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Darkness Within Her by PatrickBrown Darkness Within Her by PatrickBrown
Some original art for a change ;)

This is a concept of mine for a comic I've been thinking of creating for a long time. I've got the whole story planned out but of course I can't say anything at this point..

I was originally going to go for a male lead character but I thought I might try out a chick for a change! If you're wondering what's with the hair, the idea is.. The angrier and more aggressive she is, the longer her hair and more dangerous she gets ;) When she's normal she actually will have really short stylish hair, like Rihanna haha!

I really want to give this whole comic idea a dark, gothic kind of feel but with a strong hero kind of story! Kind of like the way Spider-man 3 The Movie turned out ;)

Anyways enjoy
-Pat
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Darkness vs. Light. It has been a struggle that has been a constant from behind the scenes in our world. It is the driving force of morality in our hearts; telling us whether or not something is right or wrong, it is the force that compels one to save a life or they could take a life. Both forces have many strengths and many weaknesses when either exposed to each others element or during the endeavors of the user or even the very landscape or area itself. One important factor is that one should never, under any circumstance, completely assimilate one pure entity of darkness or light. With such a completely powerful energy and force lurking within the mind and body of an individual, it is quick to corrupt and manipulate the mind and body of those unfortunate enough to use it. They would become a slave to their own power; a puppet of sorts with no will of their own. Their existence and purpose is only to satiate their destructive needs regardless of their alignment or affiliation. Doomed to destroy and never create, the entity will haunt the universe for new prey, doing whatever it can to make itself feel complete.

Following the many eye-popping images in Patrick Brown's gallery, the picture gives off an incredible sense of dynamic movement. It almost appears as if you can watch the menacing wails of the winds as they are whipped about the female subject as her powers of shadows and darkness collect around her as if she were a localized black hole. The female subject alone is layered in beautiful modeling and design style. Her body has a bright, yet ominous glow about her as she floats before the scene gathering energy within her in order to unleash her wrath upon any unsuspecting targets within her vicinity. It really gives that familiar levels of atmospheric tension that the menacing figure that a character can generate simply by their presence.

However, I have one issue with this piece. As with your Farewell Charmaine piece, the lighting could use a bit of tweaking. The collected light sources around her wrists should be resonating a bit more light around the subjects body as well as casting a more prominent shadow effect around her body. As good as the piece looks, its surprising how a simple alteration to lighting can really drop some of the atmospheric tension that was established from the beginning. Try giving the lighting a few alterations and I'm sure the piece will become even more stellar than it was before.

With a slight fault, that doesn't make the picture a failure. No, not by a long shot. There is still wonderful that has been done on the character design and the various darkened colors really add more to the whole darkness theme. Excellent work man. :clap:
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Hi Patrick…

Huge fan man…Firstly I'ma say I dig your work dude and I don't mean that to precede the horrible things I'ma say next - about your piece - but since the point of any critique is either to be positive or negative I will try and be as fair as possible despite being biased about your other work cause I love it. Albeit, I hope don't lose my my objectivity in the process.

Secondly I'ma say: "Do your own thing!" Mr Brown especially if it works for you…

I'm in South Africa, but I'm pretty sure its safe to say hair is something women all over the world can relate to, understand and are sometimes sensitive about - especially if it goes unnoticed. I therefore feel the whole growing hair thing is quite intuitive (as in WOW excellent idea, where did you get it). It sounds and looks original to me. I however think if it's gonna work it should perhaps include a second dimension to growing long or short as the case may be. I think her hair should change COLOUR to represent her mood… We all know women have them. Red can mean danger (run, if you know what's good for you), but it could also mean passion (sexy, better hold her tonight), or she could be fearful (blonde/yellow). Imagine if every time her hair becomes black, somebody dies. Just think. I don't know how you imagine her, but thats just my idea for her. I mean anything is possible as long as you can objectify it right. Maybe her hair has a mind of it's own and controls her; who KNOWS except you Mr brown…

As for your artistic style, I'm not gonna tell you how to do your thing man. I already know how hard it is to first of all illustrate from memory, imagination or inspiration and then ink it, colour it, light it and then wait for somebody to write a critiqué after you've uploaded it… All I can say is "You're braver than billions, more dedicated than most and obviously love what you do, despite the attention! You need to stop doing it for a hobby and giving us the wrong impression that it's easy, lol

But without reserve I'm reiterate what I feel will work for you best! "Stick to your gut" nobody can really tell you how or what you want to achieve…

So can I get to the part where I break you down till you're dust and tell you how pathetic you are, lol:

"The only thing I seem to have a problem with, respecting this piece is it's not descriptive enough of what she can do… I get the light effects on the hands. They probably mean she understands the art of telekinesis (moving the physical universe with the power of the mind) BUT Patrick (and this is a big but): 'To what extent does she hold or wield such power?'"
Thats what I and many a other people who love your work really really wanna know - or better still - can't wait to see… So please put her in context so we can see the full extent of her "darkness"!

