Here are two Christmas presents I made for Kate, my girlfriend.
The Virgin Mary, which is watercolor, gold leaf (I almost died inhaling the dust while making this), and damask paper. I cut out sections of the drawing and attached the damask paper to the back for her robes. While researching this I found a bunch of variations on the Sacred Heart, one of which had several daggers sticking through it. I loved this idea, so I played with it and decided to do swords instead. I also thought it’d be interesting if the heart looked like an actual heart, not just the symbol. For the background I had wanted to do a stained glass type effect with watercolor, but I ran out of time!
For the record, I’m not religious at all, even though I was raised Catholic. But I am drawn to religious imagery. Kate has Faith.
This second gift is an untitled, one page story. I wrote it from my head and onto paper via my father’s old typewriter. This is the second draft, the first was too light to read for the first half until I remembered to wind the ribbon back to the beginning. I haven’t written anything in a long time, so this was a lot of fun.