The Lamp Post Guild? Sign Me Up.

A few years ago I had to bid farewell to one of my favorite haunts in the interwebland: Portland Studios, an illustration and story company. I went there for inspiration about six times a week, but after a good run, the folks there decided to dismantle the company and, more or less, to go freelance. I’m sure it was the right decision, but I was sad. It was a company that felt more like a community, and among its many artists and web developers and storytellers were three guys whose work I’ve loved for years—guys whose websites I still visit almost every day, just to see what cool pictures they’re cooking up.

There’s Cory Godbey, who illustrated the first Slugs & Bugs CD, as well as the amazing video for the equally amazing Stephen Delopoulous song “The Ruin of the Beast”, which we featured here; Chris Koelle, who did the cover for Andrew Osenga’s The Morning, not to mention the tour poster for the still-underway Light for the Lost Boy Tour, the stunning Revelation App, and John Piper’s JOB; and finally Justin Gerard, Hutchmoot alumnus, illustrator of my Wingfeather Saga books and covers, as well as my 2006 album The Far Country and Phil Vischer’s Sidney and Norman. Whew. That’s a healthy portfolio for these guys, and that’s just with the stuff we’re associated with—the tip of the far corner of the iceberg, so to speak. They’ve done gobs and gobs of great work for publishers and film companies the world over.

You get the point. I’m a fan. So check THIS out.

Cory, Chris, and Justin are putting together an online illustration course called The Lamp Post Guild (a name of which I heartily approve). If you’re like me and you’ve always wanted to spend more time learning to draw, or if you’re like my son Aedan, who’s very seriously pursuing a life of illustration, this little video might geek you out. They’re raising money to develop the class, and for a relatively low contribution you can take a serious step toward doing better—maybe even excellent—work. As a homeschooling dad with a kid who’s into art, this was a no-brainer for me. It’s hard for me to imagine a more perfect scenario for my boy. Thank you, Justin, Cory, and Chris for doing what you do.

Click here to check out the Kickstarter page.