This is my body...

Hello fellow illustrators! I used to post on here a bit years ago, but sadly haven't been doing much drawing lately. I've decided it was time to try and change that, so getting back into sketching some rough pieces, and working out a style for some upcoming projects I hope to start. Thanks for all of your inspiration, there are so many great pieces of work published here to this blog, and I'm motivated by your faith! Cheers for now!


Here is one of my latest illustrations from my Angelic Twaddle Comic series, Christ's Second Coming. I was able to create 8 new comics over Christmas break; life has been busy but rich as my kids mature and my day-job remains intense. The comic series is aimed at very subtly introducing young and nominal Catholics to the framework, traditions and saints of our Church. Who can resist looking at a dumb comic or two?

Toxic Pigment Replacements

Dear Catholic Illustrators,
Many of us, particularly iconographers working with homemade egg tempera, have encountered pigment recipes containing very toxic pigments. Some of us ladies who are pregnant, nursing, or with little children cannot risk using these toxic pigments, beautiful and exquisite though they are. Over the past few years, I have come up with some replacement pigments, along with where to find them. Please note that the replacement pigments do not have the same properties as the toxic ones, and sometimes are heavier and require more grinding. Once the pigment is mixed, you may need to let the mixed pigments settle for the duration of, say, one Hail Mary, then remove the surface color to a separate well, leaving behind the heavier sediment. See substitutions below.

Bristol Yellow, contains Lead. Substitute with Bristol Yellow Lead Free, from Kremer Pigments.
Naples Yellow, contains Lead Antimoniate. Substitute with Zinc White + Gold Ochre, from Sinopia Pigments.
Indian Yellow, contains Lead Antimoniate. Substitute wih Indian Yellow Imitation, from Kremer Pigments.
Orpiment, contains Arsenic Sulfide. Substitute with Lemon Ochre + Indian Yellow Imitation, from Rublev Colours and Kremer Pigments.
Tin Lead Yellow, contains Lead Oxide. Substitute with Lead Free Bristol Yellow + Zinc White, from Kremer Pigments and Sinopia Pigments.
Lead (Flake) White, contains Lead Carbonate. Substitute with Zinc White, from Sinopia Pigments.
Cinnabar, contains Mercury. Substitute with Primary Red Cinnabar, from Earth Pigments.
Lead Red, contains Lead Oxide. Substitute with Primary Red Cinnabar + Ercolano Orange, from Earth Pigments.
Vermillion, contains Mercury. Substitute with Primary Red Cinnabar, from Earth Pigments.
Alizarine Crimson, contains Mercuric Sulfide. Substitute with Carmine Naccarat, from Kremer Pigments.
Pink Color, contains Lead. Substitute with Pink Pipestone, from Rublev Colours.
Pink Color Deep, contains Lead. Substitute with Potter’s Pink, from Rublev Colours.
Dioptase, Malachite, contains Copper. Substitute with Turquiose Green, from Earth Pigments.

Happy painting!


Hand-painted stole

Here's a stole I hand-painted for a friend.  "Mary and Joseph". Notice the pistil parts are three nails in the center of the lily.  His church is very contemporary, and the rose window is one big rose! This could be for any Marian day or Feast of St. Joseph, weddings, Easter, Christmas...  It was a true joy creating it - -  a new artistic avenue?  
The stole was sewn by Junice at www.junice.com 


Congratulations Ben!

So I was in Barnes and Noble shopping for Christmas and Birthday presents and came across this:

Google books has a great preview here
Not sure how I missed it but Ben announced it on his blog a few months ago.
This is awesome, congratulations Ben!

Mary did you know,

Beautiful song, some of the lyrics are a bit problematic, but it inspired this piece nevertheless.
"Mary did you know that your baby boy would calm the storm with his hand?"

Our Lady of Fatima part 3

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To be continued...

Peace on Earth?


Saint Nicholas of Myra, feast day December 6 and December 19


Saint John Damascene

Saint John of Damascus, defender of sacred art, his feast day is December 4.


Lives of the Saints (and people who lived saintly lives) # 8

Lives of the Saints (and people who lived saintly lives) #8 is out now! It features the life of St. Edmund Campion! It is an epic 100 page issue! Pick it up today at Tautkusstudio.com!

Here is a preview:

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Man on a Ladder by Jason Tako


This is a graphite drawing I did for an illustrated version of G.K. Chesterton's Orthodoxy and I'm working on in conjunction with Chesterton Press. Will be posting more soon. I can be contacted at Jason@JasonTako.com. God bless.


Dominican Order of Preachers 800th Jubilee Illustration

This November is the beginning of the 800th Jubilee year for the Dominican Order.  Founded in 1216 by St. Dominic, the Order is still flourishing drawing many to its ranks, and sustaining the Church through informed and inspired preaching.  Having been a parishoner at a Dominican church my entire life, I was thrilled and honored when the Province of St. Joseph commissioned this piece.  The Province created a website for the Jubilee with info about the events, the Dominicans, and also featuring a page for the painting.  Prints should be available online soon.
My intent was to show the span of the order by including figures from every century, different countries, nobility and poverty and also to give a face in art to some of the more obscure Dominican blesseds and saints.  You can find the key identifying each figure in the painting here along with their biographies and feast days.


New Drawing: Sacred Heart


When challenged by one of my patrons to create a new image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, I determined to reconnect this devotion to its early expressions in the visions of St. Gertrude, and to create an image with the vigor and precision of late medieval art. The original drawing is available for sale for $2430. It can be ordered here.

The 1467 Sanctus Salvator engraving by the Master E.S. is the most obvious artistic infulence on the figure of Christ in my drawing. For the Sacred Heart itself, I started with the shape of a realistic heart, and reduced that to a stylized emblem. I placed this within a frame shaped as an ogee trefoil. The Crown of Thorns fills the entire space beteween the edge of the heart and the frame.


The drawing’s coloration is based somewhat on Italian white vine illumination: everything is either white or black, or colored in very dark shades of blue, green, red or purple. The ornament reveals my growing interest in Chinese, Persian and Mamluk art.

The animals that appear in the halo include sea horses, embryonic dogfish in their tendrilous egg cases, platypodes, chameleons, lyrebirds and a pangolin. In the animals chosen here, I see symbols of universality (e.g. chameleons are creatures that contain within themselves all colors; lyebirds are creatures that contain within themselves all sounds); they represent all of creation worshipping its God.


The Latin inscription that runs around the perimeter of the drawing is the versicle and response that end the Litany of the Sacred Heart: Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our heart like unto Thine.

An open-edition giclée print of this drawing is also available. It costs $88 and can be ordered here.