I went to see the Noah movie this past Saturday. I haven’t seen any of other Aronofsky’s movies, despite their critical acclaim, this was my first. As I understand it, the film was praised by half of Christian-dom for being a good movie, and then preemptively panned by the other half of Christian-dom prior to it’s release on grounds of inaccuracy from canon as well as a non-conservative portrayal of the character. I generally don’t pay too much attention of those critics (since they often tend to be the modern day counterparts to the overly religious types of Jesus’s day, too concerned with the letter of the law than life-giving gospel), but I did read a blog justifying the artistic liberties taken in the direction of this film (http://jonathanmerritt.religionnews.com/2014/03/17/will-evangelicals-miss-boat-paramount-noah/). With that as my primary preface going into the film, I was looking forward to hearing from God as I watched the film. Click the “read more” to read on, and consider this the spoiler warning.
This is a more personal entry (and also one that pertains to charismatic Christianity), so I’ll leave one of those “more” tags for those that want to read on. Otherwise, I have news that a few new paintings are almost finished so I will post those soon. Continue reading
I apologize for not having been as regular on the updates. I will do my best to resolve this.
In charismatic Christiandom, preachers and teachers will sometimes remind the congregation that instead of asking God for more power infusions from the Holy Spirit, they ought to take an account of how many gifts and how much power has already been given (and to then properly apply those) rather than to take what’s already been received for granted. In my art education, I have made the same mistake, of underestimating how much I have already received from my teachers, and instead of trusting God’s faith in me and using what I’ve been given, I had placed my faith in the art education system. This isn’t to say that art education is bad, but I had made an idol out of the system, believing that if I could just complete x amount of courses or programs, I would be able to get a job from it.
Taking my tiny portfolio of 3 whole pieces to Illuxcon was a good test of faith and skill, rewarded with good feedback and encouragement from many artists much better than I. The above images display a fan piece I began back in August in anticipation for the release of Mists of Pandaria, but was delayed in finishing due to school (TAD). Jeremy Wilson impressed on me the importance of having stuff to show around for feedback at Illuxcon, so I ditched all my classes to grind it out (maybe not the best decision from the educational standpoint, but I needed to do it). The top image shows what I thought was the finished product when I brought it to Illuxcon, and the bottom image is the finished version after applying a lot of the feedback I received at Illuxcon.
Illuxcon itself was a wonderful event, and I do not even have the words right now to describe all the cool and awesome things that went on, and the cool and awesome people that I got to meet and befriend. Anyways, I’m going to get back to my drawing so as to apply everything that I’ve learned from the portfolio critiques. Thanks for stopping by.
Happy Resurrection Day! Even in the design of the Ark of the Covenant, the covering on the box where the cherubim cover, called the Mercy Seat, was placed over the judgments of the Law. Mercy triumphs over judgment, and thank you Jesus for the blood sprinkled on the Mercy Seat.
MarineKingPrime scored a 4kill to seal the 5-2 victory for the Prime Clan over Team Startale in the GSTL Season 1 finals in Las Vegas. There was that one controversial game 4 where MarineKingPrime versus Startale_Parting that had a disconnect right as MarineKing was possibly about to lose, resulting in a re-game wherein MarineKing won…
Here’s the pencil preview for my cover for KT Benefit Auction. Let me catch my breath before I lay in the inks.