2008, 2013

Judges lesson series (3-2)

By |August 20th, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

Picture from lesson #3 – Gideon Learns to Be Bold for God.

Hiding out from the raiding Midianites, Gideon is threshing grain in a winepress when he gets an unexpected visitor.

Print size: 24x34cm.  Tools: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Wacom Cintiq 18SX

608, 2013

Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland (July 2013)

By |August 6th, 2013|CEF Ministry, Photography|0 Comments

I’ve included a selection of photos from a recent ministry trip to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland – July 1-16, 2013. The primary purpose of the trip was to photograph the different CEF ministries in this region for use in promoting the work, recruitment, informing prayer partners, raising finances for projects and national workers, etc..  Our daughter Sarah joined me and was responsible for taking video footage that will be used for promotional materials.

2806, 2013

Judges lesson series (2-6)

By |June 28th, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

Picture from lesson #2 on Deborah and Barak delivering Israel.

Excerpts from lesson:
“After the great victory Deborah received praise throughout Israel… 
Deborah was a good example to her people and God used her to deliver them!” 
… “That day Deborah, Barak and the people of Israel sang praises to God.  For 40 years there was peace in the land of Israel because Deborah was a good example for Him.”

Print size: 24x34cm.  Tools: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Wacom Cintiq 18SX

506, 2013

Judges lesson series (2-5)

By |June 5th, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

Picture from lesson #2 on Deborah and Barak delivering Israel.
A heavy storm hits, causing the chariots to get stuck in mud.  General Sisera and his remaining army attempt to flee while being pursued by the Israelite army.

Print size: 24x34cm.  Tools: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Wacom Cintiq 18SX

2604, 2013

Judges lesson series (2-4)

By |April 26th, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

Deborah, Barak and the Israelite army see general Sisera’s massive army approach in the distance.  The clouds are beginning to form…

It was a challenge trying to suggest a gazillion soldiers and chariots in the distance without actually drawing them.
It feels good to finish a picture right before heading home for the weekend.

Print size: 24x34cm.  Tools: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Wacom Cintiq 18SX

1104, 2013

Judges lesson series (2-3)

By |April 11th, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

Picture from lesson#2 on Deborah and Barak delivering Israel.  This is where Deborah is instructing Barak on how to defeat General Sisera and his large army.

Print size: 24x34cm.  Tools: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Wacom Cintiq 18SX

504, 2013

Judges lesson series (2-2)

By |April 5th, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

Picture (2-2) from the lesson on Deborah and Barak delivering Israel.  This part is explaining where God showed His love for the people of Israel by sending Deborah to be a judge.  God gave Deborah special wisdom and understanding to know how to decide fairly when there were disagreements among the people.  She was a good example and helped them know what to do.

Print size: 24x34cm.  Tools: Adobe Photoshop CS6, Wacom Cintiq 18SX

1803, 2013

Judges lesson series (3-1)

By |March 18th, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

Picture from the lesson on Gideon showing Midianite tribesmen raiding the people of Israel during their harvest time.  I did research on camel racing to get an idea of how a running camel looked.  Awkward looking creatures!
Print size: 24x34cm.  Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter X, Wacom Cintiq 18SX
2202, 2013

Judges lesson series (1-2)

By |February 22nd, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

This is the second picture from lesson one, after Joshua died and the people stopped serving God.
The Bible lesson text tells how God sent His angel to talk to the Israelites, reminding them that He had brought them out of Egypt and into the land.  He had warned them not to be close friends with people who did not believe in Him.  God said, “You have not obeyed My voice.  Why have you done this?”  Because the Israelites had disobeyed, God told them He would not send the people out of the land.  They would cause trouble as long as the Israelites lived there.

Print size: 24x34cm.  Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter X, Wacom Cintiq 18SX

1402, 2013

Judges lesson series (1-1)

By |February 14th, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

This is a picture from lesson one where Joshua in his old age is gathering the people of Israel together to remind them of all the good things God had done for them.

Print size: 24x34cm. Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter X, Wacom Cintiq 18SX.

402, 2013

Judges lesson series (2-1)

By |February 4th, 2013|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

Seems like yesterday when I began using our children as model references for illustrations (starting with Heather as baby Jesus in the manger).  Now I’m using Rebecca as an adult reference!

