Faith Without Works - a Christian book cover illustration by Duncan Long

This is a very old illustration I did years back – which recently caught the eye of a fan (and so the posting on the off chance that others might enjoy it). It’s titled “Works Without Faith” — a sort of twist of the Bible quote about “faith without works.” I figured that idea was a sort of two way street, I guess, and either way things were dead.

It is interesting that the skeleton has become symbolic of death, given that each of us carries one without our body. Perhaps a sort of ticking time bomb that we try to forget much as we do our metronome heart that relentlessly propels us closer to the grave, one thump at a time.

Artwork dies as well. Very few of my early works have stood the test of time. At their birth they seemed lovely; I had the blind eye that a parent turns toward an ugly child; proverbial babies that only a father could love. But over time I have discarded much of my early work with only a few of the best (which I hope this is) remaining on display. The lesser are buried with little or no mourning, best forgotten.

When not twisting passages of scripture to fit his bizzare notions, When not twisting passages of scripture to fit his bizarre notions, Duncan Long is a professional magazine and book illustrator for HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, Solomon Press, Fort Ross, ISFiC Press, and many other publishers and self-publishing authors. See his book illustrations at: