The character originated with a role playing game that I never
played. Although I spent tons of money on RPGs as a kid, I almost
never actually "played" them. Instead, I liked to use
their rules as a framework for developing and drawing charatcers.
In the late 80s/early 90s there was a RPG called Cyberpunk
2020, which was almost prophetic in it's depiction of many aspects
of the modern world we see today.
The character itself, like most of my drawings, was inspired by
music. For some artists, (Tim
Vigil comes to mind), technique comes very easily to them. For
me it does not, so I had to be emotionally motivated to create artwork.
In this case, the character was inspired by Skinny Puppy's "Warlock".
Later images based on the character were inspired by Velvet Acid
Christ, Ministry, and Marilyn Manson.
Like Sador, I also had a rough plot centered around this character
as well. And, like Sador, this character was intended to be an anti-hero.
This was originally supposed to be part of a mini-comic in the CD
booklet for Calling
Ov The Dead, but it never materialized. I came up with some
broad plot points, but when it came to the specifics, I just drew
a blank. What can I say...I'm an artist, not a writer. I was going
for the feel of a benign version of the cenobites from Hellraiser...somthing
along those lines.
"Braindead" was the name I originally chose for the character.
I thought I was being very clever and original at the time, but
apparently the name has been used before, several times. In Europe
there apparently was a major movie character called Braindead. I
was forced to change his name to Leviticus (Leviticus, for those
of you who dont know, is one of the most judgemental books of the
Old Testament). I later found out that even the Cyberpunk
2020 RPG itself has a minor NPC named Braindead as well. Ah
well...so much for originality. But I still liked the name so much
the name stuck.
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