Being vertically challenged, I really need to use someone besides myself as a soldier reference because I kept redrawing General Sisera’s raiding army so they didn’t resemble a bunch of angry dwarfs and Hobbits.
My original idea was to create this same scene by moonlight with a range of blues and grays.  Then I wondered if a chariot would be crazy enough to fly through a street guided only by moonlight .  Easy to fix – I kept the light/shadows the same but turned the night scene into a morning/late afternoon scene.
Another change I would like to make is replace the spear in the hand of the foreground soldier with a sword …but there are looming deadlines so on to the next illustration.
Illustrations are for a 6-part Bible lesson series on the book of Judges – Disobedience and Deliverance.  There are 36 total images with accompanying lesson text. Print size: 24x34cm. Tools: Adobe Photoshop, Corel Painter X, Wacom Cintiq 18SX; preliminary sketches were done using ArtRage app for the iPad.
1112, 2012

Judges – lesson series (1-3)

By |December 11th, 2012|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

This illustration immediately follows picture 1-2, the scene where the angel appeared to the people warning them of their disobedience for going back to worshiping false gods.

Accompanying text:
Sometimes people cry not because they are sad that they have disobeyed God but because they got caught.  The Israelites had chosen to be close friends with those who didn’t believe in God.  They were warned – they even promised they wouldn’t do it – but they chose to do it anyway.
Is it possible that God truly had first place in their hearts and souls and minds?  They said He did but they did not speak the truth.

The central teaching of lesson one is Be loyal to God, giving Him first place in your life.

Illustrations are for a six part Bible lesson series on the book of Judges – Disobedience and Deliverance.  There are 36 total images with accompanying lesson text.  Print size is 24x34cm.  Illustrations were drawn using Adobe Photoshop and digitally painted in Corel Painter 12.  Preliminary sketches were done using ArtRage app for the iPad.

412, 2012

Judges – lesson series (1-4, 1-5, 1-6)

By |December 4th, 2012|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

The images below are the first three pictures I’ve completed for a new Bible lesson series on the book of Judges.  Actually, it’s for an existing series that’s being brought back into print with new images.  There are 36 total illustrations – six lessons with six images each.

Lesson one, “Israel’s Broken Promise”, begins with Joshua before his death, challenging the people.  The main teaching of lesson one is Be loyal to God, giving Him first place in your life.

Picture 1-4 lesson text explains how the people offered animal sacrifices to cover their sins.

Picture 1-5 lesson text continues by making the link to how these repeated sacrifices were a reminder that God would one day send a Saviour.

The people of Israel promised to obey God but it wasn’t long before they disobeyed God and returned to the worship of false gods (Picture 1-6).

2105, 2012

Do You Wonder Why? (redesign)

By |May 21st, 2012|illustration: other|0 Comments

Do You Wonder Why? – Answers to Tough Questions.
 
This 16-page evangelistic booklet has been around for over a decade with millions distributed around the world immediately after a natural disaster or tragic event (mostly North America and Europe) .  Up until now, I’ve been asked to adapt the cover or the occasional image inside for use around Europe.  This caused some illustration styles not to blend well while other images did not suit certain cultures.  The page format was not an International standard and changing the language was difficult or did not allow sufficient room.  Besides the extra time needed to fix and adapt the booklet for each printing, it did not allow for printing copies in advance before a disaster or tragic event happened.
The all new artwork and redesign are now completed.  Just a few minor tweaks to the text are needed but the project is moving forward with taking orders for the first round of printing.
Besides adapting the illustrations for use in various world cultures, the new page layout and additional room for text makes translations easier to insert.  A lot of changes were made “under the hood” using features in Adobe InDesign to streamline the translation process.  Countries are being encouraged to translate and print large quantities of the booklet before a major tragedy occurs because 1-2 days delay in distribution can make a big difference.  The new illustrations also make the booklet more suitable to share with any child facing difficulties in their life.
2802, 2012

Wonder Why? redesign project – drawing stages

By |February 28th, 2012|illustration: other|0 Comments

We’re in the final stages of redesigning the evangelistic booklet, Do You Wonder Why – Answers to Tough Questions.  This 16-page booklet is distributed immediately following a natural disaster or tragic event.  With the booklet now being used globally, the illustrations and design will need revised to suit a wider range of cultures and regions of the world.  The dimensions will need adjusted for printing outside the US and the graphics need to allow room for translations that require more lines than English. Pray that we can create a layout and visuals that will reflect what the children are going through, illustrated in a way that addresses wide cultural differences and can be applied to any tragedy.  Millions of copies have already been distributed over the past 10 years and we hope with the redesign more countries can make use of this evangelistic tool, printing them in advance, ready to distribute before a tragedy or natural disaster strikes.  We have partnered with a Christian printing ministry in Europe willing to print large quantities for free.

The inset *animation shows some of the steps I go through for an illustration. *If the photo at left is not changing, click on image to start the animation.

