Friday, July 29, 2022

Sunday Sermon Series: Proverbs 3:1-12

Hello everybody! Today I have a drawing from a couple Sundays ago (July 17, 2022). The message centered on Proverbs chapter 3, verses 1-12. Trusting in the Lord's wisdom, which we find in God's written word. You can go and listen to it here at the Northwest Gospel website.

We can trust in Jesus, and we know this when we read His word. We hear Him there. Not only the spoken words of Jesus but we hear His father speaking to us through the prophets. Time and time again God tells us not to be afraid, to not worry but to trust in Him.

Websters defines Trust as: Assured reliance in the character, ability strength, or truth of someone or something, one in which confidence is placed. We must trust in God regardless of our circumstances. He is there, He loves you, and He has a plan for you.

Fools reject God's wisdom, they choose a worldly course, rather than choosing God's path. Salvation through Jesus' death on the cross is the gate. His ways (outlined in His word) are our path. Proverbs 3:5-6 says "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make straight your paths." The creator of everything has a plan for how to live your life. Reject evil, Run from it! Sin and evil suck the life from us, and lead to death. But God's word refreshes. In Christ there is life.

I sketched my cartoon self trusting (awkwardly) in Jesus while I listened to the sermon, and took notes. I colorized it in Photoshop, and added the sky background. I originally drew that sky about 20 years ago, and I use it from time to time because I love the texture, the clouds and the colors in it.

As I listened I also sketched this heart drawing, and decided to include it here. It is a rough drawing, but I like the sentiment. Jesus saves. Jesus heals. Proverbs 3:7-9 "Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones."

This pencil sketch was done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 70lb paper. I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it encouraged you, made you think, or challenged you, and that you will read more about trusting in God and the path He has for us as Christians in the book of Proverbs. Please contact me if you have questions. God bless you, and have a great day! --Ryan

Monday, June 27, 2022

Sunday Sermon Series - Second Peter 3:1-10

Hello everybody! Today I have a drawing from last Sunday (June 19, 2022). The message centered on Jesus promise to come back, and is taken from Second Peter chapter three. You can listen to it here.

Second Peter Chapter 3
Pastor Andrew mentioned the oft heard quote from children on roadtrips "Are we there yet?" I had just the day before heard that line several times over as our family traveled down to Salem to spend the day with family. So it struck a cord with me, and became the focus of my illustration. We (especially me these days) as Christians are asking ourselves, and God through prayer "Jesus, are you coming back yet? Is it time?" Are we there yet?

In these verses we are assured that Jesus will come back. We are encouraged to remember the words of the prophets, and to remember that scoffers will come. They (scoffers) will mock and ridicule those who believe. We are also called to be patient because in the mean time as God is working so that all should reach repentance.

Peter also references the flood of Noah, which I find interesting as these days some doubt the Biblical account of the flood. If you profess to be a Christian both the old and new testaments reference the flood. There is also mention here of the day of judgment, and the destruction of the ungodly, as happened at the time of the flood.

This pencil sketch was done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 70lb paper. I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it encouraged you, made you think, or challenged you, and that you will read more about Peter's final letter to the church in 2nd Peter. God bless you, and have a great day! --Ryan

Monday, June 20, 2022

Sunday Sermon Series Second Peter 2:17-22

Hello everybody. I hope you are all well. Today I have a drawing from last Sunday (June 12, 2022). The message was about false teachers, how to spot them, and what God thinks of them. You can listen to it here.

Here we see Jesus calling out the false teacher's lies, using scripture (as we are to do) to check what is being preached. A generic crowd looms in the darkened sanctuary. The false teacher is not supposed to look like anyone, nor are the people in the audience.

Pastor Jake Gamble mentioned that Jesus is the living water (as he tells us in the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, John 4:1-40) and that here Peter tells us "...are waterless springs and mist driven by a storm." In other words they do not satisfy our thirst. Only Jesus does that. The empty, hollow promises of false teachers do not satisfy, and in the end doom you. They suggest that you can add Jesus to your life, or that you can live however you want and then profess Jesus. That isn't what the Bible tells us.

Parts of this drawing are rougher than usual(the crowd in the darkness in particular), and some parts are finished. I like the balance of the light on Jesus side, and the darkness in the "world." I don't usually do scrolls for scripture. Usually I draw a Bible because it's what I'm used to. I can't wait to see what Jesus has to say about different versions of the Bible.

