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?

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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.

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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)

August 11, 2016

Major Updates to the Bible App for Kids

The Bible App for Kids v2.0 launches today, with a number of new features. Several stories now include a followup game, "Story Mixup", which allows kids to test what they're learning by unscrambling a Bible story into the proper sequence of events. Story Mixup is the first of four new games that will be revealed in future updates. A new interactive & animated map also replaces the previous story navigation system, allowing for quicker navigation as well as fun engagement for kids.

I've been working with OneHope, YouVersion, and Ovenbits to develop many of the graphics and provide input on interface design for these new updates. Now that the library of 40 Bible stories is complete, our attention can turn to supplemental features like these.

OneHope and YouVersion are also hard at work making the Bible App for Kids available to kids around the world—with 19 languages now in the app!

You can download the Bible App for Kids update here.

Now in Print!

Several print-based products are also available, including the Storybook Bible for families, and Book of Hope booklets that churches can order as a customizable gift for guests. I designed new artwork for the covers and helped adapt the app artwork to the interior layouts.

The Bible App for Kids Storybook Bible

The Bible App for Kids Book of Hope

April 13, 2016

Epic Story - Bible Illustrations

Made a series of illustrations recently that depict the overall "Epic Story" of the Bible. 66 books, 40 authors, written over 1500 years time, and remarkably there is a consistent narrative that is foreshadowed, developed and fulfilled from beginning to end.

Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of the forest for the trees, though, so I was happy for the chance to create this series of 9 illustrations that help navigate the major points of the story.

See the full series of Bible story illustrations on Behance.

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

March 21, 2016

World Vision Easter Storybook Card

Each Easter, World Vision sends out illustrated storybook greeting cards to hundreds of thousands of children in their child sponsorship program. Working with World Vision and their marketing agency Russ Reid, I had the opportunity to illustrate the artwork for this year's Easter card, sharing a message of God's love with children around the world.

The storybook cards are part of World Vision's "bounceback" initiative. Cards are first sent to each child's sponsor, who can sign it and add a personal message, before sending it back to World Vision, who sends it onward to the child. At the end of the story, a keepsake item is attached which children can enjoy as an additional reminder and gift from their sponsor.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. You can learn more about their child sponsorship program on their website.

You can check out the full project on Behance.

March 11, 2016

What's Best Today?

The perpetual question: what's best today? This illustration was for a church sermon series about seeking God's priorities with each day. We each get the same amount of time, how will we use it?

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