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