Archive for the ‘In Touch Ministries’ Category

NOT A DOODLE: Kicked Off the Family Plan

May 17, 2017

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Stylistically speaking, this one is an homage of sorts to the great Guy Billout. The article, which will be published on the In Touch website in July, is about the initial fear the author felt when she had to severely limit her data usage, and how that fear eventually changed to a sense of freedom.

Illustration is copyright ©In Touch Ministries. Used with permission.

NOT A DOODLE: Curious Kitty is Curiously Curious

May 15, 2017

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Detail of a just-finished painting for an article to be published in July on the In Touch Ministries website.

Image is copyrighted ©In Touch Ministries. Used with permission.

NOT A DOODLE: Collagedelic!

May 3, 2017

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I don’t usually work in collage, but this article- comparing digital social communication to more traditional methods of personal interaction- was one that really lent itself to that technique. It will appear in June on the In Touch Ministries digital magazine site.

Image is copyrighted ©In Touch Ministries. Used by permission.

NOT A DOODLE: Standing Your Ground

March 15, 2017

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A piece painted digitally for an upcoming web article on the In Touch Ministries site. I love the realistic feel and creaminess of the paint in ArtRage.

 

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

NOT DOODLES: Web Article Exclusives

March 7, 2017

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Just a random sampling of some of my work for web articles on the In Touch Ministries site. Again, let me just say how much getting to work in a wide variety of styles appeals to my personality.

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

NOT DOODLES: Bespectacled Portraits

February 14, 2017

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New portraits for the May/June 2017 issue of In Touch magazine!

Layers! Textures! GLASSES!

All images copyrighted ©In Touch Ministries. Used with permission.

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:’Nother Portrait, or Perfect Imperfections

December 14, 2016

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m not implying my painting is perfect. In fact, I think that part of the joy of painting is knowing you will NEVER be perfect, but pursuing perfection anyway.

No, the title of this post refers to the beauty of watercolor washes. No crisp, clean lines. No smooth, solid fields of color. There are always blemishes. Always unpredictable interactions with the paper. Always imperfections.

And that makes it perfect.

(By the way, this one is for the March-April 2017 issue of In Touch magazine.)

Illustration is copyrighted ©In Touch Ministries. Used with permission.

NOT DOODLES:Slightly Different Portrait Style

October 5, 2016

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A little different approach to portraits for me. They are going to be fairly small in the finished, printed piece, so the line work needed to be simpler and a bit heavier.

Images copyrighted ©In Touch Ministries. Used with permission.

NOT A DOODLE: Back to the portraits

September 29, 2016

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Back to portrait mode for the January 2017 issue of In Touch magazine. I know I’ve said it before, but I absolutely LOVE the textures achieved with watercolor washes and the way their organic, mottled appearance contrasts with the dark lines and stippling of the pen and ink drawing.

Image copyrighted ©In Touch Ministries. Used with permission.