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Sometimes you need to shift your focus.

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I’ve been trying to express the way I’ve been feeling lately and that usually comes out in cartoons, So here’s a preview of this week’s Creacher.
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Sometimes the best way to vent is to hit the old sketch board. Guys there is hope. We just need Jesus!


So I’ve been wondering. One of my favorite things on social media are the memes. There was a time when these humorous little pictures would get a little chuckle out of me and I really enjoyed them. It was an example of people stretching their wit, creativity and sometimes just a kernel of sarcasm to add a little humor to our day. Lately however, they seem to be becoming more mean and biting and people seem to be using them as a source of news. I have come to the point of wondering how many of the divisive issues we’ve faced over the past few months (years?) were the result of some pretty diabolical memes. I decided to do a little commentary on it, using, what else? memes! This is a preview of next week’s Creacher comics. I hope you like them, and share them but more than that, that they make you think.

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I decided to give my readers an exclusive preview of the Creacher comics for the week between Christmas and New Year. The reason for this is simple. It deals with making plans for the coming year and this is essential for all creatives.

What do you plan to do?
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This week on my Web Comic Creacher, we are going to be looking at art and creativity. Here’s today’s toon. creacher6-1meme
Each day there will be a new cartoon designed to inspire you creatively. Print them out, share them on social media. Let’s start a creativity revolution!

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I had a comment from one of my valued readers asking about my creatures, asking if they were demons. It’s a good question, and I was neither offended, not taken aback by it. They do occasionally have horns and things, and I guess I can see it, but the answer to that question is a decided no. I decided to give you a little of the origin behind them today as well as a preview of next week’s cartoons over at Creachertoons.

I have drawn creatures for most of my life. This has led to some really cool opportunities, including designing characters for a traveling show and working for a licensee of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I’ve always enjoyed this for one main reason. These creatures do not exist anywhere but in my imagination and as such are only limited by my own imagination. I love that. There is so much freedom and creativity in creating something like that.

Also, as a cartoonist, I have at various times been taken to task by people who have been offended at the way I portray various people. While I intended no offense and had no ill will in my heart, I also had no desire to offend. Creatures look like no one and as such, they allow me to speak to everyone, from a safe space with very little opportunity to offend. You can say, “You need to stop being a people pleaser and create what is on your heart” but I have found that people shut you out when they are offended and the message is more important to me than my artistic sensibilities.

Then what sealed it for me was when I was invited to preach at a friend’s “King James Only” church. I prepared to preach on 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come.” I love that verse. It speaks to a transformed life in Christ. When I went to the King James to prepare the message, I was surprised to see that the words we translate to “New Creation” in newer translations is translated “New Creature” in the King James. I began to wonder if I could use creatures to communicate the Gospel and what would become CREACHER was born. I’ve been using creatures ever since.

I love to do Creacher. It allows me nearly unlimited creativity. Because the focus is on being a new creature, I try to only use new creatures, i.e. I rarely use the same creature twice, though you will occasionally see lions and lambs repeated when I want to represent Jesus, since He is both Lion of the Tribe of Judah and Lamb of God.

So in spite of what they may look like, my creatures are usually a tool to communicate the Gospel and express truth, even when it’s not overt. Occasionally (as in the case of my new adult coloring book) I draw them to stretch my creativity and build my skills, which is a worthy pursuit for any creative. Here is how I explain the creatures in Creachertoons.
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A friend saw a photography project I did for a class assignment and asked me if I knew how to do watermarks on photos. Watermarks are not something I generally do, but I do know a simple way to make a watermark in Photoshop. I haven’t been able to afford to upgrade my photoshop in a while so I am using an older version, but most of these features have not changed too much as far as I know.

So let’s say I want to watermark this Creacher cartoon.
1. Open your photo.
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2. Take your text tool and type your watermark over it.
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3. You can use free transform under edit on your menu bar to rotate your watermark or expand it as necessary.
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4. In the layers window, take the opacity on your watermark layer back to about 50-60% and you should have a suitable watermark.
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If you want to use a logo instead of type for your watermark:
1. Use a logo with a transparent background.
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2. In the layers window take the opacity back to about 50-60%.
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I am not sure if there is an easier way to do this or not. If there is, I would love to hear about it. This is just a way I found that works.