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I am trying to figure out what to do with my gift of drawing I am not skilled at making comics but I am great at making characters and stories for them. I guess I just need someone who knows God's will for their gift to give me guidance. I would love to use my talent for God I am just kinda lost. Attached is some drawings of characters that I have done some are colored on the computer.

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Hi Rachel and welcome to CCAS! 

 It looks like artistically you're already moving, trying new things, finding out what you're good at and what you like creating. You have certain standards, you have a general direction(honoring God) with your art but you're unsure what that looks like. Yet in your pictures the colors are bright and your characters look strong and confident; you've posted them here so you must have some confidence that they're God honoring. Art done with care and love, and prayerful concern over what pleases our Lord, is God pleasing.  The art can have mistakes and imperfections, if it doesn't then you're probably not pushing yourself hard enough.

  Continue doing all of the above for about ninety years or so and...you will have pleased God, made a lot of mistakes and you'll know God's will for your art...and for your life as well. 

   I guess this sounds a little smug, and be assured I don't like being confused or making mistakes any better than you, but if even Jesus learned obedience through suffering(Hebrews5:8) and had thirty years to learn and grow before he started his public ministry, you have some time to develop your gifts and art. Like a good boyfriend, Jesus wants to be part of your joys, sorrows and growth...and just share life with you. Enjoy your Lord.

   I notice that many of your pics are anthro characters.  I'm currently posting my anthro art to a clean anthro site called Artspots.com and getting some really good advice thats improving myart. Check it out.  

Thanks I will check that site out. :) I am doing my best to pray but it is hard to stay on a constant schedule with talking to Jesus. I know it may seem weird but I find it hard sometimes to talk to him.

Brien Sparling said:

Hi Rachel and welcome to CCAS! 

 It looks like artistically you're already moving, trying new things, finding out what you're good at and what you like creating. You have certain standards, you have a general direction(honoring God) with your art but you're unsure what that looks like. Yet in your pictures the colors are bright and your characters look strong and confident; you've posted them here so you must have some confidence that they're God honoring. Art done with care and love, and prayerful concern over what pleases our Lord, is God pleasing.  The art can have mistakes and imperfections, if it doesn't then you're probably not pushing yourself hard enough.

  Continue doing all of the above for about ninety years or so and...you will have pleased God, made a lot of mistakes and you'll know God's will for your art...and for your life as well. 

   I guess this sounds a little smug, and be assured I don't like being confused or making mistakes any better than you, but if even Jesus learned obedience through suffering(Hebrews5:8) and had thirty years to learn and grow before he started his public ministry, you have some time to develop your gifts and art. Like a good boyfriend, Jesus wants to be part of your joys, sorrows and growth...and just share life with you. Enjoy your Lord.

   I notice that many of your pics are anthro characters.  I'm currently posting my anthro art to a clean anthro site called Artspots.com and getting some really good advice thats improving myart. Check it out.  

Hello Rachel! Welcome to the CCAS, it's good to have you with us! Just my 2 cents, but I think our God given free will is not only a curse that allows us to sin, but also a gift of freedom of expression in our lives. I think God allows and approves our choices in how to honor Him as long as it's done with a pure heart. So if your art is a way you delight to honor our God, go for it!

Whether to go into art as an occupation is a subject I'll leave for other members who actually work as pro artists to answer.

I love your costuming, the Kitsune was my favorite of your artworks. Thank you for sharing them! Perhaps you could offer to do character designs for other members as well? Are you comfortable drawing humans? You seem to love, and are very good at anthropomorphics.

Yeah I can draw humans animals whatever I am so glad you like it. ^__^ It will take awhile to get scanned because my scanner is broken but I can go to the library and scan it. I love to draw requests for people.

Hi Rachel! So, can I take you up on your character design offer? If you go to my blog entry http://www.christiancomicarts.com/profiles/blogs/my-new-project-sch... you will see some badly drawn character concepts I need fixed. Especially Choir and Commando Cross. If the story looks interesting at all, give me a hand?

