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Darkness Within Final by PatrickBrown Darkness Within Final by PatrickBrown
Ok so here is my 100% completed character for my comic Darkness Within :D

I've had alot of concepts and have been back and forth with ideas on how our hero should look, and this is what I'm settling for. I really enjoyed setting up this scene too, I haven't tried doing rain too much so it was great to try something new!

I really wish I could tell you the storyline and how it's all going to work, but I have to keep it top secret for now.. Until I actually get this thing going at least. Let's hope I do ;)

My next step is going to be turning this dude into a 3D model :D I'm pumped for that! Just for fun really.. I'd really like to hear what you think about the final design of this guy.

Let me know what you think!

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I liked this design for him since those sketches you made. He looks very believable and you can really... how to put it... sympathize with him, seeing as he's not some anabolic-pumped looking superhero in tights, I guess I'm just done with that superhero cliché. All the little details still make him a unique character, if he hadn't been already. The tears here and there lining his clothing can easily be interpreted in different ways; either from battles fought and won- or from the 'Darkness Within' trying to claw it's way out. I could, however, also be overanalizing here.
I also like how you re-used the original idea with the tribal/tattoo thing, how it's more of a glowing aura now. The slight glowing energy leaving off his right arm do adds a nice little something, too, and the way the reds in the picture have the highest saturation really makes it stand out.

There's not too much to say about your style on the character itself and the coloring, seeing as I'm a great fan of your work and it always looks great whenever you use it. The 'strong' shading adds to the athmosphere of the whole picture just as much as the rain does.

And that scene and background! you could easily use this picture as the front cover of the first magazine issue of Darkness Within, if you so desired. Very nice!
I especially adore the rain hitting the ground and also how you worked out the asphalt. though the texture is really big, it gives away a more comic-like feel and fits perfectly with the character.

The only, and I mean only, critique I could leave, would be on the already highly praised ground. It does look a little distorted, like it curves down right in front of the camera, but again, this could also be me seeing things.
And there's bonus points for all the detail added on the rain on the car. Seems to me that it's flowing down the metal surface ANd the windshield just right.

This artwork is overall really nice and- though not packed with ten-thousand different characters or collapsing buildings, is coplete in itself and truly gives you a feeling of a lingering Darkness Within.
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The choice in coloring is what strikes me the most. The contrast between the muted colors and the high intensity of the red is very well executed and creative. I think you could have given the rim lighting around the character brighter highlights just to separate him from the background more. Some of the red wisps of energy are very intense, so I would imagine that light reflecting onto his clothing at an almost equal amount.

Also, I may have liked to see you blur the background out just a bit to add some depth of field to this. This looks like it could be a still from an animation cell. Just adding some of those FX could have really pushed this onto another level.

Overall this is very well done. I'm a fan of your work. You have a very unique style in both lines and coloring. I really do look forward to your updates!
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RobbieLocksley Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
wicked sweet
I like the tall, lean, muscled look...not bulky like some heroes, but definitely powerful
the face and hair - badass, love the hair and beard, just right for that face and body
strong hands
would like to see closer up of eyes... have a thing for eyes
I am new fan of yours
look forward to seeing more of this hero
does hero have a name yet? or is it Darkness?
thesimmsonian Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Still stoked to see you get this thing going.
chris5241 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I love this! This is my most favourite from you! And you have A LOT of great artwork! Could you draw the tattoo symbol for me? If you could, that'd be great! Keep up the incredible work!
sheepbender Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
I love these series of illustrations, but just one thought, his face reminds me too much of Dylan McDermott of The Practice fame. And I dont really see him as being particularly strong/athletic/leading character material... But cant wait to see the 3D model and how the series goes..
JosephHilliard Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is excellent. As with the rest of your work, this is a incredibly appealing perfect compromise between stylized and photo realistic. Your original character is in fact original and interesting, the perspective composition and dynamics are engaging and the lighting and rain effects are seamless and convincing. Your characters face and body language are both extremely expressive. Look forward to seeing more. Wanted this to be a critique but not enough words and I don't really have any suggestions seems flawless to me. PS Your fan art is excellent as well
Binoy11 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
legs kinda luks skinny
dreno360 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
forgot ot ask how the comic was going?
mirkodinoia90 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
fantastic work!!!
xroce Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012
PolarPhotos Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Reminds me of the game InFamous!
Tsukasa57 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
awesome to the MAX
Drastik07 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
well i must say i am a fan of the style in this one [link] better than the above the vein like appearance is best this reminds me of a character i drew up a yr or so ago for my anime style comic/flash animation never got to it tho but drew a few of the chars anyways.
pax112 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Omnipotent1984 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
I would like to ask you something, my good sir.

