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Resources for Drawing Comic Superheroes

We were just at Michaels to pick up stuff for Nino’s sacramental preparation portfolio (will blog that at a later date) and he found a book on how to draw comics, except it wasn’t on sale, and the “50% off any item at regular price” coupon we had couldn’t be applied to it — guess it really wasn’t “any item”. I didn’t want him to spend $10 on a book that looked mediocre to me, so I had to say no and he was all upset on the way home (character building moment).

I’ll let him have the figure drawing book given to me by the hubs when I was taking fine arts classes in college, but I also found him a few resources that might be helpful to other kids with similar interests:

How to Draw Step by Step Drawing Tutorials (images and videos)

How to Draw Comics.net – This one isn’t really for kids, but I thought I’d keep the link for when he’s older.

I’m also ordering these two books, but will hold off on handing them to him until I’ve checked for, uhm, unsavory images. Hopefully they’ll be clean enough. Worst case scenario I can tear off pages if need be.

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

Simplified Anatomy for the Comic Book Artist

A Marian Study for May


Note: This is a work-in-progress. 🙂

This is our rough outline for a Marian study we’re doing in May, covering art, geography, religion, history and the liturgical year. It’s a combination of ideas culled from the Blessed Mother Notebook Project message thread at the 4Real Forums, and a collection of magazine articles and religious calendars that I’ve been collecting the past several years. Yena (11, entering 7th grade) will be doing a main notebook based on the choices and references I’ve listed below — we’ll start out with a goal of 20 pages and expand as needed/desired. Nino and I will be doing a little one for him with mostly holy cards, stickers, and short prayers to memorize. I’m putting a little booklet for my bedside table, with my favorite images and Marian prayers.

Will update/fix links below as I’m able.

1) Mary the Mother of God – January 1 – Solemnity
Icons of the Mother of God
– for teens and up: Pope Paul VI’s Encyclical Marialis Cultus
Mary, Mother of God according to the Church fathers
Beautiful homily from Pope Benedict XVI on January 1, 2012

2) Litany of Loreto – incorporate pictures from Loreto trip 2009
– Calligraphy Work

3) Our Lady of Lourdes, February 11 – incorporate pics from Lourdes trip 2008
Image 1
Image 2
Image 3
Re-watch The Song of Bernadette
Additional reading, if you like: The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel

4) Our Lady of Fatima – incorporate pictures from Portugal trip 2013
Fatima from Mary Pages
Miracle of the Sun image

For calligraphy work: the Fatima prayer

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in most need of Thy mercy.

5) Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 12 –
– narration of story of Juan Diego
– illustration of tilma, roses,

6) Annunciation of the Lord – March 25 – Solemnity
The Annunciation, Eugene Amaury-Duval (see calendar)

7) Immaculate Heart of Mary – April – Memorial, Movable

8) Our Lady Help of Christians – May 24 – Solemnity, Australia

9) Our Lady of Antipolo

10) Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15 – Solemnity

11) Queenship of Mary – August 22, Memorial

12) Mama Mary’s Birthday – September 8 – Feast

13) Our Lady of Sorrows – September 15 – Memorial

14) Our Lady of the Rosary – October 7, Memorial

15) The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – November 21 – Memorial

16) Immaculate Conception, December 8 – Solemnity

17) Make a mosaic of a Marian image

18) Scherenschnitte of a Marian image

19) Compile a list of the Marian title for Patroness of all the Countries – can do this on world map — or list of basilicas/Cathedrals around the world dedicated to Mary
– can explore architecture, stained glass,

JPII’s prayer:
“Virgin Mother of God, let me be all yours!
Yours in life, yours in death, yours in affliction, fear and misery.
Yours on the Cross and in bitter grief, yours for time and eternity.
Virgin Mother of my GOd, let me be all yours! Amen”

-Pope John Paul II
(taken from A Year With God)

Polish Madonna
Polish Madonna Prints and Notecards
Black Madonnas

23) Mary, Star of the Sea – Our Lady, Stella Maris

24) Our Lady of the Olives:

25) Paper dolls of Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Lady of Grace
Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe

26) Mary’s Life

27) Marian Holy Cards — Mom do a google search — so many beautiful ones!!

