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Emmaus Road (Mars Hill Kids illo)

One more sample Jesus appears on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-34). Having nailed down the style and inking technique, I can mover forward. Thanks to the Mars Hill art staff for letting me post samples along the way.

Jesus Project: Part two. Markers

Since starting this project, I have been using digital illustration. But I wanted to try it with traditional materials. I don’t feel like my hand drawn work is my strongest, so I don’t do it much. I do however, LOVE the organic feel and raw nature of it. That alone covers my feeling of inadequacy over it.

My marker style was picked up mentally over 25 years ago. I never did any marker work back then, but was so enthused by Vaughn Bodes work in underground comics that it made an imprint on my brain. It was never my intention to rob the style, but  I do feel like I “made it my own” though. Vaughn was a master.

So, I got it out of me. I did it traditionally. I like it and hope you do. If I were to do more in markers, I would want to work bigger. The size I am working at now is too small for some of the markers, and it shows off the bleeding ink that gets absorbed. I never felt more confident in my work than with the computer, but again, love the specialness that hand hewn work can produce.

I’m also thinking beyond the Jesus Project. I can see doing a few more of the illustrations, but the entire Bible has so much to offer. How cool would it be to do a kids Bible? VERY.

The Jesus Project: Part one


The Jesus Project. A series based on Jesus, for kids, but I’m hoping people of all ages will like it. At this point, I have NO direction. Just starting out with a character development of Jesus. Originally, I wanted to have Jesus skipping rocks as he walked across the Sea of Galilee. And I may go back to that, but wanted to nail down a style.

 
A. Basic clean, bold line work. With this work, I feel like I can add more personality. It would also make for a great coloring book if I turned off the color layers.
 
B. I love the warm, friendly feeling of the line work here. Not as much detail, but the inky line work looks old. It, could be interesting to have old world treatments to the line work and place that on parchment/scroll paper… and wow.
 
Again, no direction aside from, make Cute Jesus art. Once I get a few pictures done, I will see where this takes me.

HR fun!

I love, love, LOVE doing work for Bremmer and Goris! The Creative Director is a really nice guy, and really enjoy working for them. The team there puts out a magazine for a client about Human Resources. And I must admit, it is very over my head. But I like the challenge of illustrating a concept I don’t “get”.

Here are a couple samples I recently did for them. For more samples and fun, check out pocza.com!

DJ Frapp



I don’t usually enter contests. But I really want an ipad2, so I am willing to give it the ol’ try. And DA is having a contest with StarBucks as a sponsor. Blended Remix. It feels really good to be illustrating something for fun again. I think I may start entering more contests. If nothing else, it is just practice.

DJ Frapp

I don’t usually enter contests. But I really want an ipad2, so I am willing to give it the ol’ try. And DA is having a contest with StarBucks as a sponsor. Blended Remix. It feels really good to be illustrating something for fun again. I think I may start entering more contests. If nothing else, it is just practice.

INSIDER editorial



Just over 10 years ago, I worked for a great agency called Bremmer and Goris Communications. One of their clients puts out a magazine called PEO Insider. I contribute my enthusiasm for editorial art to this magazine. The client was very open to using illustration and would let me do just about anything that fit the feature. Although, we struggled one time over the concept of “Piggy Backing”. My first comp looked too much like pig sex. LOL. I was upset at the time as I didn’t see it that way, but now, it kills me. Thanks Steph.


So 10 years later, I get to play with the fine folks at B&G and PEO Insider. I know I can see massive change and growth in my work since my first issue. Good times.

Mars Hill Church




A few months ago, I had the opportunity to work work with Mars Hill Church and their kids ministry. What a challenge. It was one of the most fun projects I have had in a long time. Originally, what started out as a coloring book, became art installations at the campuses. Looking forward to showing more onsite samples, but for now, here are some of my favorite images. I hope you enjoy.

Mars Hill Church

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to work with Mars Hill Church and their kids ministry. What a challenge. It was one of the most fun projects I have had in a long time. Originally, what started out as a coloring book, became art installations at the campuses. This Easter, the coloring books were passed out to all the kids and I hope they enjoy it! Looking forward to showing onsite samples, but for now, here are some of my favorite images.