Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Bible pictures on the net!


Searching for Bible pictures on the internet can be very frustrating!
When you search Google for 'Bible pictures', it's possible to get to page 80, and still not find what you're looking for! In fact, by the time you get to page 80, you won't find anything biblical at all!

Google is apparently working on 'new search technology' that will only show 'very relevant' web pages that match the search term used. in other words, when you search for 'Bible pictures', you will get a list of sites that actually have Bible pictures! Isn't that what's supposed to happen? Anyway, for those of you who can't wait for Googles new technology to arrive, and for those of you who still haven't found 'The Bible picture website', read on!

Older collections
There are a few sites out there that do contain Bible pictures. These can range from nineteenth century engravings by Gustave Dore, to Flash-cards produced in the sixties! Good as these pictures are, it's very difficult to hold the attention of todays 'Cartoon Network' loving children, (whose attention span has been reduced to two seconds), with black & white engravings by Gustave Dore!
The Bible picture website produces 'new artwork' with todays kids in mind.

Continuity
Many sites boast 'large collections' of Bible pictures which are usually scans taken from old Bible story books, children's Bibles or very old paintings.
Again these are very good, but there's a problem with continuity, as most of the stories are made up from pictures done by several artists, which means that the main character, whether it be Moses or Jesus, can change several times during one story! The Bible picture website uses one artist per story!

Private collections
Many children's workers know an amateur or semi professional artist who produces Bible pictures for them. Some of these collections are starting to appear on the web. The only problem here is that because the artist, more often than not, has produced the pictures as a favor, or at very low cost. they tend not to have the time to do the proper research required for each story. When I was a professional illustrator producing Bible pictures in my spare time, I had the same problem.

I've added a list of all the Bible picture resource sites that I can find on the web. It's at the bottom of the right hand column. If I find any more, I'll add them too!

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8 comments:

Paul G said...

Mention of the "Cartoon Network" influence makes me think of the Super-Hero Bible based stories available in U.S. Christian stores. While I'm not against them I do think it makes children approach Bible stories from a rather superficial angle. "Bible Hero meets Noah." What next? Spider-Man saying, "Let's kick some Pharisee butt?"
Wait a minute. That sounds like a good idea!

Bible artist said...

That sounds like a 'Marvel'ous idea Paul!
I've not seen the 'Super Hero' Bible stories yet. No doubt they will arrive at some point in the U.K.

There are a lot of children's storybooks and animated films that show children traveling back in time, and actually getting involved in Bible events. I understand what these story writers are trying to do, but it does tend to fictionalize the Bible stories themselves.

I wrote and illustrated a children's book about 20 years ago, called 'Shall we go into the Ark?' It was about a group of dinosaurs watching Noah as he built the Ark.
Each dinosaur had a different reason for not going into the Ark. e.g. 'Thesaurus', who was the intellectual among them, thought the idea that water would fall from the sky was ridiculous!
One by one, each dinosaur turned their back on Noah's invitation. This in the end led to their extinction!

The story was rejected by Christian publishers in the U.K. for the reason above. That it was mixing Bible stories with fiction. I thought it was a valid comment, so I didn't submit the book anywhere else.

christian college said...

Hi, It's a very nice post.There are a lot of childrens storybooks and animated films that show children traveling back in time, and actually getting involved in Bible events. I understand what these story writers are trying to do, but it does tend to fictionalize the Bible stories themselves.

Bible artist said...

My point exactly!!

Bible artist said...

.....Actually, this was their point, but I agree with it!

Andre Machell said...

I am very interested in the bible images you've created, but the link you have goes to another website for gym training! Can you please check your link or post the websites direct link please? Looking forward to seeing the correct website images!

Andre Machell said...

I am very interested in the bible images you've created, but the link you have goes to another website for gym training! Can you please check your link or post the websites direct link please? Looking forward to seeing the correct website images!

Bible artist said...

Many thanks Andre! I had forgotten about that link - I will get around to changing that. In the meantime here is the link to the new website. Not all our pictures are up yet but hopefully will be soon. I'm just finishing the life of Joseph.
http://store.foundationmatters.org