I’m keeping very busy with commissioned artwork! I feel very blessed this year with multiple projects scheduled out. I will post my new work as I complete each project.
In general, I work during the same hours each day. I set out to complete a specific portion of a project during those hours, such as all the flesh tones in a painting. Occasionally, I have time left-over after I have completed my planned work. Often, I spend this time putting in bids for freelance art projects online.
Today, I did all of those things and still had time left over. Not quite enough time to work on a webcomic page, but certainly enough for a single image. So I put some time into a series that I had been planning for several weeks: my own vision of the Sacred Heart.
Sacred Heart Series
In general, artists who work with this image have kept to the same highly simplified and stylized image of a heart. Remembering my anatomically accurate (but still simplified) version of Ariadne’s heart (see below), I began to wonder how an anatomically accurate icon would function.
I started with a simple sketch of Jesus exposing his heart (below, left), just as Dionysus is exposing Ariadne’s heart. I quickly realized that the inclusion of Jesus’ face, hands and body are unnecessary — so quickly that I didn’t even finish inking the sketch. The heart functions better on its own, where we can focus on its suffering and storminess.
Seeing the heart by itself (right) validated my experiment. To me, everything the heart is supposed to symbolize came alive — a truly suffering heart that is at once aflame with love for humanity. My version is no better nor more valid than the traditional one. But it is a strong version, IMO.
The new drawing itself is quite large to accommodate all the details….
I refer to this work as the “Sacred Heart Series,” because I intend to produce a lot of different images based on this concept. I have already created Immaculate Heart and Sorrowful Heart drawings based on this design, although they are not included in this post. My goal is to explore all three images in a variety of media.
Today, I produced linocut prints based on the Sacred Heart. (You can read about my linocut process here.) I tried a few different paper and ink combinations. I’m super-pleased with the results and can’t wait to continue this exploration!
Speaking of series, this would be a good time to remind you of my Art With a Curveball workshop, coming up May 13th at 6pm. We will be exploring the fine tradition of working in series, and we will even work together to evolve our art concepts. Full details can be found here. Sign up today!