In continuing my quest to flesh out Angelarium as an encyclopedia of angels, I'm revisiting Azazel, Angel of Sacrifices.
Azazel has a special place in the Angelarium lore. He's the only Angel who looks like a traditional depiction of an Angel. The idea behind that choice was to suggest that he left such a strong impression on the people that, every time someone thinks of an Angel, they imagine a being that looks similar to Azazel.
For this piece, I wanted to show Azazel later on in the story after a lot of big events have already happened. He has survived a lot, but he didn't make it out in one piece. Most obviously, his right hand is long gone.
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Limited Edition prints of this new version of Azazel are available in the Angelarium store - click the link below! Read More
Each of these new Watcher paintings represents a different aspect of the same themes from their original version. Azazel is returning and this time, he seems to be missing an arm. As a central figure in the Angelarium lore, it's exciting to get a chance to bring him back with a new design.
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The Zodiac series is all done! Read More
For an entire year, each Angel of the Zodiac has been worked on in turn. Which has left the question. "What's next after they are done?"
I’m offering a way for people to get sold out prints from the store through a new subscription program on Patreon. It’s still new, so here’s some info about.
What is it?
Every month, there will be a different Legacy Print available exclusively for Patreon members that pledge $30+ per painting. These paintings have all sold out as Limited Editions and aren’t available through any other means online. Each print is 12x18 on luster paper, hand signed by me in gold. They are identical to the ones sold at conventions.
Every month a different print will be voted on by the subscribers from a small pool of popular sold out pieces that I select. Read More
After opening up the Discord channel for the Angelarium Patreon campaign, I discovered that a ton of you guys are great artists! I'd love to open up the door for people to make their own interpretations of the Angels, so I'm offering up hundreds of dollars in prizes to get the ball rolling! Read More
The twelve tropical signs of the Zodiac are each associated with a patron Angel that embodies the properties of their respective sign. Starting with Ambriel, Angel of Gemini, I'll be illustrating the whole cycle with at least one new Angel per month. Read More
Beyond the artwork, there is a special connection to this series that's yet to be announced. These pieces are going to be a part of an interdisciplinary collaboration that will expand Angelarium into new territory. Keep an eye out for more news on that as the series continues.
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.
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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