This is a new series coming up at Cornerstone. I had a very interesting time with this process. I thought it might be cool to let you in on this one. The Teaching is going to be about how God is the vine and we are the branches. God is constantly shaping us and “pruning” us to be more like Him. Sometimes the pruning is painful, and can be misunderstood if we are not seeking Him and abiding in Him. The title is “shear perfection”. Using His shears, He is shaping us into His perfection.
I started the design with hand drawn vines and leaves. The vines started looking too feminine and the plant growing from the ground up wasn’t exactly depicting the point of the message. It’s a hard balance to render an illustration not to literal (so its boring) but also convey the meat and meaning of the message. I tipped the plant upside down to give it more of a “pruning”/vine look.. oops still fem. looking. looks like women’s ministry.
Considering that we are designed and made for FRUIT. The team decided we needed to run out a comp incorporating fruit. We needed to illustrate that God clips the bad thorns in order to produce fruit in us. Oops we need more green… AND you can’t really prune strawberries. Dang it. I am liking the look more though. Its getting more masculine… kind of like a packing fruit/crate warehouse.
Chis loope had the idea of incorporating a heart into the design to show that God is pruning the soul. I really really loved that concept and tried that idea. I drew the vine on the right side coming out of the vein of the heart. There are sprouts of plants growing out of the viens and arteries. Some need to be pruned and others are good to grow.
Linn (the Pastor) got a hold of the design at this point.. and said that their needs to be more greenery.. because as it is, it looks like God went to town with the shears and there is nothing left of us. Good point. He also suggested there be fruit. Again enter the strawberries and greenery. Because of the elaborate design there needed to be more of a simple thick dark text to weight the design at the bottom.
One of the concerns was that the heart is to stark and medical looking. It was said that the congregation is not ready for such a risky rendering. Kind of graphic looking? maybe it does not scream heart as the soul?? any thoughts?