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Gate to Heaven

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This is an illustration from a short story that I want to write.  The story is that an old man named Steven has reached the end of his life.  He is then met by a lady named Death.  Death takes him to a dark room that has a white gate on the other side of an abyss.  The abyss is covered by something like crackled glass.  It’s hot to the touch, and if you listen closely, you can hear screaming.  If anyone were to walk on the “glass”, they would fall through and the hole would close back up.  However, since Steven has accepted God’s free gift of salvation by grace through faith alone, a golden bridge appears over the abyss.  Steven crosses over the bridge and goes through the gate to enjoy eternal life.

When my art professor asked what the darkness signifies, I told him that it represents Hell.  I knew that I had to mention Hell at some point because not doing so is just plain wrong.

As for the painting itself, this is the most frustrating piece of art that I've ever made.  I was attempting so many things that I had never painted before.  I had never painted in one-point perspective, I had never painted a road that fades into the distance, I had never painted grass, and I had never painted a tree.  I used online painting tutorials to teach myself these techniques.  All that frustration was worth it, because I'm very pleased with how this painting turned out.  I love the colors that I used; they're so vibrant and pretty!  I also like the blending effects on the grass and road.  I think these give a sense of depth.  If I were to change anything, I would do a bit more with the railing on the bridge.  It looks flat and two-dimensional, like it doesn't fit in with the rest of the painting.  I also thought about painting white light that would shine around the gate, but I omitted this because of time constraints.

Please don’t be turned away.  I want you to be able to enjoy eternal life like Steven (my grandfather) is now.  Repent of your sins and ask Jesus to come into your life.  Then you will enjoy eternity with Him.

P.S. : I, ChristianGamer1 hold all rights to this picture and the short story that it is illustrated for.
Image size
3024x4032px 1.81 MB
iPhone 6s Plus
Shutter Speed
1/15 second
Focal Length
4 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Sep 4, 2018, 4:20:33 PM
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