“I did not come to condemn” Stickers – Now Avaliable!

A lot of you guys have been asking about getting hold of the “I did not come to condemn….” stickers that we featured on the site recently.

I am pleased to announce that they are now avaliable at www.jesuspropaganda.com.

– James

A quick thought from Germany

Apologies for the lack of posts from me: I’ve been travelling but will get something up on some new music very soon indeed! Something very quick for now – while I was in Cologne over new year I visited the city museum. Something that particularly stood out to me was a painting of Jesus crucified with Mary, the apostle John and two others looking up to the cross. The faces of those surrounding the cross were very plain, and as I listened to the commentary on the painting, I heard these intruiging words (paraphrased below):

Mary, John and the others have the faces of the artist, his wife and two other family members, and this painting was kept in the artist’s house. It was popular to paint the faces of loved ones surrounding the cross during the Middle Ages. This was to remind the painter (and family) that the cross was not something distant – but an act done for them, and ultimately, an act caused by them.”

Wow. True Christian creativity of about 600 years ago in the middle of Germany. Maybe a modern version of this is worth doing, even if just for our own benefits.

-Stephen

The New Generation Exhibition

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So I was out visiting a friend back in June when I stumble across a Christian art exhibition being held at St Mary’s church in Chepstow. I was not prepared for what I was to find inside. The following brief was taken from the artists website and describes the collection:

“These paintings are based on a prophecy given at a leaders meeting in 1989 at Camber Sands. It was suggested to Anne that she might illustrate the prophecy. And so this exhibition was born. Anne painted the 31 silk screens over 4 years; many of them are over 5 feet tall”

The exhibition was absolutly breathtaking and the use of colour and detail was both incredible and moving. None of the images I have found do the originals screens any justice. I managed to speak to the artist, Anne House, whilst at the exhibition. She told me how much of an impact the images were having, not just of church goers, but all who were attending the galleries and churches it was being held.

What I like most about the exhibition is that it was being used as a form of outreach by all the chepstow churched who had come together to put on the exhibition.

If you would like to find out more about Anne House or view more of the exhibition, please click here

– Russell

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

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

Tim Steward

A friend of mine met Tim Steward at the Kings Way Conference a couple of weeks ago and, being a very useful type of person, got hold of his card for me. This made me happy. I think this is one of my favorite pictures of the crucifixion, it’s simple yet very striking.

So we can feel like we know him a little better, here’s a nice quote from him…

‘My focus seems to revolve around expressing those moments where one is taken onto a higher plane away from the mundane – where the line between what we experience on earth and that which is of a more heavenly nature is blurred…The interface is mysterious and engaging and the moments more abundant than I first imagined.’

To see more of his work, click here.

– Miriam