Not a comic

30 days of drawing poetry

In lieu of #nanodrawmo, my famous blogging friend Bronwyn invited me to join her for a month of poetry. Below are the 30 illustrations that I created with links to the poems.

The Peace of Wild Things” – Copic marker.

The Peace of Wild Things

Jabberwocky.” Digital image.

All photos taken for this series are by me to avoid any copyright issues.


Blue Umbrellas.” Crayola markers.

I was going for a child-like drawing and used Crayola markers to help keep me in that frame of mind. I also purposefully made the peacock’s tail shaped like raindrops.

Blue Umbrellas

The Day She Died.” Copic markers and Kuretake brush pen.

The Day She Died

Cheerfulness Taught By Reason.” Kuretake brush pen and Pentel Pocket brush pen.

This was a hard poem to figure out how to illustrate, so I went with defining one of the words that I had to look up.

Cheerfulness Taught by Reason

I Had a Hippopotamus.” Kuretake brush pen, colored digitally.

Delightful (although somewhat sad) poem.

I Had a Hippopotamus

Your Laughter.” Made with Paper.

 Your Laughter

Writer Mom Haiku.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, combined with digital image.

Writer Mom Haiku

Lament For a Boy.” Pencil.

Lament for a boy

Kindness.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Tombow markers.

The poem immediately made me think of the Syrian refugee crisis.


When You Are Old.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Tombow markers.

 When You Are Old

Thirsty.” Oil pastel.

I wanted really vibrant, full-of-life colors, and oil pastels let me capture that. I had two other attempts of drawing, and this one still wasn’t exactly what I saw in my head. Apparently I need more practice with oil pastels!


Hornbill.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Copic marker.

One of my favorites from this month. I really got comfortable with my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen!


O God, Our Help in Ages Past.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and pencil.

The morning after the Paris attacks, Bronwyn asked if we could switch the poem to this instead. I focused on the thought of nations rising and falling under the sovereignty of God, and purposefully drew the different cultural icons below in pencil.

O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Pied Beauty.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and digital image.

Pied beauty

Adventures of Isabel.” Kuretake brush pen, Sigma Micron pen, and watercolor.

One of my favorite poems! And I was inspired by Oliver Jeffers for the lettering.

Adventures of Isabel

Staying Power.” Pilot G2 pen.

Staying Power

If.” Pencil with digital filter.

I wasn’t sure how to illustrate this poem at first, although reading it as an adult was so much more meaningful than when I read it as a teenager! Steve suggested that I draw a father and son, so I pulled up an old baby picture of Steven being held by Steve.


Caged Bird.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Tombow marker.

Caged Bird

Choruses From the Rock.” Digital image.

Choruses From The Rock

Kaleidoscope.” Digital image.

I was really short on time. I wanted to do a cool abstract overlapping polygonal thing that made a face but ended up with these lame-looking triangles instead…


Morning Poem.” Watercolor.

Morning Poem

As the Ruin Falls.” Pencil.

As the Ruin Falls

Idiot Psalms.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Tombow marker.

I REALLY didn’t like these poems when I read them at first, because the tone seemed so snarky. But as I kept reading them again and again, the stanza about meetings caught me — because I really despise long-winded, pointless meetings — and I could see the poems being about trying to see God’s movement in the midst of a mundane, everyday life.

 Idiot Psalms

This Is Just To Say.” Chalk pastel.

One thing I’ve loved about this series is how I’ve been able to dig into my dusty art supplies. It’s been over a decade since I touched my chalk pastels.

This Is Just To Say

God, Thou Art Love.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and digital image.

God, Thou Art Love

I Am Not Old.” Pencil.

I Am Not Old

He Tends His Flock.” Pentel Pocket Brush Pen and Copic marker.

He Tends His Flock

The Owl and the Pussycat.” Kuretake brush pen and watercolor.

Owl and the Pussycat

And for the final blog post, I chose “Early Bird” as my poem. Sigma Micron and Kuretake brush pen.

This is Steve’s favorite poem, and I had fun imagining a bookworm staying up way too late reading, sleeping in, and escaping a dreadful fate on an early bird’s plate.

Early Bird

Sex trafficking awareness: #aCourageousOne and #NaNoDrawMo

This week, my friend Bronwyn posted a series of blogs at to help raise awareness about the realities of sex slavery and sex trafficking worldwide and in our own cities. She asked for action: a donation of one dollar toward those who fight against human trafficking, praying for one minute, or sharing one post on social media. I ended up dedicating part of my NaNoDrawMo efforts – and today’s “comic” post – toward this. Below are the drawings I did as well as links to the related posts on Bronwyn’s blog. PLEASE click through and read them.

For all of these drawings, I used the warm greys from my new Chartpak marker set, along with some of the light blue shades for accents. I also used a grey Tombow brush pen for lettering and ink, along with a black liner pen as necessary.

A Courageous One - Fact

I know, I know. You want to stop reading already because the topic is too hard, too unfathomable, too desperate. But will you stay with me? Because there are kids right under our noses who are desperate for someone to find them and bring them to safety. They are scared and hurting and so very courageous. . . .” Read more at “A Courageous One (”

A Courageous One - Liz

Liz Williamson, a survivor of sex trafficking, lent her words to Bronwyn’s post, “Liz’s Story (” (This was the first piece I made because that line about sleeping with sneakers on made my breath catch in my throat.)

A Courageous One - Prostitute

It’s time for linguistic reform. Thinking of prostitutes generally as women who are choosing a particular line of work is no longer accurate. Bronwyn writes at “Prostitute: It may not mean what you think it means (” that “the alarming truth of the sex trade today is that a vast majority of those who exchange sex for money in our day and age are not choosing to do so. . . . They are, to all extents and purposes, sex SLAVES: sold for another’s profit.”

A Courageous One - Psalm

“There are 29.8 million slaves in the world today. 60,000 of those are in the USA. Reflecting on this led my friend, Liz Below, to write a Psalm for the 29 Million.” I’m most proud of the reflection in the eyes in this piece – it’s one of those subtle details that is easy to overlook.

A Courageous One - Good Men

Finally, Bronwyn challenges men to speak up. “If you stay silent, you may have protected your own character in that situation, but your silence is interpreted as indifference. . . . The sex trafficking industry relies on secrecy to thrive, and when we fail to say something, we allow it to keep its secrets.” Read her “Letter to Men (”

Finally, in Bronwyn’s words:

This #ACourageousOne project is to raise awareness, money and hope about the reality of sex trafficking right around us. There are tens of thousands of invisible women and children – courageous ones – in need of rescue and restoration.

We can help. This week, support a courageous one by giving #ACourageousOne of your own:

  • Donate ONE DOLLAR to fight sex trafficking (here, here, or here, if you need a suggestion.)
  • Pray for ONE MINUTE for God to rescue victims, and give courage to women and men to speak and act as we ought. (Here is a Psalm to meditate on, as a suggestion)
  • Share ONE POST on social media to raise awareness about this issue. This is happening in our communities, so if we speak up within our communities, someone directly involved is going to hear.

Thank you for supporting the thousands of courageous ones with your Courageous One. We can make a difference!