May I also add, that I think she has as much potential as her male counterpart to be your lead character. Apart from that I also feel it would be interesting for you, and your fans to see you to write for a gender that you're not, and despite it's challenges - it would admittedly represent an unequivocal development of you as an artist to write from the female point of view. That being said, I respect your talent…

Big up!
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johndoe444 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Zexy!
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johndoe444 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Zexy!
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glooman20 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Hey I'm puting together a tean of superheros can you do me a favor and draw them in your style the name of the team is the superhero syndicate and can I add your character if it's cool?
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IrisMoon1015 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice great work
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dana1969 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Powerful women characters rock, she looks devastating..
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babyvfan Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
nice 
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Badmaks Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
;)
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Badmaks Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Nice
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ColourOnly85 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Stunning work!
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jarecki-pl Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
ULTRAFAV
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jazzdelacuesta Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I just saw one of your tutorials on youtube, and man it helped me a lot and most of all it inspired me to push myself to the limits, though I'm way too far to do something like this..^^ thanks for sharing your knowledge man.. keep it up
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lex0the0fire0witch Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
i love it !! honestly
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bazingan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
i'm writing a comic book, and looking for the artist. Are you interested? pls drop me some lines perhaps we can do great things together. Thanx
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pinkshoo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
greatt ^^
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
she is so hot! Like the patterns on the side of her body and the hair flowing
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Marcsampson Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
damn nice style
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tyeun1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Before you go any further with the idea, I love your artwork so much, in fact I am using your videos for tutorials on how to make my own art for an up coming assignment, BUT (I know people hate the "BUT") This idea is so similar to the VERY well known popular movie X-Men: The last stand. Gene (if that's how you spell it) has red hair, has telekinesis powers, and floats and glows and looks just as sexy just like your image. I do understand you are adding a twist to it by having hair grow and retract by mood, but to me it just seems a little to similar to the film. Once again of course I love the work, but I also don't want you to go to far, "IF" you become very popular with this comic, raking in the profits - Others may notice this resemblence and perhaps maybe the creators of X-Men will notice too. Love the work, but I fear this needs some more originality, my opinion only of course.
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tyeun1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Before you go any further with the idea, I love your artwork so much, in fact I am using your videos for tutorials on how to make my own art for an up coming assignment, BUT (I know people hate the "BUT") This idea is so similar to the VERY well known popular movie X-Men: The last stand. Gene (if that's how you spell it) has red hair, has telekinesis powers, and floats and glows and looks just as sexy just like your image. I do understand you are adding a twist to it by having hair grow and retract by mood, but to me it just seems a little to similar to the film. Once again of course I love the work, but I also don't want you to go to far, "IF" you become very popular with this comic, raking in the profits - Others may notice this resemblence and perhaps maybe the creators of X-Men will notice too. Love the work, but I fear this needs some more originality, my opinion only of course.
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fumnanya Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice. Very nice.
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Artist
Amazing!
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MyZombieDoodle Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Anger and emotions=Loger hair? Makes me think of Dragonball Z lol. Overall nice artwork but i like the male character better for Darkness Within.
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Otokoyo Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GODDAMNIT!!!!!
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zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Amazing work
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xXRunawayRobinXx Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
love it!! i love the emotion and the whole hair thing.... yepp
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uniquevsmadmonkeyman Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how this own-comic -project going these days? :P
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PatrickBrown Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm yeah not so well, I've given up for now. I'm not sure if it will ever go anywhere.
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Mishi-Nagano Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow when i first saw this, it reminded me of when The Phoenix came out in Jean Gray in Xmen, ya know? when Logan has to kill her to save the world? sadface

still lvoe this though. its incredible
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Jonn093 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
siick
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grafmason Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012
great job.
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ChristachiXDariachi Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
i'm lovin it. very well done.
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ParamoreFreak86 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
goth girls rocks
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rpmmer01 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2011
I hope she gets really angry, really really angry!
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Cammaster1 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Student General Artist
If what you said is true, someone must really have pissed her off! Nice details by the way!
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AugustGlynn Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't say this often, but I'm quite impressed.
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2Graceful Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow very intense!
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95blckfirebird Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Crazy awesome v
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luka1184 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
I like the male character better :O
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RavenProfile Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011   General Artist
kinda like bayonetta when she pulls out her hair to summon demons
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Mur2008 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful art, the colors and tones plus the effects around her hands. a very nice touch to it.
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sauravs911 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
This is so fantastic !
I love it.
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Jmeed Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
so good. Im amazed. well done man
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Coppeh-and-Paste Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that'spretty awesome :O I love the colouring, lighting, and definitely her hair!
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zerolawless Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
badass!!!!!!!
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blahcru Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
AWESOME!
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MonaClair Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
great work!
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Rietzhu Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Why compare this lovely character with crappy spiderman 3? Lol, was the wors spidey movie hands down. Great style on her btw!
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AlexCom Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
looks good, I like it
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LozzaWaterBender Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
omigosh this is epic! I love your style and your colouring is beautiful!
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V-ChristsW3apon Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011  Student
Whoa! Don't mess with this one! She's packin that phoenix power! :D
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drndara Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Excuses for my bad english. Greatly done but did noticed that your character a bit have similarity with Nariko from Heavenly Swords .
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