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The 10 Commandments: The New King James Bible

The 10 Commandments: The New King James Bible

GMD Illustration second year brief for Easter 2011:

THE 10 COMMANDMENTS:
1. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
3. You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's.

The 10 Commandments give us a set of simple rules to live by. For this brief you will need to illustrate the commandments using only shapes from the visual alphabet provided [a circle, a square, a triangle, a straight line, a semi-circular line].
The shapes may be resized, rotated, repeated and overlapped.
The illustrations must include no text, they must communicate the commandments on their own.
The final product must be in print form, in two colours on white. Each commandment must be on a separate illustration. Each illustration should be printed in the same format.

Additional Information about the project:
After answering the strict rules of the brief, I made a rougher hand-printed version on wood for my own pleasure. This rawer version of my illustrations ended up being my piece for our second year class exhibition held at Hotel Elephant in May 2011 and the more pristine original prints are used in my physical portfolio.

The 10 Commandments
The 10 Commandments on Wood
Wood close-ups