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    “Teamwork Time” — it counts | Sonic Fan Art

    It’s Christmas time right now, but it’s also time for something else–I’m putting out the call to action–it’s TEAMWORK TIME, peeps! (read below)

    I’m actually REALLY excited, because we can work on this together! Some of you may recall my mentioning of Operation Christmas Child (OCC, for short) around this time last year. (or you saw the banner I put at the top of the site–anyway…)

    (mainly copy-pasting my explanation from last year) OCC is a project by Samaritan’s Purse where you fill a shoebox with things for a boy or girl and then they deliver those boxes all over the world as Christmas gifts for children, and tell them about Jesus! We celebrate the birth of Jesus for Christmas, and I think this is just a very awesome way to push the gospel forward!

    Normally, you can fill an ACTUAL shoebox and personalize it in REAL life, but this year’s time for that is over. HOWEVER, you can still do the process online, and any submitted before Dec. 31, counts toward this year’s goal! This of course, isn’t the only to spread the AMAZING news of Jesus. Even gestures that may seem small let Him shine through you!

    I created a page on Samaritan’s Purse website with a goal to fill 10 boxes by Dec. 31, adding them to this year’s total! If you’d like to participate in this mission, visit the page HERE! I know we can do it! 😀

    Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Cream are all gathered around Tails’ computer to fill some shoebox(es) too! Looks like what Tails’ intended to be a “secret” mission became a fun event with his friends! (and he’s totally okay with that)

    (The Mustard Seed Life is not affiliated with Samaritan’s Purse, SEGA, or any of their affiliates)

    Artists’ Blog: So, I drew in Krita

    This marks a turning point in my art process… Jesus loves you!!!

    *ahem* It’s been about a month since I drew these quick pieces of Tangle and Sonic in Krita.

    “What? Why Krita?”, you ask.

    First of all, my computer has been giving me trouble. I’ve spent a substantial amount of time trying to figure it out, but really to no avail. Some workarounds are helping me keep it more stable, but still, it’s not entirely reliable. (because crashes in the middle of working on a piece is never fun)

    Because of that, I finally decided to give a Linux a go. (DISCLAIMER: I’m not an expert and this can only be done by/with an adult. Lots can go wrong, like erasing everything or downloading malware. As with anything internet and software-related, be safe!) In short, Linux is a free, open-source operating system. Thanks to awesome developers, I was able to create a “bootable” USB drive and run a reputable Linux “distro” “live” on my computer, avoiding a full install + replacing what was already on my computer. (pretty sweet “lingo”, huh?)

    Clip Studio Paint (my primary art program), isn’t officially supported on Linux, but Krita IS. So, I installed Krita. I drew what you see above. I EXTREMELY disliked this software. However, I hadn’t given it enough time yet, and I suppose that’s where the next post will pick up. (spoiler: Krita ends up being not so bad…) (heart if you like these bloggy style posts)

    “Kinda Shy” Silver x Blaze

    If you think their feelings aren’t equal, remember that Blaze is typically more reserved to begin with, so her upward tilt of the brow and slight smile mean the same thing as Silver’s overly bashful expression. Jesus loves you!!!

    Another traditional sketch-thing! I’ve pretty much finished another sketchbook, and most of the recent posts are from it! Stay tuned for more “sketch-things”!

    “Wall of Confusion” Shadow x Whisper

    They’re both out of sorts, and it’s because of each other. Jesus loves you!!!

    Shadow and Whisper back-to-back on a wall, a symbolic “wall of confusion”. He’s confused about her and she’s confused about him as they ponder the future of their relationship (as teammates, friends, and eventually a couple; all depends on when you imagine the timeline is!)

    Team Sonic in Action!

    The classic trio. Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles. Jesus loves you!!!

    Nice contrast, hmm? There are solid fills on Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles + part of the bg, while the land they’re emerging from is only outlined, giving an inverted feeling!

    “Sweethearts” – Tails x Cream in the FUTURE

    Happy belated Easter! Jesus is alive and He loves you!!!

    “…Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” – Matthew 28:5-6

    “I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen…” – Revelation 1:18 (Jesus is speaking in this verse)

    Thank you, Jesus, for your eternal life to anyone who believes in You! <3

    Another “in the FUTURE” piece with Tails x Cream–as adults–as a couple–in the FUTURE! These “sweethearts” are so adorable! I love the colors and traditional feel–you can literally SEE the texture of my sketchbook paper.

    Random tip: sometimes photos might not seem to capture how the piece appears in real life; taking the picture where daylight can shine on the page, in addition to tweaking contrast, brightness, saturation, applying other effects, etc. afterwards can possibly help you achieve the look you want. (this is where photography meets drawing)

    (Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

    “Celebrate” with Cal & Moxie, ARTLESS is 1!

