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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):

DESCRIPTION:
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.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Correct response.
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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.

Hmm..it 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.
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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.
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SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
I dig all of those little instrument fiddly bits.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I worked hard on the fiddly, so thanks!
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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. :)
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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DarkKnightJRK Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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beaux-artworx Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional General Artist
Appreciated the very detailed explanation :D
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, hope I wasn't TOO long-winded...
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beaux-artworx Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Don't worry it wasn't.. :D
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KaosKongo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Eyeah! :D Key point about your art is the different angle you went with - where as most people went with the single crazy doctor with a scapel and a big head (kudos though to the guy who made Ivan into a brain fucker), your take was quite the original :)

Great concept :)

PS: I also loved the guy in the floating test tube thingo with the pet wombat. Twas teh awesome :)
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much, I was happy with the end result, although plenty of other people "out-creeped" me with no problem!
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FWACATA Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha read this and been following on the board, awesome stuff, meng.
Hopefully I'll put one up tomorrow before they close the board...
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Please do, your work is always great!
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FWACATA Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
THANKS! :BOW:
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SomeFreakyGuy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009
Nice! Of all the WhiteChapel re-imaginings yours are always consistently superb.
This one is probably my favourite so far though...
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I need to expand my style base, so I'm glad you feel this is in the right direction...
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AteMozzarella Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Student General Artist
A genius and the next Miss Universe :XD:

Honestly though, I originally thought the nurse was a man from afar, but I like her face 8D

I like the twitchy face XD But this doesn't even BEGIN to scratch CREEPY. It's up there with COOL :D
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Groovy, thanks. For once, my "mannish" women drawing skills are a positive thing!
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russiantea87 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009   Writer
Also, thanks Paul, it's been great talking with Rainbow Blight; she's incontestably great.
Thanks for introducing me to her and her music.
ANd thanks again, for all the advice on drawing.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
No problem.
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russiantea87 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009   Writer
thanks again anyway!
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russiantea87 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009   Writer
Have you ever encountered a movie by the name of Akira: you're stuff reminds me of that, and INvader Zim. A little bit.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yup, I saw AKIRA when it hit American shores in 1985, and it changed my comic life!
Invader Zim was awesome too.
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russiantea87 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009   Writer
I got like five story concepts and plot devices__just from the first five minutes!

It was unreal: it's frustrating though...because my story has kruachen in it: krauchen are more ethereal beings, that actually use their emotions as literal weapons. One of them expresses hate with pyrokinesis, by inflicting internal pain on himself: another can push out sentiment so intense no one can see him. Both characters can corrode living and inanimate things with their hands using pure spite, which manifests in a viscious necrotic ink in their veins. They can't do it for long due to the hearts difficulty with pushing such a thick substance through it.

The ideas behind kruachen came from several ideas, and one notable fact: in German the word 'gift' is the same one for 'venom'.
These beings are humans with more venom, or, eitr inside them. They're the consummate monsters. Their original purpose was supposed to be ministers to all sentient creatures, mid-gods, basically.

Akira's plot, and mine, have that in common: we both cherished the contemplation of catholic progression: that gods were only a matter of time, knowledge, wisedom, and power. I believe personally in a lot of things that I write, at least to some extent. I think men can become like gods, because Plato once remarked "that the purpose of existence is perfection". What if God has reached a point of self discipline, having abandoned all conceit for self-sacrifice, that matter accords to his emotions, that his sentiment is so intense that it engenders itself into every aspect of "being": that it conforms to its will ultimately because it IS him, but a mere distant extension.
I believe, in a sense, in the philosophy behind the stone.
That it is the culmination of both male and female aspects of the universal being, and that it is a perfect Man.

Life can't have an end, because if it does then what was the point of it begining? It wouldn't be logically possible.


Mathematically I can prove this: see here's how it works: for every action there is an equal, and opposite reaction.
So if there is a more efficient and ultimately cost effective way to do things (which is the "right" way), virtue avoiding the pratfalls of bad juju__then there must be necessitated a negative response. As the two aspects differ more intensely, one must ultimately reach a perpetuated everlasting stasis, whereas the other one culminate in destruction.

Now does that mean initially that i believe there has to be some "ultimate" power? No, but I do believe in an ultimate sentiment: an emotion, an aspiration that won't stand for being extinguished by any force. I don't think there's someone who's intially indefatigably monstrous in universal might or whatever, but I think that perfection has been grossly misconstrued for meaning piddling things like speed, stamina, dexterity, cognitive reasoning__things that aren't possible to be "perfect" at because there's no 100% gauge and limit to our sentient potential as a race.
No. Perfect comes from a greek word: it means, 'whole'.
A balanced man, one both possesed with the best of all aspects, yin and yang, is, essentially, a perfect man. His present sentiment is correct entirely in its intent and its gravity, so far as his faculties allow him comprehension.

I don't believe has all the best answers, or the best stuff when they're perfect: i think they just acquire it with more ease because of their conditioned understanding/adaptivity.

See it's not that whole 'good will always triumph over evil' that's the thing, it's that 'good must triumph', because that's all that matters.


Sorry Paul if this all sound too Hubbard-esque for you man. It's just the only way I know how to explain something that's ultimately necessary to understand. I observed several religions when I conceived this mythology for my saga: one of the themes in the story is that the guy available is who's saving you, not the guy who's best.

I hate guys like Superman, if you think about it, Superman's more of a vigilante than Batman: seriously, he answers to no one, I don't even think in the entire animated series he talked to a chief of police, or a cop for that matter, even once.

But what i was saying before, krauchen are basically the closest things to gods, metaphysically speaking. They're original intent was to enjoin the dreams of people,together, and provide more intense insight and empathy between humans.
But they're like the kids from Children of the Damned, X-men, and several other stories that I relished growing up.
I like this story because it's not quite like any other I've ever seen.
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RocketShoes Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Artist
The colors on this make me so happy.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
See? That's all I needed to hear.
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SilverRytis Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
whos that beauty? XD
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, he IS single...
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garald4 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
Nice! Reminds me of Kuato from Totall Recall only creepier!

;)
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endotoxin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009
I want to be Ivan Brodsky when I grow up.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Start drinking now...
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sobreiro Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional General Artist
Nice!... I've been struggling with this remake... there's not much we can do to alter the original...
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, I didn't really go too far past what the description laid out. Just "creeped" it up.
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AlexCuervo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well... it's very creepy... Good work.
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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NekoAthena Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
quite! i'd love to get my hands on some of those old "Weird Tales" issues, all the good stuff was in them. Great interpretation, and just the right amount of "creepy."
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PaulSizer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect, thanks!
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