Friday, July 25, 2008

Journal Cover

Remember the Four Horsemen of Revelation drawing I did a number of years ago? What made that assignment challenging was the need for each horse and rider to be used separately but also work well as a single composition. Dayspring had a similar need for their new "tween" journal cover. Each of these five characters was designed as a group and built independently to be used by themselves inside the book. I also was able to create my own type... which I love to do.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Being Challenged

Recently, a favorite art director of mine, John Eastman, and I were working together against a tight deadline. John requested an illustration and I provided the one below. In the back of my mind I thought it was a little cartoony for the subject matter but I liked it over all.

John also liked it but asked me to push it a little further. He wanted to see more depth in the composition. He was right. The second illustration was the result and we both liked it much better.

You don't hear artists raving about art directors very often, but honest and quality relationships make a world of difference in this business. Treasure it when you find them.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Fresh Start Logo

Recently my church consolidated all of their recovery ministries under one umbrella. They asked me to create a mark for "Fresh Start"... a fitting name. The idea of sprouting seed seemed to me to be a perfect metaphor. And since it seems that all church logos need a fish or a cross in them, I made the "t" in the word start do extra duty. Hey, it was low hanging fruit.