“The Jernegan Solution”: Character development

My principle characters in this comic are based on real historical figures. As far as I know there are only two photographs of my lead personage, Reverend Prescott Jernegan.  Starting from the photos, this is the look of the character evolved:

Photograph of Prescott Jernegan
Photograph of Prescott Jernegan

Photograph of Prescott Jernegan
Photograph of Prescott Jernegan

I especially like the one on the left, capturing the visionary quality I wanted for the character.  Some early sketches:

early jernergans

early jernegan 2 early jernegan

Gradually I moved toward a more stylized version of the character, and I wanted to give him a mysterious, impenetrable quality, and make his body angular and elongated:

jernegan rough

A sketch of Jernegan in the throes of ecstatic vision.
A sketch of Jernegan in the throes of ecstatic vision.

Here are some panels featuring the character from the final inked version of the comic:

Jernegan from page 11 Jernegan from p3 FLAT
jernegan 22 Jernegan from p12
Dan
Lives in: Cambridge, Mass. Does: comics. Used to live in: Topanga Canyon, California But grew up in: Cambridge, mostly Used to do (maybe still?): Screenwriter, journalist, teaches some too

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