Category Archives: Creativity

Random Drawings: Miscreation #1

It’s been almost a solid year since I last posted. I thought I’d share a sketch I made with the iOS app Paper by Fifty-Three.

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Random Drawings

My hyperactive imagination seems to hijack my thoughts at the most inopportune times (during staff meetings, church, and less than exciting conversations). Additionally, I’ve loved to draw since I was a young boy. I am a notorious doodler and tinkerer. I used to add robots and jet planes to the illustrations in my first Bible. I couldn’t be bothered by the impossibility of Moses having robot canines on his rocket-powered Ark. So it’s not surprising that as a teacher, I often create wacky activity sheets for my students at the Boys and Girls Club to help them tap into their inner artistic weirdo. I thought I’d share the the sheets themselves and the examples that I worked up for them. Admittedly, I was just looking for an excuse to draw strange and wonderful faces, figures, and hairstyles*.

* All art created with pencil, pen, and markers. Shadows and backgrounds were added digitally.

 

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Monday Pep Talk

Today, shift your focus.

Shift your focus away from distractions and back to your purpose.

To your calling.

To your dreams.

Find a place to serve. Give some of your life away.

Be present.

Teach.

Learn.

Do both simultaneously.

Smile today.

Smile; even in the chaos.

Embrace the chaos.

Embrace being challenged.

Embrace being changed.

Did you think it would be easy?

This?

Finding your purpose?

Finding it then living it out?

It’s not easy, and it was never meant to be.

Will you persevere?

Will you reject what is good to pursue what is great?

Pursue greatness and become greater.

Become better. Become more.

See your influence and vision expanded.

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“Make. Believe.”

This is a piece of wall art that I’ve been plotting for a while. Over the weekend I finally got around to creating it. I wanted to make something simple, yet eye-catching; something that would invigorate my drab apartment walls. This wall panel, with it’s ‘superbright-magic-school-bus’ yellow, does the trick quite nicely. It’s 30.5″ square of sunshine-colored inspiration.

The message is pretty self-explanatory: Make, then believe. Dream, but also hustle. It’s my 2012 update on that famous movie line, “If you build it they will come.”

This will eventually be on sale at my Etsy store. In the meantime, I’ll be admiring it from home.