I am working on plans for a drawing titled Saint John, Saint John, Saint John, Saint John which will replicate four "Andy Warhol style" prints of Caravaggio's, Saint John the Baptist (above) and look similar to the depiction of Caesar Augustus used on the Bar Fight website (also above). Saint John x 4 will be 3' x 3' and all space will be filled with a dot or detail as in the illustration I am working on now (shown below). The work in progress below is titled The Crucifixion of Barabbas at the Place of the Skull. Barabbas was the rebel chosen to be set free before Jesus was crucified according to the Bible and little is known about him. With symbols representing sex, vice, drugs, money and an overwhelming reminder of mortality The Crucifixion of Barabbas depicts an arrogant (or maybe even ordinary) man who gladly suffers for his own selfish choices. The reality of that choice is suggested by a strong contrast of color. Barabbas may include the biblical phrase, "How hard it is for those with wealth, to enter the kingdom of God!"
The workspace of Saint John will be a bright, neon fill with no white or black space and contradictions such as bright orange versus hot pink, magenta, lime green and blue should confuse the eye—a friend indicated this to me as being psychedelic. The goal is to "defeat" modern technology by creating a work of art with details too minute to be appreciated on a computer screen. My previous drawing, When in Rome do a Roman (reposted again below) is 9" x 11" and photographed at 16.2 megapixels the smallest details are neglected at 45MB. Roman took six months to complete and Barabbas is twice that size. If I find the time and resources to complete the 3' x 3' Saint John—I'll be impressed. I don't know how long it will take because I also plan to write a third novel, make a living and socialize. I've found that a good balance is necessary towards my productivity and notice a relationship between my ability to read, write, illustrate… and work—which I totally actually do.
Imagine if Saint John was also in 3D? All photographs and images, aside from Caravaggio's Saint John the Baptist, are copyright Alan Michael 2012. The above photograph of Caravaggio's Saint John the Baptist has been taken from the public domain.