This pencil sketch was done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 70lb paper. I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it encouraged you, made you think, or challenged you, and that you will read more about Peter's final letter to the church in 2nd Peter. God bless you, and have a great day! --Ryan

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Characters, An Animated Slideshow

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. This week I have an animated gif from my old website. I created it to share some of the artwork I was generating at the time (Approximately 2002-2008). This file is a short slideshow presentation of characters. The file size is pretty small, because (if you recall) interweb speeds were slower back then. I was still on dial-up! *GASP*

Many of the characters pictured here are Chip Dugan, with different expressions. At the time I was working on a sequel for The Searcher, which would eventually become The Daydreamer. Chip and I are old friends, we go back just over 20 years now. Some day I hope to write and illustrate a chapter book starring Chip. These drawings of Chip were done for a couple of reasons. I have to keep drawing him, frequent practice is required to keep the skills up. And to figure out what he looks like from different angles, in different situations and with different expressions.

The other Non-Chip characters are take from Sketch of the week, which was my attempt to share on a weekly basis what I was producing in my sketchbooks. After about 6 months of that I discovered Illustration Friday. In order to participate in that you need to have a blog, so you can share your posts. So I shuttered Sketch of the Week, and began the blog you see here. I hope it brings you a smile, or encourages you, from time to time.

All of the drawings included in this pencil sketch were done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 80lb paper. I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it encouraged you, or made you think. God bless you all, and have a great day! --Ryan

Friday, May 27, 2022

Happy Friday!

Hey howdy hey everybody! Today I have an illustration taken from a book project that never came together. As the illustrator I would love to blame the author for the project failing, but I'm the author too so that doesn't help at all. Suffice it to say that paying jobs and then stronger story concepts pushed this one aside.

This dancing elephant is a main character, and he appeared in most of the illustrations. Elephants are a favorite subject of mine. There are many animals that I repeatedly draw, which I attribute to my love of Richard Scarry's work. Not that mine are as good as his, but I appreciated his work as a kid, and still do today. Mr. Scarry's characters and environments were perfectly rendered, so as to overload your senses with whimsy. Scarry and Charles M. Schulz had a huge impact my style.

At some point I used the illustration to encourage a friend of mine on a particularly bleak winter afternoon. I hope he can give you a smile, or enhance your Friday mood in some way. This pencil sketch was done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 70lb paper. I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it encouraged you, made you think, or challenged you. God bless you, and have a great day! --Ryan

Saturday, December 25, 2021

The Egg Beaters

Hello again everyone, merry Christmas to you all. Today I finished the last complete illustration for a book I have written. The Egg Beaters is a heavily illustrated chapter book about some chickens playing baseball. I got the original idea about 10 years ago when I was hired to create a poster for a friend. The poster was a birthday present for her cousin who loved baseball and chickens. As I drew, and then painted the poster I contemplated the characters, and dreamed up a story for them. That story was the nucleus for The Egg Beaters.

I was very busy at that time as a new dad, and transitioning into a stay at home parent, so I did not sit down and start writing until a year or so later. I did some character drawings to cement the concept in my brain, then set the project aside so I could complete a picture book project The Daydreamer. From time to time I would come back to The Egg Beaters, write another piece of the story, or do some character/location sketches.

With much help from the ladies in my writers group, and much grace from my wife I completed the story and all of the rough drawings two years ago. Then I began the final drawings. Having those drawings to work on over the 2020 summer was truly a blessing. The kids played in the sprinkler and I sat in a lawn chair in the shade and escaped the pandemic one drawing at a time. At over 120 pages and almost 200 illustrations it is easy to see why it took me 2 years to do the final drawings, working in my spare time. Today I finished the last final drawing. I will need to do some fixes, mostly computer work, or adding a character to an existing drawing, but it is pretty much done now. The next step is to combine the word docs into one giant pdf and get it printed, then send those to agents.

This pencil sketch was done with a Pentel .7mm P207 mechanical pencil in a Pentalic Sketchbook on 70lb paper. I hope you enjoyed this post, and that it encouraged you, made you think, or challenged you. God bless, merry Christmas, and have a great day! --Ryan

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Sunday Sermon Series August, 2021

Hello again everyone. This week I have an illustration from Pastor Andrew's sermon on Psalm 2:1-12 entitled "Everything in One Thing". Here is a link to the sermon, which I highly recommend: Psalm 2:1-12

Nations raging, and people plotting in vain. boy, does that sound familiar. The world has been messed up since Adam and Eve. Our current world situation is not new. As I listened to the sermon I thought about applying this to myself. I have to admit it is way too easy for me to focus on the problems we are living though in our family, nation, and world, and to become discouraged. It happens more often than I would like. When that discouragement comes the only way that I have found to fight my way out is to turn my focus back to God. God loves us.

God has a plan for each of us. There will be suffering, but God is there with us, we just need to turn to him. I'm not as eloquent with words as Pastor Andrew, you should liten to the sermon to get the scoop. The big take away for me is that tagline: "The closer you are to the Word the harder the world is to see, and vice versa."

This drawing is pretty rough. Even though school is still out I find my free time is still in short supply. I was pretty happy with the Jesus character, but I didn't get the feet right on Cartoon Ryan. I hope you enjoyed this drawing, may God richly bless you my friend.<\p>