Thursday, March 20, 2008

No Greater Love

Selections from John 19
Moleskine Sketchbook
Uniball Signo RT gel 0.38

Post-Easter comments...Now that Easter is over, I thought I would add some additional text to this post. This drawing was a challenge. I have been thinking about how I could depict some aspect of the crucifixion for years. I have been very intimated by the whole concept. The other morning just before rising out of bed, the idea you see above suddenly came to me: to draw the nailed hand of Christ. Again, I was intimidated - this time, not just because of the subject matter, but also because they say that drawing a realistic hand is one of the hardest things to draw well. In the end, I surprised myself at the level of realism I was able to achieve.

I took a digital shot of my own hand for this drawing and then I "beefed it up". While I like the overall effect, there are some things I am not happy with in this drawing. I think Jesus' hand would have been stronger than this one. I also believe it would have been dirtier and more gruesome than I managed to draw. More blood, more cuts, more dirt, more stress.

I love the text on the cross beam - and how it informs me that the Savior literal laid his life down for me. That's amazing love. TS


Andy said...

Very nice!

Well, OK, maybe nice isn't the word.

But it is good.


Jeremy said...

Great job illustrating God's love for us.

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