The best heros have the best villains. Batman has the Joker, Two-face, Riddler, Catwoman, Rhas al Gul ( hope I spelled that right). Spider man has Dr. Octopus, Green Goblin, Electro, the Lizard. Superman, Lex Luthor, Brainiac. Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom, Galactus. Well, I could go on and on but great heros have great villains. When I started working out ideas for O-boy I started to get ideas for villains. The main villain, Glooma, came from another of those 3 inch scraps and looked like this.
Menacing isn't she? Not exactly arch villain material but the all black clothes gave me the idea for a dark gloomy villian. I kept sketching and came up with this face.
A little tougher but still cartoony which is good since O-boy is a child. Sketching went on and I came up with these.
So the final basic design ended up like this. Keep in mind it is still a rough.
Nezt up, Glooma's minions. Gloom troopers and other underlings.
Sketching and doodling are very important. Its often where ideas are born. I first sketched O-Boy on a 3 inch piece of scrap paper. I was trying to draw a cute baby like character. I thought his hair kind of looked like a retro space boy, so I decided to make him a super hero complete with a cape.
Next I did a few more drawings, trying to refine his look.
Excitedly, I shared him to some kids I know. Not one thought he was a super hero but every single kid thought he was a baby vampire. So I decided to make him a robot.
I confidently showed this to one of the kids who promptly said, "a robot baby vampire!" I decided to lose the ears and reluctantly the cape. The kids got it this time.
Art and cartooning are all about communicating a clear message. When the kids didn't understand what I was trying to say I had to keep coming back in an attempt to clarify my message. Its an ongoing process. Its easy for artists to have an idea that is all worked out in their mind but has a lot of gaps for the audience. Its easy to forget that it is all about communication. Its not that you change an idea just so people will like it. You change it only for clarification to get the message across.
All this time I was putting together a story for him as well as other characters which I will be showing you soon.
God made all things and all things belong to Him. He made us in His image to reflect His glory by tending His creation under His authority. He made us to know Him, love Him and live for Him.
But we have rebelled against God. We don't want to live for Him. We have lived for ourselves which is evident when we lie, steal, lust, and hate. We have pretended to be god in His place. We have made ourselves an idol. We have failed to love others and we have failed to love God.
This is a horrible crime against the King of all creation. And a crime against an infinite and eternal king requires an infinite and eternal punishment in a place called Hell.
Even though this is what we deserve, God still loves us. He does not desire for us to perish but to be restored to living with and for Him. So God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus lived a perfect life always loving God the Father with all His heart, mind, soul, and strength and always loved His neighbor as much as Himself. He lived the life we should have lived and did not deserve to be punished by God.
But Jesus was punished on the cross, not for His own sin, but for the sins of people. He died and was buried and three days later He rose again to give us eternal life.
Now He calls all people everywhere to repent, to stop living for themselves and live for the one who died for them. All the while trusting in His sacrifice and resurrection as payment for their sins. And those who trust in Him will be born again. His Spirit will come to dwell in them and they will have assurance of eternal life. One day, this world will pass away and God will make a new Heavens and a new Earth where God's people will dwell with Him forever.
And this is the story behind O-Boy: The Power of Light. Inspired by the Gospel, which is true myth and at the heart of all our great stories, and by the works of John Bunyan and C. S. Lewis, I am attempting to put together a webcomic where the King of Light takes on the lowest form in order to rescue His people from the power of darkness.
Christian cartoonist seeking to bring glory to his Creator and Redeemer by being creative.