Bible Cartoon: John 20 - The empty tomb

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Bible Book: John
Bible Book Code: 4302001101
Scene no: 1 of 1

Bible Reference & Cartoon Description

John 20:11-17 (NLT)
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
11 Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.

12 She saw two white-robed angels sitting at the head and foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 “Why are you crying?” the angels asked her.
“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

14 She glanced over her shoulder and saw someone standing behind her. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”
She thought he was the gardener. “Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”

16 “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned toward him and exclaimed, “Teacher”! [1]
17 “Don’t cling to me,” Jesus said, “for I haven’t yet ascended to the Father. But go find my brothers and tell them that I am ascending to my Father and your Father, my God and your God.”

[1]
Greek, and said in Hebrew, “Rabboni”, which means “Teacher”.

DRAWING NOTES:

TIME OF DAY:
“Early…John 20:1 (ANIV) Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance.” I decided to have a fairly dark, pre-dawn orange & pink sky.

LIGHTING NOTES:
The pre-dawn pink & orange sky colours are also highlighting the left sides of Jesus & Mary, in the otherwise dark garden at the entrance to the tomb.

CHARACTERS PRESENT:
Jesus, Mary Magdalene, 2 angels

ADDITIONAL/RESEARCH NOTES:
I decided to draw the angels as recognizable people, with bodies, arms, legs, heads, etc, but how to make them more than human?… I decided to add wings (as I’ve drawn them on the cartoons of the angel in Joseph’s dream (Matthew 1) & in the cartoons of the angel appearing to Mary (Luke 1) & the angel appearing to the shepherds (Luke 2.) I added a glow about them, in the cool darkness of the empty tomb, to add to their mysterious, un-earthly quality.