Be well, be blessed!

Gerry

Your designs and story are both pretty good I will get right on it and I should be able to get to a scanner tomorrow. 

Gerard Lee said:

Hi Rachel! So, can I take you up on your character design offer? If you go to my blog entry http://www.christiancomicarts.com/profiles/blogs/my-new-project-sch... you will see some badly drawn character concepts I need fixed. Especially Choir and Commando Cross. If the story looks interesting at all, give me a hand?

Be well, be blessed!

Gerry

Well aside from the sexual stuff it is pretty good it is really funny. I feel sorry for the kid they are going to evangelize to. :) 

Hi Rachel, I will take out the 'My Little Porny' thing, thanks for your discernment! Actually I've just come off a backslide a couple of years long, and I think my sensibilities are a little skewed even though I mean well. May God heal my heart and mind over time! Was there any other part that was too sexual?

 

Thanks!

Gerry

Hi Rachel,

'Kay, here is a new version of part II, tried to clean it up:)

 

 

 

Part II A Walk in the Park

 

Panel: Shot of Commando Cross in a hospital bed. His arm and leg are in slings, he’s heavily bandaged, one eye is covered. He looks annoyed.

 

Narrative: Well…here we are.

 

Panel: Shot of whole room. Sticks, Choir, and other assorted unnamed heroes can be seen in similar condition and beds in the rest of the room.

 

The roof starts to crack and crumble. It gives way leaving a gaping hole with heavenly light beams shining through.

 

Stigmata floats down through the hole. She’s carrying flowers.

 

Commando: Hmmph. Flowers?

 

Stigmata tosses the flowers unceremoniously on Commando’s chest.

 

Stigmata switches off his life support equipment with the push of a button.

Stigmata: ‘Ooh life support. Fun.’

 

Commando and the others gape comically bug eyes and horrified.

 

Stigmata looks around the hospital and spots the other heroes.

Stigmata: May as well take care of all of you while I’m here…

From within ‘Help! Help! Eek!’

 

A shot of a tall cloud shrouded peak labeled

‘Heavenly Mountain’

 

A kind looking shepherd and a comical looking sheep hearken to the off panel calls.

 

Good Shepherd: This sounds like a job for…

He lays hands on the sheep.

‘They that wait upon the Lord renew their strength…they will mount up on wings as eagles…’

 

The Sheep transforms into Super Shoople, the greatest Christian Comic book Hero ever!

 

The caped sheep flies to the hospital and in a flash lands in the recovery Ward.

 

Stigmata turns….

 

…and her eyes gleam with delight! She b-lines to Shoople and seizes him in a whole body hug. Sparklies of happiness and hearts dance as she coos ‘Ooooh! Cuuuuute! You’re a cutie aren’t you? Yes you are! Mommy loves her little Wuggles!’

 

The others gape in disbelief…

 

Narrative: [That is how we all met.]

 

The next day, all the characters are gathered together on the sidewalk next to a sign that says ‘Crosstopia City Limits West’

 

Commando: ‘All right, listen up troops! The Mayor has agreed to pardon us for disturbing the peace…and pay our considerable hospital bills, if we prove we can all get along.’

(In the background Sticks and Choir are making faces at each other)

 

Commando: All we have to do to prove it is walk from this end of the city to the other. No trouble making, no insults, and NO FIGHTING EACH OTHER! Got it?’

 

Grumbling and grudging assent from the others.

 

They start walking in silence, They don’t make eye contact with each other.

 

Crowd of amorous fanboys: Look! It’s Choir!’

Other Fan Boy: ‘You mean Choir, the Gospel Girl, who’s music can charm even unbelievers into the Kingdom?!

Other Fan Boy: ‘With her Heavenly voice, and shining pink tresses, there is no more perfect vision of a chaste and virtuous woman of God!’

 

All (stampeding) ‘Let’s mob her!’

 

Choir: EEEEK!!!

