By Him All Things Were Created

Here’s an interesting 3 minutes clip that shows the Mind behind all that we see in life.

Colossians 1:16-17 (KJV) For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” — Henry Ward Beecher [1813-87]

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

How True Art Points to God

The Block-In

Growing up, I didn’t know any of this so-called “Block-In” methodology when it comes to doing things traditionally. Yet when it comes to 3D modelling, this is precisely what I started off with. It comes naturally because of the way 3d box modelling works. Box modelling taught me to focus on the overall form and proportion of my subject(s) before I get down to detailing.

Here’s a great article (walkthrough) on the Block-In process for those that want to improve their traditional skill.

Calibrating Stylus Pressure

I didn’t know anything about calibrating your stylus pressure until I read this article that I came across today. I used to press hard on my tablet but thanks to Krita’s built-in curve editor that is now a thing of the past. Now my hand can really relax! You should check out these two articles if you want to learn more:

http://www.davidrevoy.com/article182/calibrating-wacom-stylus-pressure-on-krita
http://polycount.com/discussion/77043/wacom-pressure-curves-suck

Making Worthless Things Valuable (John MacArthur)

“The names of the twelve apostles are these: The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; and James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-gatherer; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed Him” (Matt. 10:2-4).

In God’s hands you can be a precious and effective instrument.

The story is told of a great concert violinist who wanted to prove a point, so he rented a music hall and announced that he would play a concert on a $20,000 violin. On concert night the music hall was filled to capacity with music lovers anxious to hear such an expensive instrument played. The violinist stepped onto the stage, gave an exquisite performance, and received a thunderous standing ovation. When the applause subsided, he suddenly threw the violin to the ground, stomped it to pieces, and walked off the stage. The audience gasped, then sat in stunned silence.

Within seconds the stage manager approached the microphone and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, to put you at ease, the violin that was just destroyed was a $20 violin. The master will now return to play the remainder of his concert on the $20,000 instrument.” At the conclusion of his concert he received another standing ovation. Few people could tell the difference between the two violins. His point was obvious: it isn’t the violin that makes the music; it’s the violinist.

The disciples were like $20 violins that Jesus transformed into priceless instruments for His glory. I trust you’ve been encouraged to see how God used them despite their weakness, and I pray you’ve been challenged by their strengths. You may not be dynamic like Peter or zealous like James and Simon, but you can be faithful like Andrew and courageous like Thaddaeus. Remember, God will take the raw material of your life and expose you to the experiences and teachings that will shape you into the servant He wants you to be.

Trust Him to complete what He has begun in you, and commit each day to the goal of becoming a more qualified and effective disciple.