One of my favorites from my Jesus series is the featured piece this week!


Title: Transfiguration

Medium: Graphite on paper

Size: 18″ x 24″

When: Winter 2012

Time to complete: About 13 hours over a week (this is the most time consuming one of the series!)

Thought process: Pretty straight forward. However, this drawing posed a huge question for my pastor and I: how do we portray Jesus’ face? The other drawings I’ve either been able to show him from the back or another part of the story where he’s not pictured. Jesus did not look how we see him pictured in art and pamphlets today, and that was something I was concerned about. After much discussion, we decided it would be best to just convey him that way to not confuse people looking at the drawings.

Problems I encountered: So many folds in the fabric…so many folds. And getting Jesus’ face to have features yet still glow? Oh man, so stressful.

Favorite part: I love so much of this piece, from the composition to the balance between light and dark…

Least favorite part: The hand in the top right corner. It looks like it’s puffy like he had an allergic reaction to something! I know, I know, I’m such a perfectionist…

Questions on this piece:

How did you get the blades of grass to be so white? Did you leave them white and draw around them? That sounds time consuming!

Oh that would be very time consuming! I color in with my graphite pencils, add some grass marks with the pencil, and then use my eraser pencil to erase blades of grass as well. I used to use this one, but now have this one because it was available when I ran out of eraser refills and desperately needed one for a project. I will be switching back to the Papermate one as soon as possible; I like it a lot better and is worth the higher price!


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

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