 

Sticks pulls out a talking head grenade and throws at the fanboys. Huge word balloons of nonsensical text crowd and trap the over excited otaku.

 

Choir: ‘…Thank you Sticks…’

Sticks. ‘…welcome.’

Off Screen a Booming Thunderous Noise is heard as a behemoth approaches.

Commando Cross vs. War Lamb:

A huge figure with a Ram horn helmet and shoulder pads arrives.

Commando Cross: War Lamb! Don’t you ever give up?

War Lamb: Never! I will never give up until I am the most popular and well known Christian Superhero in Crosstopia City!

Commando: Pride goeth before the fall!

War Lamb: Shut up! It’s not pride! I –have to replace you as this city’s idol so people will stop blindly copy catting your false doctrines and follow –ME-!

 

War Lamb flexes and glass shatters and telephone poles fall over. He roars and the pavement quakes and cracks. He punches one fist into the other and shock waves make the heroes brace themselves against the winds…

Commando:  Remind me again, what false Doctrine?

War Lamb: The Sabbath! By my secret calculations, numerology, gematria and crossword puzzles, the Sabbath is clearly Tuesday! Not Saturday, not Sunday, TUESDAY!!!

Commando: …Tuesday? You mean the Sabbath is today?

War Lamb: Yes! Remember the Sabbath and keep it….

War Lamb falls silent, scratching his nose, digesting this information.

War Lamb: …Tuesday?

Commando: Yep.

War Lamb falls silent again. Commando whistles and enjoys the clouds in the sky politely not staring.

War Lamb: …Today is not a good day for fighting.

Commando: No. Guess not.

War Lamb. Next time, okay?

Commando: Sure.

War Lamb: Uhm…bye.

Commando: Bye.

 

Stick: Oh boy. What else could possibly…

Choir ‘Eek! Adolescent Freaky Goth Wannabe Zombies!’

Stigmata: Guess that’s my cue

(Off panel incredibly violent sounds, screaming and maniacal laughter)

Stigmata comes back covered with gore and beaming happily. The others stare disapprovingly. 

Stigmata: Happily: ‘But it’s okay, cause THEY WERE ALREADY DEAD! Neato, huh?!’

 

From off screen: ‘So you defeated our undead minions…

 

But now you must deal with us, Heroes!

Two page splash…

“Professor Satan!”

“Doctor Satan!”

“Dark Satan!”

“Satan 13!”

And “SATAN SATAN SATAN SATAN SATAN!!!”

 

Good Shepherd (calmly) ‘Get thee behind me Satans.’

All the Satans are swept up and dumped together, colliding violently behind Good Shepherd in the street behind them.

 

Stunned, they lay there a moment.

 

And a bus runs them over. Good Shepherd looks embarrassed.

 

Last page:

Commando (the others are sitting on the grass, the sun is going down and the city is behind them.) : We made it guys. It was a gauntlet but you did good! I’m proud of you!’

Panel of the others.

Choir: You guys aren’t so bad…

Sticks: I guess we’re all different parts of one body…

Stigmata: Eh.

Shoople: Baaah.

Shepherd: ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’

 

In the foreground a young boy with a cigarette in his mouth, a bottle of booze in one hand, is on the sidewalk reading a dirty magazine.

 

‘Sinner!’

 

Commando: Right! See you guys, I’ll catch him.

Stigmata: Oh please. Like he’d identify with you Mr. Perfect? I’ll put the fear of God in him…’

Choir: You’ll scare him away Sea Urchin Woman!

Sticks: He’s obviously a fan boy, stand back you idiots, I’ll do the witnessing!

Shoople Baaah! Baaah! Baah!

Good Shepherd ‘Suffer the children to come unto me…’

 

A huge brawl erupts.

 

Narrative: Well, at least we made it outside the city limits. It was 2 steps forward one step back the whole way. But it was a beginning. Kind of. Sort of….

