December 30, 2007

December 27, 2007

At The Mall

...where 93% of people were wearing Ohio State clothing. I felt left out.

December 25, 2007

Illustration Friday: "Horizon"

Merry Christmas Again!

This is the cover to a card that held a gift certificate.

December 23, 2007

From The Church Sketchbook

This is from Canton, Ohio's Trinity Gospel Temple where we attended a eve of Christmas Eve service. This guy lead the choir and this is the best I could get on him from way back.

Thank You Cards

December 22, 2007

Another Random Post

I am just trying to have 300 posts by the end of the year. That is all.

Car Show

I found this sketch this morning. I think that it is from this last summer but I don't know what for. I did not go to a car show or anything.

December 21, 2007


On the last day of the semester, after my last final and before heading home, I spent a little while sketching this cow skull that I found. I was half asleep after 2 back to back all-nighters but it was awesome to just draw for the sake of drawing (and without the looming pressure of a grade). Grades are a good incentive but I don't have tons of work from this last semester that I am super proud of. I find that my work is best when it is not overworked. Right now I am overworking a lot of pieces.

I have a few professors that have really pushed me in some new directions over the last few months which is most appreciated. It is great to have a lot of insight and exposure to new techniques and ways of approaching art work.

Some More Randomness

Brown Paper

Ink on brown paper packaging (not one of my favorite things) with blue acrylic.


School Project 2

This was a final project for professors Dave Kasparek and Dr. Gene Van Dyke, professors of Visual Literacy. The project was to interpret one of the Psalms and put it into a 24-page book. I chose Psalm 71 and used abstract images and pop-up characters. These are some of my favorites. Thanks again to Lisa for the photographs. (You can see her blog here.

School Project 1

This is the final project for Daniel Finch's Drawing II class. The assignment was to take the given title ("Me and My Shadow") and draw it somehow. I made a book cover and put in onto a blank book with my own sketches into it. Thanks Lisa for taking the photos.

Front Cover.

Back Cover.

December 09, 2007

Illustration Friday: "Little Things"

Love Languages

Pastor Andrew Martin was interviewed this morning during a church service on "5 love languages." These 5 languages are those presented by Dr. Gary Chapman.

December 08, 2007

Congratulations Chris and Kristi

Off to there wedding in Baltimore today.

December 06, 2007

Gomer and Hairy Piggy

Gomer, wife of Hosea, drawn during our bible study. Hairy Piggy because who can resist a drawing pigs?

December 04, 2007

R. Crumb

R. Crumb as seen in Crumb which required a lot of fast forwarding past all of the really ridiculous to get to the just plain ridiculous and an appointment with a counselor.

December 02, 2007

Illustration Friday: "Excess"

You can see another Cheeseburger Man here.

November 29, 2007

This Week At Messiah College

The first of these is Ted Prescott who spoke to us about art and Christianity.

The second is from Tuesday's chapel where Brian Smith spoke about something but nobody seems to know what.

(No one I asked was there that day)


November 24, 2007

Turkey Time

Professor Daniel Finch gave us an assignment for Thanksgiving break which was to draw a postcard with the theme "What Turkey Means To Me." I opted out of doing one about the country of Turkey or drawing what I am thankful for and instead one that touches on some to worries and expectations of preparing the Thanksgiving Feast. I wrote a fictional poem (I am using the term loosely) that goes along with it:

Oh, tasty turkey,
so big and so round,
you nearly weighed
forty-three pounds.

Oiled and seasoned
into the oven you go.
You should take
about five hours or so.

While you were roasting
the table was set.
The whole family was coming,
by car or by jet.

Grandma from Topeka,
Aunt Grace and Suzanne,
all of the cousins from Detroit,
Uncle James in from Pakistan.

Everyone was starving
and waiting for you.
I said, "three more minutes,
or maybe just two."

And finally your timer
beeped loud and clear.
The waiting was over,
Dinner finally here.

The family crowded in
wanting to see
I put on my oven mitts
and got down on one knee.

I opened the door
a small smile on my face
but there in the oven
was a terrible disgrace.

You were not golden brown,
and not even warm.
you were colder in the oven
than back on the farm.

Well apparently
said my cousin Ron
while we are cooking
we should turn the oven on.