About 1000 Drawings
I love Jesus. I’ve been thinking a lot about ministry in the arts. Most of the christian art sites are just that, christian. Its good but that label in itself is sort of like a barrier for the non-christians. I am a christian and I love talking about what Christ has done for me.
Recently, God has given me the opportunity to come up with the 1000 drawing project. I went to 2 top schools in the nation (Art center and School of Visual arts). After getting my BFA and MFA in the Illustration field I fell into depression. Something inside me made me really not like the work that I was doing as a freelance Illustrator.
Long story short, I lost all confidence in my work. Rent was piling up and I had no where to go. I just knew that I loved to draw but couldn’t find a way to make money by drawing something that I liked. It got so bad that I ended up spending 2-3 months looking for ads in Craigslist. Well after missing an appointment for a powerpoint job, thank God, I realized that my calling was not here.
I got on my knees and asked God, “What do you want me to do?” With rent pounding on like a 1000 bricks, He told me, fight back with a 1000 drawings. It was there and then that I decided to lay down everything, all my pride and fears and trust in God. I stopped looking for jobs on the web and took up my colorpencils and pastels.
I started the project not knowing where it was going to take me. After announcing it on myspace, i got a few people who were interested. My first drawing sold about a day after I posted it up. You don’t know how much that meant to me…A struggling artist who doesn’t have anything, a 100$ is so much money.
Most people think that I’m doing pretty well right now. Well, as God as my witness, I’m still struggling but in a good way. I’m finally doing something that I love to do. Come on, I get to wake up and draw! I used to complain that my illustration jobs only gave me 500-1000$…. well, I never do that anymore. Each $100 I get, i’m so thankful.
I think my next step is to give back to the One that has given me so much. I’m not much of a evangelical, can’t really talk about this stuff in person but I think this is the least I can do. I pray that this testimony touches some of you and if anything, just remember that there is someone that loves you.