This was my debut shot for Dribbble—an online community of graphic designers, illustrators, and other creatives who post their work and follow, encourage, and critique one another. The opportunity to be a dribbbler is invite only, and apparently the invites are not dished out too often. Because of this, I am thankful to a fellow by the name of Travis Arnold who issued me the invite. You rock, Travis!
So why a pink dunking monk? Well, The Dribbble basketball is pink, and often when new players are drafted they design a "thank you" shot, which gives props to the one who invited them, and it often incorporates the Dribbble logo. Why a monk? I like to draw monks as a sort of self portrait, representing my hermit-like nature (though through my life I have successfully worked on being more outgoing).
Twillman Tiger Illustration
I have been working with the wonderful band, Love Surrounds, on this promotional and merchandise art. The illustration tells the story of the love of God surrounding his child, using imagery from various places in the poetry of the Psalms. The shadow of his wing, the strength of his arms, and the shield of protection are all aspects of the story, which point back to the band's title.
I had a lot of fun with these character designs, as well as the map design for the Hitide.Lotide album, "The Forest." The narrative nature of the music made for the perfect chance for me to imaginatively illustrate and help Nathaniel Gruber bring his vision to life. I enjoyed creating subtle personification in the animals, and the use of pen and ink to illustrate them, one pen line at a time.
Here is a sampling of sermon art that I have made for Confluence church. I adapt the art for use on Confluence's sermon archive and the Confluence Church Facebook page.
Confluence Slide: Balance
Every time I come across something that strikes me as authentic, I feel inspired to create art for it. I found the work of Chris Stapleton through a poster contest on Talenthouse and I jumped on the chance to make a piece that would let me combine typography with illustration.
I created this illustration out of the inspiration of reading Spurgeon's story. He accomplished an unbelievable amount of achievements in his lifetime, and the thought of his life inspires me to strive to do more.
One day, as I mentally wrestled with my creative future (as I often do), an image of a white tiger came to mind. I started to think of the tiger as a symbol of fierce uniqueness. Then later that morning, while I was driving into work, I saw a guy stepping out of his house with a white tiger t-shirt on. I later made this illustration, and I keep the tiger in my mind as I create new art, trying to make my work fierce and unique.
Exploring God's Word
I love working in this way—starting with a pen drawing, and then moving it into Photoshop for coloring. The safari kid was a fun character to design for 3 curriculum book covers for Concordia Publishing House. Any time I can sneak an illustration into my design work, I jump on the chance.
Rascal and Obstaclés
This is a set of character designs for leadership author Chris Brady. The characters are his creation, and I've reimagined them in this concept art. I will then use the concept art as a foundation for more illustrations as we continue to collaborate.
Rascal is a status-quo shattering underdog who strives to be a force for good and finds his toughest opposition in his sneaky, slimy nemesis, Obstaclés.
David: Beloved One
"David: Beloved One" is a project that began in college with two of my closest friends on the planet. It has had manifestations in original music by Jonathan Garrett Olson and video work by Kristin Olson. It was an exciting collaboration which told the story of the biblical King David through a gallery of artwork, showing pages from the first chapter of a graphic novel. Recently I have developed a renewed itch to get back into it with a fresh look, and new approach, which you are starting to see here.
David: Beloved One, Trailer
I put together this logo design for a company in Barcelona, Spain that sells kitchen items. I had the challenge of creating an illustrative design that would fit well with a clean and simple web site. My goal was to maintain the company's old brand image of the chef, but also to give the logo a fresh redesign and update to match the sleek look of the new site. The web site design was done by Marc Sánchez, who is currently based in Indiana.
The honey bear is one of my earlier logo design ideas for my personal brand. He fumbles for the delicate honeycomb with his big, clumsy paws, hungry for the sweet stuff. For me, that "honey" is my own sweet spot: the convergence of my passions, talents, and more specifically, my signature style. Often I feel like that alignment is just at my fingertips, but still difficult to get ahold of. And things get a little painful and messy as I try. I may incorporate the honey bear into my personal work, even if he didn't make the cut as my logo. I've had an affection for him since I first made him.