Thursday, April 2, 2015

He Is Risen

"The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying."

Of all the illustrations that I've done for Lifeway's Explore the Bible series, (I've done over 60) this one is my favorite. I like it because I think I successfully pulled off an early morning feel.

If you're not familiar with this scene, you heathen, this is when two of Jesus' followers come to his tomb to...wait, what were they doing? Embalming his body or something? Does that make sense? Shoot, this is embarrassing. All those years of Sunday School. I'm sorry I called you a heathen.

Anyway, the two women came to Jesus' tomb to find it open and empty, and two angels standing nearby. Yes, those are angels - Lifeway specifically requested that they not have wings and halos. Still, I felt like there had to be some signifier that the men were angels, so I put them in all-white outfits.

For the figures, my husband helped me take some photo references.

Here is the sketch that I sent to Lifeway:

And here is the final:

Happy Easter, everybody!


  1. LOL. Yes, that's essentially why the women would've been there early on Sunday morning. The body would've been wrapped, but with the restrictions of Passover, they would not have been able to anoint the body with the customary spices and mourn properly. Incidentally, I love the color choices, especially on the rock above the opening.

  2. Fantastic piece again, as usual Kelley! But I can see why this is one of your favorites. I think you pulled off the early morning lighting and the whole mood quite well. And this is one of the best and most important scenes of all history :)

  3. "raise a child in the way he should go and he/she might remember some of it." Prov. 43


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