Joy: Working with Artists from Around the World


A friend who heard me speaking about the 87 remarkable artists who submitted so many beautiful illustrations for the contest on the Web site 99Designs said, “And knowing you, you want to find some way to use them all!”

It’s true, like many, I have a global heart—hopefully one that mirrors God’s heart for his world.  Just reading through the names of the artists whose work we want to use in a calendar for 2015 makes me glad.  Perhaps they will inspire you to pre-order product for our Kickstarter campaign—a way of crowd funding the reprinting of the Tales of the Kingdom trilogy.

Just look at the following names and the countries they represent:

January 2015: WidhiSaputro // Jakarta, Indonesia

February 2015: Zoltan Tobias // Szeged, Hungary

March 2015: David Lojaya // Lampung, Indonesia

April 2015: Lorraine Barreras // Nampa, Idaho

May 2015: Kovacs Katalin // BăileTușnad, Romania

June 2015: RoniYulianusNurak // Bandung, Indonesia

July 2015:Leo Leonardo // Manila, Philippines

August 2015: Milan Glozic // Kucevo, Serbia

September 2015: Irina Voloshina // Chisinau, Moldova

October 2015: ZhivkoZhelev // Plovdiv, Bulgaria

November 2015: Edi Jatmiko // Yogyakarta, Indonesia

December 2015: Gil Geolingo // Tagum, Davao del Norte, Philippines

Kickstarter Artist: Roni Nurak

Kingdom Tales Kickstarter Artist: Roni NurakWe found that when we put together our contest in 99Designs that we were working with artists from all over the world.  One such artist, Roni Yulianus Nurak, is a big fan of the Website, not only because he has an opportunity to win assignments, but also because he enjoys immersing himself in the huge community of designers it provides, allowing him to test and improve his skills.

“Too,” Nurak, who was born in Indonesia but now lives in Bandung, West Java,  added, “I have the opportunity to learn lessons from not only the artists in Asia, but from artists all over the world.”

Like so many of the artists who competed in the 99Designs contest regarding the Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy, Nurak has been pursuing his skills and talent in art since he was in elementary school.  While he enjoys working with pencil and paper, he also enjoys computer design.  In fact, he is most interested in discovering what new things can be accomplished with graphic design, illustration and animation.

“The Tales of the Kingdom project,” he shared, “allowed me to develop a project in my own unique style.”

One of his favorite parts of the assignment was the fact that Tales of the Kingdom is not only an excellent read, but so effectively brings the Christian message in a non-overbearing way.  He knew that his efforts would help to provide inspiration for all those who read it.

His challenge, as he worked, was to create a quality illustration that would correspond to the core story.  He accomplished this by first presenting the character, and then developing the “atmosphere” the illustration presents!

You can view Roni Nurak’s online portfolio and see his incredible illustration of Amanda and the Dragon, created for the 2015 Princess Amanda and the Dragon Wall Calendar, by going here:

When you Back Our KICKSTARTER Project you’ll RECEIVE 3 Award-winning CHILDREN’S BOOKS to READ & ENJOY WITH YOUR KIDS (or GRANDKIDS) — each story teaches character lessons for life, and comes fully Revised, Re-published in print and all eBook formats, and Re-illustrated with Captivating, Original Art!

If you would like to get the Wall Calendar and/or back our Kickstarter Campaign to revise, re-illustrate and re-publish the Kingdom Tales Trilogy, go here:

First Backer

Kingdom Tales KickstarterWe have the first two Backers for the Kickstarter Campaign to revise, re-illustrate and republish the Tales of the Kingdom Trilogy, which David and I began writing some thirty years ago! These Backers have come in at the $157 and $300 levels, which insures (if we meet our goal of raising $22,500) that they will receive the exclusive, limited edition Kickstarter hardcover Trilogy—all three books—with their names printed in the books, and personalized autographs to the recipients of your choice.

These particular editions will only be available for a limited time in a limited quantity through this Kickstarter Campaign. Our goal is to mail them to your door in time for Christmas giving. For those of you who have loved these books through the years, this is a wonderful legacy project to give to family and friends. Thank you first donors! You have kicked off the campaign! For more details, visit