Event Artwork • Trinity Church Denver • September 2018
Similar to Summer at Trinity, this artwork for Trinity Church Denver works to tie together a series of events for the season of fall. The focus of those events is a deepened, rooted community. To depict this, we used the imagery of a campfire. Yes that’s a really “fall” thing to do, but we love how campfires symbolize a warm place to huddle together, sharing stories, food, beer, laughs.
Sermon Series Artwork • Park Church • September 2018
Oil painting and illustration by Benjamin Rogers.
One of our largest and most involved projects this summer was directing artwork for Ephesians at Park Church. We commissioned the incredible Benjamin Rogers to create an original piece for the series, and within the piece he placed several diversely-illustrated arguments from the Scripture. There’s too much of interest to share here—please see the artwork essay at parkchurchdenver.org to learn about all the goodness here!
On our end, we took photos of his artwork and created two 3×15′ banners and five 3×3′ wooden panels for the stage at Park Church, in addition to creating the logotype.
The complete, original painting and illustration
The five 3×3′ wooden panel prints
The two 3×15′ banners
The complete Park Church stage from the balcony, including the “Ephesians” logotype
Sermon Series Artwork • Trinity Church Denver • September 2018
In their fall series on the Ten Commandments, Trinity Church Denver is working to depict this familiar topic not as “rules that inhabit us,” but as a framework that gives us life because of the work of Christ. To argue this visually, we contrasted the traditional understanding of the Ten Commandments—rigid and lifeless stone—with an in-Christ understanding of bright, approachable, vivid life—the watercolor floral wreath. Additionally, since Christ is the key to enjoying a life under God’s good rules, we added a notch to the “T” as a pointer to the Rock cleft for us; the stone struck in the wilderness to give us life.
Event Artwork • Willow South Lake • August 2018
Willow South Lake takes a Sunday each year to celebrate the different cultures represented within its community through the avenue of food. This is awesome. This is our second year doing the artwork for the event. Looking through their demographic breakdown by country, we took flags from the countries represented in their church body and made them appear “painted” on the dinner plate in focus. Thanks to Christopher Jolly for the original image!
Sermon Series Artwork • Fellowship Denver Church • August 2018
Fellowship Denver is working through Romans 12 this August, exploring what a life of service informed by the Gospel looks like. In all their artwork, Fellowship has a unique, simple-geometric style that we love. Starting from that inspiration, we were shooting to communicate the link between the historic church and the modern church, almost to say, “This life of Gospel-service has always been who we are.”
The top hand symbolizes the historic church (in a first-century robe), while the bottom hand symbolizes the modern church (see the Apple Watch? If that’s too extra, try to just see a normal watch). The triangles around the outside of the work can symbolize two things: (1) the individual pieces that fit together in seemingly-random ways to make the whole (Rom. 12:4–5), and (2) a service informed by the Trinitarian God, whose three members eternally serve each other.
Sermon Series Artwork • The Heights Church • July 2018
Life on Mission at The Heights Church is a series exploring the teachings of Jesus on mission-living from the book of Matthew. We had three concepts for the series and loved all of them. The visual argument options are many when Jesus teaches with vivid metaphor after vivid metaphor—it was really fun. The piece we ended up with is this visualization of the one lost sheep apart from the other 99, whom the Good Shepherd spares no expense or effort to rescue (Matthew 18). The off-center positioning of the words and the shape of the rest of the “flock” draw an invisible diagonal line, working to move one’s eyes directionally from the flock to the missing sheep.
Event Artwork • Trinity Church Denver • May 2018
Artwork for a series of events, seeking to tie the events together throughout the summer across publications. Lightening the image with the same green as the “Summer at Trinity” mark was a fun way to make the image feel nostalgic and warm without just being some kind of Instagram filter. Additionally, the flourishes from the S and T make a subtle, circled trinity mark, pointing to Trinity Church’s insanely pretty brand by Alyssa Beck.
Event Artwork • Fellowship Denver • April 2018
This series of classes at Fellowship Denver explores key cultural and theological topics to show how Jesus gives meaning to all of life. Our artwork for the event needed to be simple and flowy, not representing one idea too firmly. The use of the Venn diagram subtly argues that it’s the overlap of Jesus and all of life (seeing all of life in the context of Jesus) where we find meaning.
The image below representes the first installation of Vision for Life, focusing on the topic of justice and generosity.
Sermon Series Artwork • The Heights Church • February 2018
This artwork for The Heights was done by Bruce Butler.
The idea of the Who is Jesus? series is to take a look at the myriad messages we’ve heard about the person of Jesus and distill them with the Word of God, seperating myths and cultural additions from the truth. Bruce illustrated this by taking several pictures of Jesus that depict Him in different styles (and with skin colors, for that matter) and creating a “composite” image that completes a fractured face, referencing the shape of a crown.
This is what we nerd out about as designers and church communicators—marrying the artistic to the rhetorical. We’re grateful for Bruce as a partner and for this excellent example of our goal in designing for the Church.
Event Artwork • Park Church Church • January 2018
Word-Filled Women is a ministry workshop in partnership with The Gospel Coalition.
The flowers are the incredible work of Keep Floral, and the incredible photography of those flowers is by Melanie Fenwick. One thing we never grow tired of is working with other artists. To tell Melanie and Keep Floral the ideas that were in our heads and then see these photos was just way too cool.
The idea was to communicate the strength of one rooted in the Gospel for bearing fruit in ministry. The flowers have a unique firmness and radiant health to them, and there’s also a subtle context of being held in their grower’s hand. Lastly, in doing artwork for a women’s event, there’s a risk of portraying a generalized femininity that speaks a stereotypical word. We’re proud of this artwork because it’s literally pink flowers, yet so far from something “girly.”
A few other photos from the Keep Floral/Melanie Fenwick shoot: