02) Sermons and other presentations (both written and spoken) can be greatly enhanced by using colourful and dramatic cartoons.
03) Cartoons are fun and can be used successfully in witnessing and outreach.
04) Cartoons are visually powerful and engaging for all ages and nationalities. The multi-cultural potential of cartoons is limitless.
05) Cartoons engage “visual learners” and can be helpful engaging those with limited education or literacy.
06) Cartoons can be used in many different promotional formats: leaflets, posters, flyers, advertisements, web pages, mugs, T-shirts, etc can all use cartoons to get Christ’s message of salvation across succinctly, colourfully and powerfully.
07) Cartoons are great for engaging children and adults alike and my cartoons could be used to supplement and illustrate Religious Education (RE) classes in schools, colleges, seminaries and churches.
Other benefits for specific users can be found by following these links:
There are also sets of cartoons which together depict a single story from the Bible. For example “Matthew 18 – Parable of lost sheep” has 5 Bible Cartoons that show the whole story in 5 scenes.
Whether a single picture or a whole set of pictures tells a particular story, I refer to them as Bible Cartoons because they are taken directly from ONE particular passage of the Bible.
Gospel Illustrations tend to show overarching themes from several, or many books of the Bible. They are more often themes we find running throughout the whole Bible, or they might be concepts which may span many of the books, or all of the Bible, rather than being directly related to a single passage or part of the Bible. For example my “Bible Book Explosion” illustration (see below) is a picture made up of many famous scenes & stories in the Bible, all rolled into one design.
Title: Bible Book Explosion.
The illustration shows many characters “jumping out of” an open Bible. It is meant to convey the rich & varied cast of characters & events that make up the whole Bible. Although all the characters in this picture are themselves directly from the Bible, the whole illustration does not represent a single, particular Bible story, so I classify it as a Gospel Illustration NOT a Bible Cartoon.
Meta4 Pictures Are much broader in scope than either Bible Cartoons or Gospel Illustrations. They are often inspired by sermons or things that I have heard or seen, & which remind me of an important idea. They may relate to the Bible, or Christianity, but can also be about life, business, development, art, church or just about anything else!
I hope that makes it clearer why I differentiate between Bible Cartoons, Gospel Illustrations & Meta4 Pictures.
Please note that the Free cartoons (230 × 170 pixels approx.), the Medium quality cartoons (840 × 600 pixels approx.) & High quality cartoons (1750 × 1260 pixels approx.) cartoons that I provide do not have a watermark across them.
01) High quality cartoons (1750 × 1260 pixels approx.)
02) Medium quality cartoons (840 × 600 pixels approx.)
03) Free cartoons (230 × 170 pixels approx.)
When viewing any Bible Cartoon, Gospel Illustration or Meta4 Picture, you will find buttons to the right of the page (where the shopping cart is) that allow you to:
01) Purchase a High quality cartoon priced at just £2(GBP.)
02) Purchase a Medium quality cartoon priced at just £1(GBP.)
03) Download a Free version of the cartoon.
Different people like different qualities of cartoons. Some people object to paying anything for my artwork (!) so I supply them with low quality free ones – how kind!
Other people realise I spent a L-O-T of my time drawing cartoons & want to purchase them to support me & the Bible Cartoons project – hurray for them!
By supporting me with a purchase you make it possible for me to draw more cartoons – that’s good!
Why do I provide free cartoons to viewers? Because I recognise that Jesus Christ is an amazing God, who has given me so much in life that I want to share His blessing with other people. Providing free cartoons is my way of doing that.
You can download any cartoon free of charge, just by clicking on the “Download free Low Quality cartoon” button whenever you view a cartoon.
I provide the cartoons free of charge because I’d like preachers, pastors, evangelists, church leaders, youth pastors, youth workers, etc to use these cartoons in their church activities, missions & ministries. But really I’d like it if anyone, anywhere uses them in ways that glorify Jesus Christ.
01) High quality cartoons (1750 × 1260 pixels approx) – costs £2 (GBP)
02) Medium quality cartoons (840 × 600 pixels approx) – costs £1 (GBP)
03) Free cartoons (230 × 170 pixels approx) – Free
Which quality or resolution should you buy – Medium Quality or High Quality?
That depends on what you’re going to use the cartoon for.
If you stretch a low quality cartoon file to fit onto a page, then it may start to pixilate, or look blocky. The more you stretch a picture, the more you are enlarging the pixels that make it, which is why you can suddenly see them. The picture below shows what I mean.
