I have posted a few sketches on this blog of "Warrior Angels". That is always how I see them...powerful, otherworldly, a bit scary...the soldiers of God Almighty! I have wanted to do a sculpture of an Angel for a long time...a bit more on the "artsy" side, instead of my more humorous sculpts. And I wanted to try to make it look like a weathered BRONZE statue. As usual, it took me WAY longer than I anticipated, and it was more difficult making this a "serious" piece. But I'm pleased with how it came out.
Below is just some of my research and photos (with me as model...but I'm no angel, trust me). I gathered way more than I'm showing here...images of angels, eagles, body builders, swords, armor, etc. The angel in the middle of this page is my rough composition. I printed it out to help keep proportions intact.