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This is the 8" x 8" color rough for a cover of a book about Esther, the Old Testament queen who saved the Jews from extermination in ancient Persia. I'll show the finished piece later on.

NOTE: You may recognize the "Esther" from an earliler piece.

Comments (11)

You mean this isn't the FINISHED version? It's breathtaking.

Have you considered a career in art?



That's the nature of doing detailed "roughs": the more information I get across in the piece, the more detailed the art director can make his/her opinion of the final outcome. Kind of like "Garbage In-Garbage Out"

You mean you can make MONEY doing this stuff?

One of my favorite stories, ever. You've captured it beautifully. She's definitely a woman of power and grace.


I have to admit, I didn't know the story until I was called for this job. Once I started researching it, I discovered the story to be very compelling.

Thanks for the kind word.


Can't wait to see it "finished". :o)



The ancients had masking tape?

The tape thing is a good device...

But moderation, man.

If it were me, I'd put the picture of "Esther" in a vessel with the side broken out--as if it had been stored like the Dead Sea scrolls. Have a shaft of light shining on the picture from above through the mouth of the vessel, & do a hazy array of light reflecting towards the viewer through the broken-out side.

A vessel would say more to me than tape would. Just an idea. Take it or leave it.


Uh.....I'll pass. The tape is supposed to be anachronistic.


Gotcha. Just a thought.

Swing...and WHIFF!!!


For us (the Jewish people), the term "old testament" is quite.... insulting.

How about using the term "Torah"?




"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

I wish people would quit whining over words. Why not be thankful he knows the story?

OK--next, somebody write in & complain about the word "Jew"--it's "Hebrew-American"! If they're Israeli, they can be "Hebrew-American Hebrews."

I'm being facetious, BTW.


Thanks for chiming in. I'd say the Word Police could put me in cuffs any ol' day now.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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