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The Conversion of Paul by joshthecartoonguy The Conversion of Paul by joshthecartoonguy
4.5" x 10"
Collage with acrylic paints
2008

This was my final project for the class, 2D design. We had to depict a Biblical scene by coloring paper with acrylic paint and cutting out shapes to create a design, ala Matisse. I chose the conversion of the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus, a tremendously dramatic scene from Scripture. I was told that the color blue represents redemption, so I surrounded him with blue and used a predominantly analogous color scheme (blues, violets, and reds). The outstretched yellow hand represents God. My teacher gave me an A for this final project and some moderately good comments. He appreciated how I used a horse as a symbol for Paul's past life. In Biblical times, a horse would represent authority, and Paul was a powerful Roman citizen. I chose dull red and blue colors for the horse and its mane and a dark black-green for Paul to represent his sinful condition. My prof. understood that, but he didn't think the dull colors fit well with the rest of the piece. He loved the relationship between Paul's raised hand, the horse, and God's hand. Also, he thought the colors created a deep, melancholy mood. He also thought I should have added some more fingers to God's hand.

I like this idea enough to come back and work on it. I plan to do a digital version using Adobe Illustrator. That way, I'll be able to experiment with color to my heart's content.
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Rowanelle Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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lamsquaw Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured! :D :wave: [link]
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joshthecartoonguy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! Thanks!
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lamsquaw Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure!! :wave: :D
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:iconblissfulignorance551:
amazing sense of style ^^
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joshthecartoonguy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconblissfulignorance551:
np ^^
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pepperbunbun Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! :)
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
This is great! I can't wait to see the Illustrator version, too. :D
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janette4211 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very, very nice!
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Lunawhite7 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Great depiction!!
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hrwilliams Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Professional Writer
Very cool depiction! I really like it. :nod:
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outwardlyupward Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
love the style, this is awesome - and one of the less common topic/events depicted in religious art.
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IanM Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Awesomeness!
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lamsquaw Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap: :clap: :wow: wonderfully creative and illustrative of the conversion on the road that day!! bravo!
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RainCloud73 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I love the flow of this piece! And the colours really give emotion and life to it! The silhouette alone is striking to me but the rest just enhance it! Instant fave!!!
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saykha Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Student Writer
wow, really beautiful - i love all the simbolism
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cottonball Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
Beautiful! I love the colors although i do agree with yer prof. that God could use more fingers. :B other than that, this is awesome.
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theziminvader Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Now that's really nice. :wow: I can't wait to see the digital version.
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joshthecartoonguy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
I've used illustrator to do a lot of my political posters. It's a good program.
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theziminvader Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Oh. I've never used that program before.
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