day 1: draw yourself

came across this new john mark mcmillan song yesterday. which inspired my portrait.

'we have seen a darkness, but we have seen a light.
we have seen a darkness, but we have seen a sun.

the valley of the shadow knows our name,
we have seen the night
but we have seen the day.
born into the grave, but born a second time.
we have overcome. we have overcome.'


30 days. 30 drawings. one huge swop party!

doing a 30 day drawing challenge. found this nifty list of things to draw on the net, tweaked it a bit, got some friends amped and starting today! ending the project with a huge swop party. fun!

if you're keen to join the challenge, download a printable copy of each day's drawings here or request to join our group on facebook and stay updated. if you don't join the group, just drop me a mail (rudutoit@yahoo.com) so i can send you details for the swop party.

happy drawing!


themba international

thanks to themba for this great opportunity to design a shirt graphic for them. i got hooked up with this rad project through my friend vanessa van zyl, (from aleph) who also happens to be part of the themba team. (connections, connections...)

we are knit together.
underneath it,
we're all the same.
made for community, made to belong.
this desire for tribe.

The concept of being 'knit together' inspired me to look at different patterns and textiles. I tried to marry that into a symbol/graphic that evokes a feeling of tribe. being knit together.

hope you guys like.
go support themba international!


when i am weak...

And he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


milk & honey nostalgia

got some photos this week from the milk & honey event we held in april.
just in time, as we have now started planning the followup event, and oh my, these pics have already inspired new ideas and possibilities.

check out all the photos here, all taken by the beautiful miss ashleigh rae eave from AshRay Photography.
if you'd like to be involved in the next event in any way, please drop me a line at rudutoit@yahoo.com or comment on this post.

below are a few of my favorites from the night.

the genius that is cassan ferguson's decor abilities.

the uber lovely miss katie west, MC for the night
and generally awesome.

i sold some artwork on the night. this was one of my favorites which is now safely hanging in my bedroom.

some delicious food by michelle parkin.

i exhibited alongside the talented peter reynolds and sergio leao 
(HUGE thanks to serg for letting us use his garden as the venue)

falling whistles

i like americans.
they give me great opportunities to help change the world in a small way.
when marcus from falling whistles asked me to design a poster for their weekly blog poster series i was like "HECK YES!"
falling whistles is an amazing organization, fighting for peace in the congo.
check out the poster i did on their blog. but more importantly, get informed and become a whistle blower for peace.

aleph surf foundation

i recently had the privilege of working with two great friends, rehgert and vanessa van zyl over at aleph. i helped them develop their brand and designed some shirts for them as they headed over to hume lake camp, california to spread the message and heart of aleph and themba international.

"The Aleph Surfing Foundation is a pioneering program that mixes surf coaching, life skills workshops with biblical values and mentorship. This program is rolled into one package that challenges youth on the way they see the world, themselves and others around them. Throughout the process the children learn to surf and ride some fun waves!" (via alephsurf.org)

so excited to be partnering with the "VeeZee's" and aleph.

become a fan.
support the cause.

the shirts have been printed and are currently being sold at hume lake camp to raise funds for the aleph foundation. they will soon be available to purchase through their website.


bonjour blogspot

forgive me bloggers, for i have sinned.

tumblr is like the green grass on the other side of the world wide web. not so green, folks.


iiiiiiim baaaaaaack....miss me?

i intend to mow this lawn over the next few months and make it oh-so-spiffy.

lots to catch up on!


milk & honey: a creative showcase

friends, i am so excited about this event!
my first exhibition,
and im sharing the night with some really talented people.

please come out and support, buy some art, watch a play, listen to some great music.
sharing stories. sharing songs.


psalm 145

The Lord always keeps His promises. The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads. The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear Him, he hears their cries for help and rescues them. The Lord protects all those who love Him.



it was so beautiful.
and so misty.
and freezing.

"im just here at the waiting room, waiting"

another one fights the crust

one of my closest friends, kirsten, married david, a young american fella (with mutant powers), a few weeks back. uhm, wedding of all weddings...seriously. i love these two and i loved everything about their wedding...even that weird guy that kept on taking the mic from the dj and singing country songs. ha!
my pics do not do this weekend any justice..at all, but i thought id load them to soothe my nostalgia.
best wedding weekend ever!


the valley of death

diana + ink

i am having a love affair with art

never do i feel more alive than when i create.
i know that sounds cheesy, but its the best way i can describe this feeling.
its like i somehow become more connected to who i am suppose to be.

lately i have been using every minute i can to feed this love.
painting. drawing. making books. reading. writing.

and iv risen from the dead yo!

been looking at some really great work on fecalface and juxtapoz

also, some really inspiring videos on some great artists over here

this weekend: mexican folk art.



there's this peculiar sound that's very similar to silence
and its always me pushing the door open and closing it shut

you stand there and tip toe around the fact that the water is filling the room

you are so beautiful
and it hurts

lets sleepwalk
with our eyes closed
holding hands
safely secure

this could be beautiful
this could be love

this could be a disaster
black and blue death

but right now
my hair still smells good
and your warmth feels like home
my bones are new and undiscovered
and your mind is a mystery


this year i have reserved my annual end of year reflection entry to the pages of my journal. handwritten still rocks more.

but i will say this. 2011 is going to be all about sowing.

just keep imagining the trees...