Monday, August 20, 2012

Jesus Riding Dinosaur: Meet the Artist Francesca Berrini

So you may recognize this image as an oft-used internet-wide wonder of delight:

Jesus Riding Dinosaur by Francesca Berrini
Original Artwork of Francesca Berrini

(Spoiler: It's not misguided propaganda, but joyful, purposeful absurdity!)

About five years ago, I used that image in a post about Conservapedia because they had used it.

Over the weekend, I received a comment on that post that read as follows:
Hi there!

My name is Francesca Berrini and that image is actually my original art. You can see more of my Jesus and Friends images at my website:

I'm delighted that I could confuse everyone, but I'm a little disappointed that I've gotten no credit for my work.

Francesca Berrini
So this post is an attempt to make this right. And in doing so, I discovered her website above and OMG Amazing, Jesus Riding Dinosaur is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the brilliant talent and jaw-dropping hilarity. How much brilliant talent? Well, please go ahead and click this link and check the other categories and see for yourself, but I will drop one teaser to drive you on:

Original Artwork of Francesca Berrini

And if any of you are Redditors, I created a Today I Learned... post that could use some love as well.

So here's your credit Francesca. Doin' what I can to spread the word!

UPDATE: Been a little crazier than I thought. Right now, less than 12 hours after first posting, over 1600 people have seen her on my Something Awful post and almost 2000 have taken the time to up/down vote on Reddit (not counting direct clicks to her site with no vote/comment). And Francesca's mom posted in the comments here! Damn it, man, sometimes you just have an amazing day blogging!
[Note: None of those links come here - they all point to her site directly.]


sausage said...

Jesus on a dino!!!! the worlds oldest marketing campain continues

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Thanks for the info! Love dinosaur Jesus and will definitely check out her other work!

Patricia Berrini said...

Hi Ricky,
Francesca's mom (me) who has a google alert saw your great post and says thanks too!
Your blog is great so I made a discovery too! Keep up the great work!
Patricia Berrini

the unemployed said...

Aw mom!