The Inner Voice

Good Shepherd, 2015

Good Shepherd, 2015

This is a drawing from two years ago that I never uploaded. I was waiting to digitally color the piece, but I think it stands on its own as well.

The sheep represent three different responses to the wisdom, guidance, and friendship of the shepherd. The sheep on the lower right looks away, its face (and sight) shrouded in darkness. The sheep in the rear sees the shepherd but remains at a distance, perhaps judging itself unworthy of his company.

The sheep on the left stretches upward to make contact with the shepherd. The boy in turn lowers his hand, meeting it halfway. He sits far above all three sheep, watching over them with equal care.

I think we all have that inner voice that tries to steer us in the best direction. Call it the conscience, the superego, the higher self, or whatever you like. No matter how many times we make mistakes, we can still turn to the compass within and choose a better path.

GOTG Fan Art – More Pics

GOTG FacesHere are two more photos of the Guardians of the Galaxy fan painting I made, which is now hanging in the home of some very happy superfans. In case you missed my previous post, I switched out the faces of Starlord and Gamora with those of John and Theresa, a couple of Marvel-maniacs (like me). GOTG closeup

These photos were taken by John, who appears as Starlord in the composition. I am happy to report that he was very pleased with the painting! It’s not every day that you get to see yourself surrounded by a space assassin, a sentient tree, and a talking raccoon.

GOTG Fan Art

GOTG A BeginningsI recently finished one of my most challenging projects, a Guardians of the Galaxy fan painting. I was basically paying homage to one of the movie posters, replacing the faces of Starlord and Gamora with those of a superfan couple, John and Theresa.GOTG B Faces Finished

It measures 2″ x 3″, which is only slightly smaller than the size of a real movie poster. While not technically the biggest painting I have made, it is nonetheless bigger than my usual canvases. With a GOTG C Finishedfull 5 characters in view, along with energy beams, spaceships, and a planet, it is definitely the most complex and detailed composition I have worked on.

This painting really put me through my paces, and I’m glad I got the exercise! I feel ready to take on new challenges and go outside of my comfort zone.

Guardians of the Galaxy and its team members are trademarks of Marvel Comics.