November 21, 2017

The Advent Storybook -- Coming soon to Kickstarter!

Introducing The Advent Storybook, a new project coming soon to Kickstarter​!

The Advent Storybook is a beautifully illustrated children's book with 25 daily readings for the month of December. The book traces, throughout history, God’s recurring promise to send our Rescuer. Families can have an opportunity to connect each day and reflect on what matters most during the Christmas season.

The book is written by Laura Richie​ and she is planning to have me illustrate it--but first, she will be launching a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to make it all possible.

If you'd like to pre-order one or more copies of the book (releasing Fall 2018), or otherwise support the project in some way, please check out the Kickstarter campaign in about two weeks! You can learn more about the Kickstarter compaign on the author's blog.

Here's a preview of my illustrations for the book:

October 5, 2017

Redeem Halloween

Graphic art for a Halloween event called "Redeem Halloween", which seeks to provide a safe and positive space for families and kids, focusing on the light and life of the season rather than darkness and death. The traditionally sinister pumpkin, bats, and night are turned upside down with a festive world full of joyful light.

If you have a similar event for your church or community this fall, this image is available for licensing. Contact me for details.

Harvest Party Artwork

Some new artwork for rebranding our church's annual Harvest Party. In past years it was mainly for kids but this year we're opening it up to all ages, so I wanted to make something that can attract young families but still appeal to adults as well.

Available for licensing if you have your own Harvest Party or Fall Festival coming up. Contact me for details

August 15, 2017

Minor Prophets, Major Mission

Illustration for a church sermon series called "Minor Prophets, Major Mission." The "minor" prophets are the group of shorter writings from prophets like Jonah, Amos, Haggai, etc. Though brief, their stories can teach us much about faithfulness, adversity, and living on mission—lessons to carry forward in our lives today.

See more of my illustrations for churches and ministries.

If you'd like to use this artwork for teaching or publishing purposes, please feel free to contact me about licensing options.

May 11, 2017

Tick Tock

Our days are numbered... what will they count for? This illustration accompanied a series of talks about the wisdom in learning to "number our days" correctly. A man contemplates the urgency of his time on earth, overshadowed by a giant clock tower.

Our time in life is precious and limited, how can we make the most of it to fulfill the opportunities God gives us?

See more of my illustrations for churches and ministries.

If you'd like to use this artwork for teaching or publishing purposes, please feel free to contact me about licensing options.

April 13, 2017


Illustration for a new teaching series launching on Easter Sunday. The theme is about learning to see our problems differently—through the resurrection of Jesus, hope is never lost.

A shipwrecked man perseveres, looking outward for help instead of despair. In the aftermath of our struggles we can do the same. If we adopt the right perspective, our problems can become the starting point for growth and change.

See more of my illustrations for churches and ministries.

If you'd like to use this artwork for teaching or publishing purposes, please feel free to contact me about licensing options.

February 23, 2017

Interview Podcast with the Society of Illustrators LA: Ian Dale

I'm featured in this month's The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles podcast with SILA President Santosh Oommen. You can hear about my journey to becoming a freelance illustrator, and some key perspectives for artistic & personal growth that made a difference along the way.

Listen on Soundcloud:

December 2, 2016

Interview for Voyage LA Magazine

Voyage LA magazine recently featured me as an "Inspiring Story" for the Pasadena region of southern California. I was interviewed about my adventures as an illustrator, how I got started, and what drives me to keep going despite the challenges.

The interview was a great opportunity to reflect on my 10-year journey of freelancing and what motivates me most. I am so thankful for the growth and opportunities that have come, even through the many difficulties along the way.

Read the interview at

November 29, 2016

#GivingTuesday Client Spotlight

Today is #GivingTuesday and I’d like to highlight some of the inspiring non-profits I’ve worked with and the great work they’re doing in the world. If you’re seeking an opportunity to give this season, these might be worth a look!

World Vision

World Vision is a global Christian humanitarian organization that partners with children, families, and their communities to reach their potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For 65 years they have worked to empower people and serve today in nearly 100 countries! In addition to meeting short-term and emergency needs, World Vision offers a child sponsorship program allowing long-term involvement with a specific child. Sponsorship, in partnership with a child’s family and community, is one of the most effective ways to meet a child's specific needs and prepare children for self-sufficiency in the future.

Today, for #GivingTuesday, any gift given to World Vision will be matched with a product donation from Thirty-One Gifts. Find out more at

There are many more ways to get involved at

Trauma Healing Institute

The Trauma Healing Institute is a recent offshoot of the 200-year-old American Bible Society. The Trauma Healing Institute equips people, churches, and NGOs around the world to care for the more than one in seven people worldwide who suffer severe wounds of the heart and spirit in the aftermath of conflict, disaster or abuse. Their proven model combines biblical and mental health resources into an effective intervention that fosters healing and restores relationships with God and others.

Donations help traumatized adults and children in 100 countries gain a foundation for healing and restoration. Give at

Watch an excellent documentary about their work at


OneHope is an international ministry that presents a biblical message of purpose and hope to children and youth around the world. In collaboration with churches and ministries – and working with local governments, schools and non-governmental organizations – OneHope has reached more than a billion young people in over 125 countries with the Gospel message.

You can help support their innovative work through The Bible App for Kids by texting $8.32 to 954.440.7440. Your gift will reach 1 child per week this year with the hope of God's Word!

See other ways to donate at

October 19, 2016

Advice for Young Artists

I was invited to speak with some high schoolers about freelancing in the arts at Career Day for Woodcrest Christian High School in Riverside, CA. My presentation included an info sheet with quick tips about growing as an artist and what it takes to be a freelancer. Topics include developing your talent as a visual artist, soft skills required for effective freelancing, and character traits to build for long term success.

If you know any young aspiring artists feel free to pass it along!

Download the free artist tips (PDF)