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Bible Cartoon: John 11 - Lazarus resurrected - Scene 01 - Jesus at the tomb (Version 01)

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Bible Book: John
Bible Book Code: 4301103801
Scene no: 1 of 3

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

John 11:38-39 (ANIV)
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.”


Not specified in the Bible verses above, I have set the scene in the late morning.

Sunlight (above & behind the viewer) illuminates this scene. Cast shadows fall to the right & behind the figures.
In this version I have the sun slightly to the left of the tomb wall, so that dark blue shadows fall on this side of it. Notice the highlights on the top of the wall, & picking out a few of the wall stones.

Jesus the Christ is in the centre of the scene, in blue outer robe & with a white head scarf on.
To the left of Jesus (& in front of the tomb stone) is Martha (on the left) & her sister Mary, both dressed in dark mourning clothing.
Behind Jesus & to the right are two unnamed mourners, & behind them is Mary Magdalene & Matthew/Levi.
The rest of the characters present are members of the crowd of mourners.

There are two versions of this scene:
01) (This page) John 11 – Lazarus resurrected – Scene 01 – Jesus at the tomb (Version 01). In which I have included dark blue shadows across the tomb wall & figures.

02) (Next page) John 11 – Lazarus resurrected – Scene 01 – Jesus at the tomb (Version 02). In this version I have removed the dark blue shadows, allowing full colour. There are cast shadows to the right of the figures & base of the tomb wall. This version is lighter for customers to project on screen &/or to print.

The colours of the skin, hair & clothes of Mary & Martha (Lazarus’ two sisters) were establish in Bible Cartoons I drew in March 2009 (e.g. John 12 – Jesus anointed at Bethany) I have used the same colours to maintain continuity in earlier scenes in this series (e.g. John 12 – Jesus anointed at Bethany). However, in the scene above (e.g John 11 – Lazarus resurrected – Scene 01 – Jesus at the tomb) & following scenes (e.g John 11 – Lazarus resurrected – Scene 04 – Lazarus raised) I have drawn Mary & Martha in dark mourning clothes, rather than their previously established, lighter clothing colours.

The tomb rocks & particularly the retaining wall behind the tomb is based on a black & white photograph I found on the internet. The photograph was taken in the 19th century & shows people around the tomb of Lazarus in Bethany. I was keen to draw the rock wall & the tomb entrance rocks accurately.