I came across this illustration site via drawn.
The lovely illustration above is by super talented artist/writer/illustrator Cassie McDaniel.
“Old & New provides a platform for contemporary graphic artists to exhibit works themed on Biblical stories and passages. It also aims to introduce a new online audience to Biblical art, attempting to replace popular, yet sometimes low-quality, contemporary Biblical artwork with the kind of accessible and honorable work that has historically been associated with the Bible.
The website will be a curated collection of single designs by a variety of international illustrators, artists and designers. The collections will be released in an indefinite series of rounds. The goal of these rounds will be to bring new light to well known Biblical passages as well as introducing less familiar (or comfortable) content.” (From the site)
I love the simplicity of Cassies illustration.
Muted colours and and the contrast between ornate calligraphy and utilitarian implements creates a perfect tension that is held together with a remarkably balanced composition.
I also like the idea of illustrating traditional text, giving it new life through contemporary context. Regardless of your position regarding faith, ancient text’s, the Koran, the Bible, classic literature have inspired and shaped our culture.
Recontextualising these cultural icons helps us both reflect and move forward.