Liturgical Art Iconography

From this to that: St John the Baptist

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Below are progression photos taken during the process of writing an icon of St John the Baptist. Enjoy!

  1. Trace the big lines
  2. Begin the background colors
  3. Complete background colors (no paint in the halo area)
  4. Apply highlights of progressively lighter shades
  5. Continue with highlights
  6. Complete highlights, add lettering, add pinstriping to border
  7. Add cross, apply 23 carat gold leaf to halo, outline all
  8. After varnishing, the completed St John the Baptist
Let nothing be preferred to the Work of God – Rule of Benedict 43:3
trace
1 - Trace the big lines
fill in day 1
2 - Begin the background colors
fill in day 2
3 - Complete background colors (no paint in the halo)
highlights and face 1
4 - Apply highlights of progressively lighter shades
highlights and face 2
5 - Continue with highlights
highlights and face 3
6 - Complete highlights, add lettering, add pinstriping to border
Outline, cross
7 - Add cross, apply 23 carat gold leaf to halo, outline all
complete St John the Baptist
8 - After varnishing, the completed St John the Baptist