CompassionArt Giving Away 100 Million Songs

CompassionArt - Creating freedom from povertyRecently I posted about the CompassionArt project which is a fantastic project bringing together some of the worlds best-known Christian recording artists (Paul Baloche, Steven Curtis Chapman, Stu G, Israel Houghton, Tim Hughes, Graham Kendrick, Andy Park, Matt Redman, Martin Smith, Michael W. Smith, Chris Tomlin, Darlene Zschech,Kirk Franklin, Amy Grant, Joel Houston, Leeland Mooring, Christy Nockels, tobyMac and CeCe Winans).

I’ve been waiting patiently for my copy of the album to arrive in the post…but now I can get a sneaky preview!

CompassionArt are giving away 100 Million songs, on a first come, first serve basis. The special download features 6 songs from the album, and in return CompassionArt ask that you donate whatever you can afford to the cause.

The artists that have contributed to this album  have all done so for free and have given all rights to their work to CompassionArt, so that all of the proceeds can go directly to the various causes that CompassionArt support.

So, enjoy, give generously, and spread the word….CompassionArt 100 Million Song Giveaway

Note: This is only available to people in the USA and Canada as a special promotion leading up to the North American release of the CompassionArt Album. If you are in UK you can purchase the full Compassion Art Album on Amazon

– James

Friday’s FYI – Panos Vassiliadis

Panos Vassiliadis is a Christian graffiti artist and graphic designer based in the USA. He has done work for various big corperate clients including HP & The North Face.

Panos

Age? 31

Where do you live? San Francisco Bay Area

What is your favorite colour? 39% Cyan, 0% Magenta, 100% Yellow, 0% Black. Look it up.

What is your favorite website at the moment? www.pixelicious.com That kid got mad skills.

What are the 3 things that you most like doing with your time? Spending time with my new daughter Sophie, my wife, and pushing pixels.

Zoroe Dreamy

Dirt - Shadow of the Locust

When did you first start using your creativity for God, and how did that come about? I started graphic design so I could be a part of helping Christian organizations better communicate, visually. For a while I wanted to become a Pastor, but God made it clear to me that it was not my calling. There are so many more ways to share the Gospel than standing behind a pulpit. I started doing graffiti in the early 90’s, which led to lots of drawing, which led to Graphic Design.

What inspires you? My life in general, riding the train in the morning, walking in San Francisco, movies, ads, cereal boxes, socks. Wait, what was the question again?

Who are some of your favorite artists? Zoro One has got to be my favorite. Not only is he strikingly handsome, but he got mad skills. Really. Look him up.

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen God do? The birth of my daughter has got to be the most spiritual / powerful experience of my life. Also, the way He orchestrates events, and uses even the bad for good is amazing.

Do you have any particular projects going on at the moment? I’m working on a Hip Hop showcase event happening in March here in California called “empower”. I also have my regular 9-5 working at an advertising agency in San Francisco, and a ton of mini-projects. I’m also a finalist for a Flip Video design contest, so we’ll see what goes down.

What can we expect to see from you in future? Not sure. I really feel like I got to roll with whatever comes at me at this point. One thing I’m learning is leaving myself open to new things. New projects. New experiences. If I plan too hard, I may miss something God’s been orchestrating.

What would you most like to see come out of the Christian Creative scene in the next few years? More honesty. Compassion. People connect with what’s real. The world is bigger than your church. Meet people. Love. EVERYONE. Add a little humor, and loosen up a bit. Creativity. How are we supposed to be the salt of the earth and come off judging and pretending to the world? It shows in our speech, our art, our lives.

Where can we find more of your work? Various restaurant bathrooms (LOL), and, www.pixelicious.com of course.

Anything else you would like to say? Love. And check out pixelicious.com, and my Bay Area Graffiti Flickr Group: www.flickr.com/groups/bayareagraffiti

I did not come to condemn, but to save – Free Stickers!

We got a load of these stickers delivered recently, and if anyone would like some we will happily send you some! All you will have to do is, if you are in the uk, send us a Stamped-Addressed-Envelope, or if you are from outside the UK, send us a dollar or two for postage. So, if you are interested, get in touch!

– James

Friday’s FYI

Here at Artists for Christ we are going to start a new project called “Fridays FYI”. This will be a short interview every friday that will look into the life of a Christian creative, asking a few different questions and taking a look at their work.

To make sure that you don’t miss this new feature or any other new stuff on AfC, why not subscribe to our RSS feed? If you are not sure about RSS you can receive regular updates of our new posts via email.

Also please remember that the sign-up page for the Jonah Illustration Project will be closing in the next couple of days, so please take the time to sign up before it’s too late!

– James

5 Benefits of Having an Online Presence as a Visual Artist

“Why have an online presence as an artist? Isn’t it a lot of hard work for little gain?”

For me, the internet was one of the main ways that I got interested in art, and so I would say that as a visual artist, I have never been without an “online presence”. Because of that I am extremely shocked when I come across people who are talented artists and have no online presence whatsoever!

