The creative spark for “Laser Eyes Jesus”was an online video I watched that had a message about how too often we see God as angry and ready to punish anyone who got out of line with His commandments.
The message asked “Is that really what Jesus did? Was he blasting people to smithereens everywhere he went?” (I’m paraphrasing here, but you get the idea, right?)
So I got this wild image in my head of Jesus going around and blasting people with his laser-like eyes, because after all, he can see what’s in your heart, you know?
From there, the rest began to fall into place.
At first I began drawing Laser Eyes Jesus based on Classic Art, but that didn’t work quite the way that I wanted. So I tried drawings based on what you might call “Sunday School Book” art, particularly from the 1950’s and 60’s. That worked for me.
Where Classic Art always seemed to present Jesus in a realistic way based on drawings from live models, Sunday School Art presented Jesus in a “hyper-idealized”and almost “highly-medicated” way. That worked for me since I wanted to show what Jesus was not like.
Seriously, what could be more unlike Jesus than a comic strip character who “Zaps!” little children with his laser eyes?!?
but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Luke 18:14 (NRSV)