Posts Tagged ‘illustrationfriday.com’


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Well IllustrationFriday.com‘s challenge of the week is the word “entangled” and it reminded me of a piece I just finished for my local Toastmasters club. One of the greatest fears people have is public speaking, but it is an important skill many people need. Toastmasters helps people master it while developing their leadership skills. By doing a project like this, I get to help people who help people. It’s a win win situation.

Remember Each one should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others.
1 Peter 4:10
How can you use your gift to serve someone else?

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I just wanted to remind you all about IllustrationFriday.com. It’s a great way to challenge yourself every week. They give a one-word challenge each Friday and you create whatever the word brings to mind. Then just post it to their site and see what everyone else comes up with. What a fantastic way to break creative block.


Okay this was a first. I got the challenge of the week and I had to look up the word. I remembered it from seventh grade english but seventh grade a a LONG time ago so here’s what it means.

on·o·mat·o·poe·ia
ˌänəˌmatəˈpēə,-ˌmätə-/
noun
 1. the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoosizzle ).
Here’s how I designed it. Please forgive me I was in a strange mood.
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Is there any spiritual significance to this? Not really. I just find the idea of words made out of sound effects amusing.
Here’s another example of onomatopoeia…
Hope you like ’em.

The word of the week on illustrationfriday.com was rescue. There was only one thing I could think of because this is what rescue means to me…
RESCUE

I was drowning in a sea of sin, when I cried out to God and a mighty nail pierced hand reached down to rescue me.

What’s your rescue story? How would you express it in your art?
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The IllustrationFriday.com challenge this week was the word POWER and there was only one thing that came to mind. The ultimate power move… when Christ, love incarnate and God incarnate, laid aside His awesome power to sacrifice Himself to overpower that which we were powerless against. In that move when Christ looked thoroughly powerless, He overpowered death, hell and the grace for all who will believe. Trust in His POWER, submit to His POWER and live in His love.
This is a sketch of a hopefully upcoming painting with a stylistic nod to pop artist, Keith Haring. Click the image to see this and other pop art images I’ve been working on lately.


Maybe it’s because of the era I’m from, but I can’t hear the word “jungle” (this week’s challenge) without hearing “Welcome to the Jungle.” Because of this, my first thought ws to do a cartoon of Axl Rose facing down an actual lion and shaking in his kilt. It would have been funny, but then I thought of something more important.
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He had his day in the sun, 2000 years ago, give or take, as he watched the Son of God gasping for every breath, hanging on the cross. He had managed to convince the very people Jesus came to save to scream for his execution. You know he was elated when he heard the words, “It is finished.” Ah sweet victory, but sometimes victory is short lived, especially when you mess with God.

Oh, make no mistake about it, there was victory that day, but it was not as it appeared. Not many days before, Jesus reminded His disciples that He would die for their sins and that no one takes His life away but that He lays it down freely. He has the power to lay down His life and the power to take it up again. What looked like victory was really a crushing defeat for death, hell, the grave and the devil as Jesus paid the price for our sins and bought eternal life for all who would believe. Jesus won the victory. In His human form, he looked easy to defeat for the mighty fallen angel, but the fatal flaw was forgetting that the suffering servant was also the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

Welcome to the Jungle.


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The latest IllustrationFriday.com challenge was the word, ROBOT. It got me thinking about one of the charges I hear against God. Why would God allow sin to enter the world? It’s a deep question but part of the reason is because we’re not robots. We’re not pre-programed. God loves us and wants us to love Him, but love requires a choice. To have a choice, there has to be an alternative. There is an option, we can choose God or choose sin and because they are at opposite ends of the continuum to choose one is to choose against the other.

Moses set a choice to the Israelites, they could choose God or they could choose the gods of the people God drove out before them. He set before them blessings and curses and then he said choose live that you might live.

You have a choice, you’re not a ROBOT… Choose life… Choose Jesus.