August 28, 2011

The Stick and the Stone: Redux

Here's what I've been up to lately. These are some prelim sketches for the book, "The Stick and the Stone," that I had actually started about a year ago (original post). After finishing a number of the illustrations in watercolor for my Directed Projects class, I felt that the book was in danger of... mediocrity, I guess. For one, Moses looked too much like Santa Claus for my taste. For another, I was offered the chance to rewrite the book. After rewriting, the first illustrations became mostly unusable.

So I'm taking another shot at it, starting again from scratch. Moses will look more like a burly Jewish herdsman than St. Nick sans reindeer. The text was rewritten to be more engaging, more accessible to children, and have some sort of a conflict-resolution plot. Hopefully I'll be finished with all of the sketches in the next week, so that I can start on the finals.

August 23, 2011

Living Hope Anniversary

On August 14th, my former church, Living Hope Lutheran in Omaha, Nebraska, celebrated its 25th anniversary. I was commissioned to design a bulletin cover to celebrate the event. The motif behind Jesus is used in the church's architecture, including the window found at the apex of the sanctuary. The text is 1 Peter 1:3, from which the church took its name.