Come Unto Me
This work is a 20 foot by 7 foot stained-glass mural illustrating the life and ministry of Jesus Christ located in Rome, Italy inside the Visitor's Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Creation Process
Above is a time lapse of the entire creation process of Come Unto Me.
Stained glass is a very labor intensive, time consuming, and tedious process. Many steps are involved when creating any glass window, even more so in a figurative work such as this. The process begins with posing models in period clothing and shooting hundreds of photos to get the perfect image.
Next, those images are photoshopped into a scene layout in order to assure satisfaction with the overall design. If changes are to be made now is a much better time than later in the process.
At that point, a sketch can be rendered allowing the illustrators to become familiar with and adept at rendering the images, especially the faces and bodies.
Once glass pieces are cut (painted and fired when necessary), they can be fitted together and secured with lead. This image shows pieces of natural stone that have been polished and cut along with the glass. A favorite technique we often use is the inclusion of historic bits and pieces of realia.