Watercolour pencils and pen drawing/painting on paper, A3
An idea of this darker expression of Christ figure was born during listening to a Bloodbath's song Iesous. The whole album "The fathomless mastery" gives me a good source of ideas and great soundtrack to creating itself. Pure sinister death metal which will not give a pictures of roses and meadows in your head.
What I got instantly hooked on during sketching is a disturbed composition of a character's head going out of the paper. An oppposite to a usual balanced composing of religious portrait of Jesus. I think it gives more dynamic look, than it would be with a whole head nicely placed where it should be. I also love the idea of a crown of thorns being basically combination of a saint's halo. Giving it a symbolic impression of rising above the physical suffering and humiliation, a golden thorns levitating around the head.
Inhuman, dead stare and facial expression, hand crushing the tomb or cocoon in which he dwelled to be ressurected and rise from the dead again with power, not humility anymore is a kind of a symbol of him being the antichrist, the one who came to judge and punish, not to redeem and save from sin. Accompanied with a glowing fingers to express "I am the one with godlike powers, the one above you".
To sum up, I need to say I am quite happy with this work as I moved things a step further. Finally I worked with proper photo references (took a few pics of myself), I came up with different and new colour combinations I never used before. But mainly, achieved a mood, expression I actually wanted to.
Many things could be done a bit better, but for me personally this one is a step forward and I want to continue with this style and improve it in a future.
So all hail Death metal or go... exhume your grandpa and it his brain!!