That Thing Where I Draw: Azrael

This sketch is for Natalie's Halloween Party/Contest. The contest closes tonight at 7 pm (MST), so you can still enter if you've got something that fits the fairly broad criteria:
I want to know what your characters (and/or you) are going as for Halloween—and you gotta be creative about it. Write me flash fiction (1k words max) about them at my awesome virtual Halloween Party. Or take a picture of you in your costume. Or draw your characters all dressed up and ready to groove. Whatever, just have fun with it.
Top two winners get to commission a drawing from Natalie. I've already won one such prize, so I kinda hope somebody else wins. At the same time I couldn't resist entering. Aside from the fact that I needed something to draw this week, I've got an air pirate who's very essence is Halloween...


Legends surround the dread pirate Azrael like a cloak. They say he can disable a ship's cannons with a look, that he can fly or freeze a man with his breath. They call him the angel of death and say he feeds on the souls of men.

Others say he's just a man in a cloak and painted face, but their voices are none too loud when they say it.

Azrael's career was brief but legendary. In the two and a half years he terrorized the skies, no one was safe. With his crew of heartless Savajes,* Azrael hit merchant convoys, luxury fareways, and even big Imperial warships. His bounty climbed as high as eighteen million, in the year before he disappeared.

The story goes that one of Azrael's treasures -- a stone that tells the future -- came with a curse, and it destroyed him. Many claim to have seen him since, perhaps searching for his lost bauble, but most dismiss these as ghost stories. Whether he lives or not, the Imperial bounty stands to this day, and will until the Navy finds proof of Azrael's death.


* Not "savages" -- these are folk from the islands of Savajinn.

10 comments:

Matthew Delman said...

So he's not like the Dread Pirate Roberts then? :)

Either way, much better than my pitiful attempts at drawing anything. Even my maps look like the scribblings of someone who doesn't have complete motor control over their own hands.

sraasch said...

Oh, very nice! I especially like the brief description of Azrael below the pic; makes me want to find out more about this dude...

Bane of Anubis said...

When I saw the post title, I was thinking there was gonna be a pic of a cat... I like the grim reaper-skeletor better :)

Adam Heine said...

Matt: Aren't all pirates like the Dread Pirate Roberts? Or is that just the ones in my head?

Sara: So glad you enjoyed it :-)

Bane: That was my wife's first thought at the name too. Turns out the name has an older, and much cooler, history.

Natalie Whipple said...

Hey, I wouldn't mind drawing more from your Air Pirates world:)

Bane of Anubis said...

Ah, much cooler -- thanks for the enlightenment.

Adam Heine said...

If you feel that way, Natalie, who needs a prize? You can draw Air Pirates anytime you like :-)

Candice said...

I love the idea of air pirates--very unique. Your description was very intriguing!

Adam Heine said...

Thanks, Candice!

AM said...

Nice! I hope you win/won.