This comic started what feels like a long time ago in 2018, with this little sketch on the back of a church bulletin.
Some things stayed the same over the last 4 1/2 years. The bottom left pane is nearly identical. But the biggest change is the bottom right pane. I actually think the old one reads a little better - The top and bottom phrases are very similar: "What manner of man is this?" from Mark 4:41 (I used the KJV version, thanks to my parent's insistence on Bible memorization), and "What manner of love is this?" - slightly paraphrased from 1 John 3:1. But I felt that it wasn't really accurate to put those words in the centurion's mouth, so I changed it to the words of Mark 15:39.
I thought I was nearly done until I stepped back and looked at it, and honestly it looked like Two-Face from Batman. Completely dark on the left, totally white on the right. The solution was to color the ocean black, add a lot of stark shadows, and put in some dark clouds. A professional artist, Simone Grünewald, recently critiqued another drawing of mine, correctly calling my clouds "timid." So I was a little braver with these. Anyway, you can compare this to the top drawing and see the difference. It was a learning experience, but I think it turned out well!
I got the idea for this one from a Mike Winger video (but I can't remember which one). In it he answered a listener question about why it seemed like God didn't always provide a way of escape. In his case, he nearly burned down his neighborhood playing with fire as a kid. He knew he shouldn't be playing with fire, but he did it anyway, not expecting the little flame to spread so quickly in the dry brush. We tend to play with temptation, but when it turns into a big fire, -then- we wonder how that could have happened.
This was 100% watercolor and brush pen, and took about three days of working on and off. I sketched it, then used a lightboard to redraw. Then I inked on the new clean drawing. I also did these all pretty large, about 5x7", then scanned them and stitched them together.
Below is the original brainstorming page, along with one of the pages of final watercolor drawings.