The man’s face looks crisp & good when the picture is small, but if you stretch the picture too much, then you can see all the little pixels that make up the cartoon… yuck!
So how can you avoid seeing a pixilated, or blocky cartoon? The simple answer is to buy the high quality one, which has more pixels & therefore can stand to be stretched far more onto a page, before you will start to see the pixels that make up the picture.
FREE Bible Cartoon Test files, so you can see the difference between Medium & High Quality
To help you decide which resolution to buy, here are two files for you to download & test out in your browser, just click on both filenames & they will download to your computer, then you can see the difference between them:
File: TEST BIBLE CARTOON 150dpi col.jpg [1.25MB]
File: TEST BIBLE CARTOON 72dpi col.jpg [400.81kB]
So, when you are considering which quality or resolution to use, the higher the number, the higher the quality of the cartoon image. When in doubt, buy the high Quality version, which only cost £2 (GBP) anyway, & you won’t go wrong!
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I recommend that you do not stretch or enlarge the free cartoons beyond about 100 × 72 mm in size, on a page.
Files are made available .jpg file format & are about 70Kb (Kilobytes) in size, which is pretty small.
Free cartoons – enlargement by projection
If you try to enlarge the Free cartoons by projecting them onto a screen then they will look blocky & awful! If you want to project a cartoon on screen (in a church sermon, for example) or print a cartoon in a larger document (like an A4 church newsletter, or on a poster) then I recommend that you buy the cartoon at either medium or high quality.
Medium Quality cartoons
Medium Quality cartoons can be enlarged to A4 size (210 × 297 mm) & will look very good. If you enlarge the cartoon beyond that size it will begin to pixilate or look blocky & won’t look so good. It will still be OK at A3 (297 × 420 mm) size, but will just look a little blocky.
Medium Quality cartoons – enlargement by projection
Medium Quality cartoons are sufficiently high quality to be projected onto screens in churches. But I would recommend you buy the high quality cartoon version if you want to enlarge the cartoon a great deal, in a conference hall, for instance.
Medium Quality cartoons cost £1 (GBP) each.
Files will be e-mailed to you in .jpg file format & are about .5 Mb (Megabytes) in size.
High Quality cartoons
These are the very best quality cartoons & can be used for just about anything!
High Quality cartoons can be enlarged to a whopping A2 size (420 × 578 mm), which makes for a great & powerful poster on your wall! If you enlarge the cartoon beyond that size it will begin to pixilate & look a bit blocky, however, I’ve blown these cartoons up to A1 size (594 × 841 mm) & they still look OK, from a reasonable viewing distance (3-7 metres.)
High Quality cartoons cost £2 (GBP) each.
Files will be e-mailed to you in .jpg file format & are about 1.5Mb (Megabytes) in size.
When considering which cartoon to buy, the high quality one is better & is recommended.
If you want to use my cartoons commercially (i.e. to make money out of them) for self-published books, CD covers, magazines, leaflets, etc, then I ask you to e-mail me & we can talk terms.
Low quality (230 × 170 pixels approx.) cartoons are free.
Just click the button “Download free 234 × 170 px Low Quality cartoon” & you’ll receive it.
Medium quality (840 × 600 pixels approx.) cartoons cost £1 (GBP) each.
Just click the button “Add to cart (£1 GBP) Med’ Quality cartoon (£1 GBP)” to add the cartoon to your shopping cart.
High quality (1750 × 1260 pixels approx.) cartoons cost £2 (GBP) each.
Just click the button “Add to cart (£2 GBP) High Quality cartoon (£2 GBP)” to add the cartoon to your shopping cart.
Follow the link below to the currency converter, to convert £ (GBP) into your own currency if you live outside the UK.
You purchase Bible Cartoons either from the Gallery page (which shows INDIVIDUAL cartoons) or from the Famous Bible Stories page (which shows multiple cartoons.) In any case you…
1) Select which cartoon(s) you would like to buy by clicking on EITHER the “Add to cart Med Qlty £1 (GBP)” button OR the “Add to cart High Qlty £2 (GBP)”.
2) When you have added all the cartoons or illustrations you would like to buy, click the “checkout” button, which is under the shopping cart on the right hand side of the Gallery page.
3) You will automatically be taken to the PayPal payment pages. Make your payment there.
