Another Reason I Love My Job

One of my favorite things about my job is getting to watch graphics come together for upcoming sermon series.  As we finalize designs and begin to implement them in print and on the website, my excitement about the series builds, and I begin to imagine the impact that those weekends will make in people’s lives are changed through their encounter with Jesus.

Over the past few days, we’ve finalized a couple of new graphics, and I wanted to share them here:

I’m pretty sure the graphic above is the first graphic I’ve ever personally created for a sermon series.  I used a photograph of a typewriter and drew it out digitally from there.

Our Graphic Designer, Heather Burson, creates 95% of the graphics around Faith Promise, and as usual, she knocked it out of the park with the graphic above.

The Past Few Weeks

Learning Cartoon Illustration

One of my goals for this year was to start learning cartoon illustration, and this weekend I decided to take the first step towards that endeavor.

I really didn’t know where to start, so I started with a Internet search.  After reading up on some suggestions and looking at examples, I decided to give it a try.

After a few really bad attempts, I drew the following without using a pencil sketch.  (I was sitting with my kids, and we only had Crayola markers.)

Then, I did something I never thought I’d ever do.  I drove to Best Buy and purchased a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Pad.

Oh, yeah.  I think I’m going to like this new toy.

Kid Party (Day One)

Keri left me with the kids for a few days while she travels with her mom and sister to a cousin’s wedding.  The house isn’t quite as clean as I would have thought it would be, but we’re having a great time!

First thing this morning, my daughter asked me to draw with her and paint with her.  I love the graphic arts, but I have to say that it’s been a while since I spent much time drawing freehand.  The good news: it’s kind of like riding a bike – not something you forget how to do.

This was the first one. I drew my son’s lion, and since it looked a little sad, I decided to make it into note to send via MMS to Keri.

We were sitting in my daughter’s closet while we were drawing, and one of her dolls was nearby, so I tried doing a pencil drawing.

After that, my daughter wanted to paint with watercolors, so while my son and daughter painted, I sketched out this drawing on watercolor paper. I’ll probably ruin it tomorrow when I try to paint it.

The rest of the day was filled with Chick-fil-a, Playmobile, folding laundry together, and ice cream.  I love being a dad!

Stuff I’ve Been Working On

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to make major updates to the websites of Dan & Tamra Novak.

On Dan’s site, we:

  • changed over from a static single-page website to a full-blown blogging site.
  • kept a similar look and feel as before, but used cleaner lines.
  • used Standard Theme as the starting place for the site.

On Tamra’s site, we:

  • used the same design as before, but we adapted it to a full 960 pixel width to better feature her photography.
  • simplified the navigation.
  • switched to a Javascript slideshow so that it would be viewable across most devices.
  • added a boutique page, where people can now purchase directly from the site.

Guest Blogger

There are quite a few blogs that I follow on a daily basis. Keeping up with friends and family as well as trying to stay sharp in the area of technology and communications. One of my favorites is a blog called ChurchCrunch. Because of that, I’m pumped to be a guest blogger there today.

Maybe not the most exciting article unless you’re into video, but it’s cool to get to contribute there today.

Dan Novak’s Home Page

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I recently updated my personal home page and when I was finished, I recommended the same format for my friend and leadership mentor, Dan Novak.

The graphic in the background is a social network diagram – one of Dan’s specialties as he consults with churches and other companies that want to improve communication and cooperation across their organization (If you were a part of our West Campus, you’ll remember that he did this sort of thing with our group before we launched).

I’m sure that we’ll end up doing more with his site in the future, but this is a cool start.

New KyleGilbert.com Site

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Last night I realized that it was time to update the KyleGilbert.com page.  In the photo above, you can see the old design and the new design format.

I like how it turned out for a few reasons:

  • Larger and bolder fonts
  • Clear focus on content
  • Super monkey-huge photo
  • Red hair

The new format is highly borrowed from flavors.me, and I would highly suggest it to anyone who’s looking for a cool and easy portal-style page.