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The Bruce Day Art Gallery
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Growing up in Southern California, Bruce Day discovered his love of drawing at the age of 5 and spent much of his young life drawing cartoons and reading comic books. As he grew older, he got more involved with sports (especially football) which he played for 13 years. Amazingly, these two major loves in his life melded together when he became a freelance artist drawing game programs, caricatures, greeting cards and other products for the NFL. It was his first assignment in a string of many more projects to come. In 1985, while Focus on the Family was still located in Arcadia, California, Tim Jones (the art director at the time) contacted Bruce about doing some work for them. For the next several years, Bruce created artwork for several of Focus on the Family's magazines (most notably Clubhouse) and was also asked to draw some pictures for Adventures in Odyssey when it started in 1987. During this time, Bruce's drawings become synonymous with the radio drama and it was these drawings that gave fans their first real glimpse at what the characters inside the radio actually looked like. In 1990, Focus on the Family began putting together an Adventures in Odyssey video series and felt that not only was Bruce Day's depiction of the townsfolk not contemporary enough, but it wouldn't translate too well in a video series for children. So Bruce left for other projects including opportunities with CBS, Burger King Inc., The Los Angeles Times, Lexmark, Campbell Soup, and Scholastic Magazines. He also drew for other Christian companies such as Gospel Light and Guide Magazine, where he has created posters and monthly story illustrations much like he used to do for Focus on the Family. Bruce currently resides in the Boise, Idaho area with his wife Carrol and youngest daughter Summer. You can check out more of his artwork (and order some prints) at www.brucedayink.com.

Like many older fans, I grew up on Bruce Day's art. I didn't realize how much of an impact his drawings had on me until I was going through some old things in a box and came across a drawing I had made of "Wit" for my sister. It was crude and I was probably 7 or 8 at the time, but the red flannel shirt and short mustache was unmistakable. As a kid, that was how I saw Whit in my mind. 14 years later, that image hasn't left my head. While Bruce wasn't the first person to draw Odyssey's most prominent resident, he was able to adapt the art into something special that has stuck with many, many fans as they have grown older. When the art direction changed, I remember complaining to my parents that I hated the fat Whit featured on "Other Times, Other Places". Whit went from being a friendly old man to a walrus like Santa Claus who ate too much of his own ice cream. I respect that it is this Whit that the current generation of fans are familiar with, but I can't help but feel many of them are missing out on some truly amazing creations. With the release of "Just in Time" (the next Gold Audio album) just around the corner, there will never again be AIO albums sold featuring Bruce Day's art. However, I want to do my part in preserving these truly special drawings and have constructed a special gallery of Bruce Day artwork for fans to see for many more years to come. Inside the gallery are some rare (and never-before-seen) paintings that Bruce Day has graciously donated for me to display for all of you. I hope you enjoy this amazing glimpse at one of the pillars responsible for AIO being the successful program that it is today!

If any one comes across an Adventures in Odyssey related Bruce Day image and has access to a scanner, I would be most grateful if you could scan it (at 300 dpi or more) and send it in. The more artwork we can put in the gallery, the more of Bruce Day's work we can preserve for future generations of Adventures in Odyssey fans!
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The Bruce Day Art Gallery

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