It’s Easter, everyone!!…oh, but it was not so familiar to me. Easter is not so familiar in Japan as Christmas, St.Valentine Day or Halloween.
Now I know Easter is the day to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection.
Among the stories of the resurrection in 4 Godspels, I like John’s description best.
Mary Magdalene was the first to meet Jesus having risen again. At first she did not recognize him, assuming the man who had talked to her, as a watchman of the grave of her master. When Jesus called her name, she turned back to Him and at last knew it was He.
I started to draw this scene. First I draw Mary as a woman covering her head with a scarf.
But wait, there are many pictures describing this beloved scene, by much better painters in the world, that a veiled woman turning back and being astonished to see the holy man.
I should draw the picture in such a way more characteristic to me. For example, to draw people with the basic figure. No hairs, no face, no clothes.
That’s too bad. The smaller person does not look at the larger one.
I imagine how she(the smaller person) felt if she heard from the back the voice of whom she had wanted to see most.
She must have been attracted strongly, as if she were pulled at her hairs back. Her head must bent backward, like this:
Her head seems better, but I struggled for some time, how to set her limbs to express better how she feels.
Mmmm, she doesn’t seem looking “back” at him.
So I changed my mind to draw her head to face direct to Him, whereas her legs are tangling with each other by her surprise.
“Hey, you are my master, aren’t you?”
“Shall we dance, my master?”
Not like that!…Then I got an idea. What if her arms were thrust forward, to express her “fear” for the unexpected incident?
Through further struggling, I adopted my previous idea again, that her head should be bent back, but drew more realistic. Also her legs should be less balanced, for she might have been fainting with her surprise.
Then today’s picture is here.
I let Him wearing the halo, but only backwards, for if His face glowed, it would be ambiguous, where she was looking at, like this: