Photo Standee for Goldfish Swim Schools

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One of my regular clients is Goldfish Swim Schools. I designed a mascot for them a few years ago (Bubbles the goldfish) and they’ve been making steady use of him ever since. The most recent project I’ve done for them is to illustrate a photo standee. Children can stick their head in the little hole and have their picture taken with Bubbles. I’m told you can see it in use if you follow @goldfishswimschool on Instagram.

EDIT: I recently had the chance to travel to Michigan to visit the Goldfish headquarters in person. Here’s how I would look with a true turtleneck:

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Pizza Game Concept

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Earlier this year I was hired by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to help them pitch an ad to a national pizza chain. The name of the chain needs to stay confidential but it’s a well-known brand.

The idea was to have a full-page spread featuring a pizza-themed board game, something the whole family could play while waiting for the pizza delivery guy or while enjoying their fresh, hot pizza. To help them pitch the idea I sketched up a preliminary board game layout. We even took some of it to full-color to help sell the concept. After I turned in the art someone put it into a layout and added text, instructions, etc.

I’m told they liked the idea and seriously considered it but ultimately they passed. I’ve been given permission to include the art in my portfolio, provided I remove any references to the pizza brand (which I’ve done). It was a really fun project. Oh well, you can’t win ’em all.

Yawning for Highlights Magazine

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I had the pleasure of illustrating the “Tell Me Why” feature in the July 2016 issue of Highlights magazine, for a short blurb answering the question, “Why do we yawn?”. Highlights has been around since I was a kid (when magazines were still carved on stone tablets) and they’ve done a pretty good job of staying modern and fresh. If you haven’t looked at them in a while, check out their website and see what they have to offer for the kiddos in your life.

Renaissance Game

Recently I was hired by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune to help them pitch an idea for an interactive ad that included a simple animated Renaissance game. Here’s the concept art I worked up. The game needed to fit two different aspect ratios, so which is why there is so much empty space along the top and bottom:

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Renaissance Game Characters

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My Annual Good Friday Post

Today is Good Friday. For Christians this is one of the most important days of the year, 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

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First, here’s an 8-page cartoon Gospel tract I illustrated a few years ago for the ministry of Living Waters. Nine million copies have been printed in English and it has been translated into over thirty 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.

What’s In The Bible? “The Meaning Of Easter”
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!

The Atheist Test

One of my clients is Living Waters, a Christian ministry headed by Ray Comfort. Among other things they produce a line of eye-catching Gospel tracts. I think overall they do a good job of trying to share important truths with creativity and humor.

Recently they hired me to help refresh one of their oldest tracts, “The Atheist Test”. It had been a small black-and-white booklet with outdated graphics. They wanted to re-design it as a bright, colorful comic strip. My job was to edit down the text and then add some fun visuals.

The whole thing is 8 pages long. Here’s the first three pages. You can read the rest, or order copies, on the Living Waters website.

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Click here to read the rest or to order copies.