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

Are You A Good Person?
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 It had been a small black-and-white booklet with outdated graphics.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.

How To Not Miss Any ‘Sketchbook Silliness’

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During Inktober I decided to try adding a little humor to my warmup sketches, and pretty soon it became a regular thing. People seem to like it so I’ve started collecting them into a series for easier following and sharing. I originally called it “Drawing Dad Jokes” but decided I like the name “Sketchbook Silliness” a lot better. I’m still not exactly sure what I’m going to do with all these drawings (if anything), and I can’t promise they will be published on any sort of set schedule, but if they make you smile, laugh, or groan you now have several ways to follow them:

Funny Stuff Only:
If you just want to see my dopey doodles and nothing else, they now have their own website: sketchbooksilliness.com. It’s very much a work in progress but has an RSS feed if you are into that sort of thing. I’ve also given them their own Tumblr feed and a page on the webcomic site Tapastic. I’m also considering offering a subscribe-by-email service. Let me know in the comments if you think that would be worth doing. (EDIT: The email subscription is now available below in my website footer.)

Funny + Not As Funny:
If you don’t mind seeing the silly sketches mixed in with serious artwork and other updates from my studio you can follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, as well as my regular Tumblr feed. And of course there’s always this here blog.

This whole thing is an experiment but I’m having a blast. Mostly I’m just grateful so many of you seem to be having fun with me.

Download My Updated PDF Portfolio

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I’ve updated my PDF portfolio to go with my shiny new website. It contains fifteen pages of illustration, character design, toy design concepts, and misc. sketches. Download a copy to keep on file, take to a meeting, or email to a client or colleague.

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Pest Control Ad

Pest Control
I was recently hired by the Minneapolis Star Tribune to do some advertising artwork for a local pest control company. I’m withholding the company’s name at the client’s request until things are finalized, but they’ve given me permission to post a bit of the art on my blog. Here’s one of a few pieces of art I did for them. Hopefully more to come soon.

UPDATE: The client is Adam’s Pest Control and the client made an animated ad with the art which you can view here.

‘Messy Messages’ for Highlights Magazine

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I enjoyed illustrating a story for the November 2015 issue of Highlights magazine called “Messy Messages. It was a fun story to illustrate and I had a lot of fun creating the characters.