Sunday, March 29, 2009

Traditional or Digital?

To all who follow or visit. I have been in quite a slump lately sketching. I know what I want to do as far as shapes, values, and exaggeration; but find it hard to translate when I fire up my Wacom Tablet. I've been struggling for quite some time now and just figured maybe it takes a little while longer to catch on to this whole digital sketching. Well I was praying about it and God told me to just be true to me. Don't try to do what everyone else is doing, although you do admire their work. Do what is comfortable to you. I took Him at his word and have gone back to good 'ol pencil and paper. Now it seems like there is no block between my mind and hand. I realized that drawing digitally wasn't showing my full growth and potential. Not bashing digital sketching but I just can't seem to get the hang of it. So I figured from here out I'll more than likely do my sketches with pencil, then scan them in and color them in photoshop. Seems like the easiest workflow for me right now. Maybe it will change in the future. How about you other artists out there? Have you gone through a similar learning/frustrating curve with sketching with a tablet? Just curious.

Let your light shine! -Matthew 5:16

Birthday Gift

Here is a caricature of my cubemate's niece. I don't know her name but I promised her I would draw her niece for her birthday. Didn't exaggerate as much as I would've liked but am still pleased with the outcome.

Remember keep your mind on Christ and not things of this world - Colossians 3:2!


Well I haven't posted something new in quite sometime. However, I've been going through one of the most difficult transitions I've ever faced in my life. God has transitioned my family from one church to another. Simple right? Wrong! Long story short, it is hard to leave a relationship before something wrong manifests itself physically. Kind of like leaving your mate because you believe they will cheat before they actually do. More accurately, maybe you have come to a point in your relationship that you see that your growth has surpassed the others involved or God is truly pulling you in a different direction. Whatever the case may be you have to move and obey God. But in leaving you better believe that there will be hard feelings. There will be hurt, and even a little hate. The church is not immune to people with these feelings and neither are pastors. It's what you do with those feelings that matters. I would classify my transition as a spiritual promotion. God has so much in store for me and my family that He refuses to allow anything or anyone to slow down the process. So on my part there is nothing but love for my prior church and all the members there. I pray the feelings will be mutual. One barometer to know if you are truly operating correctly in transitions in your life read Galations 5:22-23. These are fruits or proofs of the spirit. They should be evident on both sides. If you don't see them on your end you need to do a self check and go back to your prayer closet to ensure you're hearing from the Holy Spirit correctly.

My new pastor R.A. Vernon is truly a blessing to my entire family. We joined the church just in time to catch his series on dealing with relationships. It has ministered to me on a higher level and has truly transformed how I deal with everyone I have relationships with; prior and current. You can check out the church here. Anybody in the Akron, Canton, or Cleveland area I would highly recommend you attend. Or you can catch him on streamingfaith for live sermons. I pray he be a blessing to you as he has been for me!