Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Immaculate Conception feast dayHappy Feast of the Immaculate Conception to all my Catholic fans! The term describes the beautiful gift given to Our Lady that ultimately became a gift for all of us. And thanks again to Give Us This Day for publishing my illustration to accompany today’s prayers!

For anyone who likes my illustration, an original piece based on this design is now available! And until December 25 you can use coupon code CHRISTMAS to get 20% off of this or any piece in my Etsy store!

A Marian Moment

What’s an “immaculate conception” anyway? You’ve probably heard that Mary was “conceived without sin” and that she’s “full of grace”. These terms mean that Mary was prevented from being born with or developing a sinful nature. Her sinlessness allowed her to pass on to Jesus a sinless humanity. Mary’s conception paved the way for the Incarnation!

Pop for Christmas!

Are you stuck yet trying to think of holiday gifts for people? I know I have those friends that leave me scratching my head every year.

Let me give you some advice: you can never go wrong with art. It’s fun, it’s unique, and it’s something your friend or family member can look at and enjoy for years to come.

Hop on over to my Etsy store, and go shopping for some pop! Art, that is. Use the coupon code CHRISTMAS for 20% off. To give you a taste, here are a few of the items up for sale….

3 Nudes

Nude with a Violin watermarkedI recently uploaded some new merch to my Etsy store, including three nudes. They each have my usual predilection for high contrast, but they represent three different approaches to life drawing.

The nude at the left represents photorealism. I tried my best to accurately draw the light and shadow on the model’s body.Double Nude watermarked

The nude on the right takes its cues from comic book illustrations; I transformed the shadows into irregular blocks of black ink. There is arguably a psychological subtext in the doubling of the figure, as the one on the left could represent the public persona — strict and alert — whereas the one on the right is withdrawn and vulnerable, more like our inner selves.

Big Guy watermarkedFinally, the nude on the left is the “popiest” of the three. The pose is sexy and direct, and the colors are exaggerated. I like how the softness of the pencils contrasts with the, erm, hardness of the model’s body. (In the original art, his member is not censored, by the way.)

Three completely different ways to depict the nude body, and they are all for sale! Buy your favorite nude before it’s gone forever!