CANVAS: 400 series Strathmore Toned Tan sketchbook (5.5in x 8.5in; 80lbs)
MEDIUM: Mechanical pencil | Faber-Castell 36pk of Polychromos Colored Pencils | Faber-Castell PITT black/grey artist pens | Black Crayola Colored Pencil | 0.38 Colored Fineliner Pens (Unmarked/Unknown Cheap Brand) | 0.3 and 0.5 Black Sakura Micron Fineliner pens | Colored Staedtler Triplus Fineliner pens | Silver + Gold Gel Pens (Unmarked/Unknown Cheap Brand) | Sakura Micron White Gelly Roll Pen
IA = Iron Artist. Click here to see my list of Iron Artist OCs
If you'd like to see more art of my OC Azazel here, please give him a fav!
When my wife and I were just friends getting to know each other in early high school, a pass time we both found common interest in was written roleplay storytelling. She introduced me to a website we no longer are on, but at the time we made great memories starting and never finishing stories about random characters we made up. I did this with a lot of my friends, but nowadays I only ever write such stories with my wife. This hobby of ours has developed from short, unfinished stories, to a much broader world of which we are populating more and more with a variety of characters, just for fun! Every single one of my and my wife's OCs reside in the same universe, just to clarify, with Azie here being a future human from post-apocalyptic alternate earth.
With this Iron Artist challenge, I've been focusing on anatomy, and boy oh boy has Azazel taught me a lot. Azie is Cinderdriftian, which means he's from Cinderdrift - a land that's effectively the amalgamation of Middle Eastern, African, and Asian peoples that survived and continued on the human race after the Apocalypse. It's located on a land that formed during a destructive volcanic eruption.
As I admitted in Max's description, when I really started to improve my people and anatomy skills for the first time back in middle school, I developed a bit of a "same face" syndrome that many artists can relate to when in the early stages of style and skill development. I would draw the same anime base and then change the clothes, hair, and colors of things for different people. Well, the more years that went by and the more I did art, I started to develop better anatomical skills, but didn't really apply myself too hard because, not to get too in-depth here, but because I was in a toxic and un-supportive environment, and until my early 20's I didn't have any real faith that I could make a successful career as an artist. Now that I'm older and wiser, I've come to understand that the only person really standing in my way was me, and I took on this Iron Artist challenge in the first place to really start working on my anatomy and style so that I could take some basic, but important, steps towards becoming a full time artist.
Azie has been a roller coaster ride. The very first attempt I made of him was shortly after I'd discovered Visual Kei style, and so I tried to make him edgy by nixing the eyebrows and making him have a lot of eastern-inspired fashion way back when I first made him up in 2013. My wife and I started by just doing a Repo: The Genetic Opera fan-RP that featured him, but it was one of may of those short stories that died off, one big reason being that my wife just never connected with her character. We revisited the RP shortly after getting engaged, and while I was revamping Azazel, she made an entirely new character - Sariel - of whom is both Azazel and Max's other boyfriend in their polyamorous trio.
...but I'm getting ahead of myself! I will be posting Sariel next Thursday to my main Insta and galleries (DA, FA, & W). See ya'll then!
Feel free to offer some constructive critique so that I can improve in the future!
Known flaws: Please keep in mind that the original piece is like 3-4 inches big. The piercings in his nose are off and his eyebrows are slightly cocked. His nose could stand to be a little lower and straighter too.
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