As I mentioned in the previous post, I've been blessed to be able to do some freelance work for Scripture Union based in the UK. Since the launch date for a few of the projects has passed, I decided to post the watermarked, lower-resolution versions of our collaborations thus far, with a little bit about the creative process of each one. You can download the high-resolution versions at the Word Live site, by registering for their free daily devotionals. They are multi-faceted and a great display of creativity based on Scripture.
The first project appeared on the Word Live website on 4-09-11
Specs: Typographic poster based on King David's Prayer in 1 Chronicles 29:10-20.
The context of the chapter is pretty much David presenting Solomon as king over Israel and rejoicing over Israel's generosity in providing materials for Solomon to use in buiding the temple. The bulk of the chapter is David's prayer of thanksgiving to God for providing. The part that stood out to me was David saying several times, "everything belongs to You."
I ended up going with a hand drawn illustration style of the hand holding the Temple. I left it open ended as to whether it was the hands of the people providing the supplies for the temple or God's ultimate provision which people in return give back to Him. I discovered a lot of vintage diagrams and charts that I'd been itching to use in a design, so I picked a couple that I thought could fit the concepts of God giving to us vs us giving to God. Once I had all of the linework finished, I thought about adding the graph paper as a background (the illustration was originally intended to be done in a watecolor style, but it wasn't working for me). After that, the hand-penciled font seemed to fit for the text. As an afterthought I added the coffee stains, because it seems to be inevitable that when you work on something like that, you spill your cofee on it. It added a little visual depth to the design, nothing more profound than that.
The second project appeared on the Word Live website on 5-20-11.
Specs: Typographic poster based upon Romans 8:38-39
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NIV)I decided to focus on the phrase "the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord", then surround it with what Paul wrote could not separate us from it. I played on the height/depth concept by mirroring the mountain as the water. Then I did a lot of tweaking with the color until I finally achieved a vintage look. It was my first attempt at something like this and I was satisfied at the end result (eventually!)
I've since completed a few more projects to appear on the website in July-September, but I'll wait until they officially launch before adding them here. Up next...another sneak peek at the project I just wrapped up for them.