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.

Illustrator

Blueface

Battle of the holidays

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.

Solomons Temple and the Modern Church

This is a guest post from our friend Thomas Loving (aka @DreadedRafifi). Thomas has a fantastic blog where he tends to pick apart obscure bits of scripture in a fantastic way.

Cherubim

Have you ever taken the time to read about the temple Solomon built for God? David spent the latter part of his life hoarding treasure and materials for the construction of the temple and Solomon took a little over seven years building it. To say the least, it was huge and amazing (you can read a full account here 1 Kings 6 – 7).

It was about 90 feet long, 30 feet wide, and 45 feet tall. The inside of the temples walls were overlaid with gold. To light the inside he hung cross sections of gold chains that held golden oil lamps. Standing in the center of the temple, just before the inner chambers where the Ark of the Covenant rested, were two carved images of Cherubim (angels) standing 15 feet tall. Their wings were 15 feet wide each touching one wall with the inner wings touching each other. They too were overlaid with Gold.

The descriptions of the temple and its furnishings are both beautiful and detailed. They conjure images of holiness, beauty and a lavish grandeur the likes of which we may never see again in the world.

The imagery the artists used are such a contrast to today’s modern churches that sometimes don’t have any art or even a cross hung in their place of worship. Not that this modern style is a bad thing, but as a designer I can’t help but imagine the modern church as a blank canvas compared to Solomon’s temple. It’s almost as if the church is waiting for its artists and creators to wake them up to the beauty of God’s love.

We are made in the image of God and our God is a creator. We create because He first did. Sometimes I feel that the modern church has forgotten this aspect of God. But you and I-the designers, artists, musicians, writers, creators-we haven’t forgotten. How can we convince the church to not only make room for but also to encourage more art? Have you built any golden Cherubim lately? Think it’s time to try?

– DreadedRafifi

Which websites do you visit for inspiration?

Inspiration

Recently I asked the question “Which websites do you visit for inspiration?” to our Twitter followers.

I was curious, because I find the internet such a rich source of inspiration. Browsing other artists’ websites, blogs and image sharing sites often really gets me pumped and excited about being creative.

So here is a short list of websites that some of our twitter followers recommend:

The Resurgence – A fantastic website which has some great Christian resources. Personally I follow the blog, which is full of very down to earth, real, raw, issues and biblical teaching. They also give away excellent e-books on often not talked about subjects, as well as recommending books that are worth reading. (thanks @obed)

The Rebelution – I had never seen this website before, but I am so glad that it has been recommended. The Rebelution is run by two 19 year-old boys who are passionate about seeing young people being radical for Christ. They even have a book out called “Do Hard Things” which I think will be one of the items next in my amazon shopping basket! (thanks @oksy)

Flickr – This is a great photo and video sharing site, which is for me, without doubt, such a huge source of inspiration. There are thousands of amazingly talented creative people displaying their work on Flickr. Check out our article about setting up a Flickr account and get involved! (thanks @oksy)

Etsy – Etsy is a great service which allows people who make handmade products to sell them online. It’s great for inspiration, and I love what Etsy stand for. I always think of sites like Etsy when it comes to Christmas and Birthdays, as I think it is always best to support independent creatives, and generally by doing that you get some great quality gifts too! Also if you are looking to start selling online, depending on what your product is, Etsy could be a great place to start. (thanks @oksy)

Vimeo – Vimeo is a video sharing site similar to YouTube. Vimeo claim to offer the “best HD video on the web”, and personally I would have to agree. I have seen some great videos on Vimeo, and the high quality video is very refreshing. (thanks @brianhunttv)

Ffffound – An image bookmarking site which as you start clicking will lead you on an endless journey of highly inspirational images. I often use this site to get excited about creating and I highly reccomend it. (thanks to myself… @james_brooks)

So, which websites do you visit for inspiration? Please do share in the comments section.

– James

Artists for Christ – What’s that all about?

Over the last few months we have been talking together as a team and praying, trying to put together a mission statement for Artists for Christ.

Some people that I have been speaking to recently have been really shocked when I have given them the bigger picture on Artists for Christ.

Artists for Christ is here to be much more than a blog, as a team we believe that God has given us BIG vision, and we have got some really fantastic projects being prepared which we hope are going to bless you and bless the people around you.

So, we have updated the About page with our new mission statement and would love for you to check it out and hopefully get more of an idea on what we are about! We are all so excited about Artists for Christ and where it is going, and would really love to hear from you if you have any comments or ideas, or just simply want to chat. You can get in touch with us through our Contact form or follow us on Twitter.

As I have said we have got some really exciting projects coming up, which we want as many people as possible getting involved in, so, if you would like to keep up to date with everything going on at Artists for Christ then please subscribe to our RSS feed.

– James

It’s Personal – A Former Atheist Speaks


It’s Personal – A Former Atheist Speaks
from dewde on Vimeo.

This is probably one of the BEST video testimonies I have ever seen in my life…great story and put together in such a beautiful way. It was put together by a team at North Point Community Church, Atlanta, Georgia and is the story of a guy called Chris Ames, who I recently met online through the Artists for Christ twitter profile.

– James

Artists for Christ on Twitter!

So, I have setup an Artists for Christ Twitter profile, please do follow us for all the latest Artists for Christ news and info at www.twitter.com/Artists4Christ. I’m pretty new to Twitter (in fact, I only started using it yesterday) but already I can see how this can be a powerful tool in networking with Christian Creatives all over the world.

– James