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Over the years I have been doing LOTS of faith-based illustrations. It started when I was asked to illustrate a book for Mars Hill Church. The series became part of their kids ministry decorations as well as coloring books. With that giant push, I was asked by other churches like New Spring Church to populate their kids ministry curriculums. Having gone to Bible College, it was pretty fun to take that knowledge and apply it to my illustrations creating fun, and hopefully accurate depictions.

My best friend was a pastor of a small church with no budget for kids ministry. I agreed to help him out with a weekly sermon illustration and a matching coloring page. That’s what best pals do. Slowly, but surely the series grew. My intention was to crate really fun art that kids and parents will enjoy. The full color version for for the large screen slide, and the black and white outline version for the kids to color during the sermon. Another pastoral pal, was using them for his weekly sermon break down as well. It was fun to how different people used the art. I eventually came up with a name for the series, Drawn By Faith.

The catalog kept growing and I just kept them on my hard drive doing nothing. I knew there are other pastors who couldn’t afford custom art to be done and I started to think about licensing/stock illustration. After a year of trying to get stock art out there, I realized it is very hard to do by myself. As much as I loved doing the Drawn By Faith series, I almost called it done. I admit, I couldn’t get the traction I was hoping for in doing stock art on my own. So I was happy when I was recently, invited to start posting my work on a large, faith-based stock art site. I finally found a home for my work. They have the robust site already built, all I needed to do was upload!

This is the largest body of work I’ve created and it is exciting to see the artistic growth from the first few renderings the most recent. The art is great for Sunday School curriculum, bulletins, Bible Flash cards and more. You can see the work here at Drawn By Faith, and if you would like to purchase any of the stock, you can visit Lightstock.com.

Mars Hill Kids vol2 book illustrations

I know roughly how many illustrations I am doing, but am afraid to take an actual count. LOTS. But this project is exciting, as I am pushing this new inky style a bit more. The previous book was almost all head shots. But this time around, I get to do body and group shots. Very fun, and I am trying to take the work to the next level. They will run in black and white only, but I may take one or two and color and run some texture through. My ultimate illustration goal is to do kid literature. This is the next step towards that goal, and I can’t thank the art staff at Mars Hill Church enough for letting me  explore the space!

I’m a huge fan of the absurd. Wonky noses and noodle limbs kill me. Attempting two in one styles. The old timey Bible days art has one feel, while the modern day has another. Yet, the feel.

More Mars Hill Kids stuff!

This weekend was the launch of the Mars Hill Kids new curriculum. I’m VERY happy to have been a part of it. Both as a Christian and as an illustrator. Seeing stuff “live” still blows me away. Many of my projects get sent off and all I can do is hope they turn out well. Attending Mars Hill I get to see it first hand. 


A while ago, I created a bunch of art including the MHK logo. It was developed as a coloring book. And as MH started to decorate the kids rooms with giant versions of my art, I was in awe. Standing next to them was very exciting as I eye balled every line to see if I made any mistakes. That big, it would show! And the contrast of a fat, old tattooed guy with cute art still cracks me up. 


Recently, the AD in the art department asked me to help with the first curriculum book illos. It was a tight turn around, and they let me play with a new style that helped meet the deadline. I really like the majority of the work I cranked out over those few days, but could nit pick it all to no end. I wanted every little line to work perfect and could have spent many hours on each one. However, there is something special about having a deadline. That something I love in the sketch stage that often gets lost. The rawness of the art. Sketches have soul. The finals themselves can be great, but there is that “something” factor that I tried hard to keep that in this series. And I feel it’s there.


This project was another step in the right direction for me. I want to get into Kid lit art. As much as I like business editorial, I love, LOVE, LOVE kid art.