 

THE END

 

 

I'm very glad to see a fellow Christian Anthro artist! And it is wonderful that you desire to know what God would like for you to do with your art. What I can say right now is for you to take that gift and hone it...meaning work on your skills and get better. God didn't tell me right away what He wanted me to do with my Art, so don't think something is wrong. There is a time and a place for everything.

I have to ask a couple of questions is the good Shepard supposed to Jesus if so I don't think it is right to make fun of Him like that however the cleaned up version is so much better so I will provide the redesigned characters in a moment.

Gerard Lee said:

Hi Rachel,

'Kay, here is a new version of part II, tried to clean it up:)

 

 

 

Part II A Walk in the Park

 

Panel: Shot of Commando Cross in a hospital bed. His arm and leg are in slings, he’s heavily bandaged, one eye is covered. He looks annoyed.

 

Narrative: Well…here we are.

 

Panel: Shot of whole room. Sticks, Choir, and other assorted unnamed heroes can be seen in similar condition and beds in the rest of the room.

 

The roof starts to crack and crumble. It gives way leaving a gaping hole with heavenly light beams shining through.

 

Stigmata floats down through the hole. She’s carrying flowers.

 

Commando: Hmmph. Flowers?

 

Stigmata tosses the flowers unceremoniously on Commando’s chest.

 

Stigmata switches off his life support equipment with the push of a button.

Stigmata: ‘Ooh life support. Fun.’

 

Commando and the others gape comically bug eyes and horrified.

 

Stigmata looks around the hospital and spots the other heroes.

Stigmata: May as well take care of all of you while I’m here…

From within ‘Help! Help! Eek!’

 

A shot of a tall cloud shrouded peak labeled

‘Heavenly Mountain’

 

A kind looking shepherd and a comical looking sheep hearken to the off panel calls.

 

Good Shepherd: This sounds like a job for…

He lays hands on the sheep.

‘They that wait upon the Lord renew their strength…they will mount up on wings as eagles…’

 

The Sheep transforms into Super Shoople, the greatest Christian Comic book Hero ever!

 

The caped sheep flies to the hospital and in a flash lands in the recovery Ward.

 

Stigmata turns….

 

…and her eyes gleam with delight! She b-lines to Shoople and seizes him in a whole body hug. Sparklies of happiness and hearts dance as she coos ‘Ooooh! Cuuuuute! You’re a cutie aren’t you? Yes you are! Mommy loves her little Wuggles!’

 

The others gape in disbelief…

 

Narrative: [That is how we all met.]

 

The next day, all the characters are gathered together on the sidewalk next to a sign that says ‘Crosstopia City Limits West’

 

Commando: ‘All right, listen up troops! The Mayor has agreed to pardon us for disturbing the peace…and pay our considerable hospital bills, if we prove we can all get along.’

(In the background Sticks and Choir are making faces at each other)

 

Commando: All we have to do to prove it is walk from this end of the city to the other. No trouble making, no insults, and NO FIGHTING EACH OTHER! Got it?’

 

Grumbling and grudging assent from the others.

 

They start walking in silence, They don’t make eye contact with each other.

 

Crowd of amorous fanboys: Look! It’s Choir!’

Other Fan Boy: ‘You mean Choir, the Gospel Girl, who’s music can charm even unbelievers into the Kingdom?!

Other Fan Boy: ‘With her Heavenly voice, and shining pink tresses, there is no more perfect vision of a chaste and virtuous woman of God!’

 

All (stampeding) ‘Let’s mob her!’

 

Choir: EEEEK!!!

 

Sticks pulls out a talking head grenade and throws at the fanboys. Huge word balloons of nonsensical text crowd and trap the over excited otaku.

 

Choir: ‘…Thank you Sticks…’

Sticks. ‘…welcome.’

Off Screen a Booming Thunderous Noise is heard as a behemoth approaches.

Commando Cross vs. War Lamb:

A huge figure with a Ram horn helmet and shoulder pads arrives.

