I’ve been working on something a little different for the past few days. I’m used to doing straight illustrations, but I was commissioned to do a dust cover for a children’s book earlier this week. It’s definitely a little different way of thinking when you have to imagine an image going all the way around a book and how it will look from all angles. It’s been fun so far though. I’m really enjoying this project…. and I get to use watercolors, so that’s always a bonus.
P.S. Please ignore the messy desk. Artist at work.
Revelation 21:1 - 4 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
A few weeks ago, my brother asked me to make a picture for him of Heaven for a Bible lesson he was doing. The only pictures he could find online were of little golden gates or staircases into clouds, but he wanted a more real looking city that people would live in. Heaven is not some place where we’ll sit on clouds strumming on little golden harps, but an actually city where those who trust in God will live.
Now, I don’t believe Heaven will look like this either. I don’t believe I, or anyone else, are able to create a picture that is great enough to capture the glory of Heaven, but it”s neat to imagine, and to know that it’s going to look so much cooler than this.
I mean, this place (new Jerusalem) is going to be massive.
The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite,the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
Revelation 21:15 – 21
If you guys are interested in buying a copy of Rainbow Bird, illustrated by me, you can find it on Amazon.
So, I tried to wash one of my sketchbooks the other day…
I wouldn’t recommend it. It makes a mess… and the drawings come out dirtier than they were when they went in. :P
But I didn’t do it on purpose.
I don’t know how my sketchbook ended up in the wash, but thankfully it was just a sketchbook and not something more important… like my portfolio. O_O
Thankfully, I was able to save some of the better drawings from the mess that came out of the washing machine, though, now they all look slightly aged. :)