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Friday, August 08, 2014

Another cell from The David Story #1.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

A cell from The David Story #1.

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Friday, August 08, 2014

A snippet of a page from The David Story #1.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Here's a quick preview of page 1 of the long awaited book 1 of the comic series The David Story.

Please keep praying that Rusty and I will use Godly wisdom and bring honor to God through this project as we seek to finish it up! Thanks.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Final pencils of some "bad-guys" from a page in The David Story.
Why does it seem more fun to draw the meanies?

Check us out here:

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

This is 4-hours of drawing the "fine lines," condensed down to about 4 minutes - to show you a little bit of the process of drawing The David Story.
See the video

The Process:

Creating a page for The David Story is a multi-staged endeavor. I first layout the flow of the text and then fill up the page with very rough sketches of the people and action associated with the text - trying to get a general sense of movement across the page.

Next, I refine the roughs with a more defined set of sketches and fix visual or flow discontinuities. This stage may take several hours alone, sketching and re-sketching, to get at just what I am going for.

Once reaching a satisfactory sketch, I then do a layer of fine lines over the sketch. The fine lines will serve as the basis for the details of the image - defining what will ultimately guide the final stages for coloring and texturizing.

When the fine lines are done a general "flatting" is added - putting in flat blocks of colors to fill in the fine lines, much like coloring in a coloring book. And then, finally, comes the shading, lighting, highlighting, color adjustment, and texturizing of the flats, creating the finished appearance of the page.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

It's been fascinating researching and digging up some cool facts for The David Story. Here's a fun nugget that has been fully incorporated into the project:

In ancient times, kings were often tribal war leaders. King Saul was no exception. It was expected that Saul (and his sons) were to lead the charge into battle and the people would follow. 1 Samuel 14:52 tells us, "There was severe war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Saul saw any mighty man, or any valiant man, he took him to him." Saul recruited the best fighters of the land to fight, and to fight alongside him. He was a complete war-hero. So, as the women later sang his praises, the phrase "Saul has slain his thousands" certainly rang true. Here's a sketch (that you'll see finalized in the book) of Saul leading the charge!

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A few drawings and a 3D rendering of some of Goliath's weapons to be used as reference in The David Story graphic novel series. Designs are based on information from the Bible and bronze-age archaeologists' findings from the middle east.
1 Samuel 17:4-7
Then a champion came out from the armies of the Philistines named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head, and he was clothed with scale-armor which weighed five thousand shekels of bronze. He also had bronze greaves on his legs and a bronze javelin slung between his shoulders. The shaft of his spear was like a weaver’s beam, and the head of his spear weighed six hundred shekels of iron; his shield-carrier also walked before him.

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Here's a poster of concept art from The David Story. Check out the Renew the Arts page and help fund the project here:…

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What is this project?

This is what we like to call a Visual Translation of the Biblical account of David—it's sort of a graphic novel meets word-for-word exposition of the stories of the Bible. So what does that mean? We are letting the words of the scripture be our literal script for creating a type of graphic novel that amplifies the details of Biblical stories all the while creating a visually exciting experience for the reader.

The intention is to not be an adaptation—where plot, events and dialogue might be changed or added—instead, it is trying to stick as close to the Biblical text as possible. So that what you see in images will go closely along with what you read in the actual written word.

And with that we bring you The David Story—A Visual Translation covering 1 Samuel 15 through 1 Kings 2.

Although, it is our goal to visually translate the entire Bible (and we plan on working on this for years to come) we decided to tackle some of the major stories of the Bible first (based our One Big Story poster), starting with one of the parts of the Bible we are most enamored with—the life of David.

Why are we doing this?

There are three main reasons, really. First, we think there is a richness and depth to the details of the Biblical accounts that we would love to capture and bring out in a visual format. The Bible is the most read book of all time, and for good reason. There are some amazing stories within the contents of this library of books we call the Bible and we want to see them come alive in narrative-illustration.

Second, and let's face it, folks aren't reading the Bible like we used to. As a society we have grown unfamiliar with the stories from the Bible that once thrived in every home throughout America. We hope to help battle Biblical-illiteracy and bring back to the public knowledge these timeless accounts.

And finally, we are wanting to create an educational tool that speaks to our current and future cultures. We live in a world that is increasingly dependent on visual media where communication through images is overtaking the written word. We see a Visual Translation of the Bible becoming more of a necessity as time and technology progress.