I recently had the inspiring opportunity to work with our home church, Woodmen Valley Chapel, on the Vacation Bible School material for this summer. I had a great time with the Time Warp theme, and creating all the wacky mechanics for the brand, time machine and camper booklet. Getting to do character designs for Cliff and Biff, the characters that lead the fun at VBS, was a really fun opportunity since they are my kids favorite funny guys at church. Working with scenes from Scripture is always an endless source of inspiration, and any chance to bring these epic stories to life is one I greatly enjoy. I wanted to bring a slightly different perspective to each story while still highlighting the well known characters and story lines. Adding in the Cliff and Biff characters as they traveled through the Bible, was a fun way to bring the kids into the stories. I absolutely love making faith fun for kids!
Very inspired to share that the "Christmas Song-A-Thon" poster series won an entry in the 2014 Communication Arts Illustration Annual (on page 192). This is a cherished honor to be featured along side many of the illustrators that I highly admire and have been inspired by. I have been a fan of Communication Arts since my college days, when I would dream of being included in this inspiring resource and industry shaping publication. In 2011 I won my first entry with the "Foxaphone" illustration, and then again in 2012 for the "Vampbanjo" illustration.
Here is a snippet from the official press release:
Menlo Park, California, April 21, 2014—Communication Arts magazine, a professional journal for those involved in creativity in visual communications, has published the results of its 55th annual illustration competition, the most exclusive major illustration competition in the world.
Of the 4,362 entries submitted to the 55th annual illustration competition, only 168 were selected by a jury of respected creative professionals, representing the work of illustrators, animators, design firms, agencies, publishers and in-house creative departments.
The selected projects are handsomely reproduced in Illustration Annual 55, the May/June 2014 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and on the iPad, and online at Commarts.com. With the largest international circulation of any trade journal on visual communications, having work selected is considered a significant professional milestone to the creators and publishers of these award-winning projects.
Communication Arts is a professional journal for designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, agencies, illustrators, photographers and everyone involved in visual communications. Through its editorials, feature articles and the annual competitions it sponsors, CA provides new ideas and information, while promoting the highest professional standards for the field.
2011 Communication Arts Illustration annual winning entry "Foxaphone"
2012 Communication Arts Illustration Annual winning entry "Vampbanjo"
The man in black and green
Wolfie (by Joey Ellis) fan art
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stage background (chocolate river room)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stage background (invention room)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stage background (tv room)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stage background (nut room)