4) Once you’ve done that, you will be sent an email (to the email address you supplied in PayPal) which contains the hyperlinks to all the Bible Cartoons you just bought.
5) Click on the hyperlink in the email & you will see the artwork in your browser. From there you can save the file to your own computer.
The same advice above applies to buying Gospel Illustrations.
1) Click on the checkout button (in the shopping cart box on the right of the page) once you’re ready to pay.
2) You will see a page like the one below.
3) Click on the “Don’t have a PayPal account?” link, and you will be taken to a credit card payment page.
4) Fill in your Credit Card details & pay for the cartoons &/or merchandise.
5) Once completed, the cartoons will automatically be sent to you via email. The email will contain hyperlinks. When you click them the file is open on your mobile/tablet/computer. Then you save them to a convenient place.
… And not once will you have to open a PayPal account!
Please resist the temptation to send anyone the files you have downloaded, since that is wrong & illegal. Please do not redistribute or make available the original computer files that you have purchased from Bible cartoons to anyone else.
I grant permission for anyone to use the Free cartoons in a non-commercial way. In other words, if you just want to show my cartoons on your own website, use them for a church sermon, presentation, in youth work, or any other non-commercial venture (but will not be making any money from them) then that’s OK by me. I would ask that you put a credit on your website or printed materials, something like this “cartoons kindly supplied by Martin Young – www.biblecartoons.co.uk” which will encourage your readers to come & see the cartoons on this website for themselves.
If you purchase the Medium Quality (840 × 600 pixels approx.) or High Quality (1750 × 1260 pixels approx.) cartoons, then please note that the copyright & ownership of the original cartoon artwork remains with me. When you buy a cartoon or illustration from this website you are effectively buying a licence to use the cartoon image, for strictly non-profit making purposes. You are not buying the copyright for that image.
By purchasing the Medium Quality or High Quality cartoons you are not purchasing a license which allows you to produce third party merchandise, which will gain you commercial benefit (i.e monetary reward for products sold by yourself or a third party.)
If you want to use my cartoons commercially i.e. to make money out of them, for example to illustrate a book or magazine, to use on a CD or DVD case cover, to make posters, T-shirts, mugs or any other merchandise, etc which you intend to sell for profit, then I ask you to contact me & we can negotiate a mutually acceptable price.
Now I work digitally, with a computer, graphics tablet & stylus/pen, which really suits me a whole lot better!
I also have a Christian faith… I believe in Jesus Christ. So it makes sense to “marry” my interest in cartooning with my faith. I’ve tried drawing lots of other subjects but nothing engages me quite as deeply as cartoon illustrations based on Jesus & the Gospel. So I draw Christian cartoon illustrations because I believe in the power of the cartoon medium, & in the power of the Gospel. What a combination!
I also hope book & magazine editors & publishers will be interested in these cartoon illustrations. It would be great to see this work published that way.
I have customers from all over the world buying the cartoons, predominately in the UK & USA, but also in Canada, Australia & New Zealand, Europe, the the Far East.
I’ve sold to individuals, churches, companies, charities & various organisations.
What’s a mission statement?
A mission statement is a brief description of an individual’s or a company’s fundamental purpose. A mission statement answers the question, “Why do we exist?” It describes what your values are, what you do, and who you serve.
What’s a Vision statement?
The vision statement answers the question, “Where do we want to go?” It’s about your dreams and hopes for yourself or your business. It reminds you of what you are trying to build.
The difference between a mission statement and a vision statement is that a mission statement focuses on your present state while a vision statement focuses on your future state.
The Bible Cartoons Project Mission Statement:
To provide artistically strong Bible cartoons to evangelise, encourage, educate & entertain.
To present the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a fun, exciting, provocative & creative way.
The Bible Cartoons Project Vision Statement:
To encourage Christians in their faith & to deepen their desire to study the Bible.
To challenge others to look into the Good News of Jesus Christ & help them make a decision to become a Christian.
I’ve modified, changed & re-written these statement lots of times, as new concepts & ideas come to me… no doubt I’ll do that again in the future!
On a spiritual level, I guess my inspiration comes from God Himself. My Christian faith is what provides me with the inspiration to draw these cartoons from the Bible.
Having said that, Jesus himself, when he walked the earth, offended a lot of people, not least of which the Pharisses & Jewish leaders he came into contact with! Truth can have that effect on people. Truth shines like a laser beam into the hearts of people, & often exposes parts of their character & nature that they do not want to admit to.
