Difficulty with doing a religious image

So there is a person who I offered to do a drawing for and they requested I draw an Icon of Christ the Teacher. I actually don’t draw icons (I’m a fantasy/sci fi/childrens illustrator) and I’ve never drawn a byzantine icon. I asked him if it was ok if it was in a different style and he said it was, but now I am having difficulty with it.

I have avoided doing religious images of Christ because I am not sure how to adequately depict His personality. I also have baggage due to my Scrupulosity that makes Me very afraid of Him. For most of my life I have not seen Him the way children see him, but as someone who is not pure enough to be a true Disciple (and may be a Pharisee) sees him. I feel like I have always failed to love Him more than myself, and while I have been able to have a stronger lover for Him through the Divine Mercy Chaplet depicting Him as a teacher is opening up some old wounds.

I wanted to ask for prayer that I might successfully fulfill this request.

1 Like

You got it.

Also, icons use reverse perspective and are to shine with light. The colors are significant, and gold is the background, grey and black are avoided. The icon presents concepts.

See: https://orthodoxartsjournal.org/designing-icons-pt-1/

1 Like

Well st faustina saw Jesus herself and was instructed by Him to hire someone to paint Him as she saw Him. She was upset with the paint job and said it didn’t look like Christ. But Jesus told her not to be upset at that.

Don’t worry so much about not getting it perfect. Jesus does not care about that one bit. He is just happy you are drawing Him!!

As a fellow Scrupulosity sufferer I understand what you feel. I will pray for you :pray:t2:

this was supposed to be a drawing.

Icons drawings are used commonly for coloring books:

Offering my humble prayer help!

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.


Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted.
Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection.
Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me.

Amen. :cross:

Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.


God, please help Bdonoho to fulfill the request but above all, that he might find how child see Jesus. That he might love Jesus above all and with pureness. Lord, please help those people who undergo the same situation, that they may find Your greatness and that we may love You more. Amen!

Father may this person draw the right image of Jesus that is respectful and draws others toward Christ so they may find their way back to God. May the artist find his way and walk strong in God. In your name, Jesus amen!


DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit www.catholic.com.