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Oh my dogs 'r barkin'!
Spent all of today working on this monstrosity.


St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, is often depicted as having a dog head. The reasons for this are varied, but the most popular being that he came from a land of dog-headed, cannibalistic people before he sought Christ and renounced his heathen ways. Upon baptism, this is when he was said to have gained human appearance. I've depicted him here as a wolfhound..because..well, I like them XD

Will get a scan of it tomorrow but I wanted to take a photo so you can see the gold shine!

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calicougar From: calicougar Date: January 19th, 2010 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Very keen! Hope it does well.
selunca From: selunca Date: January 19th, 2010 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)
This is bloody AMAZEING. I love this style of art. Great job. I'd actually love to get a print of this if you can!
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 19th, 2010 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I will be making prints! Also, pendants if I can get them done on time and if they look ok. One prob with the prints though, while the details will be there, they won't be gold-leafed, so just keep that in mind! I'll probably make few (as in, less than 4) special edition prints where I hand-gold them to auction off later. Also, the pendants I'm going to hand paint some gold areas and see if that works well in pendant form. I'll post on LJ with updates on that :3
die_monster From: die_monster Date: January 19th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, I was always fascinated with him! Very lovely, the gold looks fantastic. But I'm having trouble making out the fourth letter?
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: January 19th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
OMG ... your icon!!! XD
doc_halfmoon From: doc_halfmoon Date: January 19th, 2010 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow!!! Wooden tablet + (Orthodox icon + Dogface) = Win!!! XD
St. Christopher is one of my favourite saints ... close to St. Zeno (you can imagine the reason ;) and St. Ambrose.

What did you use there? Acrylics?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 19th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Acrylics, colored pencil, and gold paint :)
From: frenchpresser Date: January 19th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh woah, this has to be one of my favorites you've ever done. I LOVE Eastern Orthodox iconography.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 19th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! :)
keymonster From: keymonster Date: January 19th, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very very nice! I see you have painted this on wood. I've been into the wood painting lately as well. What kind of wood did you use? And may I ask what kind of paints? I've been using balsam board and acrylic inks. Oh and are you going to seal it?
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 19th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Red Oak, I should have mentioned that. It was a very fun wood to work with as on the face I let the color show through and I liked the look.

I used acrylic paints. Unfortunately the kinds of acrylic I used were really gummy and sticky, if I had this to do over again I probably would have used a different kind, thinner stuff.

Yeah I've been wondering if I even /need/ to seal it. The gold paint doesn't flake off, and the acrylics are so gummy they almost have this plastic like finish to them. I've used them before, but what would you recommend I seal it with?

I had a horrible experience with another piece of mine where I used the wrong kind of sealant and it created this horrible white/matte finish to it that I had to remove by hand (almost didn't get it off), so as you can imagine I'm a little gun shy, but I'd love to hear suggestions!
datalore From: datalore Date: January 19th, 2010 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
ruggels From: ruggels Date: January 19th, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow that looks really nice. You have this painting thing down.

trufflehog From: trufflehog Date: January 19th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
omg yessss this is wonderful <3
redcoatcat From: redcoatcat Date: January 19th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh wow that is FANTASTIC!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: January 19th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
wow, what a beautiful piece! are you planning to do more saints? (would love to see St Jude). ;-)
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 19th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had one idea (secret) but not for this show as I've run out of time. I've wanted to do St. Christopher for awhile now because as someone who travels quite frequently, I have a certain affinity for him in particular, and the fact that he has a dog head is even better ;D
stauros From: stauros Date: January 19th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Don't be too quick to believe that bit about gaining human appearance upon baptism. There are other tales of cynocephali who converted and remained as dog-headed as ever.
thornwolf From: thornwolf Date: January 19th, 2010 07:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes I know. That's why I said "one" of them :)
featherlady_jt From: featherlady_jt Date: January 19th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG, that's fantastic!
was1 From: was1 Date: January 19th, 2010 09:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Neat stuff!
kylet From: kylet Date: January 19th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Not real familiar with the iconography, but it's gorgeous; glad you did the photo to show the gold :-)
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