28) Madonna of the Streets:

29) Madonna of the Book by Botticelli

30) Marian Art from Bouguereau

31) Dormi, Jesu by Coleridge

32) Madonna and Child, Murillo

33) L’Innocence, Bouguereau

35) Madonna and Child, Antoine Auguste Ernest Herbert

36) Madonna with Child and Two Angels, Fra Filippo Lippi

37) Virgin and Child, Giambettino Cignaroli

38) Holy Family, Carlo Maratta

39) Holy Family, Agnolo Bronzino

40) Virgin and Child, Bernard Van Orley

41) Madonna with Christ Child Blessing, Giovanni Bellini

42) Madonna in Adoration of the Sleeping Child, Giovanni Bellini

43) The Immaculate Conception of Aranjuez, Murillo

44) Rest on the Flight to Egypt, Simone Cantarini

45) Presentation in the Temple, Giovanni Bellini

46) Lamentation over the Dead Christ, Botticelli

47) The Visitation, Vittore Carpaccio

48) Virgin and Child, Francesco da Santacroce

49) Nativity with Saints James the Greater, Eustace, Nicholas, and Mark

50) The Virgin of the Rosary, Murillo

51) Madonna and Child with St. John the Baptist, Niccolo Soggi

52) Virgin of the Grapes, Mignard

53) Madonna and Child with the young St. John the Baptist, Sandro Botticelli

54) The Virgin of Lorette, Raphael

55) Madonna with Child, Bartolomeo Montagna

56) Holy Family, Raphael

57) The Nativity, Noel-Nicolas Coypel

58) Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Caravaggio

59) Annunciation, Rodriguez Hernandez

60) Madonna of the Rose Bower, Stephan Lochner

61) Little Garden of Paradise, Oberrheinischer Meister

62) Song of the Angels, Bouguereau

63) Nativity/With Lamb (unknown)

64) Madonna and Child, Jusepe de Ribera

65) The Virgin at Prayer by Quentin Massys

66) Virgin of Sorrows by Sassoferrato

67) Madonna and Child by Marianne Stokes

68) Luke 2:5-7, 41-48

69) Song of Songs 6:10, Revelation 12:1

70) Mary’s “Biography” using guide from Anne Neuberger

References and Additional Resources:

Meditations on the Litany of Loreto, for the Month of May
Virtual Tour of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Web Gallery of Art
Marian Feasts in the General Roman Calendar
Our Lady’s Litany: Readings and Reflections
MaryLinks Calendar
Marian Feasts
Forum Discussion on Christian symbols
Stories about Marian shrines, excerpts from Shrines to Our Lady
Shrines to Our Lady Around the World
Dan Paulos
Hail Holy Queen: Reflections on a Well-Known Prayer by John Collins, SJ
Life of the Virgin Mary papercuttings
Dan Paulos at Trinity Stores
Ikon Gallery
Marian Icons
Blessed Virgin Mary Stickers
Marian Stickers
Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue
Legends of the Madonna, The Carpenter’s Shop
Mary’s Book
Nicolo Barabino’s Madonnas
Holy Cards
Marian Holy Cards

Combating Egocentrism: Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer

One way to combat egocentrism… is to focus on everything that God has made and done for us. Because it’s all His. Our time, our talent, our visions, our gifts, our children, they’re all “ours”, but borrowed, for a while. Everything is ultimately His.

So I’m using this space today to celebrate His gifts, that He’s seen fit to share with me. Thank You, Lord.

Migi's Artwork
Migi’s Artwork
Aisa's Hair
Aisa’s Hair

Fr. Dubay talks about the symphony of truth, of divine revelation, of splendor. It brought to mind this poem:

“To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart;
to study hard;
to think quietly,
act frankly,
talk gently,
await occasions,
hurry never;
in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common –

this is my symphony.”
–William Henry Channing (1810-1884)

Recognize to whom you owe the fact that you exist, that you breathe, that you understand, that you are wise, and, above all, that you know God and hope for the kingdom of heaven and the vision of glory, now darkly as in a mirror but then with greater fullness and purity. You have been made a son of God, co-heir with Christ. Where did you get all this, and from whom?

Let me turn to what is of less importance: the visible world around us. What benefactor has enabled you to look out upon the beauty of the sky, the sun in its course, the circle of the moon, the countless number of stars, with the harmony and order that are theirs, like the music of a harp? Who has blessed you with rain, with the art of husbandry, with different kinds of food, with the arts, with houses, with laws, with states, with a life of humanity and culture, with friendship and the easy familiarity of kinship?

– from a sermon of St. Gregory of Nazianzen, Bishop, 18 Feb 2013 Office of Readings

Scripture, Beauty, Art, Chesterton: Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer

Today’s reading was a bit WOW for me, I’m kinda left speechless, so I’m limiting my “response reflection” to music and art.

Here’s where I “journeyed” today…. some of my favorite Scripture verses. I thought it would be interesting to meditate on the beauty of God’s word, both the words themselves, in the Latin, in today’s English, and as interpreted by artists and musicians, old and new.

