Friday, August 23, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 5 has begun!
The update/chapter starts here.
The story begins here.

There was a little problem when this update first appeared this morning; one of the pages didn't go up, and then fixing it entailed them getting a bit out of order for a time, so if by any chance you read it before 11:30 a.m. today, please check again.

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika blooper


I've just updated the Bonus Materials page on the Paper Doll Veronika site. One of the things there is bloopers! As I place the pages on the scanner, sometimes things slip out of place. It does happen less often now that I've discovered I can use the scanner upside-down, but we'll see!

In this one, Veronika's arm flopped out of her sleeve and blocked the speech bubble, plus she seems to be losing her balance. See more bloopers at the above link!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 4 is complete!
The update starts here.
The chapter begins here.
The story begins here.

It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Lineart: new cover for Bovodar and the Bears novel


The fantasy adventure novel Bovodar and the Bears is getting a new cover and the illustration is underway! You saw the sketch, here's ink, next is color!

The author, Jack Mikkelson, and I are also working on a graphic novel based thereon. Look forward to it!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Just a snippet this time; a new challenger appears! Who could it be? Go find out!

Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 4 has begun!

The beginning is here.

The update was actually yesterday, but I was busy all day and couldn't post links. It updates every Friday. I recommend using the "Save your place" gadget, even once you catch up, because the site starts at the beginning and updates are several pages.

Veronika Bosch, who's never left her father's estate, has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Paper Doll Veronika has updated; Chapter 3 has begun! The update begins here.

The beginning of the comic is here.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

sketch: Away From Home


It's August 1, known as Odaiba Day among Digimon fans, the date on which the heroes were first taken into the digital world, so I wanted to post this even though it's not finished. I will watercolor it when I get the opportunity.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bovodar and the Bears preview: Beyond City Walls


A glimpse of the world of Bovodar and the Bears...
There are people within it, but they are outnumbered by talking beasts.  The animals we take for granted in our own world do not merely trot along on all fours and eat from the fields or hunt each other.  Instead, the denizens of Bovodar's world are beasts who walk upright like men.  Sometimes they wear clothes.  They talk, engage in commerce, cook food, and even worship.
Read more here, or get the novel here!

Monday, July 29, 2019

Anxiety in the Garden


Paper Doll Veronika updated as of last Friday, completing Chapter 2, for which this is bonus art. The update begins here.

I really need to systematize how I post concerning comic updates on my various internet places. The webcomic site design thingy I use won't let me make the homepage go to the first page of the latest update, only the last page of all or the first page of all. (Or at least, I cannot figure out how to make it let me do that.) So, I heartily recommend using the "Save your place" gadget on the right side of the site, including when your place is all caught up.

Anyway, the bonus art for the chapters lets me experiment and do things that I couldn't do on the normal pages--like those pressed flowers; they're far too delicate to be used on a page where characters have to move around a lot on top of them. I'm not totally satisfied with the background for this one, but I learned in the experimenting.

Monday, July 22, 2019

What happened to the Liturgical Calendar Coloring Book


If you have visited this blog more than once over the past few years, you may have noticed that The Liturgical Calendar Coloring Book, which I made in 2013, has not been available since some time last year. It was a coloring book of every observed Solemnity, Feast, Memorial, and Optional Memorial in the Roman Calendar of the Catholic Church, about 240 pages.

The reason it has gone away is that Sophia Institute Press requested to buy the rights to it, and commission around 120 more pages to go with it, to construct a coloring book of saints for every single day of the entire year. I have just finished the work for the first volume, January-June, and it should come out in the next few months.

It's been an interesting ride. In the six years between the two sets of illustrations, I think I may say I've improved a lot. The above page of St. Flavia Domitilla is my favorite so far from these new drawings. There will also be the addition of short biographies, written by Anna Maria Mendell. So if you enjoyed The Liturgical Calendar Coloring Book, consider making the year complete with this new book, soon to be published by Sophia Institute Press.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Bovodar and the Bears preview: The Wolf King


A panel detail from the upcoming Bovodar and the Bears graphic novel, written by Jack Mikkelson.

