A Modern and Surreal Illustrated Old Testament

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Using humor and bold, modern, psychedelic imagery, I am illustrating The Old Testament – the most widely read and controversial piece of literature we have. I was raised in a Catholic family and as a skeptical youth, I never embraced the religion, but I do not consider this work to support or disavow Catholicism. I intend for people to approach it from wherever they are in their search for meaning. In this undertaking I can feel within myself the centuries of emotion, warfare, and charity the The Old Testament has inspired in our civilization as I read and illustrate its words. This project is a study on human appetite – the foremost motif of my work. I think about our appetites for meaning, progress, power, and love; from where this collective appetite stems; and where it steers us as a species. I aim to see my Old Testament illustrations completed by Christmas Day 2017, and published alongside the entire text of the King James’ Old Testament. I am 150 illustrations deep of an eventual 300.

And then a little bit about my process: I’m reading the Old Testament for the first time as I illustrate it, finding the passages that most inspire me. I was lucky to discover that its words happen to be a bottomless source of inspiration for my style of painting. I use predominately latex house paint on watercolor paper for my illustrations, and I touch them up with pen and colored pencil sometimes. I find housepaint to be a forgiving medium so I can jump straight into an idea with minimal sketching and paint over whatever isn’t working, which ends up building textures that lend depth to the pieces. Also it can be watered down and used as something quite similar to watercolor paint.

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