All right folks, THIS is a creepy one, but I wanted to challenge myself, so here goes, apologies to those with a low "creep" threshold...
This week's REMAKE at Warren Ellis' WhiteChapel boards is IVAN BRODSKY (never heard of him either):
Ivan Brodsky was created by Victor Rousseau; the pseudonym of Victor Rousseau Emmanuel (Jim Anthony, Clifford, Ronald Gowan, Professor MacBeard, Dr. Martinus, Pennell, Shawm, Thorne), and appeared in eleven stories in Weird Tales in 1926 and 1927, beginning with "The Case of the Jailer's Daughter" (Weird Tales, Sept. 1926).
Ivan Brodsky is a Big-Headed Dwarf Genius Occult Detective.
Ivan Brodsky, the "Surgeon of Souls," works as a "professor of nervous diseases" at a London hospital. He is a "dark, sinewy, undersized man, with a great head absurdly disproportionate to his body, and flashing eyes that seemed to pierce through you and read your thoughts." He is "a cross between two races whose blend of shrewdness and mysticism was probably accountable for the production of so remarkable a personality as his own." He is unassuming and doesn't socialize, but is "all-dominating" in his hospital, where he performs experiments for treating "obscure brain lesions." He is an expert hypnotist who receives cases from around the country. His particular cases involve psychic matters of reincarnation and possession, and he believes in an "oversoul" to which individual souls return, so that the execution of a brutal murderer will "be the release of just so much additional force of evil" to the oversoul.
Given the description, I wanted to go for the "creepy" factor, and really try to hit hard with some more unnerving illustrational look than I usually use. I decided to make the coloring all have that sickly green/fluorescent bulb lighting overall, and I wanted Ivan to be one creepy little man.
envisioning that Brodsky's shriveled body would require a "host", or in this case, a "helper nurse". All his tools are on the harness, he's all hooked up with the life support for his tiny sick body, and he's got a 250 lb. Russian nurse to kick ass if things get out of hand.
Weird enough for you?