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A Family of Faith

Sophia Institute Press has a new family catechesis program coming out in August, A Family of Faith.
Image from Sophia Institute
It features lots of coloring and circle-the-right-thing activities, with illustrations by me. It has chapters for each month of the school year. You can check out a sample here--just click on Read More and there's a pdf link.

It's all available for pre-order now.


Our Lady of Fatima part 7

Here's my latest. I think this is the first part I have done without an apparition. Hopefully it holds up as well as the others. If I can manage to have as much interest as a late 1990s Rex Morgan M.D. comic, I will feel like I have done my job.
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To be continued...


The Abbot of Innisfallen by William Allingham

Inspired by William Allingham's poem, "The Abbot of Innisfallen" I illustrated the following piece in pen and ink, highly stylizing the holy abbot and drawing from Insular sources to relate to the content of the poem. 

The Abbot of Innisfallen
awoke ere dawn of day;
Under the dewy green leaves
went he forth to pray.

The lake around his island
lay smooth and dark and deep,
And wrapt in a misty stillness
the mountains were all asleep.

Low kneel’d the Abbot Cormac
when the dawn was dim and gray;
The prayers of his holy office
he faithfully ‘gan say........

For the rest of the poem click on the link below.

and here is a link to some of my other work...


Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman

I am grateful to have been commissioned to paint Cardinal Newman for our parish library.


The Pope's Chair

An updated cover for a book in the works. I'm still searching for a publisher or backer, so if you have any leads, let me know. This story is very current and a necessary balm for our world!


St. Gobnait


St. Gobnait was an Irish abbess of the sixth century. She founded her abbey on a spot revealed to her by the miraculous presence of nine white deer. She is the patron saint of beekeeping; the bees keps by her nuns once saved the abbey by attacking a band of marauders. I included nine white deer, four honeybees and a hive in this drawing.

I drew mostly in the style of early medieval Gospel manuscripts from Ireland. I also borrowed some details from Harry Clarke’s depictons of this saint. The idea of placing the cats within the capital letter I got from Kuniyoshi, who used cats to spell out words in a series of prints.

Visit this web page to read my full description of this drawing. A giclée print of it can be purchased there for $20.

Veneration of the Cross


This drawing was inspired by a passage from The Vision of Piers Plowman, an alliterative Middle English poem attributed to William Langland:

Arise and go reuerense Godes resureccioun,
And crepe to þe croes on knees and kusse hit for a iewel
And rihtfollokest a relyk, noon richore on erthe.
For Godes blessed body hit baer for oure bote.
And hit afereth þe fende, for such is þe myhte
May no grisly goest glyde þer hit shaddeweth!

In the central image, I illustrated the liturgical rite of the Creeping of the Cross. In Medieval England, there were two occasions for this rite, one during the Mass of the Presanctified on Good Friday and one on the morning of Easter, after the crucifix had been disinterred from the Easter Sepulcher. It is to this latter occasion (the celebration of God’s resurrection) that Langland refers.

The apotropaic power of the Cross mentioned in the text is represented in the outer border. A horde of frightened fiends flee from it; these take obvious inspiration from medieval manuscript drolleries and the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch. I prefer this type of demon, compounded of disparate and nonsensical elements, as it illustrates the idea of evil being unreasonable and chaotic, and injurious to the ordered hierarchy proper to God’s creation.


Visit this web page to read my full description of this drawing. A giclée print of it can be purchased there for $77.

St. Christopher


This is a large ink drawing on Japanese paper. Its composition is traditional, but the style of drawing is heavily influenced by Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s woodblock prints. The Latin inscription is from the last chapter of the Gospel of Matthew: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. The text resonates especially well with a passage from the life of St. Christopher related in the Golden Legend:
Setting the Child down he said to him: My boy, you put me in great danger, and you weighed so much that if I had the whole world on my back I could not have felt a heavier burden! The Child answered: Do not be surprised, Christopher! You were not only carrying the whole world, you had Him who created the world upon your shoulders!
I wanted the image to convey this weight bearing down upon the saint, and this determined much of the surrounding imagery, which represents all of Creation, according to day.


 Visit this web page to read my full description of this drawing. A giclée print of it can be purchased there for $144.


Gilbert Magazine's annual Film Festival

Once again we are asking for help with the illustrations of the Film Festival.

In honor of the Year of Mercy the movies reviewed have the theme of mercy (as a main or secondary theme.)

If you are interested in submitting a drawing please email me using the link on the sidebar of this site. Deadline for final artwork is May 12th.

The movies we are reviewing are:

The Quiet Man
The Window

3 versions of Les Misérables
Hotel Rwanda
The Judge
War Horse


Apologetic Graphic Design

I have had an idea for over a year now of doing collage-style design with Scripture verses that point to certain articles of the Faith for the purpose of apologetics and teaching the Faith using modern design in our very visual culture. I finally started this yesterday; I'm not sure if it's done yet, as it may be a work in progress, but this is on the Eucharist. It has different Scripture verses from the Old and New Testaments that refer to the Blessed Sacrament. I have no idea if these will ever become posters, works of art, or probably just sit on my computer until it crashes. I would like to do these by hand in calligraphy, but that would take long time, time I don't currently have, so I have to settle for Photoshop at this time. I may do one on the Blessed Mother next. -Jason Tako www.JasonTako.com


At the Library

NOW on DISPLAY April-May, in front of the Children's section in the Main library, San Francisco, CA.  Spotlight on my children's book on churches!