One of the reasons I'm so enthusiastic about this story is the enigmatic, fearsome figure of the Wolf King.

He does not merely rule over a nation or a realm.  In truth, the Wolf King is the emperor of the entire world.  He is no rude beast.  He is not simply a wolf.  He walks like a man, gestures like a man, and is just as smart as a man--even smarter, in fact.  More than that, the Wolf King has powers that cause many to think of him as a deity.
Though the primary form of the Wolf King has been that of a wolf, he has been known throughout the ages to take many other forms.  He is master over the East and the West, the Landed North and the Southern Sea.  He bestows gifts to whom he wishes, and he punishes those he sees fit.  He can lift mountains.  He can move rivers.  He can obliterate cities.  And finally, he can remake beasts to his liking.
Read more about him on the author's blog, or get the exciting novel!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika update


Chapter 2 of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, has begun! Read it here!

The beginning is here!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The Wrath of the Sparrows


Bonus art for Chapter 1 of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika.

I'd like to do an extra art piece for most of the chapters, and I'll be keeping said art in the bonus section of the comic website. One exciting thing about this story is the stylistic limitations on the comic itself, which spurs me, and maybe someday if I am lucky, fans, to do art depicting the characters and events in views and styles that the comic does not. I have always found that video games with limitations on the graphics inspire a lot more fanart than ones that show you every event in cinematic detail. It allows the imagination to fill in the gaps.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika begins


My webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, is now up and running!

A girl who's never left her father's estate has to go on a journey when envious animals kick her out. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional media equivalent of an elaborate sprite comic. Read it here!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika preview: Animals revealed!


My webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, begins this Friday! Here are the pesky animals that cause the initial trouble for our heroine.

I held a guessing game with these silhouettes, and all but one was guessed: the skunk. Find out what their names are and what mischief they get up to at paperdollveronika.com starting July 12!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika preview: Library


Another preview for my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, coming July 12! A background from the comic. All the books on the shelves are made from paint chips.

Sketch prize: Pikachu


For Michael Babbish, who participated in my guessing contest in anticipation of my upcoming webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, and requested a sketch of Pikachu as his prize.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika character profile


Another preview for my upcoming webcomic, this is the heroine! With a little information redacted at the end there, because you have to read it and find out what she does then!

This also gives an idea of how I'm using the medium of posable paper doll collage with digitally-applied text.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika preview: Guess the creature 6 & 7

UPDATE: The winner for this one, having guessed on Deviantart, is Superherogeek13!


Posting the last two animal silhouettes together because I have other preview material to show as my webcomic will appear one week from today!

In the run-up to the grand beginning of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, I'm having a little guessing game contest in which you can win a sketch request!

In Paper Doll Veronika, seven animals start trouble for our heroine. I'll be posting silhouettes of them, and with each one, the first person--whether on Deviantart, Instagram, or my blog--to guess correctly what kind of animal it is wins a free sketch request!

Guess in the comments. One guess per person per animal.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika preview: Guess the creature 5


In the run-up to the grand beginning of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, I'm having a little guessing game contest in which you can win a sketch request!

In Paper Doll Veronika, seven animals start trouble for our heroine. I'll be posting silhouettes of them, and with each one, the first person--whether on Deviantart, Instagram, or my blog--to guess correctly what kind of animal it is wins a free sketch request!

Guess in the comments. One guess per person per animal.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

A counterintuitive publicity strategy

I just designated my Facebook account for deletion, and while never having had an account on Twitter, I've blocked myself from it. If I'm ever able to log back into Tumblr, I'll delete my blogs there, and while I like Instagram, I'm considering whether I should get off there, since it's part of Mark Zuckerberg's evil empire.

