I was kneeling quietly in my room when a stranger came in and greeted me. I was surprised, and a little frightened because of his awesome appearance. He told me that I had been chosen for an important task. As he spoke about it, I worried about the consequences but I knew that I would not refuse. I became filled with a sense of peace, light and love.
There is a chance that my husband and community will misunderstand but I am no longer afraid. I will suffer every condemnation, every stone thrown, with courage and patience. For the sake of my son and father I will endure.
The project I’m currently working on is a depiction of the Annunciation. I’m not a Catholic so I tried to put myself in Mary’s position (see above) in order to better understand the scene. In Mary’s time, an unmarried woman who became pregnant could be punished by stoning, or so I’ve been led to believe. It is still a punishable occurrence in certain cultures today.
In this next one I used Manga Studio to produce a print-out of mannequins to get the proportions of my figures correct.
There are still things I don’t like about the poses. This next photo is of a tracing I made over the previous picture. I wanted to try out a few things. I think Mary looks a little too scared, don’t you?!
And finally, here is a copy I made of some interlace from a photo in a book. (As always, you can click on the photos to see them in more detail.)