Friar Gray, Carmelite friar. 8"x11" Archival pigment ink illustration on 11"x14" Bristol Board. The bas relief is modeled from the gigantic doors of the Manila Cathedral.
Ah, shades of gray. I have mastered the feeling, now I just need to master the lines. Solemn, that's how I felt drawing the above illustration. My daughter asked me why I keep drawing friars and monks. I told her I love their cloaks and habits. When I was a young girl, we had a book describing the life of medieval monks. I especially loved knowing that they were scribes and intellectuals creating illustrated manuscripts, wrote books on herbalism, perfected the fermentation of wine, conducted scientific studies, were physicians and were philosophers. I wish I have that book here with me. It was beautifully illustrated. I remember how much I enjoyed reading about the lives of monks, friars and nuns. As a Catholic, I wanted to be a nun. I think every Catholic girl who attended catechism, Catholic schools or who were exposed to nuns wanted to be a nun. To this day, I still enjoy reading about the history of the Catholic church. My taste is more eclectic now. For example, I have an encyclopedic book about the popes, but I also have a book called "The Bad Popes" which describes the anti-pope movement of France and Italy during the renaissance period. What an interesting timeline in history. As much as I am conflicted regarding the profound influence of the Catholic church in current Philippine politics, I am still grateful that the friars came to Christianize the archipelago. Imagine had they arrived a hundred years later. They already arrived too late in the southern region. The smaller drawing above left, is a better scanned image of an earlier post.