I recently ran across this (non-scientific) explanation of the difference between a sunrise and a sunset. Although I haven't verified it, it sounds like a valid explanation and inspired the piece below the quote.
The difference in the temperature of the earth's atmosphere causes a sunrise to appear more blue and purple hued while a sunset appears more red and orange.
Here is the round of commissions I did for Word Live for October, with a little explanation as to my creative process for each:
[Note: While I don't usually mind if someone displays the work on my blogs on their own websites (with my permission), I ask that you do not repost these commissioned pieces elsewhere. These were financed by a third party and it wouldn't exactly be fair to display them on other websites than was intended. Thanks for your respect and cooperation.]
Inside-Out appeared on the Word Live site on October 6. The creative brief called for "a split-screen image of someone looking good on the outside, but not on the inside based on Luke 16:15"
The end result called for a lot of stitching together of photos. It seemed like I could find the body poses I was after, and the facial expressions, but not in the same stock photos. The figures holding the frames were more of a framing technique than anything else. I wasn't completely satisfied with how it turned out overall, but it met the requirements of the brief and the focus (inside the frames) came together like I wanted.
Roadmap to Messiah appeared on the Word Live site on October 17. The creative brief called for "an infographic based on the numbers in Acts 13:13-25."
Once I started working on it, this one came together a lot easier than I anticipated. At first glance, I thought there were a bunch of numbers, but once I started the project, I realized that there were only four: 40 years in the wilderness, 7 nations of Canaan defeated, Israel under judges for 450 years, Saul reigning for 40 years.
The entire message (Sha'ul) Paul preached was leading up to Messiah, so I conveyed it as the "roadmap to Messiah" and made the words for a cross in the negative space with a map of Israel as the background.
Phew! appeared on the Word Live site on October 25. This was probably the first example where the creative brief didn't quite line up with my personal beliefs on the subject. I did my best to walk the fine line of giving them a piece that would complement that day's study without compromising how I understand it.
The brief was pretty simple: "A list of requirements for Gentiles in Acts 15:19-21 with circumcision crossed out." In an effort to keep this post succinct, I've written about my view on circumcision and the "four necessary things for Gentiles" here, if you care to know.
The resolution of the image is pretty small here, so here is what the list in the center says:
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR CONVERTS FROM AMONG THE GENTILES
1. IDOLATRY: Don't bow down to or reverence idols! For that matter, don't even think about them favorably. It's okay to despise them because they are abominable to God.
II. CONDUCT: Abstain from the filthy practices of pagans. Keep yourself pure and holy before God!
III. DIET: God gave instructions for the preparation and eating of food--Follow them! They will help you live a healthy, happy life and save you a lot of problems in the long run.
V. FAITHFULNESS: Attend Synagogue services every week to learn more about growing in God’s Grace.
The idea was that circumcision was marked off the list of requirements. This was based on the account from the beginning of chapter 15, where certain believers were teaching that unless Gentiles were circumcised, they couldn't be saved. And the gist of the project was that grown Gentile converts everywhere found much joy and relief at the fact that they weren't required to be circumcised to remain a follower of Jesus. I tried to take it down a humorous, tongue-in-cheek route, while still giving an accurate representation.
Until next time--be blessed!