If you find that anything in these cartoons prompts a reaction in your heart, please let me know.
I suppose that the word “cartoon” conjures up images of irreverence & poking fun at any & all subjects. Many cartoonists, all through the ages, have used this artistic medium to lampoon pretty much all subjects – sacred, or otherwise. Since my subject is the Holy Bible, people might be forgiven for thinking that I am therefore trying to make light of the gospel.
Whilst I am using my God-given artistic talents to illustrate the Bible stories in cartoon style, my aim is to try to make the Bible accessible to visual learners & people who would like to see it’s truth, in pictorial form; to engage with the gospel as fully as possible. Whilst my artistic style is cartoon in form, my aim is not to belittle the Holy Bible, but rather to echo it; to transmit it to an audience who might not otherwise engage with it; to maximise the gospel message, rather than to minimise it. I seek to bring glory to God, using my cartooning skills, & to spread the gospel message to as wide an audience as possible.
Stephen Quiller (Acrylic landscape painter.)
John Blockley (? – 2002. Watercolour.)
Hazel Sloan (1954 – Present. Christian Watercolourist.)
Barry Herniman (1950 – Present. Dramatic, bold colours, watercolour landscapes & seascapes.)
David Bellamy (Dramatic Landscape Artist. Watercolour.)
William Heaton Cooper (1903-1995. Lake District (UK) Watercolour Artist.)
Ron Tiner (Illustrator/cartoonist. Pencil, ink, watercolour.)
Jean Giraud, aka Gir, Mobius (1938 – Present. Illustrator/cartoonist. pencil, inks, watercolour, airbrush.)
Dennis Jones (Christian Cartoonist. Gouche.)
Norman Thelwell (1923-2004. Cartoonist.)
John Martin (1789-1854 – apocalyptic oil painter)
Arthur Rackham (1867-1939. Book illustrator)
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890. Landscape/portrait – Impressionist painter. Oils)
… there are lots more!
I enjoy sunrises & sunsets – who doesn’t?
I have an analytical mind, so that I enjoy figuring things out, how they work, etc.
I enjoy the sciences, which help us to understand how the universe works. Every science discovery leads me to marvel even more at the ingenuity & creativity of our amazing God who created it all.
I love the sea, even though I live about as far away from it as you can get in the UK… how did that happen?!
I have found my interest in the Holy Bible rocketing as a result of designing & producing these Bible Cartoons. In fact, I am much, much more interested in history, geography, architecture, textiles & clothing, animals, plants, etc than I ever have been. All of these things seem very relevant to me now, as I seek to depict these Bible images in as realistic, historically accurate & Bible-honouring a way as I can.
Draw what you enjoy drawing. Drawing should be about fun. If you enjoy what you draw, it will show in your work. What you love should be the subject of your drawing. Don’t draw what other people want you to draw. Be true to yourself & to your particular dreams.
Practice a lot! Find something you enjoy drawing & draw it a lot. Don’t give up. The important thing is not to give up. And try not to compare your work with that of other people’s either, especially professional cartoonists / artists. Their skill & finished works are the result of many years of hard work, & you can’t become a master cartoonist or artist overnight.
We do not get very long to live on earth, so why do something that you don’t enjoy? That goes for subject matter in art as well. What’s the point of drawing or painting something purely because you hope it will sell… purely for financial gain? Rather, draw & paint what you are passionate about; what you love. That kind of passion will show in your work. It is detectable, not just by fellow artists, but by everyone who sees your art. Life is too short not to pursue your passion. It is a waste of your precious time on earth to draw or paint anything that you do not avidly believe in.
Never, ever, give up on your dreams – for any reason!
Pursue them with all the courage & determination you can muster.
I believe we each have a unique, God-given personality, with skills & talents particular to us. Part of our “job” whilst here on earth is to discover our talents & skills & to develop them as far as we dare to. For me, the most important thing is the imagination God has given me & the powerful desire to be creative, through art. When we pursue these things, we are truly living up to our potential.
As you can imagine, it takes quite a long time to produce each cartoon (about 4-6 hours on average) that you see on this website. It also takes time & effort to update & improve the website, to market & promote the Bible Cartoons Project. In order to keep this website running, & providing the cartoons to the public, would you consider making a donation? Just click on the “Donate” button on the Gallery page.
If you would like to discuss your particular requirements or if you encounter any difficulties with downloading the cartoons, please also send me an email. I want happy customers, after all!