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Dr. Donovan Hale by DNA-1 Dr. Donovan Hale by DNA-1
Dr. Hale embodies both the Lovecraftian investigator archetype and also the classic rough n' tumble pulp adventure/explorer. Besides being a top notch strategist and capable fighter, he had another major advantage over the other characters in our MOBA: the magic book he carries with him has made him privy to the meta-story in which he and all the other characters have found themselves. In a way, this makes him the central character in the fiction. We thought about him as a possible face character for the game.

Fun fact: the idea with his handguns is that they'd flare up with magical power (derived from his book) when he pulled them from their holsters. Makes him a little more interesting than your standard pulp character, imho.

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:iconjustanotherwebsurfer:
Love the idea behind it. His leg looks a bit swollen. Shame about the project.

The red-tinted glasses and bowler together make him seem villainous, like a person with a shaven head and soul patch; the glasses seem more matching to a wide-brim hat (but that wouldn't match the idea of the character), and the bowler may be better alone. It does make him seem more capable in his trade, though, from a certain other contextual angle.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
With those red glasses, he reminds me of an edgy Warren Ellis anti-hero, which I like. 
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MediaPixels Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Love the mix between old and futuristic.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic--thanks! :)
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Lord-Darcy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Aha, an online Battle Arena =) You can ignore my question on a previous photo. Still would love to play it though.
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BlackReper Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Lovecraftian inspired Superhero? SAY NO MORE!! *FAVORITES* 
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha--thanks.  :)
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:iconblackreper:
BlackReper Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
NP
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Panthaleon Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is probably my favorite of all your MOBA characters (although they are all very creative!) I like the fact that he is strangely familiar but has this entirely new twist to him.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Right on! For us, he began as something of a dark horse but ended up as one of the most beloved in the whole series of characters. The idea of a guy dressed basically in civilian wear seemed like an unlikely choice to me, but damn if it didn't end up being more intriguing than some of the other more outlandish characters. Lesson learned. Thanks for your comment!
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ZekeHero Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
I would love to see stories starring this character. He's got a real Dylan Dog/Doc Savage/Wild Wild West vibe about him that I'm really drawn to. Is there any chance he'd be used in some sort of serial or further stories beyond the MOBA?
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GABaker-Author Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist
wow, and wow again. Everything about this character's look is cool to me. Nicely done.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nice--thanks! :D
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kmauburne Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I loved your CoH stuff, but man, this line of new characters blows my mind.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great--thanks!
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K-Defender Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
If this game released and I was about to create my first class, that picture would make roll something like him.

Way too cool.

Actually this picture goes right to my desktop. :D
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Love it--thanks!! :)
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KnightofSpades Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
This is an awesome concept and excellent painting!
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, sir! Really appreciate it. :)
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mctchapman Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
NEW MOBA!? I want some.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Cancelled MOBA, sadly. But there is a happy ending to this story, so stay tuned... :)
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Not the disowned, lesser known brother of a certain Australian gun-magnate and wild-animal-puncher, by any chance?
(TF2 knowledge test, hah)
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Could be, for all I know! Our Lead Designer, Tim, came up with all the names and most of the backstory, so I wouldn't put it past him to make that joke. :p
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lethe-gray Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Makes him a little easier to spot if he's trying to stay hidden and aim from the shadows too, lol!

I love these, they've been so neat!
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Stay hidden? Hell no--he'll go in guns blazing or fists flying. ;p
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