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January 5, 2012
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1 Samuel by Emberblue 1 Samuel by Emberblue
Created in Illustrator. The debossing on the paper was done in Photoshop.

To create this I pretty much scanned through the whole book of 1 Samuel and wrote down the imagery that stood out to me. Then I tried to pile as much of that imagery as I could in this graphic. The book of 1 Samuel records the beginning of Samuel's life (he was a prophet and judge over Israel) the rise and fall of King Saul, and the rise of King David.

I think this is my first try at an "overprint" look. I hope you enjoy. :)

The font came from this site: Lost Type [link] They have lots of cool fonts.

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What I like about this piece is the fact that, if you know 1 Sam (like I do), you can actually recognise the images/references immediately: it is very clear, without being too explicit or dramatic.

Per example: I especially like the broken statue and sores+mice; it's not symbolic -because these literally appear in the story, but it is iconic -they represent that part of the story with great effect. (That part was subject of a paper I did with some friends).
And ofcourse David and Goliath!

I love how you made clear it is about war/battle, without making it very graphic. The chosen style prevents offense (which could be expected from the violence), without shying away from the subject.

I consider it to be a balanced work on several levels:
-the contrasting colors, and neutral gray;
-the way the style fits the colors;
-the contrast between the (nature of the) subjects and the style, whilst directly representing those subjects (:the balance between explicit and implicit)
-it is filled to the brim with seperate (story-)elements, without those distracting from the whole.

I have to admit that I'd like to give you advise on how to become even better, but I can't find any actual flaws.
Perhaps keeping this up will help you improve?

Though, a possible point for you to improve upon would be that not all parts of 1 Sam are reflected.
But I wonder if that is possible; can you add more elements without those being crammed into the work? And would they be represented equally effective, even though those images did not stand out that much to you?

What I can say is this: great job, keep up the good work!

[Vision: several small themes and an encompassing theme are reflected/presented with great effect.
Originality: a fresh way to present these serious themes in a playful yet revealing way.
Tech: the work is skillfully created and knowledge of the medium is exhibited, both by the effective usage of the style.
Impact: it's quite clear this artwork has great impact on me ;)
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FCU777 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Filmographer
Emberblue Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!  God bless! :tighthug:
frogmama Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
wow! nice!
Emberblue Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!! :D
ilacirjr Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice Art!!
God Bless You
Emberblue Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Many blessings in Jesus! :tighthug:
trunks-shirafune Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
i want to illustrate Bible books as you do :) i adore this
Emberblue Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thanks so much! You should give it a try! Just try it and see what happens. :D
tonyzhang88 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice...very nice to see people use their talent for God :)
Emberblue Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That is the best way I can thank Him for giving me my talent. :)
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