2811, 2011

Prayer category cards

By |November 28th, 2011|illustration: other|0 Comments

CEF Europe is producing small cards that can be used to print prayer requests on the reverse side and encourage children with their daily prayer time. There are 16 categories that will be reduced to fit eight per A4 page.  The CEF national offices will be able to run the A4 pages through a copier or office printer to add prayer reminders on the reverse side.  This way the text can be customized to their need, in their language and updated easily without the need to print large quantities.  The cards will be cut out and given to the children through the Good News Clubs®, etc.. The three cards to the left cover the categories: • food (top) • missionary work – evangelistic (middle) • home and shelter (bottom)

Tech notes: I photographed the children and masked out the background in Photoshop.  The vector line drawings were done in Adobe Illustrator.

2510, 2011

Video for CMLC

By |October 25th, 2011|Training, Video|0 Comments

This past weekend, I completed work on a video that will be used to help promote the Children’s Ministry Leadership Course (CMLC) held at “Kilchzimmer”.  The course is also held in other locations around Europe – Russia, Georgia, Balkans, Ukraine, etc.. For the video, we interviewed four students from the summer 3-month course.  An interview approach to a promo video seems to work well and involves far less production time.
Students attended the summer course from across Europe.  For example, one couple came from the Faroe Islands (located between Scotland and Iceland) and are preparing to head up a children’s camp in Greenland.  As you’ll notice in the video, while the summer course is held in English, many of the students have English as a second language and will be returning home to reach the children in their country and language. 
The 3-month Autumn course at Kilchzimmer is going on now in German and English.  There are plans to create a similar promotional video in German, interviewing several German speaking students.  This also avoids the need for translation or sub-titles.
More info on the CMLC in Europe: www.cefeurope.com/training
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Tech Notes: All video was shot using a Nikon D7000 (DSLR).  Edited in Adobe Premiere (CS4) and “questions” created in  Adobe After Effects (CS4).
2104, 2011

Kilchzimmer projects – photo challenge

By |April 21st, 2011|CEF Ministry, Kilchzimmer news, Photography|0 Comments

In CEF we usually need photos of children or CEF ministries.  Wires, circuit boards and pipes are not normally on my list of subjects to photograph.  Kilchzimmer is raising finances for three urgent needs and will be including an insert with the Kilchzimmer newsletter.  Projects include a vehicle, regulators for the heating system and a new phone system.
My photo challenge was to make an old dusty telephone circuit board of wires and switches not only semi-recognizable but also visually interesting.  The heating system with it’s regulators and control units had a few more photographic possibilities.
I needed to keep the photos true and accurate so Photoshoping smoke, sparks, or steam into the images wasn’t an option. 🙂

1603, 2011

The Call of Jeremiah (2, 5)

By |March 16th, 2011|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

This is an illustration for a single lesson (10 illustrations) on The Call of Jeremiah.  The central theme of the lesson is “God has a plan for your life”.  This is a younger Jeremiah when God called him.  “I knew you even before you were formed in the womb of your mother; I set you apart to serve me even before you were born.  I have chosen you to be my prophet to the nations.”
 
The image to the left is one of the application pictures.
Excerpt from lesson text:  “…. If you have put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, God gives you a work to do.  He asks you to be His witness – to show and tell to others who He is and what He has done.  We are to be His witnesses where He has placed us – at home, at school, at play….”
The illustrations were drawn in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and digitally painted in Corel Painter X.  [print size: 24x34cm]
Copyright ©2011, CEF Europe.  Do not use pictures without permission. Thank you.
1002, 2011

The Call of Jeremiah (6)

By |February 10th, 2011|illustration: Bible lessons|0 Comments

This is a recently completed illustration for a single lesson (10 illustrations) on The Call of Jeremiah.  The central theme of the lesson is “God has a plan for your life”.  At Kilchzimmer we have a series of single lessons that come with B/W drawings for making overhead transparencies.  Several of these lessons are now being updated and printed as full-colour flashcard lessons (24x34cm).

For this illustration, I used darker values than usual as I wanted to create more drama and draw attention to his mouth.  The initial idea was to have the background completely dark but, for the children, I added the wall to show Jeremiah in a physical location.  The light hitting the stones on the right may need toning down or reduce detail in the cracks, as it competes a bit for attention away from his face (mouth).  This is the scene where God touched Jeremiah’s mouth and gave him the strength he needed to speak to the people.
Thanks to Felix D. for patiently posing for 30 photos, giving me enough references to use elements from several to create this final painting.

The illustration was drawn in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and digitally painted in Corel Painter X and ArtRage Studio.
Copyright ©2011, CEF Europe.  Do not use pictures without permission. Thank you.

