Things have been rather quiet here over on the gallery page. That’s because between March and June I was actually working on a secret illustration contract with group magazine. I can’t explain how desperately I wanted to share my work with you nor how time consuming it was! As my first paper publication, it was a learning experience and I loved every second of it!
About the project: I was comissioned (along with a team of US student artists) to illustrate a new youth new testament bible called Pierced. Each book within the bible has it’s own book cover, designed and illustrated by one of the ten artists. We were asked to “put our own interpretation and testimony” into the artworks. I was given Ephesians, Philemon, and 2 Peter for which I used a range of mixed media. My favourite would be Ephesians – here I layered a self portrait painting over some photography. It relates to Ephesians 3:14-19 that talks about being filled with the fullness of Christ.
The bible itself contains journalling margins for your own notes, as well as printed handwritten notes on each page to provoke thought and guide you through quiet times. These notes have been produced by another team of student writers. The books of the new testament have also been rearranged, placing each gospel at the front of four groups that consist of closely related books. It aims to provide 4 witnesses to the story of Christ. I find this layout interesting and really helpful – no more “I wonder what to read now.” Simply start with one of the gospels and follow through the group! Finally, it’s 6×9″ in size which for me is perfect – I was struggling to read my smaller bible!
The pierced bible can be purchased online from Amazon. If from the UK, you can still purchase the product from the american site – it works out at around £20 (although last time I checked it was on sale for less) once you’ve added shipping costs!
P.S. Although I cannot recommend this bible enough, I in no way intend to pressure people into purchasing. I was not paid to write a review and also suggest that if purchasing, you use this bible alongside a full bible. The Pierced Bible is only a New Testament resource and therefore shouldn’t be relied upon alone.
Over the past month or so, I have been working on some commission work. West View Baptist Church recently celebrated their 60th anniversary, and as part of their mission week, they also opened a week’s exhibition called “Our Story.” In essence, it involved curating some kind of display, that would explain how faith impacts lives.
Inspired by Humansof New York and Mark Steen Adamson’s “Stations,” my Dad (working on the graphic and publication side of things) and I decided to create a portrait gallery. It was as simple as photographing people in the church as well as others who had moved on to other places. Under these black and white portraits, we placed short testimonies and quotes about faith. These new digital aspects were then combined with old photographs of church groups and placed onto a series of graphic posters.
The exhibition was a great success and being commissioned to take the photographs, as well as type up/edit personal stories was a really blessed opportunity. Being able to read about such personal struggles and triumphs was inspiring! By the looks of it, the folk at WVBC were inspired to!
I managed to sneak a few pictures of the exhibition itself, and have also included some of the portrait work that I completed!
This mini animal series all started one late night, with one spontaneous wave of creativity, and a desire to try something new. Often, my work focuses upon portraiture, or other still-life subjects – but never had I drawn an animal… I set to a Giraffe (in coloured pencil) and it turned out rather well. Although to me, it looks very experimental, and the background doesn’t really work.
If you follow Distinctivemode on Instagram, you would have seen me post a picture of this work – it generated a lot of interest! So much so, that I was then commissioned to create a pug! This one is a lot more refined, and now hangs on somebody else’s wall – I enjoyed it for a week or two though!
Who knows whether I’ll continue with the animal theme…