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Gabriel John Utterson, 1893

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I haven't had energy for any big art projects lately. I'm interning at a local theatre, and that is pretty much the most interesting thing I've ever done, but waking up early each morning combined to the dark wintertime... I've been tired and haven't really drawn much beyond sketches (sketchdump to come).

Here's a really simple thing I drew today. It's no secret I loved the recent Finnish producton of Jekyll & Hyde the musical (produced by the theatre I'm interning at, by the way), and that I'm a huge fan of the character of Utterson. So here, I tried to imagine what he might look like about five years after the musical's events. As always, the character's looks are based on the actor but with my own spin. Though lately, when drawing characters based on specific real people, I've been readjusting my balance in between cartoonish and realistic. It's fascinating, trying to find a good mix of the two.

I draw Utterson a lot. Like I said, I really like the character. Maybe it's weird that in a story that features a mad scientist messing with his soul, my favourite character is the lawyer friend... But I see it this way: someone splitting their soul in half is very fascinating, but it's in no way relatable. The whole Jekyll & Hyde story is a hypothesis: what would happen if someone were able to do this? But Utterson – he tries to help his friend but can't prevent what will ultimately happen. And which one of us hasn't at some point worried for a loved one and wanted to help them, but felt helpless since we've had no way to fix their problems? That's relatable. That's the person through whose eyes I can feel and understand the story.

More Utterson in my Jekyll & Hyde gallery. He's in every second drawing there. At least.
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Ekka-Dolfi's avatar
Amazing! Great job~! <3
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You're welcome! c:
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Aweessoooommmeeeeeee!!!!
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You're very welcome ^^
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Wow. :O_o: I absolutely LOVE your style in digital! 
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Thank you! I must say, I really like drawing digitally myself... I quite like the clean look you can't easily achieve via traditional media.
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That's exactly what I thought upon seeing this, it looks so neat and clean! :D No problem!
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