This may seem foolish for someone trying to make a living via freelance art, and maybe it is, but the truth is I never got the hang of making social media net me clients. My lucrative contacts have been made mostly through this blog, with a few through Deviantart, Gab, the comments on others' blogs, and real-life networking. I'm hoping that, with fewer internet places at which to scatter my unfocused efforts, I can concentrate my focused efforts on just this blog, Deviantart, and my fast-approaching webcomic site. For the past few weeks I've been way more active online than for years. This is not just to try to get more eyes on my work--though I won't lie, I hope for that result too--but also because I really want to find more peoples' original creative works I can enthusiastically follow and support.

Many of the huge, corporate IPs are decaying: Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc. Independent creators hold the key to future glory in storytelling. So if you have a story: a novel, a comic, let me know! I'll check it out. I can't promise I'll follow it if it's not my cup of tea, but I can promise to give it a chance. In return, I ask that you give mine a chance. You'll find me here and on Deviantart, soon on paperdollveronika.com, and when it returns in triumph, Socialgalactic.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika preview: Guess the creature 4


Update: The winner, having guessed on Deviantart, is monat08!

In the run-up to the grand beginning of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, I'm having a little guessing game contest in which you can win a sketch request!

In Paper Doll Veronika, seven animals start trouble for our heroine. I'll be posting silhouettes of them, and with each one, the first person--whether on Deviantart, Instagram, or my blog--to guess correctly what kind of animal it is wins a free sketch request!

Guess in the comments. One guess per person per animal.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Papa sketch


The initial sketch for my Father's Day picture.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika preview: Guess the creature 3


UPDATE: The winner, having guessed on Deviantart, is RedWesternRanger!

In the run-up to the grand beginning of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, I'm having a little guessing game contest in which you can win a sketch request!

In Paper Doll Veronika, seven animals start trouble for our heroine. I'll be posting silhouettes of them, and with each one, the first person--whether on Deviantart, Instagram, Facebook, or my blog--to guess correctly what kind of animal it is wins a free sketch request!

Guess in the comments. One guess per person per animal.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Why is this bear sad?


What a sad bear! Find out what upset him in the upcoming graphic novel Bovodar and the Bears written by Jack Mikkelson, (more preview material coming soon!) or read the novel on which it's based!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika preview: Guess the creature 2


In the run-up to the grand beginning of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, I'm having a little guessing game contest in which you can win a sketch request!

In Paper Doll Veronika, seven animals start trouble for our heroine. I'll be posting silhouettes of them, and with each one, the first person--whether on Deviantart, Instagram, Facebook, or my blog--to guess correctly what kind of animal it is wins a free sketch request!

Guess in the comments. One guess per person per animal.

UPDATE: And the winner, having commented on Instagram, is michael babbish!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Papa


Happy Father's Day!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika preview: Guess the creature 1




In the run-up to the grand beginning of my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika, I'm having a little guessing game contest in which you can win a sketch request!

In Paper Doll Veronika, seven animals start trouble for our heroine. I'll be posting silhouettes of them, and with each one, the first person--whether on Deviantart, Instagram, Facebook, or my blog--to guess correctly what kind of animal it is wins a free sketch request!

UPDATE: The winner, having commented on Facebook, is Sarah!

Guess in the comments. One guess per person per animal.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sketch: new cover for Bovodar and the Bears novel!


To go along with the future release of the graphic novel adaptation, the original novel Bovodar and the Bears is getting a new cover illustration, and I believe the author, Jack Mikkelson, is also preparing some edits. Here's the initial pencil drawing for the new cover!

If you want to read the first edition while it's still available, get it here!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Paper Doll Veronika banner


In about a month, on July 12, I plan to start my webcomic, Paper Doll Veronika!

As you can see, it's done using paper dolls drawn by me. Half collage, half puppetry, it's the traditional-media equivalent of a sprite comic. The story is the adventure of a girl who has to leave home for the first time because of seven pesky animals!

More preview material is coming up in this time leading up to the comic site going live. Please look forward to it!

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Publication of a Letter to Bishop Steven Lopes

On the Feast of Christ the King, November 25, 2018, Father Vaughn Treco preached a homily which criticized certain actions of certain popes. This homily may be listened to here.

