The best artists understand the invaluable process of live research. My goals are to at minimum visit Israel and tour the Arabian peninsula during the course of this project. To really sell someone on the sense of what it's like to live in the desert, you have to live in the desert.
Until I am able to travel to Arabia and the Holy Land, southern Utah will have to do. This week I am taking a trip to study desert rocks, trees, and fauna and to live in a tent. I will be back and update this blog on Saturday.
Please enjoy this piece of a cloudy Jerusalem morning. This olive grove outside Jerusalem is likely where the young Nephi will first pray for a testimony of the truths taught by his father and other living prophets of his day.
A quick concept image like this typically takes me 2 hours.