This is my character sheet, or design specification, for the apostle Apostle Thaddeus/Judas (son of James) , which is a different person to Philip the Evangelist. The purpose of this sheet is to keep a record of the attributes or characteristics of my drawing, so that I can draw a similar-looking cartoon in all future scenes including Apostle Thaddeus/Judas (son of James).
I first drew my version of Apostle Thaddeus/Judas (son of James) in March 2009, very early on in the history of Bible Cartoons. Those early pictures were for stories found in John’s gospel.
By formalising my ideas on a character design sheet in this way I would have a simple and accessible design reference point, which would remind me of what I had drawn in previous cartoons. By referring to this sheet every time I drew a scene including Apostle Thaddeus/Judas (son of James) I hoped I would be able to draw and colour him to match previous cartoons, ensuring great similarity and therefore continuity between Bible Cartoons featuring Apostle Thaddeus/Judas (son of James), even if these cartoons were drawn months or even years apart.
Without this character sheet to refer to I might very well accidentally draw a scene where the Apostle Thaddeus/Judas (son of James) character is quite different from previous drawings, which would be a problem if someone views and/or buys several Bible Cartoons and the same person looks quite different in each scene! There is a very real danger of this happening since my abilities and style gradually change and evolve over time, especially as I learn new art techniques and want to incorporate new ideas into my Bible Cartons. By referring to the character sheet I can be confident that I will draw a similar-looking person, even if my artistic skills have undergone change and development over time.
Name meaning: Breast.
Thaddeus is the name of one of the apostles (Mark 3:18), called “Lebbaeus” in Matthew 10:3, and in Luke 6:16, “Judas the brother (or son) of James;” while John, probably referring to the same person, speaks of “Judas, not Iscariot.” (John 14:22) These different names all designate the same person, Jude or Judas, the author of the epistle.
The only circumstance recorded of him in the gospels consists of Jesus question of him (John 14:22): “Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, ‘Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world?’ ”
There is no account of his activities after the resurrection. Tradition associates him with the founding of the church at Edessa, Greece.