Friday’s FYI – David Wierzbicki

David is one of my friends on Twitter, and a fantastically talented artist. I personally really love his style and want to own all of the artwork that I have seen of his!

David Wierzbicki

Age? 30

Where do you live? Brantford, Ontario. Small-ish city southwest of Toronto.

What is your favorite colour? I’ve never been able to answer this question. When I was in grade school I always thought there was something wrong with me because all the other kids could tick of their favourite colours immediately. That said, when I play RISK I’m always red.

What is your favorite website at the moment? Twitter. I really enjoy the blog at http://www.colourlovers.com/blog. There is great, creative conversation going on at http://missionaltribe.org. If you have any connection or attraction to Missional Church that is the place for you. (Artists especially) Overall, I think as of late I’ve been more intrigued by social networking projects such as twitter than by any one website.

What are the 3 things that you most like doing with your time? I’ve been reading more in the last couple years than I have in my whole lifetime. Drawing and sketching. If I have a surface within arm’s reach it will be doodled upon. Relaxing with my wife, Amy.

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When did you first start using your creativity for God, and how did that come about? It took me a long time to understand that God really did have a use for artists. It wasn’t something that was explicit in my upbringing. Artists were generally seen as being on the outside, discontent with the respectable plan that God really had for their lives. When I went away to art college I began to see again the creative draw that God has and has put inside all of us as co-creators and imaginers. While in school I had the opportunity to illustrate a calendar for Wycliffe Bible Translators. That was the first time I had ever used my art in an expressly Christian avenue.

What inspires you? When I start a piece I often just let my pencil move. As it creates I draw from that energy and begin listening to where I’m heading. In addition: conversation, dreams, music, long drives in the car, smells, sounds, hot showers, good drink, good food, the river…

Who are some of your favorite artists? Much like the colour question, I have don’t have a really solid answer for this.
I could say Egon Schiele for the incredible life and linework of his figures.
And Gustav Klimt for inspiring Schiele.
Ralph Steadman’s influence on the world of illustration is hard to deny.
Also, my friend Ben Weeks (benweeks.ca) is a massive inspiration for the life of his lines and the freshness of his approach and our conversations on art and faith while in school.

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen God do? I’m amazed at how he sprouts faith in the dirtiest corners of our neighborhood streets. The places where faith, hope and love have no business being are the places where they seem to be most often found. I don’t thank God enough for the times when he makes that apparent to me. I don’t know. The most amazing thing I’ve seen God do might be the way he has used the smile of a poor child to change the atmosphere of an entire room.

Do you have any particular projects going on at the moment? The biggest project I have going on right now is my work toward a theology degree. Other than that, I’m working on a variety of ideas and projects with friends; ranging from book covers to animated shorts.

What can we expect to see from you in future? I’m fascinated with the idea of creating a space for creativity, art, interaction, conversation, community, help, prayer, danger, safety, disagreement, and agreement. Oh… and firstly, LOVE.

A group of friends and I are currently dreaming of a church community that emerges out of the neighbourhood garden that surrounds it. Creativity and neighborliness are our number one motivators. Church is Art.

What would you most like to see come out of the Christian Creative scene in the next few years? Connected to our dreams of a church plant is the concept of being deeply local.

I have a real hope for a more radical localization of Christianity. While the past couple decades have seen incredible bursts of creativity from Christianity in everything from music to film it has also been a time of cultural homogeneity and borrowing.

We have been losing our locally unique characteristics as we have been told that we have use such and such music and such and such presentation software and such and such graphic appearances etc… I would love to see our church communities really embrace their local-ness and encourage the creatives among them to develop and design art and creativity that is unique to them; and not just so they can farm that talent out to entire continents.

If we can stop leaning on the creativity of a few “professionals” and start recognizing the deep pools immediately around us we could see beauty and art re-engaged by the Church.

Where can we find more of your work? My main online hub is found at http://davidwierzbicki.com. My twitter account (twitter.com/diecast), art portfolio, blog and more are all linked from there.

Anything else you would like to say? …Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Friday’s FYI – Jono Hale

Jono is a young Graphic Designer and Musician based in New Zealand. He has a passion for seeing the gospel shared through the creative arts and is particularly gifted at web design.

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Age? I was born on 11/10/1989(so for you guys in USA, 10/11/1989, October 11th πŸ˜› ) so that makes me 19.

Where do you live? I live in Ohau, which is a little town south of a larger little town, Levin, in the great land of New Zealand.

What is your favorite colour? I love the metallic gradient, light grey – black, or um… black? not sure…

What is your favorite website at the moment? Right now… hmm… *looks at bookmarks* possibly, www.gomediazine.com & www.videocopilot.net

What are the 3 things that you most like doing with your time? Well, Gaming with mates (COD4, Halo, Xbox live gamer tag: otenic add me πŸ˜› I’ll play nice first game, lol j/k no i won’t I’ll pwn ya πŸ˜‰ ), working on designs for youth group, helping out at youth church & church with sound, lighting, drumming…

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When did you first start using your creativity for God, and how did that come about? When i started designing! πŸ˜€ around 5 years ago when my mates at school got me back into web design, then got excited and we started work on our youth groups first website!

What inspires you? God, the world around me, other creative peoples work and more then often while listing to music.

Who are some of your favorite artists? Definately God, Andrew Kramer(www.videocopilot.net), Aj Dimarucot & Danny Carlsen the designer for Parachute Music, www.parachutemusic.com, Andy Francis (Planetshakers designer, www.planetshakers.com) anyone that works hard to set new trends! oh and the guys over at RedisWhite.com!

