Q: What can I do if the document doesn't print correctly or won't download?
A: Depending on your specific problem, there are several different remedies you can try.
- If you have trouble printing directly from the online prompt, try actually downloading the document, saving it to your computer and then printing the saved document.
- If you have an issue with spacing, page size, orientation or formatting, try creating your own document with my art. Left click on the blog image you wish to use and select "copy" from the drop-down menu. Then paste the image into a Microsoft Word document. In Word, you can adjust the size and placement of the image to suit your needs.
- If neither of the above methods works, you can e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the name of the document and identify the problem. Unfortunately, I do not check my blog e-mail every day and never on Sundays, so this is not a last-minute solution.
Q: Do you make black and white coloring-book style clipart?
A: I prefer to create colored images because they save you prep time. If you would like to turn my clip art into line drawings, I've suggested several easy methods in the post linked here.
Q: How may I use your artwork?
A: All of the original artwork on this site is free for personal, educational or church use (any denomination); you may also edit my art for these purposes. If you publish my work, please credit ocdprimarychorister.blogspot.com.
My art may not be used for commercial purposes. If you are not sure whether a particular use is permitted, feel free to ask. I retain all rights.
Please note that I occasionally post other artists' work with permission from lds.org. I do not own the rights to these pieces.
Q: Do you take requests for songs to illustrate:
A: If you have a request, please e-mail it to me at email@example.com. Unfortunately, each song takes a tremendous amount of time to illustrate and I am not able to fill most requests. However, if I receive multiple requests for the same song, I will happily add it to my list. I want to help the largest number of children possible and your input helps me decide how to best spend my time.
Q: Am I allowed to use cartoon images of Christ in Primary?
A: Opinions on this subject vary widely. I have searched church handbooks and websites thoroughly and have not found any official guideline which would prohibit use of drawings of Christ in this calling. Please consider the following when deciding whether my work is appropriate for use in your Primary:
- Some presidencies only approve of church-published materials. Others allow unapproved art except when portraying real people. If your local leadership has expressed an opinion on the subject, please follow their counsel.
- Where we are not specifically instructed on an issue, our best course of action is to rely upon the Spirit. I try to represent Christ as reverently as possible with my limited talent. I've put careful, prayerful consideration into each of my drawings and feel that they are appropriate. However, keep in mind that I have not been called or set apart in this capacity. If you are in any way unsure about using my art, please don't use it.
- Remember that most commercial LDS artists do not allow the use of their art in your calling- nor have many of them been church-approved. Furthermore, most approved resources (including Gospel Art Kit images) are not to be edited. Consequently, I don't often find these resources convenient for the purpose of teaching a story through song.
- Bear in mind that there are no photos of scripture characters. For this reason, church magazines and other materials available at church bookstores often include drawings of Christ. While this doesn't necessarily mean that we are allowed to use drawings in our Sunday lessons, it is compelling evidence.
- When you do use my drawings, I suggest you look for opportunities to reinforce the themes with more realistic-looking paintings available in official church resources. Share brief scriptures related to the songs you teach (examples are often listed at the bottom of the music). Share your testimony of Jesus Christ often. These steps will help the children understand that you are teaching about real people and events.
Do you have other questions?
Leave a comment below or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.