Sunday, December 7, 2008

At Hand.

Second Week of Advent

This one is from Matthew 3, where John the Baptizer is "clearing the highway" for his cousin Jesus. Some call him the last of the Old Testament prophets. This guy ate grasshoppers and wore camel hide...and I'm betting that he had some crazy dreds. Of all the folks in Scripture, he is potentially one of the most visually interesting. Hopefully I'll be able to explore him more in the future.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Their Peace.

First week of Advent: Hope

Below are some examples of the day-to-day work I'm doing at St. Roch. Flyers and bulletins mostly.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Beethoven, Sinking Ships, et al

These are some drawings for Shelby, who will be using them in some kind of humorous presentation. If you're wondering how these images are am I. I just drew what was on the list.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Star of the Sea

Vine charcoal sketch of Our Lady Star of the Sea, situated across the park from my studio. So begins my first potentially decent painting here!

Monday, September 29, 2008

I Have The Mango

Some local illustration

My third week in New Orleans is underway. The first two weeks have been fairly quiet. There hasn't been an excess of activity yet, which has been good. Plenty of time to enjoy the city and think through whatever it might mean to live here.

Meeting people has been enjoyable, and interesting... One day I met a neighbor. He asked me how I spelled my name. "With a PH," I answered. "Oh! Just like my best friend!" he exclaimed. After a few minutes of conversation he started back toward his porch and said, "Nice to meet you Kevin." Two days later he met me for the first time again, and so I went along with it. "Nice to meet you too."

There is no shortage of interesting characters in the area, and even after two weeks I've seen several people around the city more than once. One of my favorites is Mr. Okra, who drives around in his marvelously decorated truck announcing his fare on a speaker "I have squash, I have watermelon, I have the Mango..."

My neighborhood is a healthy place to contemplate cultural engagement. Everyone is a culture-maker in some way. Basically, as Andy Crouch explains, culture making includes any activity that alters the horizons of the possible for a given group of people. Our neighborhood is populated by many who are relatively materially poor. But even more than that, many of the same people are poor in another sense - they have been convinced that they are incapable of the essentially human task - expanding the horizons of the possible.

For now, I am working on some design projects, leading art activities with kids after school, and working on renovating our church building. Drawings coming soon!

Tributes to St. Roch, the patron saint of miraculous healing.

A fresh one by Banksy, on the 3rd Anniversary of Katrina.

My caricature of Pastor J.B.

From where I sit, with Turkey, Brie, & Apple on Baguette at the Sound Cafe on Chartres.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Founder

So, that dang hurricane changed my moving plans, and I've had a little time to spend here in limbo. Without assignments or jobs, things can get boring - or weird. Two nights ago, I was flipping through a book of founding fathers that my dear friends Kirk and Sarah got me at the National Portrait Gallery this summer. Anyway, since Kirk is a kind of founder in my life, it was decided that he should be painted 18th century style, after Joseph Siffred Duplessis' rendition of Franklin.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Summer Reads

This was most of my summer reading this year:

-Prince Caspian C.S. Lewis
-Come Help Change the World Bill Bright
Campus Crusade for Christ's founder telling the story of the organization
-A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future Daniel Pink
Highly recommended reading for creatives or those seeking to understand them
-Walt Disney: An American Original Bob Thomas
-Gilead Marilynne Robinson
Pulitzer winning novel - a letter from a father to a son. Sure to be read again.
-The Reason for God: Belief in An Age of Skepticism Tim Keller
Addresses arguments against belief in a concise yet conversational tone
-Mr. Adams's Last Crusade Joseph Wheelan
Explores the fascinating post-presidential life of John Qunicy Adams
-Dearest Friend: A Life of Abigail Adams Lynne Whithey
Detailed biography of a tireless patriot, mother, and wife.
-Return Flight Bob Lupton
Community Development Through Reneighboring Our Cities
-Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Call Andy Crouch

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Next Step - New Orleans

This is the community in New Orleans where I'll be moving very soon. I'm going to be spending the next year or so with as an Artist in Residence with St. Roch Community Church. My thoughts and emotions have been very mixed today. I've just moved away from my best friends, and I watched today as the place I'm moving toward easily could have been washed away.

The coming weeks are sure to be challenging, but I am excited about living in a neighborhood. Growing up in rural South Carolina and spending summers in Midtown Manhattan revealed two extremes, but neither provided me with the complexity of a neighborhood. College gave me a better idea, as we were very involved in each others' lives, but still the population was largely one demographic. This time, I'll see what it is like to be involved in the lives of neighbors from different backgrounds, socioeconomic levels, races, and ages. An exciting prospect indeed.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Go, Therefore...

