Drawing Under the (Creative) Influence

Growing up, I was a rabid fan of VeggieTales. Apparently, I was potty-trained with the help of their merchandise, and one of my most frequently-used words as a toddler was “Bob.” A few days ago, many years after those occurrences, I was reading Phil Vischer’s (the creator of VeggieTales) book about his company’s meteoric rise and fall— Me, Myself, and Bob. As I scanned the book’s pages, I realized something that I hadn’t really thought about before. 

Art has always been my career path. Even from the beginning, God planted me with a desire for storytelling. 

As I sat all those years ago, rabidly devouring VeggieTales videos, I drew some of my first artwork— VeggieTales fanart. In first grade, I made rudimentary books telling stories with the characters. I was enthralled. As I grew older, VeggieTales was semi-replaced by Sonic the Hedgehog as my fictional obsession. I also watched the 2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show at that time and loved it.

As I grew older, I found two pivotal pieces of entertainment for me— Spider-Man: The Animated Series and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. These two shows instilled in me a love of superheroes and and comic books. They paved the way for my creative reawakening after catching the latter half of a Batman Beyond re-run a couple years later. 

Art and animation has always been my obsession. God has put a fire in my soul to tell good stories and to enjoy those that others tell from the very beginning. God’s plan is wonderful and unexpected— who knows where I’d be today if not for that Batman Beyond rerun. God has a plan. He has a desire for our lives. All we’ve gotta do is listen to Him. His plan is more wonderful than anything we could ever imagine.

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