Category: Finished Projects

Hello, I’m the new guy! I draw Catholic Comics on the lives of the Saints.

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2017

What a busy year! We started in May and ended in October…I served as the pencil and ink artist for Our Lady of Fatima. I have worked with a professional colorist and close friend Joe Spadaford of CBN.

Our Lady of Fatima is ready to order. Check out www.deogratiasco.com!

Here are a few pages for your viewing. It was a pleasure working with such a great Catholic Team on a project dedicated to spreading the devotion to Our Lady…especially on the 100-Year Anniversary!

 

St. Pedro Calungsod Comic done in 2010. My team plans on producing more Catholic Comics on the lives of the saints…

God bless!

Sam Estrada

Mary Magdalen and John the Baptist

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These are watercolor/gouache studies for a large scale oil painting designed for St. Thomas Aquinas in Zanesville, Ohio.  Mary Magdalen is finished in oil so far, John the Baptist is still in progress.  The pastor had the idea for the project–to create a reredos in the sanctuary picturing all dominican saints.  The two closest to the tabernacle were St. John and St. Mary Magdalen, considered to be the first preachers of Christ, which is relevant because the dominicans are called the order of preachers.

For this watercolor effect I tried doing a very detailed high-contrast underpainting in burnt umber then spray fixing it.  Then I could wash the red ochre over top and retain the rendering.  I use spray fix a lot with watercolor to get the same contrast and color you can get with oil washes.  The only bad thing is the fixative can create a mat film on top of a thick layer of gouache, or several layers of watercolor so I never use it as a final top layer.

I will update at a later time with the final oil paintings.

Recent Work

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Some recent work, Enjoy!:

A Synaxis of Archangels

A Synaxis of Archangels, a contemporary take based on a traditional icon. This was painted for the Feast of Archangels.

I was commissioned to do an update on my “Angel with the Thurible.” The client wanted a more masculine take. The original pen and ink was sent to the client and I digitally painted a copy for prints.

City on a Hill

This last is a 5″X5″ pen and ink exercise, I don’t do these as often as I should but it’s great practice.

 

Crucifixion

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I’ve finally finished a painting I’ve been working on for months. It’s a crucifixion scene using medieval conventions and symbolism, flanked by smaller scenes from the Old Testament that foreshadow Christ’s sacrifice and the Eucharist. Such typology, taken from scripture and the writings of the Church Fathers, was very popular in medieval period art and shows the great design of God’s salvation plan unfolding. I tried to reflect this order, harmony, and interconnectedness in the very composition.  The concept and design for this piece came to me during a challenging time when the subject of my daily meditation in prayer was the crucifixion. In working out the sketches of each scene I prayed through each one and hope that these images can inspire others to prayer.

From top left to bottom right:

  1. Priest/King Melchizedek blesses Abram with bread and wine (Genesis 14:17-24, Hebrews 7:1-28)
  2. Moses lifts up the bronze serpent  (Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-15)
  3. Moses strikes the rock (Numbers 20:1-13, 1 Corinthians 10:1-5)
  4. Crucifixion: At Golgotha (the place of the skull, traditionally Adam’s skull: 1 Corinthians 15:22) the veil of the temple is torn in two (Matthew 27:51, Hebrews 6:19-20, Hebrews 10:19-22),  the Sun is obscured and the Moon turned to blood (Luke 23:44-45, Acts 2:20-21) the Cross becomes the Tree of Life (Revelation 22:1-2), blood and water pour from Christ’s side (Zechariah 12:10 & 13:1, John 19:34)
  5. The lamb immolated on the altar (Exodus 29:38-41, 1 Peter 1:18-21)
  6. The sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19, John 3:16)
  7. The Passover (Exodus 12:1-51, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8)

Watercolor for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

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Vergós Group - Saint Augustine Meditates on the Trinity when the Child Jesus Appears before him - Google Art Project

Vergós Group – Saint Augustine Meditates on the Trinity when the Child Jesus Appears before him. 1470-1486

This past week Gwyneth Thompson-Briggs was asked to complete a privately commissioned painting of St. Augustine for a priest who has an upcoming audience with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Champaigne, Philippe de - Saint Augustin - 1645-1650

Philippe de Champaigne – Saint Augustine. 1645-1650

The costume is based on gothic depictions of St. Augustine wearing cope, gloves, and mitre over an Augustinian habit. He is shown holding a flaming heart – a symbol also incorporated by the great artist, Philippe de Champaigne.

A habit and vestments were borrowed from Fr. Peter Gori, O.S.A., Fr. John Brancich, F.S.S.P., and the Diocese of Manchester. After completing several sketches of the model wearing the individual elements, the finished painting emerged.  St. Augustine bends over his Confessions while clutching a flaming heart.  The finished watercolor is 5 x 8 inches, mounted in a a vintage 11 x 15 inch frame.

2017 Paschal Candles by Brightly Hude

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Hey All!

 

I just thought I’d share the Paschal Candles that I painted this year.  This is my third year painting them, and I get more requests each year.  I came up with a faster process (with the help of a Cricut machine) to enable me to do so many in a timely fashion (they take 2-3 working days each, now).  If anyone wants to learn more, just give me a shout.

 

-Adalee

Four Painted Paschal Candles

Detail of 2 candles.

Detail of 2 candles.

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