For the past 5 years I've had the inspiring opportunity to create the Vacation Bible School (VBS) materials for our church, Woodmen Valley Chapel (WVC). This year's theme was extra fun to work on because I grew up loving "Gilligan's Island" and "Swiss Family Robinson", and pulled heavily from those vibrant, lush and whimsical worlds they portrayed. The added bonus this year was being part of the skit for the camp, playing the role of Dr. Jonathan Wyssman (a bit of a know it all chap), so I was actually able to "play" in the artwork! Being able to see the kids (especially my own 3) engage with the theme, skit, games, activities and most importantly the message was a gift I will always cherish on this creative journey!

Let's journey through the material, shall we? Thanks for joining me ... 

I start with the brand, to determine the colors, style and elements of the material. They also request a one color version for shirts, and swag. So i created a tribal/scrawled type version: 

Then I create materials for the booklet/journal (used at the weekend camp for older kids) that they go through with their cabin/crews. I provide a variety of elements and backgrounds for the WVC design team to implement into the book design. I'm always amazed to see how they put all the pieces I provide together. Here is the cover wrap,  a few of the elements, and then how they put them all together in the layout:

The next task is the most demanding, due to the sheer size of the stage art. Creating these behemoth banners always gives me and my computer a right nice work out! Photoshop files for 21 ft. high banners, and 24 ft. long banners means slower processing, lots of patience and each element of the scene being created separately then brought into a larger scene. A tedious, but rewarding task when it all comes together!

Here are a few photos of the stage for scale reference (sorry the lighting/color was not great when I took these):

And here I am playing the role of Dr. Jonathan Wysmann. We had just watched Disney's "Robin Hood" so I was inspired by the clever know it all voice of "Hiss" for this character's voice. It was quite fun to be part of a production again. Triss Curtis, wrote a splendid script for this shipwrecked story. I hadn't been in a production since my middle school days, and never had a leading role. So I had to stretch my memory muscles for all the lines! Fun Acting Fact: I was in a production of "Annie" with Jessica Biel in middle school. She grew up in Colorado, the production was in Salida. I had a major crush on her. She had no idea I existed. My wife still razzes me everytime we see a movie with her in it. 

I had a memorable time with this clever crew of castaways. The kids did too. Which made for one fun filled, laughter laden week of VBS! An honor to be part of it all from start to finish.

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I'll leave you with a collection of critters. Crafting critters is my favorite type of work, and it was a joy to see the kids finding their favorites among the shipwrecked scenes. I hope you enjoy them too, and thank you again for journeying through this Featured Project!