On January 20, 2019, Bishop Steven Lopes removed Fr. Treco from his position as pastor of the Church of St. Bede the Venerable because of this homily. On March 29, 2019, Bishop Lopes excommunicated Fr. Treco because of this homily. Update: Though somewhat unclear, it seems that the correct date of the excommunication is actually April 1, 2019.

Between Jan. 20 and March 29, I, Mary MacArthur, wrote the following letter to Bishop Lopes and circulated it among the parishioners, of whom more than half signed it. I do not include the unredacted signatures in this online publication because I do not have permission to do so from the signatories.

Two copies were sent to +Lopes with different sets of signatures. This is one of the copies, with signatures blurred for anonymity. The other copy had eight additional signatures, including my own.

Your Excellency the Most Reverend Steven Lopes,
Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter,

In your letter announcing the removal of our former pastor, Fr. Vaughn Treco, it was stated that he denied Church teaching in his Feast of Christ the King homily, which was critical of the Second Vatican Council and certain subsequent statements and actions by popes. The letter did not, however, state what Catholic teaching it is judged that Fr. Treco denied.

Since the letter was publicly read, we request public clarification, citing the specific sentences where the homily in question denied Catholic dogma, explaining exactly what defined doctrine they contradict. If we were taught error, we, the faithful of the Church of St. Bede the Venerable, have the right to know what it was and what the correct teaching is.

Yours in Christ,
[signatures redacted]
Parishioners of St. Bede the Venerable

There has been no answer given to this letter as of today, June 9, 2019.

On May 6, 2019, it was announced that St. Bede's would cease function, and the last Mass was May 19, 2019.

I do not believe that the Christ the King homily was in any way heretical or schismatic. Fr. Treco compared the papal actions he was criticizing to St. Peter's denial of Christ. Doing so was in no way denying these popes' papal authority, any more than it was denying St. Peter's papal authority!

If Bishop Lopes sincerely believes that Fr. Treco's homily was contrary to the Catholic Faith, why refuse to give an explanation of how exactly? Why refuse to give guidance to the flock that he claims was led astray by an erring pastor?

I grieve the loss of my pastor and parish, and I pray for Fr. Treco in his canonical exile, and for Bishop Lopes in what I believe to be his misguided action. I ask that all who read this do the same.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Emerged from the Elements sketch


The sketch for my Emerged from the Elements birthday present piece.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Emerged from the Elements


As a present for a friend of mine, whose birthday was the second; three of her characters from a fantasy novel she's working on.

It's hard to get the contrast right on a scanned ink painting. Hmm.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Bovodar & Bears banner


A banner image for the upcoming graphic novel Bovodar and the Bears written by Jack Mikkelson! We're planning a lot of special material coming up for folks to see as we progress on this project. See Jack's blog for more info!

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Paschal sketches

The sketches for my

Good Friday

and

Holy Saturday
pictures.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

More Clockwork colours


Another colored panel from Clockwork Dancer written by Jon Del Arroz, pencilled and inked by me, colored by Emmanuel Ordaz Torres. Hopefully to be published in 2020! It's going to be awesome!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Clockwork Dancer preview in colour!


The colorist has worked his magic on the first page of Clockwork Dancer, written by the extremely patient Jon Del Arroz! I love how warm and vintage it looks, and I especially like the shading on the arm in the first panel.

As implied, I have gone very slow on this, and am extremely grateful for Mr. Del Arroz's bearing with me. Having increased my drawing speed and laid out a comprehensive work schedule, I have now promised to do the remaining pages in the first three weeks of July, and I'm posting this here to really hold me accountable! Please look forward to this ripping steampunk adventure!

Friday, April 26, 2019

Pysanky and birthday cake







These are the pysanky I made the last two years. Planning to make at least one more this Easter season.

My birthday was a couple days ago. Revived an old tradition:


A figurine I received as a birthday present as a topper!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sir, where have you taken Him?


Fourth and final personal piece for Passiontide and Easter. (Though there is one more I'd like to do for the Easter season...)

