If I had a dream project it would include comic art, cartoony characters, and painting. It would involve working with talented like minded people. It would have characters and a story that are close to my heart and most important of all it must glorify God and spread His glorious good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.
So now I am working on O-boy! Which has all of the above and I am so thankful to have the opportunity. I will be posting some preview pics as we move along but I can truly say this has been a joy to work on. Praying that God will bless it for His glory. BTW I am working with a friend named Kevin Lintz who is a writer. He has a great all ages comic called Team Slug. Check it out here: www.slugsforall.com
Saw the Hobbit the other day. I'm a big fan of the book and so was really curious about the movie. Overall I thought it was very good. Visually it was beautiful. I drew this doodle in early 2012. The pose is bad and the inking is pretty awkward but a fun doodle nonetheless. It was drawn from memory so its not exactly accurate (I don't think hobbits have pointed ears).
J.R.R. Tolkein was a Christian and though his writings are not a direct allegory like C. S. Lewis it is loaded with Christian themes. One of them is that God is glorified using small or weak things. So the Hobbit is a small humble creature yet is the hero of the story. Jesus Christ came as a baby laid in an animal's feed trough, from a poor family, despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, and finally crucified. Yet the great plan of God to restore a people to Himself was enacted this way. Christ's humility and weakness in the world's eyes is our great victory and salvation. In this way is God most glorified in that He uses what is small and weak to show His great wisdom and power.
Friday Mar. 2 was Dr. Seuss Birthday. All this week has been designated Dr. Seuss week where schools emphasize reading. I hope they emphasize art as well. What would Dr. Seuss' books be without his art. The man was a genius with words and his books would still be great. But his art is so unmistakable, so original, it has such a unique groove to it that it just takes on a life of its own. It works in perfect harmony with the words and has become iconic in our culture. One glance and you know its his.
His character was not perfect. He was a sinful human being as we all are (Rom 3:23). I don't agree with all his viewpoints. But I can't deny his craft nor would I want too. I love the dynamic lines. How he builds form and creates value with them. The movement. His color was genius . So simple yet in perfect harmony with the drawing and the words. He used only 4 colors in Cat in the Hat, 2 shades of blue, 2 shades of red-- and it was just perfect. I love it that he cared so much about education. He worked hard to teach kids in an entertaining way. He served his country and used animation to educate and thereby protect soldiers in WWII.
But the best thing I can think we can learn from him is find your own voice, the voice God gives you. Draw, draw, draw, and draw some more unitl it's there. We emulate the voices of others because we want glory for ourselves. Seek God's glory and let Him use you how he wants. I hope to do that by God's grace and give God glory as my creator and redeemer.
Christian cartoonist seeking to bring glory to his Creator and Redeemer by being creative.