    It’s been a year?! *laugh* I can’t wait to bring these two on more adventures! Jesus loves you!!!

    (READ issue #1 + issue #2) (or meet the cast)

    See “ARTLESS” in the menu at the top of the site? That used to bring you to a page for issue #1, but now it’s fancier and more organized to help you find the ARTLESS awesomeness, like activities, meet the cast, gallery, shop, etc.! CHECK IT OUT!

    Thank you for giving Cal, Moxie, and the whole cast of ARTLESS lots of love! 🙂

    More Printable ARTLESS Freebies!

    Coming your way with Sue & Hobey coloring pages! (find the rest of the cast HERE!) Coloring pages not your style? No problem, dot-to-dot activities to the rescue! Jesus loves you!!!

    What is ARTLESS?

    Maybe you stumbled on this page because you were looking for some awesome printables? Good news–these characters go beyond coloring sheets(and dot-to-dot).

    ARTLESS is our original comic book series with Christian values and wholesome stories that follow the lives of creative brother-sister duo, Cal and Moxie MustardSeed! (meet the characters here)

    Featuring problem-solving tales with humorous slice-of-life scenarios, it’s family-friendly, providing quality entertainment to readers ages 8-12, as well as anyone who is young at heart!

    Read ARTLESS #1 for free HERE!

    Tangle x Mighty John 3:16 Day 2024!

    A very happy John 3:16 day to everyone! This day celebrates an extremely awesome verse from the Bible where Jesus tells how much He loves us:

    “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

    Jesus loves the world–that’s you, me, EVERYONE–and He, the only begotten Son of God, came to take our place, died for us on the cross, and then came back to life, so that WHOEVER believes in Him(“if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9) will be alive with Him forever, even after the end of this life.

    It’s really that simple and Jesus is the only Way. We can’t save ourselves, and God isn’t judging us based on what we do “right” or “wrong”; eternal salvation is only by believing in Jesus, and His arms are ALWAYS open. (“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” – Acts 4:12)

    Tangle & Mighty back for the third year in a row, their feet casting shadow in the shape of a heart! (see 2023) (2022)

    Kind of mixed media(for me this is typically defined as traditional + digital, which is the case here): started in the sketchbook with rough pencil sketch; inked with pen(yesss); gray color + text written with felt tip pens; scanned digitally; added long cast shadows digitally; arranged everything accordingly…

    (Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.)

    The Questions that Silence Marine | Ray x Marine in the FUTURE

    So maybe the title is ridiculously long, but it’s fitting! Jesus loves you!!!

    Bringing you a full-fledged Ray x Marine in the FUTURE comic! *screams* The whole familyTANGLE X MIGHTY! LACEY THE LEMUR(MY OC)! MATILDA! RAY X MARINE! *screams again*

    *ahem–koff* Fun facts: Lil’ Lacey the Lemur is held by everyone(except Marine) throughout the various scenes; she can hear EVERYTHING… + got to throw some Aussie dialogue in for Marine again–had to find space for it since she doesn’t talk that much, the main idea being she is silenced–Heaps: a lot; Ankle biter: a child; “yeah?” at the end of her sentence.

    Now, about the technical details: The initial “draft”, if you will, was done on a whim. Just one page in my sketchbook with the characters roughly placed, mainly stressing their expressions and jotting down dialogue. When working on the digital piece, I decided to try doing the vertical-scroll style, this “page” being equivalent to about 2/2.5 regular comic pages.

    I’m a comic artist, yeah? I’ve got to crunch out many panels, so I experiment with styles and find ways to expedite the process. (shortcuts are not a bad thing; learning from others is extremely helpful) Anyway, inking is not my favorite thing in the world, BUT I figured out a way to turn my pencils layers INTO inks with my art program, which is was this piece showcases. Using vector layers. I should probably do a post about it eventually. The lines look very sproing-y, and resembles how I sometimes draw traditionally.

    Meet Sue & Hobey | ARTLESS

    New art and descriptions for the most recent additions to the cast of ARTLESS (read issue #2 yet?), Moxie and Cal’s cousins, who are also a sister and brother combo: Sue and Hobey the Narwhal twins! Jesus loves you!!!


    Sue the Narwhal

    If you’re up for a challenging game, Sue’s the name!

    Twin sister to Hobey and cousin to Cal and Moxie, Sue will give her all in any competition! You’ll find that being extremely competitive doesn’t stop her from treating her opponents with humility and respect. Last but not least, Sue also loves to sing!

    Hobey the Narwhal

    A family member who never fails to entertain is Hobey, Cal and Moxie’s cousin and Sue’s twin brother.

    Always ready to take on a match against anyone, Hobey is a triple threat: sportsman, actor, and more than one language can be found in his vocab(like Korean)! Losing won’t get him down, but be ready for a rematch!