The Bible: Crystal Ball or Mirror?

I know a little bit about the bible. I have an M.Div. for Christ’s sake; it’s one of three graduate degrees for Pete’s sake! I may no longer be an ordained Benedictine monk, but I sure as Hell sat through my share of biblical studies, theology, even Greek courses. Most of them were fascinating. I had a brilliant seminary professor, one of several like that, in fact, who approached the study of sacred scriptures from a literary-criticism perspective, steeped in critical hermeneutics, semiology, and philology…right up my alley. He planted the following image in my mind (I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.):

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A Sikh

Last night, May 6, 2018, while watching United Shades of America, catching an interesting and informative episode focusing on Sikhism, seeing my first Californian Sikh almond farmer, and being intrigued by the turban (click here to view a gallery from the show), I sketched the following image on my iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil, using Sketch Club and iColorama:

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A Gallery of Trump or Trump-Related Illustrations: 2014-2018

Well over 100, and counting, of my digital (iPad) cartoons, doodles, and photo-mashups about this nightmare, dating back to late 2014:

Monumental Mistake

 

Customer Service, Sarah Sanders, and Karma

Another Sunday Service

Media alignment

The way they use the Bible to pick winners.

The way he blames Democrats.


I along can do this!

Absolute Executive Flexibility

 

I’ve had this one on my mind for a long time. It’s called “deadend.”

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In the spirit of John McCain, I’m surprised Trump hasn’t criticized Jesus for getting himself crucified…well that’s what inspired this one:

Pence: Time to wrap this up:

POTUS shadowboxing Stormy

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The doctor is in.

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How ‘bout the time he completely disregarded reporters’ real questions, furnished his own fake question, and proceeded to “answer” it? What a guy!

Heavens to Betsy, deregulate this208F439E-6C45-4984-AAA3-6A29A1C037BB

transubstantiation optical delusion

No collusion illusionRear view mirrorStupid commentsYou’re on your ownNeed-a-spreadsheetDashboard Warning Lights

Pence: Plan B

Absolute Moral Relativity

2018 tax cruiser sedan

Either/or Anymore

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Squatln’ Down

Y’all, I ain’t backin’ down; I’m squatin’ down.

Talk Radio’s Done Enough Damage

Talk Radio’s Done Enough Damage

Steve Bannon PimpleRear View Mirror

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Empty

All Amer Prez

All American President, Sorta’

Hey, that’s my view too!

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ZeroNat'l Lampoon's WhitehouseDestroying Society

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The sleeves are fine. How soon can you let out the pants?

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crap detectorДеконструировать

CONE HIMwrong turn

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cancelation

Fake Quijote

Psycho GerrymanderingBoob Tubealternative customer service

Attention Surplus Syndrome

he who tweeteth discord

Suits

shit storm

the relativity of eligibility

#tweeterinchiefreal presence fake newspre-existing conditions

Oh Nine! Rep. Joe Wilson (R)

Remember when this sort of crap was rare?

not normal

That First Thanksgiving Dinner

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400lbhackerDumpEyes of the BeholdersOPMIce cream manPractically TacticalGas Baspick a card - any cardMr. Trump, Tear Down This BS

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Ms Davis

Wait, what’s she doing here?

roach

Who knows how many are under the fridge? This was my first Trump-specific post, 12/14/15!!

The rest of these are simply related:

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political car sales

Political Car Sales

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cogito ergo spin

Dolores ¡Sí se puede! Huerta

The documentary, Dolores (Independent Lens) http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/dolores-huerta/, prompted me to draw her in part from a photo I found online here. I did so on an iPad Pro using an Apple Pencil in the Procreate app, which allows you to export a time lapse video file as well, see helow.

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What’s this PENCIL thing?

You may have noticed a Pencil theme on this illustroblog, as I have illustroblogged on and on about this remarkable tool. There are some 20 odd posts about the Pencil here at portfoliolongo.com; click here to see them before checking out the following YouTube video that my wife shared with me this morning, prompting this pencilographic post.

PS There’s even a Pencil Gallery on the home page, second gallery down.

Worshiping at the One Corinthians 13 Mirror

I hope I don’t have to unpack this one, but please let me know if you’d like me to. I will say this much. Nobody says “One Corinthians” or “Two Corinthians,” except for President Do You Have Prince Albert in the Can. So there’s that. Now about Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians, Chapter 13, spiritual maturity, love, faith, and hope, oh and dirty mirrors, you’ll have to read it on your own. I’m so fed up with fundamentalists staggering into politics…ok, that’s all I’ll say. That reminds me, it’s forgiveness that we need, as we discussed before here.

Rushin’ and Rounding Things Up

Here’s yet another Trumpy cartoon inspired by my own depression and outrage. What bothers me the most is when Trump or anyone for that matter refers to “the American people” without any regard for the quantitative, demographic accuracy of that useless label. I’ve read and heard that Trump’s base amounts to about 20% of the total population; that’s hardly “the American people,” that’s one fifth of the American people. His Royal Highness is not the only one to round things up to the nearest gabillion. Too many others do it, and each time it’s done, each time we find ourselves up to our ears in propaganda, it gets harder and harder to realize that we’re really up to our ears in real diversity, the kind that makes some people really nervous…and authoritarian. See also Schmatistics.

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The sleeves are fine. How soon can you let out the pants?

Back to the Digital Drawing Board

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I started this Paper 53 piece last evening while stationed – along with 5 other Art Hop artists – at Cue Spot Billiards in downtown Merced, CA. The emotion that I wanted to convey was linked to my finding out that none of my digital painting entrees was selected by jurors for inclusion into this year’s top one hundred at the Mobile and Digital Arts and Creativity Summit (mDAC) 2017. You may recall that I had a piece selected in mDAC 2016 and one in mDAC 2015. This year’s winners are really awesome, click here to take a peek. So, I’m a little disappointed; but, I’m using the development as an opportunity to re-evaluate my artistic vision as part of the coaching and rebranding process that I’m currently engaged in. In that process I’m trying to articulate not so much what I do, or even how I do what I do, but rather why I do it. I’m having some insights, thanks to Adam James Butcher’s coaching process. So let me go back to piecing together some things and dismantling others.

Crafting a Creative Story … About Me

I mentioned in a blog post last month that I had begun a process, which I said I would elaborate on in detail at some point. Well, I’m not going to elaborate on that just yet, but I will say that one of the goals of the process is for me to be able to have something coherent to say “about me.” I will also say that I’m working with Adam James Butcher, artist and coach. So in the spirit of showing my work, when it comes to this sort of work in progresss, here’s a one minute, thirty-one second video that I did in Videoshop that represents a draft “illustrated about-me statement” that I hope to improve upon. Your feedback, as usual, is welcome. Please feel free to chime in on this or any other post.

A byproduct of this process is my ABOUT page.