Jesus Saves – Southbank Skatepark, London

Jesus Saves

A couple of months ago I had the privilege of painting with Joax and Bams of the Gospel Graffiti Crew, as well as my good friend Daniel. Here is the result of our main day of painting, which was a really blessed time on a sunny autumn day by the Thames.

I think that Gospel Graffiti and other Christian graffiti crews are doing a really awesome and valuable job and the quality of some of the stuff that is coming out of these guys is just fantastic.

Keep praying for these guys, especially for doors to be opened.

– James

You’re Custom Made

This guest post comes from our friend Keni. Keni is a fantastically talented artist and is passionate about sharing the gospel through his art and design work. You can check out his website at www.keni.com.

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This year I will celebrate my 60th birthday. There was a time when I was in my early 20’s when I thought that I would not live to see my 30th. You’ve probably heard the ‘deliverance from drugs and a life of sin when I accepted Jesus as my Savior’ testimonies.

There certainly was a time when I thought all the vices I had would kill me, but I stopped doing them (almost all) before I came to Christ. Instead, I began to believe that a life of emptiness would kill me had it not have been for my art. In a crazy way, my art became my drug, or my ‘god’ as they say in Christian circles.

Several years of freedom from drugs and living like a lunatic allowed my mind to clear up enough to come to another frightening realization; that not even art could be fulfilling.

When I finally invited Christ into my life, it took about six months for me to finally be convinced that He was truly all the Bible and anointed Christians said He was. I didn’t make a deliberate decision to stop painting, but I found that it was so much less satisfying than getting to know Jesus that I didn’t paint for a year.

When I finally picked up a paintbrush again, I had a real reason for doing so outside of myself.

I once heard a Bible teacher say that God doesn’t care what profession you choose. The preacher said that God only called apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. If you’re not called to the ‘5-fold’ ministry office, pick something and just do it.

I’m glad Jesus told the ‘Parable of the Talents’ (Matthew 25: 14-30). That tells me that everyone has been given talent(s) according to our own particular abilities. In other words, God custom made our talent(s) for us.

The late missionary, David Livingston said, “If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?” We should hold hold in high esteem those called to be apostles, prophets, evangelist pastors and teachers, but it should be no sacrifice to live life in service to God and man with the talents He has given us as artists. It is indeed an honor and privilege.

– Keni

Friday’s FYI – John-Marc Grob

John-Marc Grob is a Christian comic book artist and illustrator based in the USA. John-Marc has worked with various big names over the years, and has a fantastic line of childrens books, comics, posters and DVDs.

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Age? 41

Where do you live? New Jersey

What is your favorite colour? Purple

What is your favorite website at the moment? www.fulfilledprophecy.com As a Christ follower, this is so amazing and what the Bible speaks of is coming true.

What are the 3 things that you most like doing with your time? First I enjoy quiet time with God, Love being a Dad with my two kids, I love my career as an artist.

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When did you first start using your creativity for God, and how did that come about? I was in Middle school, my church needed some art for a mission trip and they asked me, from then on I have been doing a lot for churches and still doing it today.

What inspires you? Being an artist the cool thing is how God gets me into a wave of creativity, from hearing a song and working in the yard, or sleeping! I get the bug when I’m really sleepy and a lot of my best stuff has come from when I’m dead tired.

Who are some of your favorite artists?
Boy this is a long list, I’ll try to keep it short. One of my new friends who helped us with our comic book, his name is Jeff Slemons. These are a few others: Claude Monet, The classical Disney artists, The Hildebrandt brothers, Ansel Adams. You’ll see I enjoy all Artists, I really enjoy looking at new Artists too. I owned a gallery for 3 years and I had every kind of style showing.

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen God do? Boy this is the biggest question. I have seen so much too! The two which are big in my life right now is seeing our two children being born and God healing me.

Short story, this past April I went for my yearly eye check up and was told that I was going blind. Believe me when I say I was fine when I heard that this is the truth! No fear or sadness, just peace. As you can see my favorite website tells the whole story too.

The signs of the times I heard in my heart when the doctor told me, I have been studying prophecy for 5 years now and I heard God speaking into my heart as I was being told of my blindness. The doctor was flipping out as she told me, I didn’t flip out, I said “okay” she said again, you’re going blind! I said “okay” and smiled. I didn’t know at the time that someone from my moms church worked there too, more about this too. I told my wife and mom and they were really sad and my wife was really sad for many reasons. I was fine with this news.

I called my pastor up and talked to him and his wife and they prayed over me that night, he too said I’m fine with it? I said yes, he said dude like that’s not normal! I know I’m an artist I said and smiled. I told him what I had on my heart with the times we are in now, and gave him the facts and said God has put this on my heart to reach out to Christians and let them know the truth.

