Image created using a process which involves collage, use of a flexigon, Photoshop and Ipad app (Snapseed)
For a number of years, I have been commissioned by St Pauls Church here in Cambridge, to produce 5 advent images for presentation on each Sunday service in that season up to and including Christmas day. Each year the vicar, Rev Micheal Beckett, comes up with a serious of themes which he develops in each service with the aid of the accompanying image.
I use these commissions to develop ideas around techniques, composition and effective visual storytelling. There is always a deadline one that gets shorter and shorter as Christmas day approaches, due in the main, to me spending a lot of time on the first two illustrations leaving very little time for the final three. On average each take around 4 days to complete (on and off) from initial sketching out of ideas to sending the complete image to the printers. The final images are printed on to foamboard and are A1 in size. They are wrapped up in Christmas wrapping paper. Children are invited to unwrap the image in the service.
I try and do a fair bit of reading around each theme and hope they do the job that is asked of them.
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