She, thinking that it was the gardener, saith to him: Sir, if thou hast taken him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. - John 20:15

I really like Noli Me Tangere paintings where Christ is in a full-out gardener disguise. Here's a nice article about that. (But look out, the modern pieces included are hideous.) And I wanted to do it in a sort of nineteenth-century milieu, inspired by antique greeting cards.

This wraps up my set of Paschal pictures by returning to Our Lord with Mary Magdalene, a model of repentance for us all. There can be no mercy without sorrow for and cessation of sin. Our sins crucified Christ. He rose so we could be forgiven. Let us cast them off and live anew in Him.

Happy Easter!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Perpetual Vigil

Third out of my four personal pieces for Passiontide and Easter.

Major spoilers follow for Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle's Mystery-Solving File, along with implied ones for Dual Destinies and Azran Legacy.


Eleven years of longing.

In Layton's Mystery Journey: Katrielle's Mystery-Solving File, it's so awesome to see the Professor and Luke adventuring together again, but so shocking and sad what happens to them.

And it wasn't till I had thought about it for a while, not in fact until I realized that I have planned a similar thing for the precise sake of such a symbolic image, that it hit me. I plan in one of my stories for there to be king under a sleeping spell in a chapel, and one of his men remaining by his side in vigil, and I meant it as an image of visiting the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. They went further and actually had them locked in boxes! If you still don't get it, know that there are a multitude of old prayers and holy cards that depict Christ in the Blessed Sacrament chained and caged as Prisoner of Love.

As always, I know that this was likely not intentional, but that doesn't matter at all. Depicting Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, and most of all especially in this case Love, will make your art reflect Christ.

I've written about the Eucharistic imagery of the other half of this story, that is Ace Attorney. Phoenix and Apollo are the Christ figures there: Phoenix is associated with bread and wine when he can't show forth his own attributes; Apollo uses his body to save his beloved in such a way that reflects the practice of purposing to console Christ in one's reception of Communion. So on the Professor Layton half, while the Professor and Luke, especially in the climax of Azran Legacy, have the sacrificial part of Christ-figuring down, there wasn't a particularly Eucharistic aspect. Until now.

Like Jesus the Prisoner of Love, they let themselves be enclosed in a casket in a church, silent and mostly alone, for the sake of a beloved: Luke's wife, Marina, which is perfect, as marriage is an image of Christ's relation to the human soul. This is the best thing about stories. They can yield not only intellectual but emotional understanding of the truth of God. If it doesn't mean much to hear that God loves you, engage with a story that contains an immense, moving example of sacrificial love, like Hershel Layton's love for Katrielle, Claire, Luke, etc., and it will give you a hint, a glimpse of a smidgen of what that Love is like.

God makes Himself helpless so He can be imprisoned in churches all over the world, just so He can be available for us to love. He submits Himself to irreverence and desecration, just as He submitted Himself to scourges, thorns, and nails. And right now, right now, this image of the imprisoned Blessed Sacrament has more relevance than ever.

In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI stated he was resigning the ministry (not the office, as canon law requires) of the papacy, and Jorge Bergoglio was elected to succeed him in a conclave that has been revealed to have been heavily influenced by a cooperating group, also against canon law. Benedict retains his papal name and vestments and still gives papal blessings. But most obvious of all indications that something is gravely wrong, putative pope Francis has endeavored to make the heretical precepts of: God willing all religions, states having no right to execute criminals, and worst of all and most relevant of all, unrepentant mortal sinners being encouraged to receive Communion; part of universal Catholic practice. Only one out of all the bishops is saying that something must be done about the entire mess: Henri Gracida, retired bishop of Corpus Christi.