If there is one thing I have learned as an artist in terms of “getting out there” it is the truth in a little saying that my Dad used to say: “The more dirt you throw at a wall, the more likely some will stick”. My thoughts on this have always been that, even though I may not be the most “talented” artist in the world, if I were to show my portfolio to every person on this earth, there would be enough interest in my work for me to make a very decent living selling my work to those people.

Because recently I have been in contact with so many visual artists who don’t seem to have any of their work online, many of whom seem quite daunted at the prospect of making that happen, I will be starting a series of articles which will run over the next few weeks. These articles will cover different ways that you can have an online presence as a Visual Artist, from very simple, easy to use, image sharing services, to the more advanced stuff like setting up your own website.

So why bother? What will the benefits be? Below I have listed 5 ways in which I believe taking these steps could benefit you as an artist.

  1. Having people view your work

    Ok, so, this might seem a very obvious thing, but having an online presence, if done correctly, can get literally thousands of people looking at your work. Using an example of one of the services that I will be covering in the next few weeks, at one point my MySpace account had over 14,000 friends, with a large proportion of that number regularly checking out and giving me feedback on my work. I’m sure that’s more people than you could fit in most, if not all of the worlds biggest gallerys!

  2. Meeting like-minded people

    One great thing about the internet is that it is so easy to find people who share similar interests to you, even down to very specific niches. This is great as an artist, as sometimes it can be very lonely. Certainly for me, I started off very interested in street art, and none of my friends locally were interested in that at all. Through image sharing sites and simply being able to refer people who I’ve met in forums etc to my website, I have been able to make a lot of friends online who I can talk to about the kind of art I am interested in, who can give me their feedback on my work, and moving on to my next point, it can be a great opportunity to….

  3. Get Inspired!

    I have found that the more I contribute to image sharing sites, the more I tend to look at other people’s work on those sites. This is great for inspiration & ideas and also great because it works both ways! Being involved with things like image sharing sites and blogging really brings about a sense of community, and as well as being able to receive feedback on your work, you can view other peoples work and get involved in the conversation!

  4. Selling your work

    I would say that 90% of the physical artwork and design/illustration services that I have sold have been online. You visual artists who haven’t got an online presence are loosing out on loads of business! There are many different ways that you can sell your artwork or creative services online, and I will be running through some of those techniques in my articles over the next few weeks.

  5. Getting seen by people within the industry

    Would you believe me if I told you that all of the galleries that I have done solo exhibitions at, and companies that I have done design work for have found me through my sites, profiles and blogs on the internet? You should, because its true. I would say that the vast majority of people within the creative industry use the internet as their number one source for finding fresh talent and new artists to work with. But if you have no presence online, how will they find you?

Seeing more Christian artists have an online presence is something that I am extremely passionate about, both for the benefits that you will find as an artist, but also for the importance of having a bigger Christian presence within the industry, being salt and light in the world.

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– James

THE MANGA JESUS

From the maker of the Manga bible, comes a new manga series based on the life and works of Jesus!

It is very difficult to find Christian comic books, even harder to find ones which are actually of any substance or of high standard. As a dedicated follower of the comic industry I am continuously disappointed, not by the lack of Christian comics, but by the poor quality in script and artwork that current Christian Comics are known by.

It was, with some excitement, that I stumbled across the Manga Jesus. Siku [the writer and artist], is a known comic book artist, I have seen some of the work he has produced for 2000AD and its very good. When he produced the Manga Bible, which has become very popular, I wondered if it was going to be just another poor attempt to bring comics into the Christian market, It wasn’t!

The first time I met Siku was at the Bristol International Comic Expo in 2007 [then later at the Christian Rescource exhibition in Esher the same year]. To see him promoting his work at a national Convention filled me, not only with great hope, but awe as well. Here is someone who has brought his passion for Jesus and comics together to form a great tool for evangelism and enjoyment.

This latest venture, the Manga Jesus is absolutely superb and I recommend everyone buy a copy, not just for personal use [as I have], but also as something that can be given away to others who do not know Christ and maybe want to get to know him more! Not to take away from the word of God, but as a way to lead those of a visual nature into the word, and better understand the God we serve.

 

If you would like to find out more about Siku or the manga bible, please click here

Thanks for reading

-Russell

He Is Here – Christmas Animation

This is a beautiful animation that tells the Christmas story through arty drawings. Unfortunately I am not sure who the artist is, but it is available to download and use at your church through a site called Shift Worship.

Shift Worship looks like a fantastic resource for churches who want to make more use of multimedia (which I personally think is a very good thing!) and I will definately be making a case for our church to purchase a membership.

I feel very inspired by this video, and feel very challenged personally to be creating more stuff like this to give myself an “artistic workout” but also to worship God and help others in their worship.

– James

Bus shelters show nativity scene

This is, in my opinion a feast for the eyes!

The image is a poster for a Christmas advertising campaign in the UK by The Churches Advertising Network. They have produced some really fantastic Christmas and Easter campaigns in the past, and are totaly in line with the heart we have as an organisation.

It’s so great to see stuff getting out there that is provoking thought!

For more information check out the BBC news article.

– James