Sketch Cards

I do most of my drawing on the computer but I also keep a pile of blank greeting cards handy for when I need a change of pace. It’s fun to doodle on the cards, and if I like how they turn out I will often send one to a friend, a client, or a potential future client.

Here’s a couple of cards I did recently:

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This one was for a friend’s birthday, loosely based on a photo from Humans of New York (which is a great site for finding people to sketch).

 

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This one was for another friend who recently suffered a stroke that left him with some permanent handicaps. My thought was, it must be frustrating when our bodies don’t work the way we want them to. Fortunately he is doing well and in good spirits.

My Annual Good Friday Post

Today is Good Friday. As a Christian this is one of the most important days of the year for me, the day we pause to commemorate the torture, crucifixion, and death of Jesus Christ. You may wonder, why would a day like that be called “good?”

Because even though it was a terrible day for Jesus it was a very good day for you and me. How’s that, you ask? Over the course of my career I’ve had the privilege to work on several projects that help explain:

Are You A Good Person? Cartoon

First, here’s an 8-page cartoon Gospel tract I illustrated a few years ago for the ministry of Living Waters. Several million copies have been printed in English and it has been translated into over twenty languages. You can download it for free or purchase printed copies from Living Waters.

Based on the tract’s success, Living Waters also hired me to produce an animated version, which I supervised with the help of two terrific animators (Michael Foster and Chance Dodd). If you like it you can download a free HD version to use however you’d like.

Finally, VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer recently completed a DVD series called “What’s In The Bible?”. I had the privilege of doing some animation and character design work on a few episodes.

Here’s a clip from the episode explaining the meaning of Easter:

I don’t make any money or royalties off of these items. I just believe in them and want to share. Thanks for indulging me. Here’s wishing you a very happy Easter filled with smiles and jelly beans!

Sketchbook Update: Ancient Grease

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My daughter has been studying ancient Greece in school. Today’s warmup sketch is a silly riff on that.

Sketchbook Update: Bluegrass Banjo Pig

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Illustrator Stacy Curtis, the co-creator of Dueling Banjo Pigs, is recovering from a stroke. Artists from all over the internet have been posting banjo pig sketches to his Facebook page along with well wishes. This was my contribution. Get well soon Stacy!

Sketchbook Update: Old Mafia Hit Man

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I decided to join in on the Character Design Challenge over on Facebook. This month’s theme is “Gangster”. I thought it would be fun to imagine an old hit man who still wears out of fashion turn-of-the-century clothes. The costume was inspired by this photo: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/390405861423365659/

You can join the Character Design Challenge here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CharacterDesignChallenge/