November 22, 2013

Stories of Grace

This illustration was created to accompany a series of talks about "grace", which is God's undeserved favor. The Bible is full of surprising stories of people who experienced mercy instead of justice, blessing in place of punishment, and kindness when you might expect only retribution. I wanted this image to convey humility and awe, with a strong contrast between the recipient and the reward.

The scene was inspired by the famous story of "the prodigal son," who chose a wasteful and dishonorable path in life, but when he returned to his father in desperation, he was surprised to find a warm welcome, symbolized by his father's cloak and ring.

This image will be used leading up through Christmas, so I also sought to give it an appropriate feel through colors and textures, which could also be the jumping off point for other imagery and decor.

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