book now, it's got my mark in the in-sheet.
Keep an eye out for Phanuel, Angel of Truth! I've been working hard on him and he's coming soon. Read More
I started a yearly tradition last year of making everything on the store 20% off around the time holiday shopping really gets going. The idea is that I want to make it easy for people to request and buy Angelarium artwork as gifts.
To go along with it, this year I'm building on the tradition by adding a time limited print that is only for sale during the event. This special edition version of Raziel is designed to be the ideal gift for someone if you know they are a fan, but don't know what to get them. Read More
The sound of the water pulsed
Pressure pushed them on beat by beat
Marching forwards, dying upon the beach
And with each stroke they pulled the sand Read More
Dragging it upon the stones
Polishing their faces smooth
Starting with the Leliel, Angel of Night and moving forwards, I'll be adding a special credit to everyone who pledges at the higher support tiers on Patreon. At that level of support, you've gone so far above and beyond what I could hope for, that I feel you need something extra beyond the downloadable rewards that are currently due.
You can see the names of the amazing people who helped support each piece right along side the work iteself http://www.angelarium.net/seraphim/#/leliel/ Read More
Angelarium: Book of Emanations won a Chesley award this last week for "Best Interior Illustration". It's one of the most prestigious awards that can be won as a fantasy artist and I'm really honored.
In order to share the love, I've made Book of Emanations 20% off this week :) Read More
I've got two new pieces to share today that are follow-ups to a couple of the existing Watchers. Goni Montes has done a stunning job encapsulating the emotion and the themes of these two characters. Both of them are available as convention prints right now on the secret store that's exclusive to Kickstarter backers.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1680814846/angelarium-book-of-watchers/posts/1619018 Read More
Being an indie painter is basically like being an indie filmmaker, indie musician or indie game developer. You have to give up a certain amount of stability and safety in order to gain both creative and financial control of your work. To me, that trade off is essential but I often feel like it’s not clear to people what I’m doing or how it fits into the landscape of this industry. Read More
The Book of Watchers, is more than just a book about the Watchers. It's the first glimpse beyond the mysterious beginnings of Angelarium's larger narrative. One of the most important figures in this narrative is Raziel. He show's up only in the opening of Book of Emanations but he wasn't illustrated until after the book was complete.
Raziel is that which is not known. Which makes him a very familiar figure to us. We live our lives bathed in unknowing. The vastness of the universe means that we'll never really experience more than a small piece of it, the rest is Raziel's territory. He acts as a docent to the Infinite and transcribes all knowledge inside his book. That book is an important part of the Angelarium lore. You may have already seen it and not realized. Read More
After completing Series 3, I was in a spot where I needed to make something new for Angelarium. The table had been completely set after covering both the Emanations series as well as remaking all 12 original angels from back in 2003. The plan that I was shooting for, was to create a set of 20 fallen angels and give them their own distinct flavor within the Angelarium project. The first one of those was Sathariel, Angel of Deception. Read More
Calling anything complete is hard. As much as I've been looking forward to calling the Watchers series complete, I feel like I can only say that I've completed my work on it. There are 20 in total and Azazel is the final one.
The most favored of the Watchers, Azazel has the farthest to fall. Even still, his legacy endures. Despite his fall, we still remember his wings. Long after their destruction, the memory sticks with us. Read More
Samyaza's legacy is one that etched itself into the world forever. He stood at the head of the most powerful, wise and righteous band of creatures to ever walk the face of the earth. That sort of power would corrupt any of us. If only he hadn't succumb to it, there would be no bounds to what the Watchers could have achieved.
Despite the fact that Samyaza's actions brought humanity to the brink of destruction and doomed hundreds of angels to damnation. Despite this, I don't want to fully denounce his actions. His sin is pride, an emotion we all have a mixed experience with. It's a complicated feeling that comes with as much temptation as it does danger. Read More
The feeling of dread. We know something is approaching and as our mind fails to find a form for it, our own imagination becomes our worst enemy. That feeling of looking into the dark and seeing nothing is a familiar experience to all of us.
