Monday, November 29, 2010
This was so much fun to draw!
Since the 4th grade, Hanna Barbera's cartoons like Yogi bear, Top Cat and The Flintstones have always been a great inspiration to me. Their characters have great design and, well, character, which inspired me to draw funny cartoons. Plus they always wore such cool hats!
I hope Yogi sues Warner bros if that new movie doesn't do him justice (And it probably wont!!)
I at least hope he's getting his cut......
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Thinking about how the desire to make art through film and story telling is a gift from God as is painting, sculpting, and songwriting. And just like those artforms, the end result is up to the artist: to use it for the glorification of God or for other means, to push other ideas.
Just like every other society in world history, American society didnt have a problem finding the hedonistic side to life. What I remember thinking was the 'good old days' (the roaring 20's - filled with jazz music and men who still tipped their hats to ladies and 'never cussed') was not as clean as I imagined it. There were just as many images shown that shocked audiences as there are today. I guess the problem is we can show more today but it goes to show that the battle between morality has always been around in history - we arent the only generation that is going crazy.
I wish I could express more of what I saw and felt but, I just wanted to say that seeing the history of film and how the themes of stories began to develop and how it didnt take long for the actors and actresses in those films to begin being treated and loved like royalty and gods, it makes me think of the reason behind film and storytelling and how to use that gift for a more Christ glorifying, people edifying end as opposed to just leaving the entire trade alone.
God, help me and other Christian artists write, draw and film for your glory as you lead. Or just lead as as you will.
Thy songs were made for the pure and free
they shall never sound in slavery!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
in the ranks of death you'll find him.
His father's sword he has girded on,
his wild harp slung behind him.
'Land of Song!' cried the warrior bard,
'though all the world betrays thee!'
'one sword, at least, they right shall guard,
one faithful harp shall praise thee!'
The minstrel fell but the foeman's chain
couldnt bring his proud soul under.
The harp he loved never spoke again
for he tore its strings asunder.
And said, ' no chains shall sulley thee,
thou soul of love and bravery!
'Thy songs were made for the pure and free,
they will never dwell in slavery!'
The name sake for the site. sort of. This gives me a chance to explain and post some sketches Ive been wanting to post for a while.
The song above is beautiful and the first time I heard it, it started the seeds for this story idea that Ive been playing with and have provided a few sketches of.
Here is a lovely version of the song sung by Paul Robeson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8jlCedM-cE
The song, if im not mistaken, is an irish folk song telling of a young soldier who tirelessly fights for freedom and makes a great sacrifice. The song is commonly sung at police and fireman funerals, again, if im not mistaken.
Though I dont think it has any overtly Christian connection, the minute I heard it, it reminded me of comparisons the Bible uses between a soldier and a Christian. The image of a gangley boy in in tattered armor began to appear. The song always makes me think of him.
original (i think) sketch of 'the Minstrel Boy'
with his 'harp'
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Now, he didn't put down this way of doing altar calls. He said he believed there is NOTHING WRONG necessarily with this, and I agree. I liked what He said : "I am not against anything that gets people saved." so that means Harvest crusades, having people who want to follow Jesus raise their hands, and playing a worship song and inviting people to the altar to repent are great things.
Because people get saved there.
What he talked about that was great was the caution of getting people to make a decision based on emotions. worship songs and stirring messages create an emotion in people. Getting them to make a decision when there are all these factors affecting their emotion can be damaging because the decision to follow Christ, believe in Him for your righteousness and salvation and turn from sin is a serious deal.
The pastor was reading from The parable of the Sower found in Luke 8:5 . Particularly he was refencing the part about seed that produces plants that shoot up for a while and then die out.
I was just really blessed and excited to hear a pastor talk real and refreshing about presenting the gospel and about how it is less a technique and a ritual and more of a clear invitation from the Word of God. and it was encouraging to hear that perhaps many people start to follw Christ as I did: more like a process than a decision that happens one night at a church. :)
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
That would be drawing - specifically cartooning. I am being reminded and becoming more secure in being a guy who draws cartoons. Been reading again about some of my inspirations and been meditating on why I have this gift and how Im supposed to be spending my time on it, with much trial and error. I am learning honestly and slowly how to use this gift for the glory of God and for edification of people as opposed to other ways to pass time or raise myself up and look cool. It is a hard lesson.
But I am starting to have fun again as a cartoonist and am feeling more direction as to which ways to take it. Also, I am reminded that it is hard work, which is a good thing. I am still looking for work by the way, which at this point is really just alot of waiting. I have applied for some things and have just heard of a few possible open doors today. Speaking of inspirations, this one is inspired by one of mine, see if you can guess what:
I have been having many fails too. that is, failures but I am learning slowly learning. God didnt mean for life to be THIS much of a burden. So Life crawls on, God is truly good, there is work to do and there will hopefully be more words to come. Cohesive words at least. I know writing this felt good. :)
a couple more pics. this is a piece that is hopefully a preview of more to come. hopefully the message kind of reads, it may read more once you know the characters,but here it is. It s called 'FRUIT':
and finally today was a "blustery" day. (dont act like you havent seen Winnie the pooh) heres a little doodle. Oh yeah, their names are CJ and Michelle.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
its been an interesting week..definitely some ups and definitely some downs.
Served at a vacation bible school for a neighboring church and got to dance, teach, sing, meet some really great people, work with some sweet kids and portray George Washington Carver. Was blessed to see God working in me outside of my comfort zone. i miss it there.
spent friday night and saturday morning locked in my church with about 40 jr high boys. besides being sore and a little hoarse, it was great. so many of the boys grew up the same way I did, raised in the church and most of them are pretty much tougher than me when it comes to sports. we all need Jesus though and I hope I can be used to bea part of these boys remembering Jesus in their lives. plainly said, I like them...
found out I got into a ministry school, more on that as i discern His will on that..
Learning about how to cope during the quiet days.....
At the end of the night, I rest my many worries, failures, insecurities and struggles on the 'the beautiful wounds the thorns and the nails have made.' i am still learning to rest myself and my merits on the perfect sinless sacrifice of Christ. There is no work i can do to get to Him, the mystery and sheer glory of the GOSPEL of GOD is that God has died for me. God paid the price that I am trying to pay and he did this because of a LOVE that I cant fathom. He will never give up on me.
"Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken Smitten by God and afflicted." Isaiah 53:4
"Behold I will do a new thing Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:19
Monday, July 26, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
i want to try and post here because I cant seem to express myself well on those little facebook blurbs. also, the wall overwhelms me. maybe man just wansn't meant to know what his acquaintances are doing every minute of the day.
Im thinking maybe God has me to express myself in drawings and pictures instead of words. If i had a therapist I think he would tell me that I need an outlet so Ill pretend like I do and try this.
i love Jesus and even better and more reliable still, HE LOVES ME. He says and does great things that i tend to forget or look past so I hope to express those things.
i love to draw and it has been too long since I have found myslef consistent in my gift. i get many funny ( sometimes maybe funny only to me) ideas in my head and I end up saying them to myself and i dont want to keep indulging in that habit. Plus I want to see my gift used for good, that good being the Glory of God and the edification of people. Also, it should be to make others laugh and be informed and not just to make myself look cool, more on that later.
today I saw a great movie and had a great comfort from God. (more on those later too) i hope a communication and an outlet can begin... maybe even a community of posters.....
then maybe I wont have to go ahead and see that therapist after all....
God truly bless....