have you heard of the St. John’s Bible project? It’s pretty sweet. the idea is to create an illuminated Bible by hand in a contemporary style–for the first time since the printing press allowed for mass production. the illustrations are sometimes evocative and modern (as seen at left), realistically rendered, or after the style of eastern orthodox icons (i met the guy who is doing those illustrations). the whole project is really amazing.

check out the illustrations and read about the materials and look at the motivation & overview.