Gilbert Illustration Contest

Announcing Gilbert's 11th Annual Summertime (SCI-FI!) Movie Festival Illustration Contest.

Win Honor and Glory (and a chance to win a year subscription to Gilbert magazine) by entering our illustration contest. Enter as many times as you would like.  

Deadline: March 22nd 2015
image size 4"x6" line art 600dpi or gray scale 300dpi
Please post your entries (72 dpi jpgs please) here on the blog and if you are a winner we will ask you to send us the high resolution artwork. Use the blogger label 11th Annual Film Festival Contest to help us keep track of them.
Winners will be chosen by the Editors of the Magazine.  By entering the contest you give use the right to publish your work.

The Thing (1950)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1957)
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Time Bandits (1981)
War Games (1983)
Snowpiercer (2013)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)


St. Anthony of the Desert and St. Terese

Here are some short comics I made. It's nice to do short things in between larger projects.

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Hey y'all!  This is my very first post on this blog even though I've been a member for a couple of years and have absolutely no excuse as to why I never posted.  I'm a senior at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, at the moment, and after that, I'm not sure. :) But I really would love to illustrate children's books!  So, I'll just keep trusting and find out where God leads. I just opened my first Etsy shop online, and I'd like to invite you to visit and browse if you'd like. https://www.etsy.com/shop/JulieHelene?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Keep up the awesome work, guys, and God bless!  ~Julie 




Catholic Icons

Hi, everyone! I am new at the Catholic Illustrators Guild and happy to be here. I am an iconography apprentice learning to write Catholic icons in the Russian-Byzantine tradition. The recessed and panel icons I have completed so far can be seen at my site Created Beauty. Here are two of the icons I recently finished:


The icons are all written using natural pigments with water-based egg tempera on wood covered with linen and traditional gesso, together with 23.5 kt gold leaf and/or silver leaf burnished by hand. Check out my site and please do not hesitate to get in touch at createdbeautyicons@gmail.com should you have any questions.

Thanks, enjoy!



New Drawing: Second Dream of St. Joseph


This is the sixth drawing I have made of a Christian subject in the style of Japanese art. St. Gabriel shows a vision of the Flight into Egypt and the Miracle of the Cherry Tree to St. Joseph, who sleeps in the stable of Bethlehem next to the gifts of the Magi. I attempted to convey a sense of otherworldly urgency by having the angel’s robes and hair blown by a strong wind that affects nothing else in the picture. The text is from Emile Raguet’s classical Japanese New Testament translation of 1910: Arise, and take the child and His mother, and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell thee. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy Him.

In this work, I especially imitated the style of woodblock prints by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. I drew it using fine-tipped pens and calligraphers’ inks applied with brushes on an 8" &times 10" piece of Bristol board. Read more here.

New Drawing: St. Drogo of Sebourg


St. Drogo of Sebourg was a twelfth-century pilgrim, shepherd and hermit. My drawing refers to all three of these stages in his life. In the foreground, I drew him as a youthful pilgrim. The path on which walks leads through a field of sheep in which he appears again as a somewhat older shepherd, and ends at the hermit’s cell built against his parish church where he concluded his life. Thus, the path represents both a literal pilgrimage as well as a figurative pilgrimage through life. Having the saint visible in two different places refers also to his ability to bilocate.

St. Drogo is the patron saint of coffeehouses. In reference to this, I drew the plants that yield coffee, tea, cocoa and vanilla in the ornamental border.

I drew the original on a 5" × 7 1/4" piece of calfskin vellum, using calligraphers’ inks applied with dip pens and brushes. 23k gold leaf and palladium leaf were used for the illuminated details. It was created on private commission. Read more here.


Looking for Development Artist for animated Catholic videos

I have not posted here in a long, long time, but I love seeing the artwork others are working on.  A friend of mine whose Catholic media company is being hired to produce a series of animated shorts needs a Development Artist to establish the look of the thing. It's a large project that is going to keep us very busy for a while.  I hope one of the gifted artists here can work with us. 

Anyone interested and available can contact me directly.  I think you can do that by clicking on my name, but if not, go to my website.  I'll put you in contact with the right people.  Thanks!


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 Lives of the Saints (and people who lived saintly lives) #7 is out now! Featuring the life of St. Vincent Ferrer! A story for our times! Just in time for Christmas! 52 pages, color cover, seven dollars, post paid! 

Get it here
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Retired Palette

Here's an interesting idea for an old painting palette.  I'm planning on making a support behind so I can mount it on the wall.


Saint Rose Duchesne Mini Book

Hi! I'm new to the Catholic Illustrators Guild, and excited to be here!  I draw coloring pages and create coloring crafts for Catholic kids.  I also illustrate for blogs like Catholic Icing, Catholic Schoolhouse and Celebrating Holidays.  I recently posted a Free Rose Duchesne Mini Book on my site: www.drawn2bcreative.blogspot.com

Check out my site and if you find yourself in need of a coloring page or cartoon illustrations, get in touch with me at drawn2bcreative@gmail.com.
Thanks and God Bless!


Call for Artists

It's short notice, but those of you in the NYC area may be interested in submitting work:
Calling all artists, professional and amateur alike, to express and share their faith through art by participating in an exhibit under the theme: "Varying Paths of Faith" The exhibit is sponsored by St. Rose of Lima parish, Brooklyn, and deadline for submission is Novembr 7. Exhibit opening will be on November. 16. For more information visitstroseoflimabrooklyn.com or call the rectory at 718-434-8040.