Commando Cross: War Lamb! Don’t you ever give up?

War Lamb: Never! I will never give up until I am the most popular and well known Christian Superhero in Crosstopia City!

Commando: Pride goeth before the fall!

War Lamb: Shut up! It’s not pride! I –have to replace you as this city’s idol so people will stop blindly copy catting your false doctrines and follow –ME-!

 

War Lamb flexes and glass shatters and telephone poles fall over. He roars and the pavement quakes and cracks. He punches one fist into the other and shock waves make the heroes brace themselves against the winds…

Commando:  Remind me again, what false Doctrine?

War Lamb: The Sabbath! By my secret calculations, numerology, gematria and crossword puzzles, the Sabbath is clearly Tuesday! Not Saturday, not Sunday, TUESDAY!!!

Commando: …Tuesday? You mean the Sabbath is today?

War Lamb: Yes! Remember the Sabbath and keep it….

War Lamb falls silent, scratching his nose, digesting this information.

War Lamb: …Tuesday?

Commando: Yep.

War Lamb falls silent again. Commando whistles and enjoys the clouds in the sky politely not staring.

War Lamb: …Today is not a good day for fighting.

Commando: No. Guess not.

War Lamb. Next time, okay?

Commando: Sure.

War Lamb: Uhm…bye.

Commando: Bye.

 

Stick: Oh boy. What else could possibly…

Choir ‘Eek! Adolescent Freaky Goth Wannabe Zombies!’

Stigmata: Guess that’s my cue

(Off panel incredibly violent sounds, screaming and maniacal laughter)

Stigmata comes back covered with gore and beaming happily. The others stare disapprovingly. 

Stigmata: Happily: ‘But it’s okay, cause THEY WERE ALREADY DEAD! Neato, huh?!’

 

From off screen: ‘So you defeated our undead minions…

 

But now you must deal with us, Heroes!

Two page splash…

“Professor Satan!”

“Doctor Satan!”

“Dark Satan!”

“Satan 13!”

And “SATAN SATAN SATAN SATAN SATAN!!!”

 

Good Shepherd (calmly) ‘Get thee behind me Satans.’

All the Satans are swept up and dumped together, colliding violently behind Good Shepherd in the street behind them.

 

Stunned, they lay there a moment.

 

And a bus runs them over. Good Shepherd looks embarrassed.

 

Last page:

Commando (the others are sitting on the grass, the sun is going down and the city is behind them.) : We made it guys. It was a gauntlet but you did good! I’m proud of you!’

Panel of the others.

Choir: You guys aren’t so bad…

Sticks: I guess we’re all different parts of one body…

Stigmata: Eh.

Shoople: Baaah.

Shepherd: ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’

 

In the foreground a young boy with a cigarette in his mouth, a bottle of booze in one hand, is on the sidewalk reading a dirty magazine.

 

‘Sinner!’

 

Commando: Right! See you guys, I’ll catch him.

Stigmata: Oh please. Like he’d identify with you Mr. Perfect? I’ll put the fear of God in him…’

Choir: You’ll scare him away Sea Urchin Woman!

Sticks: He’s obviously a fan boy, stand back you idiots, I’ll do the witnessing!

Shoople Baaah! Baaah! Baah!

Good Shepherd ‘Suffer the children to come unto me…’

 

A huge brawl erupts.

 

Narrative: Well, at least we made it outside the city limits. It was 2 steps forward one step back the whole way. But it was a beginning. Kind of. Sort of….

 

THE END

 

 

Thanks I am so glad to hear that. I will keep practicing I just hope he tells me soon. :) I can be a little impatient sometimes.

Amanda S. Reaves said:

I'm very glad to see a fellow Christian Anthro artist! And it is wonderful that you desire to know what God would like for you to do with your art. What I can say right now is for you to take that gift and hone it...meaning work on your skills and get better. God didn't tell me right away what He wanted me to do with my Art, so don't think something is wrong. There is a time and a place for everything.

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