Do you use the pen tool in photoshop do make your black lines? aka "inking"
faceaway Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011   Digital Artist
This is one of the best pictures I have ever seen on all of Deviantart
Amazing, AMAZING work!
Kuinnu Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
Sole-Storyteller Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
There's an interesting concept. Whatever plotline might outcome from this, I think you gave it a very good start. The design looks great - very casual look, no hints any supernatural powers on his clothing and looks - except for the glowing red lines, of course. I like that, since I never was a fan of heroes with flashy costumes.

If I had to guess, I'd say it has something to do with controlling an inner evil and/or harneshing power from it. I love those kind of internal struggles and recently had an idea for a story regarding such conflicts.

I've already added some of your works to my favorites, but now I'm sure to watch you and wait for more of Darkness Within. Good luck with it! It sounds really promising!
apricotteacup Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
He looks amazing. I love the background and the rain and if this were on the cover of a comic book I would totally pick it up!
tiggertie Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
darkness within over heart of darkness

the man with short hair is the most relate-able and realistic main character. he also seems like his face and posture can cover a larger range of emotions so hes not a flat character.

the girls very cool. i love the hair thing. but not as a main character.

the veins over the tattoos... i think. that's the only bit im not 100% on.

at least those are my opinions. but i DEFF want to see more!
Jmeed Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
scousereddy2468 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
this is amzing! it reeminds me of infamous 2 even thow this was first! they stole your idea lol! an idea that grew into a legend piece of art! nice art pal!
Leganica Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Too evil I think ... Strength looks too dark. scary

It is my opinion

lijovipe Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Is awesome...the details, the concept, the rain, I love your work...Niceeee!!!!
IVbenjamin Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The effects of everything is amazing!! great job as always! :D
Solubrious Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
Dude, I love your art work. I'd really like to see a comic with your art in it. This is gr8 pic, by the way! I'll be watching
TehUberMeister Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011
Hey Pat I've been wondering is this going to be a web comic or are you going to find a publisher and all that? Cause I'd really like to buy this, seems very interesting I really like the character designs.
Rietzhu Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
It sounds too much like top cow's Darkness. What sets your world apart from there's? You did a great job on the rain!
dirfone Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Please send me tutorial. how did you do that? :crash: :w00t:
scousereddy2468 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
the rain looks awsome well done! the dude looks bad ass and powerfull like a gangster superman LOL i cant wait for the comic and think your work is top notch!
dleafy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, it`s amazing! the colors are perfect!
Searz Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
He is... dry? It certainly looks that way atleast :S
Awesome picture nonetheless.
Jamerica9 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
hahaha tough critic
hecatonchire123 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Congratulations on hammering out the final form of your character! Can't wait to see the finished story!
Eli-the-snowdog Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Dude this guy looks REALLY bad ass and like a person who has alot to hide should be fun!!!
JWink88 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
love the glow effects on the body as well as the streaks of red light. really makes the effects pop out in front of the rain, which is awesome too. Great work man!
GemmaDuffill Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
looks very awesome
KidArtist14 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He looks really mad about something. Dark indeed.
123Miniyaoi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
That is Amazing!!!! :iconohmygodplz:

U.....R.....AWSOME >O<
devzign Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
so awesome
PJMarts1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
Very impressive stuff... I am also working on my own character that is top secret as well. I will definitely keep an eye out for your release. We also have some energy elements that is similar... I am curious to see how this all unfolds.
jokermalikus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
this is awsome shit man
kaosmancer Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
To me it looks like he just got out of his car to look all bad-ass and moody for someone with a camera he happened to see while driving by ;)
RobDulga Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're work is very amazing, i'd love to work with you on a project in the future.
Desert-Chimera Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's gonna be goooood. Lookin' forward to the comic.
RAYN3R-4rt Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
DUDE!! fing amazing piece wow
the-ricksta Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Classic comnination of monochrome piqued with reds.
I like the fact you're not sure if he's good or bad.
All in all - amazing.
SiberiumAbyss Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O_O Whoa... I don't even know where to begin for this one... Your style is epic beyond all comparison!! I don't know if you've earned a career out of your art yet or not, but this is the kind of style I so deeply admire! I especially love how the details are intricate, yet done with such finesse. You have one incredible gift. :)
edgejr Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student General Artist
"darkness is different here!" just cool just he looks alittle bit like you lol XD
Turkey13 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
"Darkness! Darkness is spreading!" - Rick James

Great piece, Patrickbrown!!!
Xevixeis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
Looks great! :clap: I like the expression and the background with the rain is awesome. How many hours devoted to this artwork? (curiosity)
Your style is one of my favorites! :+fav:
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