The Book of Enoch - Watercolor Illustration




Week 3 of my #52weeksofbibleillustration (#52wobi) art challenge brings an illustration for the biblical character Enoch.

As far as cartoon illustration goes, in my mind, everything goes. I mean, all stylized forms appeal to me. On this piece, however, the pine branches in the foreground need help. A cutsie triangle works perfectly fine to represent a tree. But I plan to keep at it – maybe I’ll develop a style this year.

The story of Enoch is unforgettable for me. I envisioned him walking and talking with God in a luscious land, so this is where I put him.

The Story: I’m intrigued by the story of Enoch. God loved him. God showed favor to him unlike anyone (even tho he took Elijah too – Elijah will be back, if I understand correctly). During a time when humans lived to be over 800 (Methuselah the oldest at 969 yrs), God took Enoch at 365 years old! The scripture reads: “Enoch walked [in habitual fellowship] with God three hundred years after the birth of Methuselah and had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.  And [in reverent fear and obedience] Enoch walked with God; and he was not [found among men], because God took him [away to be home with Him].” Enoch pleased God (Heb.11:5).

There are two people in the Bible that God spares a physical death and raptures them home – Enoch and Elijah. Enoch is the seventh generation from Adam.

From what I learned, The Book of Enoch is not written by him, but other books in the Bible quote directly from The Book of Enoch. I want to believe that there are some significant truths in The Book of Enoch since God loved him so much that He 'raptured' him.

Genesis 5:22-24
New Testament books that mention Enoch: Jude 14, Luke 3:37.

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Philip the Evangelist and the Ethiopian Eunuch Watercolor Illustration



Today I share another illustration from the 52-Weeks of Bible Illustration (52wobi) series/challenge I am working on.

These two characters came out looking a lot younger than I had originally drawn them to be. I never know what to expect when I add color. Maybe I’m still getting to know my own style. Maybe I should have given them facial hair. I was inspired to order the Schmincke’s Desert and Shire watercolor set for this series, since most of the scenes in this project would be in the desert or wilderness. So far I like the pigments.

The story: An angel of the Lord tells Philip to go to “the road that runs from Jerusalem down to Gaza.” There he meets the Ethiopian Eunuch in his chariot. He’s reading the scriptures, but needs help understanding who the scripture is about. Philip jumps in and helps him to understand the writing is about the messiah and the way to salvation. At this moment, they’re passing a body of water and the eunuch quickly stops the chariot so he can get baptized.

After the baptism, my jaw dropped as I read on. I stopped and had to re-read this text: “When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord [suddenly] took Philip [and carried him] away [to a different place]; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but he went on his way rejoicing.”

WHAT?

This story amazes me for one reason – Philip disappears and then reappears elsewhere: “But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the good news [of salvation] to all the cities, until he came to Caesarea [Maritima]."

This is the beginning of Christianity in Africa, according to the commentary in my Amplified Bible.

Acts 8:39-40


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Ruth and Naomi Watercolor Illustration


It’s a powerful and moving story. I am really drawn to it and tried to capture the innocence and vitality of, how I view, a young Ruth. I might have depicted Naomi older than she was, but I tried to convey a tired woman in both emotional and physical pain. Most of the pigments I used are new to me, so I’m still getting a handle on how they work together.

Their story:  A young woman named Naomi in Bethlehem marries. It’s during a famine so her husband decides that they will take their family to place where struggle will be less. They settle in and their boys marry Moabite women. They live there 10 years and Naomi loses both her husband and her sons. She’s left with only two daughters-in-law. She tells them to go back to their mother’s houses because they can remarry yet, and she will go back through the wilderness, to Bethlehem. 

Orpah leaves, but Ruth stays and makes a powerfully heartfelt comment to Naomi that brings tears to my eyes: “Do not urge me to leave you or to turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people will be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried, May the LORD do the same to me [as He has done to you], and more also, if anything but death separates me from you.”  

Naomi has so much pain and now needs to make a long, hard journey home. She accepts Ruth determination, and they leave together. When they arrive to Bethlehem, the women in town as “Is this Naomi?” Naomi’s reply: “Do not call me Naomi (sweetness); call me Mara (bitter), for the Almighty has caused me great grief and bitterness. I left full [with a husband and two sons], but the LORD has brought me back empty.”

In Bethlehem, Ruth’s faithfulness to God is ultimately blessed with a redemption marriage as a result. Naomi eventually goes through a healing process and finds joy in her grandchildren.

The Book of Ruth 1:16, 19-21


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