Scrapbook Bible

We scrapbook ourselves into the Bible.

We cut out everyone we know. We Xacto every institution of our modern day.

And we paste them all into the pages of scripture, into the places we think they best fit.

We might take a friend, rip him out of his modern life, and paste him into the story of the prodigal son. We’ll put his name right next to the character he most resembles. The younger brother.

Or we scissor out whole churches, and place them in the margins, and between the lines of the book of First Corinthians.

We even chainsaw whole countries out of 2017 and drag them back in time. They get glued overtop of the ancient nations of Israel, Egypt, or Babylon.

But, it’s not all bad.

Sometimes our collages are works of art, full of truth and beauty. Scrapbook Bibles of hope, contextualized for our modern world.

But other times, they have been murder notes.

Black Africans were ripped out of their land by White American Christians, and glued next to Bible verse about obeying slave masters.

The slaves were smart though. They learned that they had been pasted into the wrong places in the Bible. So, they ripped themselves out, and taped their whole race to completely different passages of the Bible. To pages that spoke of God’s liberation for the slave, and justice for the oppressed.

The dilemma is this: the powerful often think the weak belong on certain pages of the Bible. And they are willing to kill to keep them there.

But the weak* know a secret.

The whole Bible was written by them and for them. It’s their palette.

The meek will inherit the scissors and the glue.

God knows they’re better at art projects.

Because the most beautiful collage of scripture and human life was wrought by God himself. When he was at his weakest.

Afterward:

Dear America, beware of the narratives you glue yourself to.

*weak - used here only in terms of voice, power, wealth, or social status. 

Cardboard Jesus

I'm building a cardboard Jesus in my mind. 

I'm going through the recycling,

cutting off flaps,

cutting out shapes,

gluing them together. 

I'm building a cardboard Jesus in my mind. 

 

Trump in my heart

My eyes are open to racism.
I know our country's dark history.

My lips are tuned.
Black Lives Matter. White Privilege. Intersectionality.

But, there’s a little bit of Trump in my heart.

My mind is sharp.
Capitalism can’t fool me. #Chomsky

My ears are good.
I hear the voices of the disadvantaged.

But, there’s a little bit of Trump in my heart.

 

context: https://vimeo.com/147760743

Bodymovin Test

Testing out Bodymovin After Effects to SVG animation exporter. This animation is controlled completly by code! So excited to get this working on a real project.

Logos 7 Explainer

I recently had the privilege of designing and animating this explainer video for Logos 7.  

Here's a few frames from the storyboard:

A few frames from a very early storyboard:

L7-storyboard0.jpg

Faster Grain in After Effects

The Grain (Film Grain) effect in After Effects can make your work look awesome, there's just one problem, it takes forever to render or preview. Here's a hacky workaround that works best for mograph art. It freezes the grain, so it doesn't have to render a new version on each frame.

1. Make a new solid. 50% gray.
2. Put your grain effect on it.
3. Posterize time down to 0 fps.
4. Choose mode: overlay

Voila! 

What color is the idea of software?

I was curious what colors were culturally connected to the idea of "software", so I took some screenshots from Google searches and processed them through Photoshop. Enjoy.

Takeaway: If you are working on a logo, and you want it to stand out, consider breaking the trend.

Colors of software

Colors of software

Colors of food

Colors of food

Colors of fear

Colors of fear

Colors of Jesus

Colors of Jesus

Bible Sounds - Free Kids Video

My friends and I have been working on this project for the last couple months. It's a 10 song animated album of kids music videos that focus on Biblical literacy, the gospel, and the kingdom of God. We're even giving away one of our songs for free on the Kickstarter page: http://bit.ly/biblesounds

Erasmus on gun control...kinda (1500's)

 "Christians attack christians with engines of destruction, fabricated by the devil. A cannon! a mortar! no human being could have devised them originally;"

Erasmus; The Conplaint of Peace

I've been working my way through Erasmus' The Complaint of Peace. It is rocking my world in a good way. It seems to stand as one of a very few essays from the reformation era that captures the full force of Christ's call to peace. Erasmus seems to be looking beyond his own culture's zeitgeist. It's so very relevant for today.

 

More gems: 

image.jpg
image.jpg
image.jpg

Readings and graphic layout from the Logos mobile app.

Background design by http://www.jimlepage.com

Sock Puppet Adventures

I've been running some experiments lately at work. With kids content! Some things have been a great success, others have failed. Here's a peek at the development of one project. The project itself is still alive, and quite exiting, but the execution shown here did not make the cut. Visually it was great, but conceptually it didn't meet our needs.

Early Concepts

A Change of Direction

The early concept felt too much like an animal or creature. I was curious if a sock puppet could be made with a more human form. Name credit to Eli Evans. Sock puppet acting to Max Morin.

A Trip to the Craft Store

Final Hand-Lettering

Impossible Homes

When I was 11, most of my drawings were of spaceship interiors or concepts for future vehicles. I've been experimenting with returning to these "architecturural" roots in some sketches, but in a more baroque style. Maybe this is about growing old and loosing my idealism, or maybe it's just fun.

image.jpg
image.jpg