Today’s illustration is of a beautiful creature I photographed during last year’s Spring Festival held at our neighbourhood park. My homework with artist Cathy Johnson was to draw a bird, but because I couldn’t find a bird who could sit still (I had no photos from my gallery), I decided to draw this sheep (from one of my photos).
I love sheep – they are meek, gorgeous creatures. So trusting, to the point of naivete. That’s why sheep need a shepherd, who can lead them to safe pasture, and protect them from predatory animals like wolves and wolves in sheepish threads.
Even before I began doing my Sketchbook Skool course, I’ve created drawings like these in my prayer journal. I love using my sketches to express my faith and illustrate my prayers. As I meditated on sheep, it’s no wonder the Good Book likens people to sheep, and to Jesus as the shepherd who protects them from harm. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27). I love how the verse shows an intimate relationship based on love and trust, of knowing that the Shepherd has the integrity and wisdom to lead the lost to safety. Sweet.