This one's another piece from Campus Crusade for Christ's Summer Project promotional materials for next year. Students can spend their summers in many locations around the world building relationships and engaging in spiritual dialogue.

more drawings at:

Friday, August 15, 2008

A Beautiful Disaster

Another collaboration with Brandon Oxendine, this time for RUF's lecture series on dating, marriage, and sexuality. Brandon handled the birds & bees, and I did the scroll & titles.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Sweden's Magical Creatures

This is a shirt for my friends that spent the summer in Sweden. These characters were created by them, and I'm not sure what provoked them. Basically, I redrew them and arranged them for the shirt. It is one of the strangest and most delightful assignments I've had yet.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Website preview

Here's a preview of my website that Brandon Oxendine is working on. If you look closely, you'll see the many tiny drawings of my assorted interests in the background. Here's a few of them:

Friday, July 4, 2008

Triumphing in that day's transaction

A rough start of a younger Thomas Jefferson as he would have appeared in 1776.

"You will think me transported with enthusiasm; but I am not. I am well aware of the toil, and blood, and treasure, that it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means, and that posterity will triumph in that day's transaction."
-John Adams in a letter to Abigail on July 3, 1776

Not only is today the day we celebrate independence, but it is the anniversary of the deaths of both Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who died on July 4, 1826.

I've still got a lot to work out with this one, a portrait of Brandon.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Aye, Eye

One of my summer goals is to learn a bit about portraits - specifically in oils. This is a closeup of a self portrait I just got started on - much still to be worked out here. More later...


Also, I'm working on a promotional video about Summer Projects for college students. I'm essentially creating backgrounds for live-action characters. I'm collaborating with the LAB in Orlando on this one. Here are some early looks at the process:

Some panoramas that will be animated into the backgrounds of the video

A still shot from a rough cut of the video. Can anyone spot the Edward Hopper reference? It's small.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Fair Winds



back (there's some good music listed here)

I made a mixed CD of sailing-themed songs for a friend.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert

I drew this several months ago - one of my favorite newsmen, Tim Russert, who suddenly died today. As I was growing up, he was a regular voice heard in our living room. A quality journalist and family man, his absence will be notable.

"The best exercise for the human heart is to bend down and pick someone else up."
-Tim Russert

Wednesday, June 4, 2008


I collaborated with the LAB ( in Orlando on this project, a Bible that will be given to several thousand students on hundreds of campuses this fall.

(the whole image: back, spine, and front)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

what's up in Uppsala

A shirt for a student summer project in Sweden

A little Swedish troll for the shoulder of the shirt (and probably the pinnacle of my life's work)

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Big week for designers in Carolina

Notes from Adrian Shaughnessy's lecture at my senior portfolio show this week.

Notes from a Stefan Sagmeister lecture held by the AIGA in Columbia this week. (signed by Stefan!)

An oil portrait of Steve from recent sittings in class.


The following are all from my senior thesis project, Going Out In Style

Hobart Sheppard
Boaz Sheppard
Archer Spence

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008

Meet Archer Spence

This is the main character of the book I'm working on for my senior thesis project. More on this later.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Adams, The Old Oak

I finally finished up my caricaturized homage to Gilbert Stuart's portrait of John Adams. This week the painting was accepted into the 20th Annual Juried Undergraduate Exhibition.

Looking forward to the DVD release of the new miniseries based on McCullough's Pulitzer-winning biography of the second president. I've always been intrigued by Mr. Adams. It is a shame that even having so great an influence on our country's history, he is so widely unknown.

Abigail once called him an old oak because of his steadfast resolve.
"Thanks be to God that he gave me stubbornness when I know I am right."
-John Adams

UPDATE: He won me the Lewandowski Best Illustration Award at the exhibition!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Mason Jar Drinkers

My cousin's stringband in the North Carolina mountains. I got to play with them and draw some too this weekend.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Libertas Semper

In portrait class, we turned our model into a propaganda poster.
Liberty Forever!

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

last spread of moleskine vol. III

"One dreadful glance over my shoulder I essayed - not long enough to see (or did I see?) the rim of the sunrise that shoots Time dead with golden arrows and puts to flight all phantasmal shapes."
-C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Ex Morte Vita

Poster collaboration with Brandon Oxendine for upcoming group show with the Friday Arts Project - "Ex Morte Vita." A collaborative exhibition exploring the emergence of life from death.

drawing from sketchbook used in the poster

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Depth of Mercy

Poster for upcoming lecture series on the book of Ruth