Conversation illustration

2013-conversation This is an illustration I did for an essay by Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Love Me? A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. The essay was about the author's visit to his family after coming out as gay, his boyfriend texting him the words, "Be humble" as he was about to meet with his family, his Midtown Manhattan subway rides, and his research for his book.

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Above is the sketch the client and I decided on. It represents the author's conversation with the people he met on his journey. But this wasn't my first idea.

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In the essay, the author described the 49th Street subway station he used as, "brick, glazed a garish orange-red that always has made me think of the flames of hell." He went on to describe how he felt each evening waiting for his train, fretting about his family as well as his conversations with his friends who were atheist.

So my first idea was to show him as a lone figure set against a hellish train pulling into the station. Other ideas I had related to the text sent by his boyfriend. But the client wanted a more positive image and asked me to send them a sketch about his conversations during his yearlong journey across America.

Below are ink and gouache elements I made to collage together in Photoshop to make the final art.

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Church drawing animated gif

church-drawing-051913-1.1 This is about people talking during the sermon or maybe my wife commenting on the sermon, either/or. An animated gif drawing pieced together from the following church drawings, one gentleman sitting further up from me across the aisle and another gentleman sitting directly in front of me. I couldn't see his nose so I added one from another gentleman sitting across the aisle. His glasses are his wife's who was sitting next to him.

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Back to church

Church drawing, first in well over two years, more to lack of church attendance than drawing. I forgot to bring my sketchbook and my family wouldn't let me draw on my iPad, so I used one of the Kid's Art pads. Rough drawing of the young man sitting in front of me, huge ear.

Fingerspelling

I'm working on a series of fingerspelling images. This is the letter "N" I drew at church this morning as a quick reference drawing for the project. I wanted to add some hand lettering and "Luke" came from today's lectionary (I know, begins with an "L" but I didn't hear any interesting "N" words and couldn't remember the sign for "L"). A couple of things I've learned about fingerspelling...

  • bridges sign language and spoken language to represent words that have no corresponding sign1
  • can be one-handed or two handed1
  • a person fluent in sign language reads fingerspelling by looking at the speller's face rather than their hands, reading what is being fingerspelled through their peripheral vision1

More to come...