Production Art: Gerald Bultern

Gerald Bultern is easily one of my favorite designs despite how terrible a person he is. Bultern owns a slaughterhouse and is an outspoken bigot against the jewish community, refusing to let them into his store and actually acknowledging that his own daughter was “dead” to him the moment she started dating a jew.
Like many of the characters I had an idea of what he should look like, but when made the finished product (the first image on the upper left) I thought the character looked too young, especially since his daughter is supposed to be a full grown adult. I also thought it would be better to have a grumpy older man as it would give him some history.
His character was actually a late comer to the arch, after I read about Jewish prejudice in WhiteChapel around the time of the murders. Racism will actually be a theme in the upcoming arch, with it being a key factor as to why the ripper murders have not been solved.
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