Stand Firm

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I sketched this one out this past week and decided to experiment with painting and coloring in Photoshop, with mixed results. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. šŸ˜‰

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Purify Us

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Uversion Verse of the Day

3Ā Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among Godā€™s people.4Ā Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokesā€”these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. (Ephesians 5:3-4)

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10 Things About Me (Sunshine Award Community)

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This post is based in part on being nominated for a Sunshine Award (link), so you can go there to see what that is about and why I’m doing this now.

Here are 10 things about me.

I Love Art

Art has a profound impact on my life, and specifically the visual mediums: painting, drawing, film, and the like. That is why my blog is the way it is. I can’t NOT be moved by someone’s passion so eloquently encapsulated through their hands into an artistic expression. As I’ve stated before in my about page (here), art is a product of creativity, and creativity is an expression of our understanding of our creator.

I Like to Draw

I really like to draw. When I was a kid, I would draw all the time. It was a product of a deep love for comic books, superheroes and the idea that people were making the world a better place. Somewhere along the way, I stopped drawing, maybe stopped believing that stuff. But recently, I picked the pen back up and I’ve started to reacquire that passion for drawing.

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I Like the “WHY”

For some reason, I’ve always asked “Why?” You can ask my mom. She will admit that I was a handful as an adolescent because I wouldn’t do things without understanding the why of it. I think it is because without understanding, there is no meaning. My actions have no meaning, if I (and the people around me) don’t know why I’m doing it. A movement is empty of meaning if people don’t understand the “WHY”. It’s okay to question the reasoning for doing things. It’s okay to be curious.

WRITE

Take a thought, make it breathe. Nothing would exist today – society, culture, art, music, religion – if someone hadn’t taken the time to write something down. If someone hadn’t taken stories passed down through oral tradition and transcribed them to paper (or some other form) their reach would be very limited today. It’s becoming my life mission to write things down, for better or worse.

My Beautiful Wife

I love my wife and we both design together and really sharpen each others skill in a fantastic way. It’s such a joy to share a life with her. She inspires me everyday to get up and do something with this journey called life!

2 Crazy, RambunctiousĀ Dogs

My dogs, WiFi and Draper, are a couple of characters whose cuteness is only surpassed by their nature to create shenanigans. They inspire me in my art from time to time. We even put them on our christmas card this past year!

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I’m Designing a Board Game

I won’t say much about this, but I’m creating a board game with my good buddy, Andrew Sears. It’s going to be loads of fun, and when it’s closer to completion, I will definitely be sharing it here!

HISTORY is Important

History is important. It is a narrative of our collective actions to influence the course of events for all of mankind. And understanding that will change the way we react towards events, decisions and each other. Opinion matters, but it’s also not the end of the road. How we view ourselves now is shaped by the past, which means that our future is determined by the choices we make today.

I Also Make Videos

You can check out the work I’ve done here. I am well-versed in Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere and After Effects. My other design work (in Illustrator and Photoshop) is really an extension of my video concentration.

I Like Your Art

I’ve really already said this earlier, but I think it needs saying again: I likeĀ your art. I share it. I reflect on it. It is important to remember as an artist, that other people’s work is just as important as your own. There are so many talented artists in the world, and I love that wordpress lets me connect and experience their talent regardless of distance.

Well that is 10 things about me. Hope you’ve enjoyed it! Thanks for hanging in there all the way to the bottom of the post.

[ROB]ots, Puppies & Stuf Nominated for The Sunshine Award!

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I have spent this past year blogging about art and life, curating pieces I’ve found around wordpress and sharing them as a celebration of talented people doing tremendously wonderful things. I’ve also given my thoughts on various subject, trying to add a humorous spin to them.

I also share my own journey in picking up drawing again. As a kid, I would draw superheroes all the time, and then, for some unknown reason, I just stopped for a good 10 years. But now I’m back! And I’m very grateful to accept this award.

I was thrilled to hear I had been nominated for the Sunshine Award!

The rules of this award are the following:
1) Use the Sunshine Award logo in the post.
2) Acknowledge the nominating blogger and show some appreciation by linking to their website.
3) Share a little blogging love by nominating 10 fellow bloggers ā€œwho positively and creatively inspire othersā€ in the blogsphere & leave a comment on nomineesā€™ blogs to tell them of the award.
4) Share 10 personal factoids to contribute to the blogger community.

Here goesā€¦Starting with the logo.
First, an official one, then an artistic innovation by another blogger, and then my own adaptation.

Sunshine Award

A huge thank you to my good friend Virtually Riki for nominating me for this award. I’m very touched to be such an influence that I would make such a cool list of people. Riki is all about connecting and exploring with others to find insight, which I think is just an incredible life mission and fully support that cause. It is exciting to connect with wordpress bloggers who truly love the art of exploration, connection, learning and teaching!

10 bloggers deserving of kudos!

I love following artists. It’s what I do. I enjoy finding great art and amplifying it through my blog to others, sharing a little bit of beauty with the rest of my world. Here are my nominees for The Sunshine Award!

Illustrators

Unsworthbecky –Ā http://unsworthbecky.wordpress.com
Fantastic, thought-provoking illustrations!

Doodleby –Ā http://doodleby.wordpress.com
I think the doodle is the very genesis of art, and so doodleby gets a nod for their creations.

Sarah Goodreau –Ā http://sarahgoodreau.com
Amazing Illustrations!

Luke-Matthew Iveson Illustration –Ā http://lukematthewiveson.wordpress.com
Another great blog of illustrations!

Pottering About –Ā http://richardtpotter.wordpress.com/
A blog full of clever pop-culture related illustrations.

KW Illustrates –Ā http://kwillustrates.wordpress.com
Illustrations and tales from the journey of both teaching drawing and experiencing it.

Abrian C Illustration Blog –Ā http://musicalcheshire.wordpress.com
A blog complete with whimsical illustrations.

Artists & Curators

The Heart of Art –Ā http://bryannachapeskie.wordpress.com
A curator of great art and artists.

Vera Tataro Art –Ā http://veratataro.wordpress.com
An awesome collection of art from Vera. Multi-discipline and broad accessibility for any loverĀ of art.

Doron Art –Ā http://doronart.com/
A gifted,Ā self-taught painter and a very supportive blogger.

About Me

Since this has already been a pretty full post by my standards, I’ll be taking time in my next post to talk about myself so people can get to know me.