Faith like a Warrior (1 John 5:4)

| Faith like  a Warrior (1 John 5:4) | Digital Art | Illustrated Word | PaintTool |

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Digital Art Update | Agape – Song of Songs 2:16 – Battle for the Earth – Proverbs 10:22

| Christian Digital Art | Illustrated Word | Agape | Song of Songs 2:16 | Battle for the Earth | Proverbs 10:22 |

It is hard to fully capture the beauty and adventure of life in Christ with ink on a page … but here is a snippet of the things I see.

2018 Agape

Agape

He loves us with AGAPE (Greek: ἀγάπη) –  an unconditional, faithful, immersive and overwhelming love – so much so, that He sent His Son to die for us – the God who is love, loved us with ἀγάπη.

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2018 Song of Songs 2-16

Song of Songs 2:16

Whenever I walk out from work, I look at the sky and find myself in awe at the artistry of God in the clouds. Sometimes pink baubles are symmetrically positioned across the mellowed orange of dusk. Sometimes a touch of blue sky lets a fan of sun rays through to highlight a taller building. Sometimes, the wispy grey strands remind me of my God, the Ancient of Days.

I couldn’t capture the clouds with my pen, but as I drew, I remembered the words God speaks over us in Songs of Songs. There is a garden in our hearts where God abides, where He asks us to come away with Him.

[Songs of Songs 2:16]
“My beloved is mine and I am his; he browses among the lilies.”
דֹּודִ֥י לִי֙ וַאֲנִ֣י לֹ֔ו הָרֹעֶ֖ה בַּשֹּׁושַׁנִּֽים׃ 

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2018 Battle for the Earth

Battle for the Earth

Walking down the street one day, I found myself thinking about the spiritual battle that rages on behind the daily routine of everyday life. Satan, the deceiver, always drawing people towards the false hopes and pleasures that lead to death; Jesus, the Risen King, who holds the world in His hands and from whom all life has its being and its purpose. I already know who wins, and I want to be fighting on His side.

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2017 Proverbs 10-22

Proverbs 10:22

What does the blessing of God look like? It is rich with love, rich with mercy, rich with joy, and hope, and all things wonderful, because it come from a wonderful God. Sorrow is not an ingredient in God’s recipe for blessing.

Boy on the Bike – Surrender

| Boy on the Bike | Digital Art | Krita |

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When we surrender our helmet, wheels and handlebars
to the Lord of the heavens and the earth;

He takes us further, deeper, higher
than we have ever been.

He leads us into places more majestic and more beautiful
than we could ever imagine;

He takes us deep into the mountains of His love;
a place with a view
beyond
us
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Psalm 141:1 (Call to the Lord)

|Psalm 141:1 | Illustrated Psalms | PaintTool | Poetry |

 

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My Lord is never far away;
He answers when I call.
He draws me into His embrace,
And helps me understand His grace.

My Lord, my God is quick to come;
He hears my voice, makes me rejoice,
And as I worship, heaven’s doors
Are opened: gates of flooded more.

More love and kindness, peace and truth
Abound within my thirsty heart.
They satisfy, and testify
As only God can do.

So as I call, so God responds,
A voice much clearer than my own.
He speaks to you, and speaks to me,
To transform hearts of stone.

 

Never Enough (Lostnowfoundk): https://lostnowfoundk.com/2018/02/04/never-enough/

 

He Knows Me (Illustrated Word)

| Digital Art | Devotional Artwork | PaintTool |

Three people who encountered the revelation of Jesus Christ; but He knew them first.

Read more: https://lostnowfoundk.com/2018/01/21/he-knows-me/

 

———– NATHANAEL BY THE FIG TREE ———–

2018 Nathanael at the Fig Tree

God knows us better than anyone else. He has seen our heart, seen our past, and He sees the good things He has planned for our future. No-one else can know these things but our Lord God, who is King over all.

 

———– (SIMON) PETER THE ROCK ———–

2018 Peter the Rock

We are given a new name by the Messiah; sons and daughters of God, washed clean and holy to stand before Him by the blood of the Christ. We are commissioned to share the good news, and equipped with the knowledge that we belong to Jesus and He has sent us.

 

———– WOMAN AT THE WELL ———–

2018 Woman at the Well

The Christ has explained all things. He knows even the hidden things in our lives and He urges us to take of His living water, to worship in spirit and in truth. His love penetrates through societal assumptions to embrace us.

Psalm 42:1-2 (As the Deer)

| Illustrated Psalms | Digital – Krita Sketch Brush |

2018 Abba

“As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?”

[ Psalm 42:1-2 ]

Lemuel’s Light: Behind the Scenes

| 3D Animation | Blender Manual | Lemuel’s Light (Blender Animation) 

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Lemuel’s Light (Psalm 119:105) – Blender Animation:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcZPXo2j4NE  

 

Project completed – our first 3D animation, done on Blender 2.78!

As I discovered, there is much much more to 3D animation that taking an object and making it move. It basically involves learning a new language, and there is so much to prepare before even starting the animation process! Really enjoyed making this short animation (accidentally animated in 5 fps, instead of the recommended 24 fps … but I guess on the plus side, it did render the scenes very quickly :P) I made lots of mistakes and it isn’t perfect, but it was a good introduction to the possibilities of 3D animation.

So, let’s take a look at what needs to happen for a 3D animation to take form. I have attached my notes on using Blender/some of the tutorials I used to create the animation here. It was very useful to have the shortcuts off screen to refer to, especially as it was my first time using Blender.

KD Blender on Mac MANUAL

 

1. Character Design (Mesh and Parenting)

To begin, I created Lemuel the Flying Elephant. He was a somewhat accidental creation as I was quite unfamiliar with the use of mesh, joining or parenting different bits and pieces, sculpting etc. He ended up looking like this (those black lines are the armature – which we will talk about later).

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2. Materials and Textures

I tried UV mapping for the eyeball which worked quite well. However, it you wanted something really simple, it would be easier to just circle select and apply materials for the iris and pupil directly. You need to select the object you want to colour and click apply for it to transfer. There are also a number of different viewing windows you can utilise to check how it will render, or fit with the rest of the scene.

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3.  Rigging (Armature)

Setting up the armature is basically like setting up a skeleton. It can be manipulated in “pose mode” to create different actions or poses. The eyes were a bit tricky. I tried a few things that didn’t work and in the end, opted for a very simple armature to just control rotation of both eyes simultaneously.

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4. World Settings

This involved making the scene – ocean, land, trees, grass, mist and the like. You could set up different skies so I had the morning scene, and the night scene. I had to duplicate everything to save and use both, however. My favourite part was creating the ocean and stars 🙂

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5. Animation (Key Frames)

The ocean, grass and particles would animate over a time period (eg. from frame 0-200), depending on when you set the beginning and end keyframes. The trees just self animated after I set the wind speed. Everything else required a set location/rotation/scale keyframe once a new pose and camera angle had been finalised.

 

6. Video Editing

When I thought I was ready to animate, I discovered I needed to learn yet another “language” – the Blender Video Editor. It was so satisfying to finally see things coming together, and to be able to export the final product! Just be aware that you might need to export in different formats depending on whether you have a Mac or Windows, and which audio plug-ins you have installed.

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So there was my very brief, beginner’s overview of what I learnt using Blender. Have a look at the more incredible discovery I had of God’s nature here. He is the best Creator 😀

 

God’s Storyboard:
https://lostnowfoundk.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/gods-storyboard/