Creating Digital Art Inspired By The Bible

24 January 2021

The first verb in the Bible is 'create'.

I believe that God, the ultimate creator, has made us to be creative beings.

When I look around my church, I see so much creativity. Musicians, visual artists, poets, entrepreneurs, filmmakers...

And I love how that creativity is so central to our worship.

Recently, I created a few different designs based on the Bible.

It's hard to know where to begin with something as layered, knotty and expansive as Scripture.

Easter is in a few months so I thought I could take this festival as a starting point.

I honed in on three key events of the Easter story:

Easter is all about forces of darkness being defeated by light.

I liked the idea of playing with the juxtaposition of dark and light, so created each piece in two colour schemes:

Once I had created these six Easter designs, I was keen to do more.

Applying the same light/dark colour schemes, I designed a piece inspired by one of my favourite Bible verses:

Then, a design of the Beatitudes from Jesus' radical Sermon on the Mount:

And finally, a subversive design:

From Rembrandt's evocative oil paintings to John Mark McMillan's sweeping lyrics, there's such a rich history of art inspired by the Bible.

It's especially cool to see how the same passage from the Bible (the Road to Emmaus, for example) has inspired so many different responses.

But, ultimately, there's a verse that might explain that:

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." (Romans 12:4-6)

Are you after a similar design? I'd love to hear from you. :)

P.S. if you're interested in buying any of these designs, they're all on my Redbubble shop.

Sam Thorogood | Pilgrimage Design