Jacob’s Well

John’s Gospel is very poetic. I also like the story told in the Chapter 4, where Jesus has a conversation with a Samaritan woman at the well, which had been related to the ancestor Jacob.

What interests me is the woman’s curiosity, who asks Jesus about what He meant by His mystical words and tells what she knows about the Messiah, and so on. And He gives an answer to her every question, somewhat enjoying. In this period of time I’m afraid women might have been assumed without identity, without intelligence. But Jesus seemed me to evaluate women’s mind and thought very high, by which I appreciate Him very much.

Now, how do I draw this scene?
The picture, in which Jesus is sitting at the well and the woman stands towards him, seems me too prototypic.

How about let them sit side by side like good friends in the campus?

Mmmm, not just fit to my mind.

Or, let the woman more apart from him at the well…It might be interesting, because it could imply that Jesus could tell the woman had come to get the water, while she was yet far away. And the conversation between the two in a distance might be an interesting idea.

Yet not enough vivid.

Then the idea came to me. I believe it was He Himself, that gave me it.
The two are looking into the well, face to face.
And the view is from inside the well

Yes, this is today’s picture.

It was at the noon, so tells the story. The Sun might have shone up above them and the water reflected the light. Also this time I thank Him to support me.

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Iconic

I’m sorry I took another absence, this time I had really no time. I was occupied by the task creating the memorial DVD for our church’s 20th anniversary. The celebration was scheduled at May 5th, at which we plan to present a plate to each guest. According to various other schedules I definitely had to burn the master disk, which was to sent to the copy shop, by yesterday. Now all has been done, except for continuous prayer for the copies well to be created.

By the way, today’s picture.

Recently I am much interested in icons, namely, ancient religious pictures. I liked to draw scene in which Jesus visits someone’s house and heals a man there, and around the house gather many people, some of whom are sick and waiting for their turn to be healed.

Such picture I felt like drawing with an iconic impression.
Hence I made up some rules to draw like an icon. These are nothing but my own rules, but I feel them pretty good.

(1)The Lord and His people shall show no emotions in the faces.
This is the first time that I draw our Lord Jesus more than a human figure, because the picture shall be “iconic.”
Yes, the icons show a particular figure and feature as it were our Lord. Why shall it not be blamed as “Idolatry”?
I think there should be a “fair use” to be permitted. To eliminate any emotions, all human figures should be mere symbols, which are assumed as no real existence.

(2)Any human figures shall not be screened by the others, nor cropped at the edge.
For this I have no particular evidence. I just feel it would be interesting.

Under this rule, a human figure shall be drawn smaller to fill in a smaller space, which will create an interestingly unrealistic world of people.

In addition, this rule might be far from “iconic” … just because I’m not tenacious than the ancient people having painted every object in detail.
(3) People( other than the Lord ) are colored in a set of colors. The vertical and horizontal neighbors shall be painted in different colors.
(4) Especially, sick people shall be painted in blue.

This is the picture under the above rules.

This is my first expression of Christ with hair, eyes, etc. May He forgive me.

These people are going to bring a sick man from the roof.

I regret that I did not draw sick men enough. I had just forgot it.

Behold the Lamb of God

Around the Easter, John’s Gospel was more often than usual quoted, because it describes on the Resurrection very well.
John’s Gospel looks indeed characteristic compared to the other three. It seems to me very poetic and inspiring.

I am much impressed with the scene at 2:35, that John the Baptist declared, as he saw at Jesus walking with his disciples: Behold the Lamb of God!

How will I draw the scene?
It’s so funny, that I imagine a scene that John the Baptist is sitting on the something at one step high, like a bad school boy, along the street in the downtown. There comes Jesus, rather over a distance. As John tells the word loud, Jesus just gives him a glance, but keeps passing him by.

And the scene developed in my mind was such that Jesus walks near at us and John called Him from over there:

Let’s broaden the scene to show better where on earth (on the street, precisely) John the Baptist sits.

And the disciples? Please forget my mistake to have drawn more than two of them, despite that John the writer narrates so.
I had an idea. Recently I saw a religious picture in an ancient time and much impressed by it, because there were great differences among the characters drawn on it, indifferent to the perspective: Jesus was the largest, and others were much smaller than Him. There were also difference in scales among saints, possibly dependent on how much the painter wanted to draw them.

So I added disciples to be much smaller, enough smaller not to be taken as children.

and the passers-by, further smaller:

Good! now the picture wears a pretty ancient atmosphere, doesn’t it?
One thing I’d like to appeal is, I followed the perspective rule in drawing Jesus, John and the background, and only for other people I ignored it.

Let’s give them colors, then. My principle is, the most important ones are to be painted black.

Then disciples in dark blue.
How about the passers-by? in lighter blue?

No, let’s give them rather various colors, so that they should have rather no particular characters…and the picture will be cute.

Have a nice weekend…