Art series communicate in a very different way than just individual art pieces do. A carefully assembled collection can tell a new story altogether. It’s like putting words together to make sentences, but with a different type of nuance.
I tend to create series when an art idea I’ve come up with has more facets or concepts to isolate than I can fit in a single drawing. I also use art series as a method of developing a new style or medium. It forces me to continue practicing that new way of doing things until the art series is complete. This can be a downside, too—sometimes I’ll learn that I really am not that great at a particular style (or I just don’t enjoy it), but I feel obligated to finish the collection.
My collection of art series continues to grow. Some of the ones listed here are still in progress.
In this botany-themed art series, I explore nine different categorizations of leaf veins. There’s one drawing for each venation pattern. Each of the large charcoal drawings was made with charcoal and colored chalk: one distinct color with each pattern.
“Lest More Navigate” is a curated selection of art pieces I’ve made over the course of several years. Lots of different styles and mediums are represented. Each piece is paired with an original piece of creative writing by Jeffrey Kranz. The series has been displayed at several locations in both Washington state and Colorado. You can see both photos of the art and the written pieces on the Lest More Navigate series page.
I try to always have an art giveaway or two running. People who are interested in collecting my work but maybe aren’t able to invest in an original piece can enter to win an original piece I’m raffling off (though occasionally I give away prints and merchandise as well. See what giveaways are running.
This collection is minimalistic. It’s also one of my favorite art series I’ve created. It’s simply graphite on white paper—the series examines Proverbs 30 in granular detail. The collection isn’t yet complete, but you can see all the progress on the drawings so far.
This is a set of drawings of anonymous faces. In this art series, I had to reference generic stock photos. Most of them I drew with vivid oil pastels on black paper (though several of the anonymous portraits vary from this medium template). This series is ongoing, and might never officially be finished.
This is a charcoal series of 36 portraits I did for OverviewBible.com: one for each biblical author (there are about 40–only 35 known by name). You can also find a free downloadable ebook that includes all these portraits along with facts about each one.
This is a collection of art pieces that share a theme: each one features an imaginary creature of some kind. I love drawing monsters, and you’ll notice a variety. Drawings, paintings, sketches—there’s a big range of creature art.
10 drawings, in various mediums, abstractly (or surreally) representing the text and story of the book of Haggai—a minor prophet in the Old Testament. On the series page, you’ll find each art piece with the corresponding piece of text it illustrates.
I created a series of 10 ink drawings that illustrate the hymn “How Firm a Foundation” on the Bible literacy site, OverviewBible. The pieces are in a more meticulous style, which doesn’t come as naturally to me as more free-form styles.
A biology-inspired art series that uses automatism. Each drawing uses a single colored pencil on a 3″ x 5″ piece of paper. The drawings are tiny, freeform, and highly detailed. This series is ongoing.
This is a series of seven black and white acrylic paintings with somewhat dark imagery, symbolically referencing the crucifixion.
This is a collection of illustrations for every book of the Bible. Unlike most of my work, there’s written text. Each drawing has a chunk of text that is chosen with the theme of the book it comes from in mind. This series is in progress, and is hosted on OverviewBible.
I’ve collected quite the anthology of sketches over the years. Some of my most interesting concepts have yet to be turned into completed art pieces.