Archive for the ‘Christianity’ Category

NOT DOODLES: A Smorgasbord of Styles

December 16, 2016

One of the things I love most about being the senior staff illustrator for In Touch Ministries is the diversity of styles and techniques I get to use in my illustrations. As opposed to what many illustrators out there have to do as a necessity (it’s easier to market your skills if you have an identifiable style), I don’t feel the pressure to have a certain “look” to my work; I get to play around with different approaches, depending on what I feel a particular article calls for.

Cases in point being the two illustrations below. This first one is for a piece entitled “When a Gift Becomes a Given”. In the article, the author speaks of a certain modern art print, and how what had at first been a piece that made him stop and ponder every time he saw it eventually became something he didn’t even notice. I wanted to pull that modern art motif into the accompanying illustration (created using ArtRage):

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This next one is for a piece entitled “Bringing Bethlehem Home”. A family starts a new Christmas tradition of trekking through the snow on Christmas night to visit a tiny manger scene set up in humble surroundings. I chose a crisp, clean approach to convey the cold night air, and a close-up of the Christ-child figurine in a small, mittened hand to capture the intimacy of the setting (done in Photoshop):

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All art copyright ©In Touch Ministries. Used with permission.

NOT A DOODLE: Illustration Phases-“Bartimaeus”

April 22, 2016

 

BARTIMAUS phasesJust a quick peek at an “in progress” illustration I’m working on for the second volume of the children’s book. (Click on the image to view larger)

NOT A DOODLE: The Beatitudes

September 18, 2014

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The October 2014 cover of In Touch magazine. I tried to mimic the shapes and textures of a folk art woodcut in this one.

All images © In Touch Ministries.

NOT A DOODLE: Co-workers

September 9, 2014

Co-workers

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Three of eight portrait illustrations I’m doing of some of my co-workers for an upcoming article in the December 2014 issue of In Touch magazine. I get all geeky over the cool layers of color and texture watercolors create, and the way that contrasts with the pen-and-ink line art.

All images © In Touch Ministries.

NOT A DOODLE: My barn’s a’splodin’!

August 15, 2014

Being Rich

Yet another piece for the upcoming November issue of In Touch magazine. This time, it’s an article by Andy Stanley about what God expects us to do when He blesses us with riches.

Image is copyrighted © In Touch Ministries.

NOT A DOODLE: Silence

August 13, 2014

 

Silence LOW

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Two of my latest pieces for a project about the importance of spending quiet, distraction-free time with God.

All images are copyrighted © In Touch Ministries

NOT A DOODLE: Paul and Jonah

March 18, 2014

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A graphite illustration of Jonah (left) and Paul (right) that will be used as part of a larger, full-color piece for a magazine article at work. The article compares and contrasts Paul and Jonah’s responses to God.

NOT DOODLES: Revelation project finished pieces

March 12, 2014

HORSE small TRUMPET small BOWL small THRONE small SEAL small CROWN small

 

The finished illustrations for a Revelation project at work. I posted a teaser of the horse earlier. Here is the complete version of it, as well as five other illustrations for the piece.

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NOT A DOODLE: And I saw a pale horse….

February 28, 2014

Rev horse detail

Detail of a digital scratchboard illustration for a project at work.

Surely you jester!

February 7, 2012

 

This is an illustration for the May 2012 issue of In Touch magazine. It was done in black, blue, and red ballpoint pen in about an hour. Here’s a zoomed detail:

 

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