Luke 2:6-7 (NLT)
6 And while they [Joseph & Mary] were there [in Bethlehem in Judea], the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.
TIME OF DAY:
The main light source for this cartoon is from the night sky. Perhaps the moon is out, casting its pale, cold light onto the scene. You can see the pale blue highlights on the distant Judean hills & the edges of rocks outside & inside the cave.
The other light source is the warm flickering camp fire, in the middle of the scene. Notice the yellow/orange highlights on the figures, animals & surrounding cave rocks.
Jesus, Joseph, Mary (the mother of Jesus)
Donkey, ewe & lambs, Trident Bats, Rock Hyrax.
This scene shows Mary holding the newly born Jesus, with Joseph close by on the left. Various domestic & wild animals are watching.
I found a very dramatic cave photograph on the internet which forms the basis of my design, although the cave in that photograph was very much larger than the one I have drawn. Without the figures & animals though, there is nothing in the scene to show scale, so the cave could be any size really!
I really enjoyed drawing & colouring up the cave, animals & figures in this scene.
Animals present in scene.
From left to right:
Trident Bat or Trident Leaf-nosed Bat (Asellia tridens)
Rock hyrax (aka Rock badger or Cape hyrax) (Procavia capensis)
Ewe & Lambs (Ovis aries)
Donkey (aka ass) (Equus africanus asinus)