With the craziness of getting ready for my daughter’s birthday and all of us getting head colds, I completely forgot to put up last week’s featured piece!

Here it is, late but still great:

Title: Baptism

Medium: Graphite on paper

Size: 18″ x 24″

When: Winter 2012

Time to complete: About 10 hours over a week

Thought process: I really liked the imagery of the Holy Spirit coming down like a dove , and knew I had to incorporate that somehow. That was pretty much the starting point for this piece, and everything else just fell into place!

Problems I encountered: Getting Jesus’ hair to look wet and not like dreadlocks, getting the water to look water-ish, and getting the light rays to look light-ish and not like some big light fingers reaching down to grab Jesus 🙂

Favorite part: How soft the dove looks! I didn’t want it to stand out because it really wasn’t a dove coming down, but just the Holy Spirit coming down in a dove-like way. I think it turned out perfectly 🙂

Least favorite part: Either the fold on the back of Jesus’ tunic or the fact that there is no nice transition between Jesus and the water; it just looks like he’s been chopped off at the waist and put on top of the water. You should be able to see some of his tunic through the water at the surface, and I didn’t do that.

Fun tidbits:

– This is also one of the six drawings on display at our church 🙂

Product availability: Unavailable. I’m planning on making an assorted set of note cards from the Jesus drawings, and this one may get a spot in the set.

To see the other drawings in this series, click here.

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