Bible Cartoon: John 11 - Lazarus resurrected - Scene 01 - Jesus at the tomb (Version 02)

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Bible Book: John
Bible Book Code: 4301103802
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 the sunlight is weaker, & casts fewer deep, dark blue shadows into the scene. Nevertheless, some shadows fall on this side of the wall, with 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) (Previous 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) (This 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.