Walking alone, Bezaliel is stalked by his shadow. A projection of his inner self, manifested as something larger. Even though he can feel its presence, it waits silently in an unseen place. Read More
When you've realized that you've started something that you have no ability to stop, the horror starts to set in. I worked to give Ananiel this feeling. As I'm getting closer to the end of the Watchers series, I've mined my own experiences deeper and deeper rather than simply attempting to represent what each of the Angels represents on their surface.
As per usual, there will only be 25 copies of the LE print made for this piece. Read More
With all the Watchers, their tragedy lies in their greatest aspirations. Turiel conquered every challenge, won every contest and brought down ever adversary. In the end, it was his own greed that vanquished him. Deep in the mountain, he guards his horde alone. This is an old story and it's told over and over again because it never stops speaking to our nature. An obsession with holding on to our victories at any cost can lead anyone to ruin.
Like Chazaqiel, I'm only printing 25 of these, including the ones reserved by my Patreon supporters. Read More
There is something about coins that I find utterly magnetic. The pure simplicity of them is so beautiful to me. Coins are inherently mysterious. Despite their obvious simplicity, a major aspect of it is always hidden. Seeing the way that both sides take on unique characteristics as you turn it in your hand is magical to me.
I created this coin to accompany the Book of Emanations and I will be creating more unique coins to accompany any future books. Each one represents the core duality that lies at the heart of the continuum of ideas expressed in the book.
I want to start addressing some common customer service questions in a public way so that you know what to expect when you are buying art from us. To start, we should talk about the most common frustration people have when it comes to ordering things from Angelarium.net. Sometimes, packages get shipped 2-3 weeks after they were purchased.
First, let me explain why and then I'll move on to what we are doing to improve the situation. Read More
Chazaqiel is an angel of the clouds, fallen to earth. Unable to touch the ground and unable to ascend, she is caught between the pull of two powerful forces. To me, she is anxiety. A crushing force that drains the hues from everything it touches and empties the sky of its splendor. We all know the feeling within that fog. The world exists as we've always known it, but in the moment we stand within it, that truth becomes hard to realize.
I've made the prints of this piece highly limited. With a few pieces late last year quickly selling out with editions of 25 and then 50, I ventured to make every piece in series of 100. But extending the supply beyond the demand is not the point of creating a Limited Edition. I want to reward the most invested with an item of rare value. Those that subscribed on Patreon at the $74 tier have already claimed much of this run. The remaining copies are exclusively available on the store. Read More
I've been receiving a mounting number of questions about the delivery time for the 2nd printing of Angelarium: Book of Emanations. Many of you have made pre-orders that have lingered for much longer than the estimated delivery date.
I took the pre-orders down as soon as I lost sight of when the book was going to be delivered and made a promise to myself that I wouldn't collect more money book orders until I had delivered the ones I'd already received. Thankfully, this update is coming with good news. Read More
The second book in the Angelarium series is moving forwards really nicely. I'm happy to announce that Eli Minaya is going to reprise his role as writer and artist on the series. He's going to be creating alternate pieces for all the Seraphim as well as writing poetry and short fiction for the majority of the Watchers.
The piece poetry for Sariel is the first new piece from Eli that was made for the book. He'll be writing new pieces for every release and possibly a short story here and there. Read More
The first of the Archangels is a big event for me. They are on a scale as grand the Emanations but with the elemental sort of character as the Seraphim. Instead of representing individual properties the way most angels do, they are a higher order of being. They are complicated, compound representations that require far more work to create.
Gabriel is the first to be realized. Their core themes focus on the emerging of ideas and the inspiration process. The lore that surrounds them always centers on their role as a messenger or herald. The lantern of Gabriel was something I wanted to represent but I needed to avoid depicting something too modern. I decided to deconstruct the idea into something more geometric to represent the ideal of a lantern. Read More