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06-28-2013, 07:19 PM
I have been wanting to do comics and something biblical. Today while reading some reference material on comparative religion, I dozed off and suddenly an image flashed by. I woke up at once and drew this.

Chinese ink and Paintastics brush
Pentel Pocket Calligraphy

Christening the third page of a brand new Stillman & Birn Beta 180 lb cold press 5.5 x 8.5 hardbound sketchbook white. (Thank you, Michael, for sending it to me.) Saving the first two pages for garden of Eden and temptation.

After The Fall (Adam and Eve leaves the Garden of Eden)


06-29-2013, 04:25 AM
an interesting project

06-29-2013, 11:40 AM
very cool, Sandra. Like the third page. it captures it well

06-29-2013, 01:04 PM
Your dream image has balanced design and strong contrast. Will your media and styles vary according to the subject?

06-29-2013, 01:55 PM
Such an apparently simple drawing, yet the feeling of sadness is evident.

06-29-2013, 02:45 PM
Wow, that is so powerful. And what an amazing idea! Looking forward to seeing more. (And I love how the idea came to you... that's just how they do it, isn't it?!)

06-29-2013, 02:46 PM
Thank you, Vivien, Rainy, YayaB, Debby, for your comments.

YayaB, I'm not sure yet if I would use too many different media. I always have this dream of having a comics book completed and perhaps like David Mack's style, I would keep it to pen and watercolor at most but pen and ink would be the dominant part.

I was laying in bed this morning thinking how to do the creation page and am scratching my head if I should put dinosaurs along with Adam and Eve. LOL. I need to do some research.

And of course, if I illustrate the major stories in the Old Testament, there would be a lot of fighting scenes. The New Testament would be easier to illustrate.

edit: Thank you, janinep, for your comment.

I often have images in the middle of the night but sometimes I can remember it, sometimes I couldn't. In the past, I couldn't flesh them out on paper because I'm not skilled enough but these days, I seem to be able to make it quite close to the dream. This scene was exactly as in the dream minus a peach color foreground from which they walk away.

06-29-2013, 04:16 PM
Very cool project.

Joan T
06-29-2013, 08:54 PM
This looks great in the black and white...very dramatic.

06-29-2013, 11:17 PM
Sandra, it's always inspiring to see S&B sketchbooks used for projects of spirituality.

07-10-2013, 06:37 AM
Thank you, EP, Joan, Michael.

I've added more pages to my Illustrated Bible. You could look at the initial drafts I did for these two pieces here (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/9104284) at my blog. I think the drafts are better in terms of proportion. There is definitely this feel of not being fresh if I draw it again in the final work if I copy it from another sketchbook. But I have to or this final surface would be all dirtied. Unlike using loose sheets of paper, I can't trace from a lightbox.

Chinese brush, sumi ink, Pentel Pocket Calligraphy Brush Pen, Sakura Calligraphy chisel pen, Sharpie Ultra Fine pen



07-10-2013, 04:47 PM
I like the textures you are getting in these.

Terry Wynn
07-16-2013, 09:49 PM
Hi, Sandra,

Love these. The textures are super and the drawings are awesome.


07-17-2013, 03:37 AM
Eve is very Aubrey Beardsley, great lines.

Joan T
07-19-2013, 07:56 AM
These are really nice. I checked the sketches too, which are a bit looser and nice in their own way!

07-24-2013, 06:06 PM
Thank you, Debby, Vivien, Joan, Terry for looking and your comments.

I have done two more pages of the illustrated bible. You could see the draft and read about my process and the biblical significance to these parts at my blog here. (http://www.wretch.cc/blog/gakinme/9104284)

Stillman & Birn Zeta 5.5 x 8.5 inch 180 lb hardbound sketchbook

It looks like this project will be more than just black and white afterall.:lol:


07-25-2013, 05:03 PM
Nothing wrong with color. Very dramatic pieces.

08-17-2013, 12:39 AM
Thank you, Debby.

Last night, this image popped into my dream. Daniel Smith watercolor in my Zeta. I used a dip pen for the watercolor dots and initially, the white band were Deleter Manga white ink (white out) but it was mess so I glued paper on it instead for the two vertical strips. The crosses were done with bamboo pen with the same white ink.


08-18-2013, 12:26 PM
Dramatic :)

08-19-2013, 08:11 PM
What Vivian said, dramatic.

09-02-2013, 11:01 PM
Thank you, Debby, Vivien.

I've been having elbow pain for 3 weeks from bad positioning of table and chair and then one week ago, hurt my thumb. Not to mention I have a tremendous artist block because of my new awareness of how miniscule I am in my Christian walk. But Deborah Secor helped me overcome my block and you could read our exchange (http://sandralp.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/an-artist-block-when-confronted-by-his-glory/) if it would help anyone of you in the same situation.

This one is from the book of Ezekiel. You could read my write up about its significance in my new blog (http://sandralp.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/the-illustrated-bible/) and listen to an accompanying song.

Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook 5.5x8.5 hardbound 180 lb
Daniel Smith watercolor, pen and pencil


09-03-2013, 04:47 PM
Looks like a good metaphor for a blockage of creativity.

Joan T
09-10-2013, 06:33 PM
Glad to see you got over your block. Good job on these!

09-26-2013, 10:29 PM
Glad you got over your block. . . thanks for the links, i will check them out. That last sketch is powerful. The mountains are well done but the sea of bones is so creepy and disturbing. Very powerful image.

10-12-2013, 03:06 PM
Thank you, Debby, Joan, Rainy.

I've got some bad news healthwise. The cancer is coming back. You could read about it here (http://sandralp.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/praise-the-lord/).

I'm all the more determined to fill up this sketchbook at least.

This time, I sketched from some of Dore's and Botticelli's work.

Daniel Smith Watercolor, Caran D'Ache Luminance colored pencils which I don't like at all on this paper. It's too rough. Added Kimberly watercolor pencil.

Ruth and Daniel in pen.




11-01-2013, 04:34 AM
The golgata scene is really striking, the red seem so appropriate. And I like how you captured such an atmosphere with so few lines!

11-02-2013, 09:08 AM
Oh, I love the idea of doing an illustrated Bible. What a great project - should really keep you busy. You have some terrific sketches already.

11-05-2013, 03:22 PM
Thank you, Jenny, Michelle. Appreciate the comments.