At the time I was part of a mens prayer group friday mornings at our church. I asked for their prayers and told them what I knew was happening, there were about 25 plus guys there. Their prayers were so amazing I couldn’t pray myself and had tears of joy in my heart. That day I had to go to a doctor to see how fast and how bad it was getting. Sitting in the chair and having peace in my heart still, the doctor took me into his room which had some state of the art equipment. After the testing was done, he didn’t see anything wrong with my eyes as the other doctor had. I was touched by God and my sight was restored. Still tears of joy come from knowing the God of the heaven and earth stopped for a second and took time into my life and healed me. He took time His time to answer and heal me, who am I? I’m small little speck on this earth and He took His time to help me.

This goes to the other question about What would I like to see more Creative Christians do? do you understand now? He’s calling you and me and join Him in His fight! This isn’t a game, this is real people who are dieing, family and friends. I pray for the one reading this now to stop and pray to Gods for wisdom to come into to his life. And if you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal savior I ask you to pray for him to be part of your life right now. This is real stuff, this is eternal life He has for you. God Bless.

Do you have any particular projects going on at the moment? Yea, like any other Artists don’t we have more then we can do … LOL. I have one project called “FriendFish” this is a childrens DVD, then our comic books Mecha Manga Bible Heroes. I do have a few books I’m working on as well too, from coloring books to drawing books, and kids story books. I’m in the beginning of doing a cartoon for a company in Australia called ” I hate my PC”. Working on a series for kids to teach them how to draw on DVD. Again I have a few projects under the box right now too.

What can we expect to see from you in future? My FriendFish could be the first big thing you’ll see, then my coloring books, and my drawing books which will be in a series. I’m working on a full length movie too.

What would you most like to see come out of the Christian Creative scene in the next few years? I want to see more Christian Artists who work in there field as the top ten doing more of His Kingdom! We have a lost great talented people selling them self to the World, and giving God the short end of the stick. I worked for Warner Brothers, Disney, Marvel comics, just to name a few. I have been a Graphic Artist since 1988, I have worked for some of the top AD companies in our area. All of which really didn’t do anything to help spread the Gospel. Since 1998 I changed my thinking and started to do more art and projects which filled the vast hole we have.

The parents are crying out for better kids stories, better kids toys. Yet we see more trashy toys for our kids and stories which are pulling our kids from the truth to the dark side, its like the Star Wars movie. Luke come to the dark side feel the power! When will we wake up and see our youth, our children are getting the message to hate the Bible and God and love yourself! I can’t say it enough and I have spoken my feelings to other Christian Artists, and I get well I need the money or I wanted to work for this company all my life! I’m like what?!! God will provide! God has given you your gift of Art, and your selling him out! Yeah this is a hot topic on my heart as you may see. Thanks : )

Where can we find more of your work? My art has been selling internationally for over 20 years now, from a lot of different stores, and now since the internet this just opens new doors. Most of my stuff is being sold online and in Christian books stores across the country now. I have sold in Sears, K-Mart, Walmart, and many other chain stores too.

Anything else you would like to say? : )

You can see more of John-Marcs work at www.jmgstudio.net and www.mmbibleheroes.com

Get involved with the first AfC zine!

Immanuel

Because it’s Christmas, I thought it would be a great excuse to get a load of artists together to make a zine full of creativity based on the (very loose) theme of Christmas!

Above is an image submitted by Gospel Graffiti artists, Rhyse.

We have had some great submissions so far even including a tasty Christmas recipe!

Since writing about inspiring websites and over the last couple of days scouring sites such as Flickr and Ffffound, I have been….you guessed it SO inspired! It’s been frustrating sitting at my desk at work, because I just want to leave the office and go paint!

Because of the new year holiday I have the next few days off, so it is going to be perfect for setting some time aside for creativity, and getting my submissions ready!

I understand that over Christmas it has been a busy time, so I want to open up the zine submissions for another week or so.

Please email your submissions to christmaszinesubmissions@artistsforchrist.net.

Everything is welcome, so please, get involved!

– James

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

Christmas Zine!

Christmas Zine

Ok guys, i’ve had an idea!

For a bit of Christmas fun, I am organising a Christmas zine, I have gotten a load of the guys from Gospel Graffiti involved, and thought it would be great if AfC readers would get involved too!

How can you get involved?

Create a greyscale image (it can be Painted, Photographed, Doodled, Photoshoped, whatever) that comes under the loose theme of Christmas, could be something about your faith, could be a drawing of your family, could be anything you like! Be creative. Creative writing would be great also.

You can make more than one submission if you like.

How about collaborating with another artist that you know?

Please spread the word! This is going to be really fun, and an opportunity to have a copy of the artwork of lots of different artists.

The Zine, when produced will only be a couple of dollars to buy, and will be awesome!

So join the fun, don’t take yourself too seriously, this is just a fun little spontanious project that isn’t intended to take up all of your time!

Email your submission, name, country and website to christmaszinesubmissions@artistsforchrist.net by the end of december for your place in the zine.

Looking forward to receiving your submissions!

– James

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