Thursday, December 15, 2011

One Wintry Night

I particularly enjoyed illustrating One Wintry Night. Working with the author, Ruth Bell Graham was a wonderful experience. I got a call out of the blue from her agent who asked me if I was interested in illustrating her manuscript. 

To make a long story short, I agreed to do the book and flew to her home in North Carolina where we talked about how the book might be put together.  I said I needed to go to the Middle East to do research and get a feel for the landscapes and peoples of the Bible.  One Wintry Night continued to grow in scope. After years in the works and several trips to Montreat, NC, the book was finally ready to be printed. I went to Singapore with Dwight Baker, the president of Baker Book House for the printing and press proofs. While we were there we trekked through some jungles on mountain bikes eating rambutan, fresh nutmeg, and other topical fruit, while the monkeys chattered and hooted at us.

In this image of the lion getting ready to eat Daniel, I showed a reflection in the eyes of the lion. Is it Daniel, or the angel who rescued him, or ...? 

This illustration shows some shepherds waiting in the fields keeping watch over their flock by night, right before the angels appeared to them.

Easter morning. The garden tomb is empty.  One Wintry Night is a love story. It is a true story, but not everyone believes that. Give it a whirl. Hope you enjoy this book. It was a labor of love.