Saturday, March 28, 2009

Psalm 10

This Psalm came to me quite easily actually. Once I read through the Psalm, the idea and imagery just popped into my head and off I went.

The model is actually an attorney that worked in the same building as I did. A very nice guy and a good person, but I knew I could draw out the "tone" I was looking for, but it took a lot of photos to finally get him annoyed enough to get the expression I needed.

The background imagery fit well, but looking back with the current events I could have probably thrown in more financial institutions other than just the street sign. Here is the final image:

As you can see, I made some changes on the final image.

I changed the oil rigs from the drawing, I felt like it was too much in the middle and distracted from "flow".

It also gave me the chance to include the Psalm title, by making it into a tie clip.

Once again, I really tried to "weight" the lines, by carving some thick and some thin. I think it helps to give me a "gray" somewhat.

O.K., here are the decorative inital and illumination. The scan is not the greatest, as the tan is actually gold and the green is more of a warm color.

Here is the completed image. Once again, a long Psalm, but at least I got it to fit without doing anything odd or fancy. Comments are welcome!


  1. How are you you printing the psalms themselves? Are you actually carving all the letters?!

  2. Oh no, as much as I would like to. I am hand doing the calligraphy with a calligraphy pen. The decorative initial and capital letter are also hand drawn and colored. Maybe when I am done with illustrating all the Psalms, then I will go back and do the decorative initials, illumination and words themselves in block. Of course, I'll need to live to a 100 or more to get it all done!

  3. What a glorious labor of love, Dan. I am very taken with your thought provoking art and all the wonderful detail you incorporate to the total image. It's always a joy to see your newest blog entries...

  4. I have tried to cut calligraphy perfect letters and failed, come to think of it I have tried to write calligraphy and failed! Wonderful work,such fine cutting.