Paper Model Christmas Village, Includes Church, Nativity, Christmas trees, Cottages and Base!

I designed and illustrated this colourful model Christmas Village over a period of eight months. I designed the Church, the Nativity, the Christmas trees, the Thatched Cottages and the base. Then I illustrated the model templates with pen and watercolour, re-scanning my artwork to create these colourful models that you can make. The village is inspired by English Countryside Villages and Churches at Christmas. Here is a link

Illustrating Seraphim…

… I have been working on illustrations of more Seraphim… I discovered that they are traditionally depicted with red Wings… and I realised  they must have hands because of the following scripture….

Isaiah 6:6-7
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a burning coal in his hand, which he had taken from the altar with tongs. He touched my mouth with it and said, “Behold, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”

So I felt it might be better to show the Seraphim with arms and hands in a position of prayer as they are in the presence of God… So here we go… I also added an effect of energy sparking around them… So that’s what I have been up to with my Artwork recently…

Artwork in Progress: God is full of Light

Artwork in progress; God is full of light: Jenny McLaughlin

I continued to work on my Artwork and was inspired to give Jesus glowing clothing and find a way to show the viewer that God is full of light. Now, I could illustrate God like the Sun: a bright silhouette where you can’t see the features, however I wanted the viewer to also be able to see Jesus’ his face and clothing, so I here is an image of my work in progress where I have tried to make Jesus glow. 

The scriptures inspiring this are: 

Matthew 17:1-2

The Transfiguration

“17 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”

Artwork in Progress: God’s Halo

I have been working on a Halo for God in my artwork. I had originally given God a Halo of light for this artwork, however, I felt inspired to change this into a Halo of fire and energy. Now painting fire and energy is a really difficult with traditional paint; it’s hard to get it to glow like real fire and light. It’s not impossible, but it’s a huge challenge. So I had a go at using my digital software to create a glowing halo of fire and energy and here is the result.

The Scripture inspiring this is:

Hebrews 12:29

“for indeed our God is a consuming fire.”

Artwork in progress; Jesus with little Children; God Loves You

Work in progress by Jenny McLaughlin

I am working on a digital painting featuring Jesus in Heaven with two little Children, surrounded by Angels. The painting is about God’s Love for us and how our souls approach God like little Children. I am basing the illustrations of the Children on my own Children, from when they were small, though they have now grown up. Here are some Scriptures which have inspired me:

Luke 18: 15 – 17

“15 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. 16 But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 17 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”

1 John 4:7

God is Love

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

Artwork in Progress; Jesus, the Image of God

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,” Colossians 1:15

I am gradually learning to use some new digital art software, it is called “Clip Studio” I really like it. It is taking me some time to become familiar with the features, but it’s good to be learning something new. I am painting the face of Jesus Christ, and it’s taking me a while. Here are some images of my progress:

This is one of my first attempts to digitally ‘paint’ Jesus… I was fairly happy, but he really needed lights in his eyes and I felt his face didn’t have enough depth.

So here I had added more details to the hair, lights to the eyes and a chair and halo effect behind him, but I still felt that his face didn’t have enough depth and wanted to try again…

So here is another attempt; the line on his forehead is the shadow from his crown, which is on another layer… this attempt seemed OK until I zoomed out and then it really didn’t work and needed more alterations… the digital painting technique was coming on though… bit by bit… on this screen grab you can also see the digital workspace, I’m using a lot of layers.

This is a bit better, I altered his mouth, slimmed down his face, added darker shades, evened out his cheeks and added the crown… so far the crown looks far too digital for my liking (if that makes sense)… the crown needs more work and more fine detail and brush strokes and more light at the sides, which would reflect from the halo.

So here I had tried to give the effect of some of the hair coming back from the face and light shining on both sides of the face.

So here I added more light to the eyes so that they glow. I must also alter the shape of the crown. I realise it is now too wide. so there’s plenty for me to be getting on with… Also I feel the light on the sides of the face is too ‘smudgy’; I used the airbrush tool and it think I’ll probably need to use a different paintbrush tool, perhaps the oil paint brush…

Needing More Reference!

Quite often when I work on a painting, I find I need more reference imagery to help me with details. I am currently working on a digital painting of a scene in Heaven; the painting will include God, two children and various Angels. I was starting to get stuck and needed more inspiration to help me continue.

This time, one of my problems was how the scene would be lit and how the figures would be positioned, so I set up some little reference models and lit them to give me information about the lighting in the scene… I needed to see where the lighting would fall in the scene, where the Angels might be positioned, how the Angels might pose and how their wings might look. I am very grateful to God for the inspiration I am also given; sometimes I get a very quick image in my mind that relates to a painting I am working on, or will work on in the future, which helps me with the Artwork, so I jot it down in my sketchbook and then I can use this later on in my Artwork.

So here is my reference image; I made paper wings for the Angels, then I had to light and position each Angel separately and I used photoshop to pull all the reference photos together. God is wearing a white Robe in the painting, so I sewed this little robe for this model figure using some fabric I had left over from other sewing projects … I really would prefer a white robe for the reference, however I didn’t have any white fabric available, still, I am glad I can see where the light would fall on the robe.

Painting Seraphim… or trying to!

Painting Seraphim… well, trying to!.. I have been having a go at painting Seraphim as part of a new Art project… I painted them before in my painting “Heaven and Hell”, but I wanted to try with computer Art software because the light effects you can get are really super, so here is a little Seraphim I have been working on today; I have been using Clip studio and my Wacom Tablet; it’s nice software, worth trying out, a bit different from the Adobe Suite, with some great features… I might need to add more of a Red tint or some fire to this Angel in future… I’m not sure yet, so this is really just a ‘sneak peak’…

Seraphim are featured in the Bible, in Isaiah 6:1-3

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”

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