Sunday, December 11, 2011

Recent Event: Blog Reorganisation & Redesign

I have reorganised my sites for more interesting viewing. All my relevant links can be found on my landing page at From there you can choose what you want to see or where you'd like to go. The attached image clearly explains this.

Thank you for visiting my site. I hope you always have a reason to keep coming. I promise to always have something new to show. Cheers!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Recent Work: The Word Lights Up The World

An urgent commission came my way early this week. I had to create an inspirational decorative painting in a limited time. I had to work pretty fast. First challenge was generating a visual concept that aptly captures the client's expressed idea and more. My first concept featured a design of a column-like alter with scriptural inscriptions at the base.

However, as I placed the Bible on the alter, I realised it was too small and would be lost the large painting. An adjustment was needed and the base (with the inscribed texts) had to go. I felt this was okay. A painting is not a poster design. It will be more interesting if people looked at it with their own understanding and interpretation. The second take was acceptable to me.

I decided to work in vector. I changed the colour of the back elements- the map of the world and background. And started work on the painting.

The sculpted alter leads the eye to the piece de resistance in the painting, ie. The Bible. Hence, it had to grab the attention at first glance. An outline map of the world hovers behind the alter resting on the background, which serves as a frame for the central elements. I initially used textures on the background but felt the result was veering away from the mental picture I had of the final painting.

I am sure I could have made the textures work, but I decided to rely on pure vector graphics.

My inspiration for this painting is the scripture text in Matthew 24:14- And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations. After two days of planning and working odd hours, I finally achieved what I was looking for. Praise God!

Several scriptural inferences can be observed in my choice of colours. Gold (alter) symbolises the value of tested purity, red (Bible)- the redemptive blood of Jesus Christ, purple (bookmark)- His royalty. Also, columns are load-bearing pillars, hence the design of the alter dignifies, and draws attention to the gravity of, what is placed on it- the written Word. As an alter, only the holy or consecrated is placed on it, in this case, the holy word of God.

My prayer is that over and beyond the visual, God Almighty will bless this painting with the power of His Holy Spirit.