Posts Tagged ‘making faces’

covershotcolorbook3finI’ve made it through eight months of a year in art. August was consumed largely with two large projects: The Herald the Angel children’s book I illustrated for Mike and Mary Jane Furches and my two new Making Faces books. In addition there were a few wonderful speaking opportunities and work on a new presentation that I will be delivering complete for the first time in September. Of course there were plenty of Creacher toons and all the work I do as pastor. The point behind this project is you can find time in your schedule to do at least a little something creative every day. You just have to start. You can see August’s page here. Remember I am a believer in taking days of rest. As a result, some days I double up.

I am pleased to announce two more titles from my Making Faces Series. Creatures and Monsters Books 1 and 2. I give you half a face on a grid and using symmetry and the observation skills so necessary in art to complete the face, then color and decorate as you see fit. They are really fun and I think you will really enjoy them.

Get them by clicking on the covers below.

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It’s not like the old days. In the old days (and yes I know I’ve touched on this before, but bear with me) when I finished a piece of work, if I wanted the world to see it, there was only one possibility. Submit it to a lot of companies and wait to be picked. It rarely happened and it was, frankly, depressing. Those days are gone.

Now there is a third option: withhold your work and benefit no one, submit your work to other companies and possibly still benefit no one, and the third option, utilize the amazing array of tools available out there and put it out yourself. This is the option I have chosen time and time again and it’s great, but it’s also difficult.

covershotcolorbook4finFor example, I just posted two more of my Making Faces books for publishing. The files are being reviewed to make sure everything works and if I have my files correct, they will be available on Amazon, most likely today or tomorrow. Now you might be asking, “What kinds of sales are you having?” The truth is so far my sales have been very small, probably only making up a fraction of my time investment. Why continue to do this kind of work?

Well first of all because the ideas came and ideas are of great value, but only when brought to fruition. Secondly, and relatedly, if it doesn’t exist, no one will buy it, or for that matter be blessed by it. Thirdly, I am building something. Sooner or later, I will find the formula. I will create the thing that gets people’s attention, and when I do, guess what will happen. People will say, that was pretty cool, what else do you have and I will be able to point them to nearly twenty different books and products they might also like. You may not get an immediate return, but the work that we do is an investment.

covershotcolorbook3finReally it all comes down to this, you can sit on your ideas and lament every time someone puts their similar idea out before you (I’ve done that hundreds of times and believe me when I tell you, it stinks every time!) or you can be the one who takes the risk, does the work, and puts it out there for the world to see. I want to be the latter very single time.

Every piece of work you do is an investment. It builds your skills and it adds to the body of work you have available from which to reap a benefit. Plus, it’s usually fun.

One final thought, when it comes to our work, no one can buy what you don’t put out, and no one can benefit from what you keep to yourself—not even you. Put it out there!

Hi everyone,
As you know I am on a quest to help the church embrace creatives and creativity and to help people discover and embrace their creativity. What you may not be aware of is how many resources I have created to help with this endeavor. I thought today I would do a little shameless self-promotion in case you’ve missed any of them.

Kaleidoscopics Book 1
This adult coloring book consists of Kaleidoscopic images that are detailed and fun to color. I see Adult coloring as a great way to re-fire your creativity.

Kaleidoscopic Creatures
This adult coloring book combines Kaleidoscopic images with some of my favorite creature designed. They are detailed, fun to color and maybe a little more masculine than many of the titles currently being offered.

Running A.M.O.K.
My first book on creative ministry. This book has tons of information on creativity and how it relates to faith.

Ministering to the Creative Soul
This book is for church leaders, artists and the people who love them. It deals with how to minister to creatives, and empower them to serve the Lord.

One Liners Volume 1
This simple book gives 365 creative prompts to jump start your creativity every single day.

Many Parts, One Body
I have three different versions of this book for three different sized groups. (25, 48, or 96) It’s an interactive lesson on the body of Christ where each person makes a piece and their combined pieces form an image of Jesus.

1001: A Sketch Odyssey
This guided sketch book has 1001 different sketching prompts. These are not just simple drawing commands (“Draw a Hammer”, etc.) but ideas to enhance your creativity and make you think as you create.

Creativity Kickers
This unique book contains 500 creative prompts for artists/designers, writers, inventors and anyone who wants to expand upon his or her creativity. Designed in a unique card file format, the book can be cut apart and converted into a card file or left in tact as a reference. There are a multitude of ways this book can be used, from blindly picking a card and doing whatever it says to selectively choosing your next project. The idea is to kickstart your creativity, smash through creative blocks and get you creating.

Making Faces and Making Faces Holidaze
This fun and exciting art activity book will help people learn to draw using grids and symmetry.

Pictures of Jesus
I’ve been privileged to do my presentation Pictures of Jesus all over the U.S. and one thing almost always happens. Someone, sometimes many people, will come to me and say, “I wish so and so would have seen this, he/she would have been really blessed by it. I finally decided to write it in book form so people could share it with their loved ones. My hope is that this book will help the message of Pictures of Jesus to spread far further than I can take it on my own. All of us who follow Jesus are Pictures of Jesus to the rest of the world. We need to be the best Pictures of Jesus we can be. This book will show you how to be that picture and how to share His message of love and hope, in word and deed, with all who need to hear and receive it.

Story: Parables of Jesus Bible Art Journal
Story: Parables of Jesus is a Bible Art Journaling book designed to help people to read and apply Scripture to their lives by means of creative expression.

That’s 14 books and I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface. Stay tuned for more and if any of these catch your eye, you can get them by clicking the picture. Thanks for all you do to create for the Kingdom!

My wife and I are banding together to create a new site called It’s a place to share our creative designs and resources as well as thoughts on creativity and some new speaking concepts and presentations. I just released our first product. A simple product to try out all the features of the new site. A simple product, but a pretty good one, I think.

covershottnI’ve created a new product for young artists. It’s called Making Faces. Using grids and symmetry, young artists can complete 50 wacky faces plus opportunities to create their own characters. Beyond just being a fun activity, this book helps artists learn the crucial skill of observation and “drawing what you see.” This book is available as a download for just $2. Click here to buy it.

The site is a work in progress, but we are excited about what’s happening here.