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Heart of Darkness by PatrickBrown Heart of Darkness by PatrickBrown
Ok so here's another character concept for my comic i'm creating. A few days ago I uploaded the female version:

So I thought I'd try out the male version again, I'm just trying to compare so I can pick the right one! Please give me some feedback, let me know which direction I should go ;)

I also tried a different name for it, It was Darkness Within but now I'm thinking something like Heart of Darkness??? Has more of a kick to it I think ;) But I really don't want to send the wrong message with the title, it needs to sound good, I'm worried Heart of Darkness makes people think him/her is evil or a bad! Still got a heroic story to it, just powered by dark emotions ;)

I had so much fun with this one, it just came out of nowhere too! Maybe it's the way I'm feeling these days, I think it shows..
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Your at a level where I look at your work and say-

"This guy makes art at a professional level, which leaves me to assume that the decisions that are made when creating art are made because you purposely chose to make them."

That being said, unfortunately I don't think I could traditionally critique you. I feel like to "critique" someone at your level it would need to be more of a back and forth discussion. You explain what your art is doing and I either agree or disagree on whether or not it is working to the extent in which you intend it to.

I'm no illustrator and so I'm not as familiar with processes and obstacles that one would run into when creating a comic.

When I read the caption for both the male and female concepts, I would personally go with male. The reason I would say male, is almost entirely based on the fact that the you mention the females hair growing as she becomes angered. I feel like this could become a sort of nuisance to both you and the viewer. Maybe it's just me, but I can see issues with something like this where figuring out compositions to place a figure with hair that flows out 12 feet behind her could interfere with what's actually going on within the page and within the story.

If the idea of the growing hair gets canned I would say choose the female. It would be nice to see a lead female character, especially one that looks as intimidating as her. I would watch out for the design of the male character, when I first saw this picture I thought I was looking at a concept for something relating to "Brutal Legend", just me though, take it for what you will.

I've seen mentions in other posts about your title being used or taken somewhere else, I don't know if it has been or not, but that's something you would definitely want to look into.

Sorry for the rant just my opinions, sorry I couldn't be of more help relating to technical aspects of your concepts. I just feel like I would need spark a conversation with you to really open up the doors of giving you a more formal critique.

All this being said, I think you could pull off a very professionally published comic. You are miles ahead of a lot people trying to achieve the same thing. I've been a fan for a while and it's nice to take a break from sifting through contemporary fine artists to just simply enjoying what you do.

Looking forward to seeing you publishing a comic in the future. Best of luck to you.

-ML Smith
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ENER42 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
But heart of darkness is a game. Isn't it?
trent-redfern Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Dare I say it? have others said it?
I'm just gonna say it...

joseppe619 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
skech287 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
There's nothing to say that everyone has not said already. LOVE IT YOUR ARTWORK and YOUR STYLE!
SplendorEnt Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Tats kind of remind me of Kratos, and Kratos is kind of awesome!
12avendesigner Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011   Artist
Lymne Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
Oh. Have you read the book?
Arcainians Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the name could even be mark of death
Lydywyn Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
and the man is cooler
Lydywyn Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
take the man! (the girl looks like my no1 OC!)
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