June 10, 2005

"3170 illustrations complete; 33495 remaining."

An illustration for every verse of The Bible, that's the goal of Flaming Fire, an elaborate on-line project. (Via Drawn.) Each chapter has a page -- like this, for Genesis 1 -- where you see the citation for each verse -- 1:1, 1:2, 1:3, etc. -- with either a thumbnail of the completed illustration or the notation "not yet illustrated."

The artists are in a position to claim the verses they want to say something about, and they might hate rather than love the verse they choose. There's no enforcement of orthodoxy in the project. Let's check out a famously controversial verse.

The first one I think of is Leviticus 12:22: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."

Here's the illustration. We can click on the artist's name and see a page of thumbnails of the artist's other contributions. That's interesting not only to see the illustrations but also to see the verses he claimed. The same artist, Mark Baldridge, has done Leviticus 18:19: "The nakedness of thy sister, the daughter of thy father, or daughter of thy mother, whether she be born at home, or born abroad, even their nakedness thou shalt not uncover." You look at the thumbnails and decide what you want to click!

IN THE COMMENTS: A reader draws attention to Aerick Duckhugger, who chooses verses of "disgusting horrors." Here's a striking example!


chuck_b said...

I particularly like Aerick Duckhugger's sorta NSFW Linda Barry-esque comic panels (and his name delights me too.) Proverbs 10:31, for example. Too funny.

For some people, Bible verses are the living word of god or something. To me, they're kinda silly. I suppose it doesn't help to read them in this semi-hostile alien context, but even so...I'm grateful I was born in a country where I myself can choose to ignore certain kinds of ancient nonsense.

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Ann Althouse said...

Thanks for calling attention to those. Really nice!

chuck_b said...

And this work by Tamara Bower is lovely.

And this fellow too!

Troy said...

Pretty much as expected.... Some comfort in that. I too am grateful I was born in a country where I myself can choose to ignore certain kinds of post modern nonsense (or something).

Slac said...

Why do they allow the artist to put in a caption? Isn't the verse already the caption?

It allows the artist to make a graphic of really shallow meaning and then explain what he meant by it.

And here's one where the artist put his self-portrait in the Parable of the Talents. The picture by itself is just a guy standing there, but the caption says, "hey this is me, look at me, I'm an artist, my talent, I hope I'm doing a good job, I hope god loves me.." Okay, maybe that's not an exact quote, but it's still just as distracting.

I just noticed both of those were by the same guy. That's too bad.

I was all ready to sign up and take part, but I'm afraid it'll turn into a shameful self-serving showboat for artists to draw attention to themselves.

Ann Althouse said...

Slac: Thanks for pointing those out. Man, they're bad. The artist praising himself for having talent? That's not right. There should be a way to bump bad ones with better ones. Why should the first guy to claim a verse get to own it?