2401, 2011

The Call of Jeremiah (9)

By |January 24th, 2011|illustration: Bible lessons|3 Comments

The above illustration is for the Call of Jeremiah single Bible lesson (10 pictures).  This is the scene where God gave a warning and showed Jeremiah a boiling pot tilting from the north and explained how an enemy will come from the north and invade the country. (final printed image is 24x34cm)

The illustration was painted entirely in Artrage painting program with minor adjustments made in Photoshop.  If you want to try an excellent paint program I can recommend trying out the free version of Artrage (Artrage 2 starter edition).  I normally would only use Artrage to do quick (2-5 min.) color comps for new illustrations and complete the illustration in Photoshop and Corel Painter.

Here is the initial thumbnail sketch.

When working on this illustration I couldn’t help but picture a specialty of Switzerland – cheese fondue!  With that in mind, I customized the illustration slightly that our Swiss friends will appreciate…. 😉

212, 2010

Kilchzimmer staff – Nov 2010

By |December 2nd, 2010|Kilchzimmer news|0 Comments

We were able to get most of the Kilchzimmer staff and volunteers together for a staff photo.

This is rare to have the workers in one place at the same time.  After this photo was taken, some of us rushed off to different meetings and one worker arrived at the airport and just missed the photo.

That’s life at Kilchzimmer!

[Sue was another one of the absentees.]

311, 2010

Create an Armenian prison at home

By |November 3rd, 2010|CEF Ministry, Photography|0 Comments

In the Multimedia department we occasionally get requests for promotional presentations in PowerPoint®.  These presentations are used to share with Christians about CEF projects, ministries and needs within CEF.  These presentations help in the evangelism of children by challenging and informing Christians to pray, financial support is raised for workers and projects, and Believers are encouraged to take an active role in the ministry.

One of the challenges of a presentation is having effective images to go with the written text.  This past week we had a tight deadline to find visuals for several literature projects and testimonies.  We had a few gaps.

We were missing a visual to accompany a testimony of how the CEF Wonder Devotional Book was being distributed to all the inmates at an Armenian women’s prison.  There seems to be a shortage of Armenian women’s prisons near Kilchzimmer so I quickly set up one … in our apartment living room!

The one item we did have was an Armenian WDB!  Next step, ask my wife if I could photograph her with messed up hair and harsh, unflattering light.  She was a willing model.  Oops…. I forgot to mention to her that the image might show up on our blog for friends and family to see.  As for the prison cell I had to suggest it with the use of cast shadows.  A bed sheet was draped behind Sue.  I shot the flash through paper strips to cast “bar” shadows on her, which was semi-successful, so I ended up going with option two of creating the prison bar shadows inside Photoshop.

The second photo above was also taken for the presentation.  I bounced flash #1 (hidden behind laptop) off of a white paper on the laptop screen.  Flash #2 filled in behind the boy, making it easy to mask him from the background.  Flash #3 on low power, was at the end of the table to light up the back of the laptop.  The “apple” logo was removed in Photoshop. 😉
You might recognize the boy from previous projects like the Meet the Author visuals or the cover of the Polish “Wonder Why” booklet.

That’s a glimpse into what goes into quickly creating an image for a presentation.  These presentations can be an effective communication tool.

211, 2010

Good News Club® Resource Packs

By |November 2nd, 2010|CEF Ministry, illustration: other|0 Comments

Brent Hautle (graphic artist) has been busy working on a new CEF item – Good News Club® resource packs to go along with the entire 5-year GNC® teaching cycle.  This is a big project that involves creating work sheets for children, memory verse visuals, review games, visual aids and other teaching helps to go along with the lesson series being taught.

Sometimes I’m called on to help with an illustration.  This is an illustration of Herod’s Temple at the time of Christ and will be used with the CEF series, Life of Christ I.


Copyright ©2010, CEF Europe.  Do not use pictures without permission. Thank you.

111, 2010

The Call of Jeremiah (1)

By |November 1st, 2010|illustration: Bible lessons|2 Comments

This is a recently completed illustration for a single lesson (10 illustrations) on The Call of Jeremiah.  The central theme of the lesson is “God has a plan for your life”.

At Kilchzimmer we have a series of single lessons that come with B/W drawings for making overhead transparencies.  Several of these lessons are now being updated and printed as full-colour flashcard lessons (24x34cm).

For this series of illustrations I will try using a limited colour palette for several of the pictures.

The illustration was drawn in Adobe Photoshop CS4 and digitally painted in Corel Painter X.

Copyright ©2010, CEF Europe.  Do not use pictures without permission. Thank you.