I've been thinking about doing a themed character set with a consistent look, and two ideas have struck me as good, so I plan to do both.
1: Religion set
All the major religious figures, sitting cross-legged on clouds, probably just one pose each, maybe two just to add a bit of versatility. I'm thinking a bearded-old-man style God, a non-crucified Jesus, Buddha, Zeus, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster, plus any others that people think of. Also in this set would be a few "Hands of God" - pointing, giving a thumbs-up sign, maybe a couple of others, plus a lightning bolt prop, and (of course) the Flying Spaghetti Monster's Noodly Appendage.
To flesh it out, I would also draw a handful of new backgrounds: a general cloudy background in the same style as the characters, as well as the Peraly Gates, a radiant "god on his throne" type of pic, and maybe a full-width Flying Spaghetti Monster, radiant in the clouds.
Feedback? Suggestions? Rotten fruit?
2: Politics set
I'm not a real political cartoonist, but I'd be willing to have a crack at drawing reasonably recognisable international political figures, again in a consistent style so they all look good together. They would include the obvious ones, plus some lesser-knowns: Bush and co (Cheney, Rumsfeld, Condi), Bush main opponents, Blair (and maybe the current British opposition leader, whoever he is), and the Aussie PM and opposition leader (John Howard and Kim Beazley). In news that will please those looking for a more serious style, I will try to do serious-looking caricatures, rather than silly exaggerated ones.
Anyone else that should be included? I'm a lefty, but in the interests of fair play I'll draw up left-wing politicians as well for the SC community's obscene pleasures. If it's someone I am not likely to have heard of, though, please do your own homework and give me some good photos to work from.
Oh, as for matching background, I could only think of two: a blue curtain and presidential seal for press conferences, and some kind of UN background.
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