Azyureil is going to be my final project for one of my classes this semester. I'm taking four studio classes this semester, so I'm being really productive (read: dying I'm so busy with projects all the time I'm going to burn out!!!).
Azyureil is a character that I've had around for a while. He's not connected to any story, like Kitty and Teddy are. His story is more the story about his story. So if it wasn't for my ex, I probably wouldn't have drawn this. Early in our relationship, he told me to draw something: The grim reaper, in a way that I hadn't seen him before. As we spoke on the phone, I drew this neo-grim reaper. I even bent his name a little, much the way that sons are named 'of their fathers' in medieval-style stories (Jarod becomes Jareth etc).
At first, he didn't have a story, and I actually forgot about the character. Last spring, I brought him back out. I'll be honest, before studying anatomy, my anatomy was terrible, but the idea was clear. So was the story, strangely enough:
When Azyureil was still human, he encountered some men in a bar bullying a woman. She left the bar and these men went after her. He went after them. To protect her, he fought these men, at the expense of his life. As he lay dying, he thought of how miserable a death he was dying, drowning, bleeding, in a polluted river.
The Grim Reaper heard him and came to him, gave him un-death. The Grim Reaper left Azyureil's heart intact, but Azyureil's not allowed to use it--he can never love, ever again. Love will destroy the spirits that Azyureil is meant to soothe and protect.
Recently, I felt that my skills were strong enough, and I decided to begin working on the monumental Azyureil. He is over sixty centimeters tall/long, made of solid terracotta clay that I am currently in the process of sculpting down and then hollowing out. So far, I have finished detailing his head and upper chest piece. Currently, I'm still working to make his ribs more rib-like.
This week is spring break, and my goal is to sculpt his arms and legs to the detail the I would sculpt them just before I hollow them out, which will give me enough of a visual for my proposal, for class. After that, it won't take long to hollow out the pieces, prep the 'sigileto', and be ready to fire.
When he's finished, Azyureil will wear his black cape, his chest will be suspended inside of his rib cage, and he will have jointed hands to hold his scythe. He will also be hand-colored, using water color and chalk and oil pastels.
I'm super excited about this project, and with any luck, I will be able to take high-quality photos of him in his gallery environment.