The 12 Disciples (updated version) Click to see larger.
There are reasons for most of their appearances - some very tenuous, but it helps to get variety. I'll post proper character sheets for each of them some time - this is just a sneak preview.
I've never actually designed all the disciples before. In my regular work, I have a set of clothes/hairstyle/facial features I always use for Peter, John & Matthew, and the others are just drawn out of my head (if you counted all the different ones I've drawn, they would be more than 12!). But none of them have any character. But for these pictures, I researched what was written about them, and made them into real people. You may use these pictures for personal use (e.g. a Sunday School class). Please do not publish them in any form, sell them, post them elsewhere on the internet, add them to an image library or do anything else with them. Thanks! If you would like individual figures, you can download for free here. Edit: I have now done a Jesus figure too. Edit II: These pictures are part of a PowerPoint:
I remember Shiny Buttons coming to playgroup. The policeman asked him to sing his song, and he sang, "I'm the king of the castle; you're the dirty wee rascal," because he was being naughty. But then he sang his proper song, which was, "Stop, look and listen, before you cross the street. Use your eyes, and use your ears, before you use your feet."
In other news: Did you know that if you leave boiled sweets in a tin long enough, they will not only seep out of their wrappings, but through the join at the bottom of the tin? Fortunately, it soaks off easily.
As I browse the internet, I come across all kinds of sites and tutorials on comic book design. (I know I'm not actually designing comic books, but sometimes my work comes pretty close.)
And as I read, I realise how little I know. For example, I've just read a blog post on character design, which was full of things I've never even thought of. My characters don't have enough character. I'm glad I read it right near the start of a new project.
It's a very interesting blog. Not a lot on it yet, but what is there looks extremely valuable. Here's a quote from it:
"Style is Grounded in Realism ... Most comics don’t benefit from extreme realism, but the ability to render things realistically strengthens and expands your capacity to stylize your art. If, for example, you’re poor at drawing hands, any attempt to stylize or minimalize the details in cartoon hands are going to be limited, in both style and expressiveness .... You have to know the rules before you can adequately break them .... If you look for it, you can tell when an artist is extremely skilled, regardless of how complex or simple their style may be .... Even if you’re drawing something as simple as a stickman comic, having a foundation of strong draftsmanship expands your creative potential a hundredfold."
I was talking to Fiona last night about what our goals were for 2011. I said to get my room straightened out. I've done the first step already today: taken a set of 'before' photos. (No, you can't see them. The shock would be too much.)
Perhaps I should have set my goal as 'to achieve a state of sinless perfection'.