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Father John Chrzan #310Z

Father John Chrzan #310Z with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

This article is about Father John Chrzan #310Z, and his pencil portrait, written and drawing by artist and United States Navy Veteran, Stephen F. Condren, BFA-SAIC, of Condren Galleries, a Fine Arts Gallery ~ the rendering is done first as a pencil drawing, which comes with JPEG & PDF scans for making prints, note cards, and stationery. Congratulations Father John!

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Father John Chrzan #310Z

Pastor, St. Gilbert Parish, Grayslake, Illinois

Pastor Of St. Gilbert Church

Man of faith

Pencil Rendering For Father John Chrzan

The pencil drawing was done as a gift for Father John’s “21st” Birthday. The birthday celebration was posted on the doors of the chapel so we had time to plan the event. I drew Father John’s portrait in the same way as that of Father Christian Shiu, which was a live sitting during the birthday party. Father John was an excellent model, because he did not move.


When I came to the 8:00 AM mass on Friday morning, while I was sitting during mass, I realized that I had left my drawing satchel at home. Father John is an excellent priest, because he know the Bible.


When I got back to the church, everyone was in the multi-purpose room below the Chapel, which we use for Knights of Columbus. Everyone was there from mass and we had cake and ice-cream with other treats. After the photos and the blessing I sat down with father and commenced to draw him. Because Father John is a good model, because he looks at you. All humor set aside, Father John was well mannered and we had a polite conversation, where I was telling him about my home parish of St. Philip Neri in South Shore, and Mendel Catholic High School.


All in all the portrait took about 10 minutes to draw. Most importantly, we all love Father John and we all wish you Happy Birthday!

Pencil drawing of Father John Chrzan.
Pencil drawing of Father John Chrzan.

Condren Galleries Ltd. For Father John Chrzan #310Z

Father John Chrzan #310Z As Fine Art

Father John Chrzan #310Z As Figure Drawing

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Father John Chrzan #310Z with prints by artist Stephen F. Condren at Condren Galleries.

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