Sorry I haven’t been doing much here lately. I’ve been unusually busy for once, putting in long hours that didn’t allow for much blogging. Any time in the past few weeks that Greg has called and asked what I’m doing, I’ve answered “What else? Drawing altar boys.”
That sounds pretty weird, and it’s even weirder to have it as a full time occupation, so it’s just as well it’s a temporary assignment. I’m illustrating a picture book for Conciliar Press entitled “The Littlest Altar Boy” about the thoughts, anxieties and impressions of an altar boy on his first day of serving. He envisions disasters and comes close to having one or two.
All of that has given me a wonderful opportunity to make the kind of kids’ book that I would want if I were a kid. It’s so easy for the Orthodox life to seem all about serious stuff, and there’s plenty of time for us to grow into that. But I think we’re sometimes a little afraid of showing the lighter side to it all, and that’s what I’ve been working to capture.
And I also wanted to capture a little of all the personalities we encounter, because I think the impression that my non-Orthodox friends and family have sometimes about what goes on in church is that we’re all so busy being holy that we don’t have time to be human. And just the opposite is true: I don’t know where I could see so much humanity on display as in church.
And self-promotionally speaking, if you want to be the first on your block to pre-order, HERE it is in the online catalog from Conciliar.