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Paul Soupiset is a painter, illustrator, musician, graphic designer, editor, typophile, liturgist and armchair theologian. Paul, his wife Amy, and their four children have made their home in San Antonio, where Paul has served as the creative director and lead designer at Toolbox Studios since its inception in 1996.
Soupiset’s design work has been featured in the pages of Communication Arts (CA), Graphis, Print, HOW Magazine, Step Magazine and the Creativity design annuals. His designs have been recognized in leading national juried competitions, and his work has received local, regional and national ADDY awards, including the San Antonio Best of Show. His design awards also include an IABC International Gold Quill, several CASSA Golden Jalapeños, and a CD Packaging Design of the Year nomination from Nashville’s annual GMA Dove Awards. Soupiset has received recognition from The Dallas Show, the Houston Art Directors’ Club and South by Southwest (sxsw) interactive competition. Paul consults with companies and churches on the future of digital publishing, creativity in the workplace, and emerging theology and the arts.
Paul’s branding and design clients include Dow Jones & Co., The Wall Street Journal and its Classroom Edition, USAA, Fidelity, Bank of America, Zondervan, HarperCollins, LibreDigital, Augsburg Fortress, sparkhouse, Trinity University, Luther Seminary, Harland Clarke, AT&T Cotton Bowl, and many others.
In 1991, Soupiset graduated Baylor University with a degree in journalism and a minor in studio art. In addition to visual art, his personal work also includes songwriting, poetry, photography and amateur filmmaking. Paul blogs sporadically at http://soupablog.com.
From 2009 to 2010, Paul hand-illustrated thousands of illustrations featured in 40 animated short videos for sparkhouse’s re:form confirmation curriculum, each framing theological questions that kids are really asking, like “Who wrote the Bible?” and “Why does God let bad things happen?” The 2-DVD set is rooted in historic Christianity yet speaks to kids in their own voice. The companion re:form Anti-Workbook is a hands-on, 192-page, hand-illustrated centerpiece of each kid’s confirmation experience.
In 2008, Paul contributed illustrations for two best-selling books, An Illustrated Life: Drawing Inspiration From The Private Sketchbooks Of Artists, Illustrators And Designers (Paperback, HOW/F+W, October, 2008) and Jesus for President: Politics for Ordinary Radicals (Paperback, Zondervan, March, 2008). An Illustrated Life has been described as “a funky and frenetic ‘book about books people have made’ — offering a sneak peak into the wildly creative imaginations of 50 top illustrators, designers and artists from around the world through the pages of their personal visual journals.”
Jesus for President was touted as the must-read election-year book for Christian Americans. “The compelling writing is enhanced by a lavish, eye-popping layout. The pages are a riot of textured callouts, colors, photos and fonts—the perfect packaging for a message that must compete in a world of sound bites. With this second book, Claiborne emerges as an affable, intelligent, humorous prophet of his generation, calling people out of business-as-usual in a corrupt world and back to the radically different social order of the biblical God (4 Stars, Publishers Weekly).
Paul has art directed and designed many book covers for Zondervan/Youth Specialties (A HarperCollins company); his design and art have appeared in Mars Hill Review and Conspire Magazine.
Paul and several friends founded GENERATE Magazine — an independent, volunteer-run print publication that attempts to embody the ethos — and tell the stories of — the growing, generative conversation happening in alternative communities who are seeking the Way of Jesus — missional, neomonastic, prophetic, postcolonial, arts-centric, social justice oriented, and emergent. Their hope is to create a physical artifact of this historical conversation transmitted through narrative, visual art, documented performances, verse, fiction, non-fiction, essays, and interviews in order to evoke deeper imagination and to awaken more and more people to the good news happening in the larger world and right in our neighborhoods.
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Paul -- it was really good to meet you at LL brother. I sense the authenticity and depth of both your commitment to the Lord and to your vocation as artist. It was so encouraging to be there in the hill country with such wonderful "new best friends"...hope our paths cross again soon.