Martin Luther was a key force in bringing about the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century.
His story is encapsulated in this one illustration.
The swan is from a prediction that Jan Hus made as he was being burned at the stake for heresy in 1415. Hus' name means "goose" in czech, and as he was burning he said,
"Today you will cook a goose, but a century from now, you will have a swan that you will neither catch nor boil."
102 years later, Martin luther would nail his 95 Theses, questioning the practices of the Roman Catholic church, to the door of the church in Wittenberg (depicted behind Luther in the illustration). This action would cause an avalanche that would later be called the Protestant Reformation.
Luther was adamant that his questions be answered with reasons from the scriptures, and he would stand on the principle of scripture as the final authority till his death.
The print will be an 11" x 14" black and white print on 80# cover stock paper. It's a great thickness for an art print, and the size should be easy to find a frame for.
Risks and challenges
Each October, illustrators are encouraged to set aside the electronics, and engage in #inktober, creating 31 pieces of original artwork (sketched or finished), using only pen and ink.
This image of Martin Luther was inked on October 14, 2016, with minor computerized adjustments to enhance the depth of the black ink, and to remove minor imperfections in the image, while maintaining the natural flow of pen and ink.
This completed project is ready for print once the funds are available.