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REMAKE: Ivan Brodsky by PaulSizer REMAKE: Ivan Brodsky by PaulSizer
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):

Brodsky, Ivan.
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?
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Kerevon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Note to self: If you see a giant Russian nurse with arms the size of cannons carrying a dwarf with a huge head in a harness on her front, do not ask questions. Do not ponder the situation. Just GTFO.
PaulSizer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Correct response.
thorin111 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow..i heard tales of madmen and research that has gone "beyond" But all are with words left to envision it for ourselves..

However given this remarkable picture with high note of fine artistry and skill where years of comics will be proud of for years to come. seems to me,Brodsky is a man who has devoted himself to the medical science of the mind but at the cost of his very Body health and strength..With this picture we can already envision the great hardships Ivan had to go through with..VERY Greatly done

Hmmm..also plus theres a high chance where usually the term arises.."The bigger they are,the harder they fall"...lets hope the good doctor does not encounter such an incident and also add some new form of meaning to the term.
PaulSizer Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the very in-depth and insightful response. I'm hard pressed to say I put as much thought into it originally, but I'm glad you found such depths of content from the image.
SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
I dig all of those little instrument fiddly bits.
PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I worked hard on the fiddly, so thanks!
DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
The nurse kinda creeps me out more, actually.

Great job--very creepy, definitely a change-up from your usual stuff. :)
PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
beaux-artworx Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Appreciated the very detailed explanation :D
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