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen God do? Gave me meaning and my talents! only 5 years as a designer and no formal education, that’s cos God isn’t dependent on what the world offers, he can use you any way you let him! oh sorry back to questions.

Do you have any particular projects going on at the moment? I recently applied for the position of Lead designer at NZ largest Christian youth mag (www.soulpurpose.co.nz) so hopefully get that, Working on Motion graphics for Youth of the Nation Conference including promo video, intro videos and graphics for during worship as well as being Visual Director (live video production etc). I also have another project that is secret so can’t say. sorry πŸ™ + I’m working on getting my blog back on track πŸ˜€

What can we expect to see from you in future? Hopefully some cool new prototypes for sermon podcast stuff, social network stuff & even awesomer motion graphics! πŸ˜€ oh and if all works out a new Faith based T-Shirt company, check back here I’m sure I’ll let these guys know.

What would you most like to see come out of the Christian Creative scene in the next few years? Well what not? I want us to start setting trends, becoming the ‘beginning of art’ as God was and is, inspiring work that gets people thinking and brings them closer to God!

Where can we find more of your work? right now on my company’s website: www.finenoises.com (almost finished!), my new blog www.jonohale.finenoises.com oh and my CreativeMYK space: www.creativemyk.com/finenoises

Anything else you would like to say? Keep using our talents for God, but think outside the box, use thought provoking words and ideas to get your message across, and remember God deserves your all, don’t hold back on your designs. And don’t be afraid to use resources like CreativeMYK, Gomedia and others to help enhance your designs, underline the word enhance! and remember He loves you!

Friday’s FYI – Christopher Doherty

Christopher Doherty is a graphic designer based in the US. He runs a Christian music and media website called lightvox.com and is one of our friends on twitter.

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Age? 37

Where do you live? Cleveland, Ohio USA

What is your favorite colour? #FFF – I love the use of whitespace as a creative element.

What is your favorite website at the moment? Oh so many, Smashing Magazine, PSDTUTS, ChurchCrunch (it’s like having my own personal beta tester)

What are the 3 things that you most like doing with your time? Spending time with my wife, design and being inspired by God’s work in others.

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Lightvox Website

When did you first start using your creativity for God, and how did that come about? Well I suppose any creativity I have, has always been used for God since he gave it to me. When did I start being purposeful about it? Within the last few years, I decided to launch Lightvox to share my love of music as ministry and after that everything just fell into place.

What inspires you? Music, It has a very visual element to it.

Who are some of your favorite artists? I enjoy anyone who creates art, as long as you put your heart into it, you can find beauty in all works.

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen God do? God fixed me. He knew I needed to fall before He picked me up. I love how God puts people together at the right place and the right time.

Do you have any particular projects going on at the moment? Just finished the redesign of Lightvox.com, a few client websites and a number of graphic design projects.

What can we expect to see from you in future? I am all over the place. I hope to help others get creative with their ministry. I enjoy sharing what I have learned with others to help them achieve their goals.

What would you most like to see come out of the Christian Creative scene in the next few years? Collaboration.

Where can we find more of your work? Aside from lightvox.com, If you live in the US you can find my work in a number of magazines and newspaper advertisments.

Anything else you would like to say? Hi Mom? Human3rror is my friend? Nah, I would just say thank you James for creating Artists for Christ. Keep up the good work.

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

Friday’s FYI – Dustin La Mont

Dustin La Mont is a graphic designer and musician based in the USA.

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Age? 24

Where do you live? Meridian, Idaho

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hat is your favorite colour? Green

What is your favorite website at the moment? My favorite currently would have to be Twitter.com. Not really a “design” site, but I’m ok with that. πŸ™‚

What are the 3 things that you most like doing with your time?
1. Recording new drums tracks for our band’s songs 2. Playing drums for worship at church 3. New design projects

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When did you first start using your creativity for God, and how did that come about? I basically just started designing at age 13 with a buddy of mine, and have been self taught ever since, using inspiration from well known sites.

What inspires you? Designers, and sites such as: FaveUp.com, and LogoPond.com

Who are some of your favorite artists? Chuck Anderson, Logoholik, and Dache

What is the most amazing thing that you have seen God do? I’ve been faithfully tithing off of everything I make. I used to not do this. I would consider it as just “extra” money. But as I’ve been faithful with God has given me on every project, I have seen an incredible amount of blessing, and for that I have not had to do any marketing whatsoever. I also have had to turn down projects. I don’t like doing this, but when you don’t have time to work on the project, and they need it ASAP, that’s really the only thing you can do. God has truly blessed my business exceedingly abundantly above whatever I could’ve asked for. It’s great. God is faithful.

Do you have any particular projects going on at the moment? Yes! I am working on:

1. Website design for a local company called Pavement Specialties
2. 2 business card designs for 2 separate companies
3. A full page & quarter page magazine ad for a company called Extreme Nazarene. We are hoping to publish them in Collide Magazine, Relevant Magazine, as well as a few others.

What can we expect to see from you in future? Honesty, Integrity, and Quality design.

What would you most like to see come out of the Christian Creative scene in the next few years? I would really like to see the Christian scene step it up in the area of design. That means, more designers, and higher quality of work. I think sometimes we tend to lack in the quality aspect. We can always go higher. And we can always improve. I would like to see this continue!

Where can we find more of your work? www.seedvibe.com, and some of my featured work is on FaveUp.com.

Anything else you would like to say? Thank you for the opportunity to communicate some of my thoughts, as well as share things about me personally. I am incredibly honored!

Note: Dustin is also part of a band called “The Waiting Kind”, you can listen to their stuff on MySpace. Hopefully we will be hearing about their new album soon!

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.

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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.

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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

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.

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– James