Watch as I make 1 dove image by drawing it 4 times and apply it to 2 projects. Who says I can't do math? See a preliminary design for a banner at Martin Luther College and a drawing on granite for Heritage Memorial and Stone Creations. Warning: contains graphite, ink, photoshop, penmanship, a diamond-tipped stylus, and a crazy studio cat.
The folks planning the 2016 Men of His Word Conference asked me to produce a graphic representation of their theme, "Stand Firm". Learn more about this conference at menofhisword.org. My first thought was a knight standing in full gear looking cool and ready (some old drawings to that effect are included below). But as my sketches progressed I realized there needed to be something to stand against. I brought the look of the protagonist closer to home with office-ish khakis and a tie. Rather than some fantasy from centuries past, he could be one of us. He stands against a wave that threatens his position on a narrow bit of ground and he's clutching a big book. As this conference is called "Men of His Word", it seems appropriate for 1) a Man to be 2) of His Word. The double meaning of this conference title cleverly alludes both to personal accountability, as in "I give you my word", as well as a Christian man devoted to the Lord. The wave can represent whatever threatens a man's relationship with God. One's faith can be tested from political events, personal crises, temptations, finances, or even apathy. When in personal crisis cling to Christ and wait out the storm. Stand Firm.
Producing a layered photoshop graphic using ink drawings has gradually become a standard "style" for me. While I'm happy with this illustration, it isn't groundbreaking in my body of work. HOWEVER, motion graphic production is a whole new world for me. My daughter and I decided to take the plunge and learn to animate in Adobe After Effects. It's been a steep climb learning the AfterEffects workspace, but I'm excited to apply new skills in the future. It's amazing how long it can take to produce 20 seconds...have a look. https://youtu.be/QQwJObB63Ug
This ain't my first rodeo! Click this link to view my "Shelter From the Storm" design for the 2015 Men of His Word conference: http://jjjaspersen.com/shelter-from-the-storm/
These two illustrations are my final contributions to a reconstruction project with St. Mary Magdalen Catholic church in Kentwood, Michigan. Both images will be printed on glass nearly 7' tall. Prodigal 1 (with the pigs) will be installed in two 24" wide panes outside the confessional. Prodigal 2 (homecoming) will take up three 24" wide panes inside the confessional. There is an obvious progression and meaning in the way these are to be installed. That longing, lost feeling has a solution and our messed up life has a sympathizer.
Keep scrolling down for a variety of sketches, stages, and test effects. Links to other projects for this congregation can be found at the bottom of this post.FINAL prodigal son measurements I also designed CNC carved doors and a series of 6 more printed windows for this congregation. Learn about them at http://jjjaspersen.com/?s=mary+magdalene and http://jjjaspersen.com/saintsinner-windows/
This design was developed as a gift to commemorate Tracy Fedke's contribution to Koine over the past decade. It combines continuous contour sketches of each member of Koine posed as the letters of the band name. Those letters appear directly above each band member. Verses from the hymn "When In Our Music God is Glorified" are incorporated into the band name. The result is a visualization of Koine's mission. Note also the inclusion of significant textures: stone, sky, wood, water.
Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School (MVL) takes on a theme every year based on a Bible passage. For the coming school year I was asked to design a logo that incorporates the theme "Fully Committed: Christ saved us. We serve Christ". The theme is based on 2 Corinthians 5:19 "God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation."
The annual theme at MVL informs daily chapel devotions, newsletter article, email and social media messages and the like. It also has been trickling down to grade schools in the MVL Association.
With this logo I want to convey our relationship with Christ. We are saved. That good news energizes dead souls and changes lives. We no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ.
This post begins with 2 finished logos, one simpler than the other. Keep scrolling to see some "making-of" stages and an earlier concept.
Here are images and text from my new proposal for a Wanda Gag memorial sculpture. I want to communicate Wanda Gag’s focus and freedom with this memorial. I also intend to design an engaging experience for generations of viewers.
My proposal includes 2 bronze sculptures. I propose a life-sized bronze sculpture of Wanda Gag sitting cross-legged on the existing New Ulm Library signage. I submit this informal, eager posture as an expression of Wanda’s independent spirit and artistic intensity. Her bare foot is placed near her notebook as a concise symbolic pairing of her freedom and focus.
Directly in front of Wanda is a cat looking back at her. The cat mirrors Wanda’s curiosity with an eager and inquisitive posture. This is primarily intended to be a work of art depicting Wanda as a creator. She is shown absorbed in her study. As a secondary narrative, the cat serves as a symbol of her most accessible creative contribution. Drawings in her notebook could serve to amplify the cat theme or refer to other highlights in her career.
There are several strategies incorporated in this design to engage an audience. The proposed sculptures would be securely installed directly into the existing concrete signage. This “baseless” approach suggests a closer connection to reality and encourages interaction with the public. I believe that choosing to include a cat in this arrangement is another way to create a monument with widely endearing appeal. Positioning the sculpture on the existing sign puts it in prominent view from street and sidewalk. A Wanda Gag monument in this location would become a daily companion for local Broadway traffic and join New Ulm’s inviting array of attractions for visitors. Naturally, a monument of this type will provide an enduring entry point to Wanda Gag’s legacy that may lead viewers to further investigation.
See my previous work on this project: http://jjjaspersen.com/?s=wanda+gag
Learn more about Wanda Gag: http://wandagaghouse.org/explore/#!/learn/
Her thoughts on internal dialogue: http://www.brainpickings.org/2015/03/11/wanda-gag-growing-pains-me-myself/
And this from the New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/juicy-as-a-pear-wanda-ggs-delectable-books