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was made as a commission, but also I kept in mind from the beginning the intention to post it in here so more people could watch it.
I was asked to make a simple Jesus sacred heart portrait, nonetheless I was not conditioned in the development nor in a particular style, so I tried to give a more Biblical vision to the theme. This is not objectively an illustration from a Bible passage; the intention was to take a mixture from as many references as I could.
Dan 7:9 hair like pure wool; white garment
John 20:27 shows the hands
Dan 10:5-6 gold; linen; beryl; polished brass (refers to a shining material like bronze/copper (brown) more precious than gold). Beryl is a translucid yellow, if the brightest part is the head, then the light expands to the body like a bright crystalline yellow, and the arms shows a brilliant brown color near the natural skin tone, caused by the flown of the divine light)
Rev 4:11 four beasts (lion, ox, calf, man-like, flying eagle); six wings; full of eyes; sea of glass; rainbow
Ezek 1:5-28 the cherubs (hands like men, feet like calves. I tried to achieve that effect without being so evident; these seems to be versions somehow different than those of the revelations, not necessary different ones, but maybe merged or representing a merging. I think these cherubs stand in two feet since they are described as having "straight legs", and the ones in rev in four legs, mostly because the reverent pose needed for the scene)
The rainbow; terrible crystal; like coals of fire; like a lamp (fire); amber; bright fire; fire roundabout his body.
Rev 1:12-18 hair white as snow; the candlesticks; Jesus face shining as the sun on its strength.
This picture was particularly complicated, not about the technique at all, but for the theme development. It required more praying and inspiration for me to finish the proper expression than the use of any previous knowledge that I may had. I was in some moments about to give up, I had restart the lines of the face and tried different tones several times, also I had a lot of trouble with the texture in the face till thanks to God I was able to realize how to use the texture to the advantage of the expressiveness of the color. But thanks to God at last I think the expression is the one that had to be, I don't mean that Jesus face looks like this 100%, but I mean is the expression that had to be for this picture.
I realized when I was finishing the picture that Jesus face looked more serious from a far distance than near to it.
From a shorter distance the smile is more evident; I am not sure how the photo looks as I am writing this, but the comment if for the natural.
This is the best picture I can post by now, if God allows I will see if I can get a better picture, I think that as everything something is missing in the distance.
I think I couldn't make that curious effect even if I wanted to, (I suppose it must be some subtle contrasting tones melting in the distance) I love the effect.
I deliberately tried to make the cherubs to be outside the frame just for not making them to look too small, neither too much behind Jesus but more to his sides, also to give a sense of big spatiality.
The most complicated and subtle effect was the eyes and the face glow. I didn't wanted to make the head literally white as I made on my previous picture of Jesus, so I had to make a bright level proportional in all the white tones of the picture (something about I had not idea before this picture), so I could represent more accurately the concept of the sun shining on its strength (rev 1:16).
If you ever wonder how it looks the sun when it shines on its strength (and have not tried it by your self). Its looks approximately like a shining disk in the highest bright level dissolving around the edges to multiple waves of colors melting rapidly (this is an effect produced by the saturation of light and color in the eye; the most easily perceived colors are yellow green and blue (cyan)), so that was the effect I tried to achieve in the face. I painted a lower level of contrast in the face in order to show the facial features.
I give thanks to God for help me to finish this picture even for the chance to develop it. It helped me to learn a lot about light, advanced use of transparent tones, perspective, even technique, paint, textures, faith, and regarding to a lot of matters that I have not even thought before this moment in my life.
This picture took about a month to be finished, in average 4-5 hours per day.
I used a phthalocyanine blue semi irregular base and over it I drew a scheme in diluted white.
poliurethanic lacquer (matte) mixed with paint for transparencies, I also used it to smooth/blur some textures, then add some further details over it.
Natural Earth Sienna
Cerulean Blue ( the version I had was not very precise, it looked much like a mix between a light violet and blue, but it helped to make some interesting effects. I think if I had a real cerulean blue the result would have been less intereting)
Phthalocyanine Green (I didn't use much of it)
Iridescent Silver (just a few mixed with scarlet for a light tone in the heart)
This was all, thanks for your time.