His character really exemplified what I was going for in Elijah. I really like Jeremy Irons acting, style, and voice (haha!), and I especially love his portrayal in The Mission as a Jesuit priest whose heart was to save a tribe of South America. The way he was in that film really portrayed the serenity and power of a man sent on God's mission and I wanted to capture some of that spiritual strength in my design of Elijah. Such a beautiful film, by the way.
Some other examples of inspiration include Severus Snape from Harry Potter and Joseph Fiennes from Luther.
From there the character design of Elijah developed and I did a few sketches to get a feel for him. I have here all my design sketches of Elijah, save for one, which is one of my favorites and my very first sketch I did of him. I hope to incorporate it in my graphic novel somehow so for now I won't be posting that one.
The above is my front view/side view sketch of the character which I can refer to as I am drawing.
The above sketches are the further developments of his character, some of them unfinished. Haha. And despite the serenity and powerful presence I was wanting for his character, I also wanted to show the anguish of his heart, particularly in prayer and discourse. This is a man, afterall, who ends up mocking and slaughtering hundreds of prophets!
This one my scanner was unable to get the entirety of the drawing, but this is my final sketch that I did. I wanted to really capture Elijah in his fullness of personality and to really bring life to his face and eyes. Once I was satisfied that I accomplished this, I stopped sketching. I am very much prone to overly perfecting my work and getting lost in the details of drawing technique. I am trying to loosen up and get the concept down immediately because first impression matters very much in concept design. If the foundation isn't correct, then no amount of talented rendering is going to fix it.
I hope to have more for you all next month. For now, I hope you enjoy these!