Building the Way to Heaven

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Here is my favorite picture from Maura Roan McKeegan’s latest book in her typology series published by Emmaus PressBuilding the Way to Heaven: The Tower of Babel and Pentecost.

Watercolor, Acrylic inks, and colored pencil on watercolor paper.

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New Sacraments Course: Call for Applications for 20x Images

Fr Andrew Pinsent at Oxford University, also a Trustee of the Catholic Truth Society, is looking for one or possibly two illustrators to work on a 20-section (10 module) general sacraments course for children covering Confession, First Communion and early Confirmation. He is looking for 20 illustrations that have a strong sense of the holy, like some of the old 1950s illustrations in many books of that time, but brought up to date for the 21C. Please contact him if you are interested in learning more at andrew.pinsent@theology.ox.ac.uk.

Thank you so much.

Fr Andrew Pinsent

St. Ninian

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Happy Easter Season!

I thought I’d start working on a series of early Celtic saints since a quick Google search turns up a lot of Eastern style icons but not much in an insular style. Here is St. Ninian, Bishop of Whithorn, first missionary to Scotland, and Apostle to the Picts (d. 432 A.D.)

St. Ninian is carrying a Gospel book, bishop’s crozier, and his bell (the Clogrinny) used for summoning monks to pray the divine office. His vestments are modelled on the clothes in the Book of Kells, and the geometric lettering is based on the incipit from the Lindisfarne Gospels. Some of the details are a bit anachronistic, but tie him to the town of Whithorn in Dumfries and Galloway where he founded the first church in Scotland, Candida Casa (the White House). The Whithorn crozier is a historic artifact owned by one of Ninian’s successors in the 12th century. He stands in the doorway of Whithorn priory’s ruins. The cross on his Gospel book is from the Latinus Stone at Whithorn.

My plan is to paint this with watercolors, but I was excited to share it once the ink was done!

St. Michael the Archangel

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This is one of several drawings I have made depicting Christian religious subjects in the style of traditional Japanese art. St. Michael the Archangel fights the dragon Lucifer, who falls like lightning from heaven. St. Michael brandishes a samurai sword and wears Japanese armor. Ukiyo-e woodblock prints, especially those of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, strongly influenced the style and composition of this drawing. The inscription, written in blue and red ink in classical Japanese, says Saint Michael the Archangel.

Full description here: http://www.danielmitsui.com/00_pages/mirigo.html

A blessed Easter Season to you all!

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This image is from a few years back.  It is the winning submission from the age 11-18 category of a coloring contest using my illustration.  (My apologies for the poor image quality.)   The text below accompanied the image:

This illustration celebrates Easter in a style blended from two ancient art forms: iconography and pysanki.

The central image shows Christ descending into hell, preaching the Gospel, and raising the righteous souls into heaven.  The Old Testament referred to the home of the dead as ‘hell’ because they were deprived of the vision of God.  Until Christ redeemed us, all departed souls, good or evil, shared this fate. (CCC 633)  Jesus descended to hell to free the just who had gone before him.   The holy souls pictured represent all the souls throughout time who shared in the redemption.  On the left Jesus is lifting Adam from the grave with Eve, Able, and all the just that came after the fall.  To the right are those who led the way to Christ: the kings and prophets; John the Baptist, David, Solomon, and so forth.  The risen Christ holds ‘the keys of Death and Hades’. (CCC 486)   This is depicted below Jesus’ feet with a vision of the gates of hell broken down and the key and lock broken away. 

Behind Jesus is an aura of glory.  It is in the shape of an egg, symbolizing the new life of Resurrection.  Since pagan times, decorated eggs, or pysanki, have symbolized nature’s rebirth in the spring.  When the Polish and Ukrainian people converted to Christianity, they incorporated this ancient tradition into their Easter celebration, adjusting their symbolism to reflect the truth of the Resurrection.  Each decorative element on such eggs has a symbolic meaning.  These elements can be geometric or primitive forms from nature.  They might be signs from the heavens or everyday tools.  The eggs in this illustration symbolize the Tree of Life and the Church and Eucharist.  One of the geometric forms shown is the spiral, symbol of the mystery of life and death, as well as divinity and immortality.  Also shown are eternity bands, patterns that encircle the egg, to show eternal life.  Decorating the top of the illustration are peacocks, an ancient symbol of the Resurrection and immortality.”

Our Lady of Fatima part 14

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Here’s a new comic I made. Let me know what you think! You can view more at:
http://www.livesofthes.blogspot.com

or get tons more at:

http://tautkusstudio.com/pb/wp_8bec74cf/wp_8bec74cf.html

I did this entry using quill pens for the first time in a long time. It was like I awoke from a long dream. I am holding off doing full color for now. This is because my old computer is on hospice and I don’t trust pixlr. Anyway, hope you like!







To be continued…

JOHN the BAPTIST

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This is an ink drawing on calfskin vellum.

There hath not risen among them that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist. Here I drew the Forerunner of Jesus Christ, dressed in camel skins, indicating an emblem of the Lamb of God. The words Ecce Agnus Dei appear in his halo. The locusts in the border decoration refer to the food he ate in the wilderness.

More here.

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