THY ROD AND THY STAFF THEY COMFORT ME


PSALM 23
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

The ancient scriptures above can be found in the Torah, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Old Testament of the Bible. The passage speaks to us about how the Lord is our shepherd. Christ links himself to these scriptures thereby asserting his divinity. People wanted to stone him for that. The passage is my inspiration for the depiction(s) of Christ. The art is the first part of a three part picture that I am working on.


The passage also makes me wonder about those that lead us, those that we follow.
As we live this life we have the tendency to coalesce around those that achieve excellence. That’s  how humanity advances. Also, it’s just human nature. We rally behind our favorite sports stars, entertainers, politicians, writers, etc. Who we select to follow gives marvelous insight into the type of person that we are. Let’s consider some of these leaders, or SHEPHERDS OF HUMANITY.

Jesus Christ - the only Good Shepherd.


God created the universe, the earth, and humanity. Did it take billions or thousands of years? Did it happen in some Big Bang type thing or by some magic words? Were we formed out of the dust of the ground over a vast age through evolution or did some old man with a long-white beard form us out of clay like a kid makes play dough people? These are only a few of the interesting questions for which no person on this planet has ever had solid answers. I love such questions. They stretch my mind. They bring me closer to God. Even so, we agree to disagree on all these subjects that orbit our central belief.




The central belief is that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  That is the first verse of the Bible.  When he finished creation he said that it was good, including us. By unearthly influence we tripped into an imperfection that we alone are powerless to overcome. Now we live in the hope that our Creator is fulfilling his promise that we are indeed created in his own image and that we are indeed good. Our Creator had himself born within his own creation of humanity so that he could do what no other person could do – save us.  He is my shepherd and the only one that can lead us out of our imperfection. To wrap your mind around all the details takes patience and time. It can sometimes be confusing, almost as confusing as Science.



He is my shepherd and the only one that can lead us out of our imperfection.

The art

The above drawing of Christ is part of a bigger piece. It will be a three piece in one drawing. I am not finished yet. I drew it in pencil and touched it up with black and white digital painting. At this time I am working on the grass. I put down a pencil layer on paper, smudged it with a blending stump, and then scanned into my computer. The pencil layer is my foundation for texture and value.  Using Corel-Paint, I zoom in and work on it blade by blade using black and white digital painting. Here is some of it so far - it is just the bottom slice:

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A big thanks goes out to Hayden. He was my Jesus model. I took numerous photos of him to use for reference. He is a young man of Romanian decent. Northern Mesopotamia is the geographic region where the Jews came from. Romania is not far from there. With his olive skin and Jewish nose, I think Hayden exhibits some of the morphological characteristics of the ancient Israelites (i.e. Jesus Christ). He made a great Jesus model. Thanks Hayden!

I will upload the complete picture when I am finished with this work-in-progress. It will be similar to sequential art when I am done, with three pictures in one. You'll see.