This blog is 1 year old! woohoo! The first part of the following illustration is actually my first blog post – now with 100% more colour and 50% more story! 😀 Newsflash: Abba Poimen is one of my favourite Egyptian desert fathers. Simply put, he always puts things in perspective by directing his disciples’ attention […]
Bear with me for a minute, you’re not longer you. You’re a saint – no, seriously, you are. You’re a monk living in the fourth century in the prolific desert of Scetis or “Sheheet” as it’s called in arabic. By this time you’re a father of many younger monks and you’re not only responsible to […]
At a point in my life I was nearing unbelief- my faith was hanging by a thread. I looked inwards to God and screamed “I WANT to believe, just show me You’re there. I just want to see You.” Nothing. At another point I was very close to the saints- one desert father in particular. […]
I know, I know, it’s the feast of circumcision- but I had no idea what to draw for that! So I went with the next best thing- Saint Basil of Caesarea’s feast day (Jan 14th)! The following quote is an excerpt from a homily by Saint Basil on thanksgiving and mourning- you can read the […]
Merry Christmas! Here is a nativity hymn by Saint Ephrem the Syrian, it’s a relatively long read but it’s totally worth it! You can find English and Arabic text after the illustration. On a related note, this book (that includes this hymn) has a ton of wonderful hymns by St. Ephrem the Syrian.
Old Traditions: Near the end of every year, my mother & grandmother plant several types of beans in cotton and water them daily until the new year comes. I don’t quite know when/why/where this tradition started- so I’m not going to make it up. I do know, however, that it symbolizes renewal, life and […]
My lettering process Here’s a little progress shot of my lettering process. I usually have a pretty good idea of how the page looks when I’m penciling it on paper, but oddly enough it ends up looking totally different in the end. I scan my inks and load them into Photoshop to start cleaning up […]