1 Corinthians 15:55
Ubi est, mors, victoria tua? Ubi est, mors, stimulus tuus?
O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting?

Resurrection by Carl Bloch
Resurrection by Carl Bloch

Isaiah 9:6
Parvulus enim natus est nobis, et filius datus est nobis, et factus est principatus super humerum ejus : et vocabitur nomen ejus, Admirabilis, Consiliarius, Deus, Fortis, Pater futuri sæculi, Princeps pacis.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Luke 2:11
Quia natus est vobis hodie salvator, qui est Christus Dominus in civitate David.
For to you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Revelations 21:5
Et dixit qui sedebat in throno: Ecce nova facio omnia. Et dicit: Scribe. Quia haec verba fidelissima sunt et vera.
And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Matthew 10:29-31
Nonne duo passeres asse veneunt? et unus ex illis non cadet super terram sine Patre vestro. Vestri autem capilli capitis omnes numerati sunt. Nolite ergo timere: multis passeribus meliores estis vos.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 19:14
Jesus vero ait eis: Sinite parvulos, et nolite eos prohibere ad me venire: talium est enim regnum cælorum.
But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Suffer the Little Children by Carl Christian Vogel von Vogelstein
Suffer the Little Children
by Carl Christian Vogel von Vogelstein

Luke 11:15-32
In Latin and English: The Parable of the Prodigal Son

The Return of the Prodigal Son Bartolomé Esteban Murillo
The Return of the Prodigal Son
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo

Mark 9:23 (24)
Et continuo exclamans pater pueri, cum lacrimis aiebat: Credo, Domine; adjuva incredulitatem meam.
Whereupon the father of the boy cried aloud, in tears, Lord, I do believe; succour my unbelief.

Matthew 8:26
Et dicit eis Jesus: Quid timidi estis, modicæ fidei? Tunc surgens imperavit ventis, et mari, et facta est tranquillitas magna.
But Jesus said to them, Why are you faint-hearted, men of little faith? Then he rose up, and checked the winds, and the sea, and there was deep calm.

These aren’t exact matches, but what I often think of when I read/hear these passages.

The Incredulity of St. Thomas Caravaggio
The Incredulity of St. Thomas
St. Peter Walking on Water Alessandro Allori
St. Peter Walking on Water
Alessandro Allori

John 2:5
Dicit mater ejus ministris: Quodcumque dixerit vobis, facite.
And his mother said to the servants, Do whatever he tells you.

The Marriage Feast at Cana Bartolome Esteban Murillo
The Marriage Feast at Cana
Bartolome Esteban Murillo

1 Corinthians 13
In English and Latin

1 Corinthians 13
1 Corinthians 13, Custom Calligraphy available at Etsy

cute versions here

One of these days I’d like to design and illuminate my own.

I am spending the rest of the evening reading and meditating on G. K. Chesterton’s Everlasting Man (Part 2, 2 and 3).

I Got Owned. Or Two Points in Two Days.

If you want an explanation of the title, ask my kids. I don’t know exactly what that means. Except my 18-yo kept saying, “Mom, you got owned.” Whatever. (Am I allowed to say that at 41?)

My 13-year-old is amazing. Okay, I probably shouldn’t say that before I’ve explained why. But wow.

Yesterday, he was doing some research on Environmental Science, for scouting. So I gave him some help, a book, some links, etc. At lunchtime I went into how some environmental activists can take it to extremes and slide off into the extreme end of the spectrum into “anti-life” territory, as in: we need to stop having children because the world can’t possibly support all these humans! Or some such nonsense. His next statement took me by surprise (surprise because I ddin’t expect it to come from a 13-yo’s mouth, although in retrospect, I should have known): “What’s the point of preserving the environment if there’s no one to enjoy it?”

And then today. I’m getting ready to place a huge order for art supplies. I only need $8 more so I can take advantage of a $20 discount (LOL, funny how that works). So I asked them what specific art supplies they’ve been wanting. The 10-year-old: more paints. The 7-year-old: body crayons. The 18-year-old: (what I thought I heard) ceiling wax. (My head: is she planning to redecorate her room before college?) She meant, of course, sealing wax. And the 13-yo goes — “Hey, me too!” I frowned. Isn’t that a girly thing? 18-yo concurred.

Then he goes, “The Emperors used them, and they’re not girls!” We laugh and I admit that he’s right.

But he goes one step further:

“The Pope uses them!”

Yeah, yeah. I got owned. What can I say. I love homeschooling! And I love my kids. They make it so much fun. 😀