This time was no different, except that I struggled through it and ended up cobbling together pieces from two separate drafts. So this required a lot of touch-up on the computer, unfortunately. On the bright side, I'm pretty happy with the result. I like his face especially, though his hair turned out a lot darker than I had intended (it should be dark brown, not black!).
One of the problems I often have with James is deciding what to make him wearing. Particularly in his youth because he is the sort of man who didn't wear any undergarments until a certain age. But I didn't want to risk offending by drawing him nude (considered it!), so I put him in some simple drawstring drawers. I wanted to make them balloony the way they would have been in the 1850s, but didn't quite get there. Nevertheless, I am not dissatisfied. He definitely needs some clothes, though. Razi-el wasn't so naked!
Although I am trying to do everything in "real" (as opposed to digital) media, I admit I added the body hair on the computer. I was afraid to ruin the doll (despite a very fine brush, I just don't think I could have made it look right). I actually imagine James even hairier than this, but decided to show some restraint here as I did with regard to his underwear. You are probably thanking me on all counts.
The title, "Stain the Earth Red" is the name of first story in which we see James (more on that later). Will try to post some clothing for him late tonight or tomorrow morning. The other doll I would like to finish this weekend is his wife, Emmaline.