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Psalm 119v105 - in 6 different varieties!


Posted 10 Oct 2018

Psalm 119v105 - Light for my path (Woman dark version) 980x706px col.jpg
Psalm 119v105 – Light for my path (Woman dark version)
This version has a woman carrying a glowing Bible.
The background (cavern and maze) shadows are darker in this version.


I’ve been busy drawing 6 variations of a Bible Cartoon for Psalm 119 verse 105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” The first three feature a woman standing on a stone walkway. The last three feature a man standing on some steps.

The primary differences between these six versions are the foreground figure and the presence or absence of the Bible text. The cavern background is exactly the same physically in all versions, but two of them have an additional layer that make the shadows darker… it is a cavern after all!

Unusually I have three sources of light in this scene:
01) In the distance there is a yellow glow coming from the end of the cavern – possibly the sun in the outside world.
02) There is a white glow coming from the Bible held by the woman, which is illuminating the floor.
03) There is a subtle blue glow coming from the bottom right of the scene, which can be seen on the steps and bridge.


Psalm 119v105 - Light for my path (Woman light version) 980x706px col.jpg
Psalm 119v105 – Light for my path (Woman light version)
This version also has a woman carrying a glowing Bible.
The background (cavern and maze) shadows are lighter in this version.


Psalm 119v105 - Light for my path (Woman light text version) 980x706px col.jpg
Psalm 119v105 – Light for my path (Woman light text version)
This version also has a woman carrying a glowing Bible.
The background (cavern and maze) shadows are lighter in this version.
This version has the “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” text in it, and I have faded the background somewhat, so help keep the text legible.

Originally I was going to draw the scene looking over the shoulder of the figure, from above, so that the viewer could see the pages of the glowing Bible, with its light illuminating a pathway directly in front of the figure. Then I would have had a very dark blue scene in front of the figure, possibly a large maze structure, and/or a pathway, winding off into the distance. I considered having the scene outdoors, with stars in the sky too!



Psalm 119v105 – Light for my path (Man dark version)
This version has a man carrying a glowing Bible.
The background (cavern and maze) shadows are darker in this version.


Psalm 119v105 - Light for my path (Man light version) 980x706px col.jpg
Psalm 119v105 – Light for my path (Man light version)
This version also has a man carrying a glowing Bible.
The background (cavern and maze) shadows are lighter in this version.


Psalm 119v105 - Light for my path (Man light text version) 980x706px col.jpg
Psalm 119v105 – Light for my path (Man light text version)
This version also has a man carrying a glowing Bible.
The background (cavern and maze) shadows are lighter in this version.
This version has the “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” text in it, and I have faded the background somewhat, so help keep the text legible.

Having drawn the initial pencil sketch (see below), I opted for a side view of the cavern and figure, as I have drawn in the finished versions above.

Clearly this is a rather literal interpretation of the phrase “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” – we don’t normally see our Bibles glowing in the dark! But the metaphorical point is made: the Bible provides illumination and wisdom for us when we are not sure which path in life to take. The maze-like pathways represent the variety of (often confusing!) choices we are presented with, as we go through life. Consulting the Bible is always a good option, especially since the Lord promises to provide wisdom to us, when we ask for it.

James 1:5 New Life Version (NLV)
5 If you do not have wisdom, ask God for it. He is always ready to give it to you and will never say you are wrong for asking.


Psalm 119v105 - Lamp to my feet - Greyscale 980x706px.jpg
Greyscale pencil sketch of cavern and maze pathways.



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