Kindness Goes a Long Way

Does this mean I will always be kind? Probably not.
Does it mean that I want to be kind? Yes.
Even when I am “Hangry” (hungry + angry)? Yes.
Will I make mistakes? Absolutely.
Does it mean I had an argument with a loved one and behaved regrettably, even while I was designing this? Sadly, probably.
Does that mean I won’t try again? Of course not.

 

Kindness goes a long way. What does this mean? What does that mean for our relationships, close and far? What does this mean in our own families? We get tired of each other. We forget how precious the ones the very closest to us are. We probably treat them the poorest. Why? How can small acts of kindness shape the interactions with your family, neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, strangers? Will we make mistakes? Yes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try again.

 

I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind...

 

Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.

 

– Luke 6:35-38 MSG

Inspiration

I love all of the small details in this vintage puzzle-like game I ran into by accident in a church nursery: Rivers, Roads, & Rails by Ravensburger. What fantastic details each square holds. Some go by houses, or factories, or railroad depots. Pieces have a mix of river, roads, and rails and you match them up to make your own journey.

 

Running into this game’s winding routes and small details definitely gave inspiration for the illustration “Kindness Goes a Long Way”.

Design Notes

This illustration started out with a ton of little practice drawings, where I was trying to figure out the flow of the words. I eventually took a photo of the drawing, put it into Illustrator and began dropping vector points.

It kind of surprised me, but this digital art piece looks a LOT like some of my earlier work when I did watercolor and ink on paper. (The image above was done in 2007.) Different tools completely, similar look. I am still getting used to my new digital tool set: a Wacom Tablet PRO and some new brushes from Kyle T Webster.

Jessie Courson
Jessie Courson