I wrote about the events of 2013 back at the time, and like now, I was using fiction to help me make sense of it. I know now I was wrong about many things. I wasn't one of those folks who had a bad feeling as soon as they saw Bergoglio, but that makes me all the more sure of his ill effect now. I had to be convinced he was a bad pope or even an antipope, and I certainly was convinced. But I can still use what I thought then and learn from it. And I still think fiction resonates around the spiritual realities. Thus:

Once, I would have been upset by the inclusion of an evil bishop in Professor Layton. Even though that one would've been Anglican, not Catholic, I would have seen it as an anti-Christian message and been distressed. But now I know better. Look at McCarrick, Cupich, Marx, Zanchetta, Gregory, Fernandez, Tobin, Kasper, Dolan, Paglia, Coccopalmerio, Wuerl. Almost all the bishops are doing evil. So many are sexual perverts, Modernists, or, often, both. It isn't "a few bad priests." It is an organized, intentional infiltration. They are persecuting good priests -- Kalchik, Dwyer, Rynne, and my own pastor, who even once said I was like a daughter to him, has been taken away and treated cruelly; heck yes I relate to Katrielle -- and they are holding Christ captive in a further sense.

Donatism isn't true. Even when clergy are evil, they still hold the power to confect the sacraments. That's a good thing, because otherwise most people couldn't get valid sacraments, but it means wicked clergy are hurting Christ through the sacrilege of confecting the Eucharist while in mortal sin. Many of them don't care because they don't actually believe in Him, but some do and do care because hurting Him and encouraging others to hurt Him is exactly what they want. They subject Him to irreverence and abuse through refusing to genuflect to Him, adulterating the liturgy, encouraging sacrilegious Eucharistic reception, abusing the faithful in every possible sense, even such horrors as in the Pennsylvania report: directly desecrating the Blessed Sacrament along with their victims in acts of Satanic ritual sexual abuse.

And He endures this, as a continuation of His Passion, for our sake! He will act, He will judge, but first He gives us the chance to, spurred on by love and longing, solve the puzzle of what's going on, stand up for Him, and help ultimately to rid the Church of these evil bishops and deliver them to justice.

Protestants tell us to leave, that all you need is the Word of God in scripture, not the Bread of Life that is the Word made Flesh. Just as a Kasperite priest might have told Marina to leave and to remarry, that nothing more could be expected in her harsh circumstances. But a true bride does not leave her bridegroom, even when he is imprisoned and she is a hostage. The Catholic Church is the Bride of Christ.

I am so grateful for stories like this that point towards the beauty of love like unto His.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Friday 2019


Second of my four pictures for Passiontide and Easter.

Spoilers following for Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice.

In Ace Attorney, dates are given for everything that happens, but for only one event, the death of Gregory Edgeworth, is the year given. Still, that allows the whole timeline to be plotted out. In 2019, this year, occurs the trial of Zak Gramarye for the murder of Magnifi Gramarye, which results in the disbarment of Phoenix Wright and the beginning of the Dark Age of the Law, and it happens on April 19, Good Friday, that is today.

I was stunned when I discovered this. Of all the things in Ace Attorney possibly to happen on Good Friday, this may be the most symbolically appropriate. With only the one year specified and Good Friday always being a different date, there's no way they did it on purpose, surely! ...I tend to believe that stories have guardian angels.

This is like my twelve Christmas pictures portraying the Christmas events in Ace Attorney with added symbolic emphasis. I based the poses and lighting on Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri.

As always, this is not intended to be in any way irreverent. Heroes, if they exemplify true goodness, will be images of Christ.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Mary Magdalene's Perfume Bottle lineart


I made a bit of a mistake; as it turns out, it's the Gospel for today, not last Thursday, that is this scene. So here's the ink outline of my Mary Magdalene's Perfume Bottle piece, and you can use it as a coloring page if you like.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mary Magdalene's Perfume Bottle


First of four pictures for Passiontide.

This idea started because the lolita fashion brand called Mary Magdalene, unlike many of the others, doesn't have a whole lot of pictorial prints, but one that they do have is called Perfume Bottle, and it occurred to me, does that have anything to do with their name-patron's actions? So I decided to draw that scene, which is the Gospel for Monday of Holy Week, with her wearing the Perfume Bottle one-piece dress. And then it became about Judas' hypocritical avarice, and how Marxist Modernists who emulate it really just want to give God ugliness. Here's a good article about that.

"No one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true Socialist.” - Pope Pius XI

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Sketch for Faith, Hope, Love, and Luck


The sketch for the Zero Escape fanart piece I did for St. Patrick's Day.