Prototypes


The original sketch was done during worship on the back of a bulletin in April of 2014. Most of the major elements of the mural are contained in this original sketch, however there are a few differences. For example the details of the rooster, Pontius Pilate and the last supper are absent. Jesus and Mary Magdalene are not shown near the tomb. Also the stairs to the tomb face the opposite direction. Hell and the devil are omitted here as well as the clouds in the sky. Instead the sky contains multiple suns and moons which were to represent the three days from the last supper to Easter.

A second sketch has more details that appear in the final mural. This sketch shows a Jesus comforting a weeping Mary by the tomb. The sky has clouds and only one moon this time. In this image there is a sketch of Jesus ascending on the far left that was eventually left out of the final mural.

In 2008 Haynes began a regular practice of illustrating passages from scripture. At the time Doug’s wife JungJa was a pastor at University United Methodist Church. Each week Doug would create an image that would be used on the cover of the Sunday bulletin. The practice gave Haynes a unique way to meditate on the word as he drew. He also saw the drawings as a way to expand his daughter’s understanding of the bible. The project of biblical illustration grew into a large series of biblical drawings. Currently there are over 400 hundred works in this series. Haynes says, “In creating these works I attempt to give careful attention the details of each particular passage in hopes of finding a fresh perspective on content that has been worked over time and time again.” One of these images depicting John 20:1-18 became the basis of the empty tomb scene in the mural.

At first Haynes envisioned a flat surface with a painting on it. As the project moved forward, the concept of layers of painted wood took hold in Haynes’ mind. In order to test out this idea, a paper model was created. Each part of the mural was cut out in paper and glued to a cardboard spacer to try out the layered effect.
Original Sketch
Second Sketch
Empty Tomb
3D paper model
Original Sketch
Second Sketch
Empty Tomb
3D paper model
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Works by Doug E. L. Haynes