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Ghost Widow Playstyle Illustration by DNA-1 Ghost Widow Playstyle Illustration by DNA-1
Ghost Widow in-game illustration, portraying the force-of-will Crowd Control class.

With the launch of CITY OF HEROES FREEDOM, we took the opportunity to refresh the game in all sorts of ways: new tutorial, new character creator, new store, new monthly content, new starting missions and--most importantly for me--an entirely new 2D style for both in-game and marketing assets.

Previously, Paragon had used highres 3D models for this purpose, but because they cost a ton of time and resources to make, and because we wanted a fresh new 'face' for the game, we introduced a semi-realistic concept style in a number of places including the character creator UI, the comic that precedes the new Tutorial, covers for the monthly Signature Stories, and of course the marketing.

This was one of the biggest paradigm shifts of my career--a moment where I had to try something completely different and new and unlike anything I'd ever attempted in comics. Our game's always been presented as mature and classy in its front-facing artwork, and we needed to carry that forward. (A few failed experiments with a traditional comic style proved as much.) So we went for a photo-sourced Alex Ross-meets-digital paint kind of vibe.

Took a little practice to figure out the completely new methodology, but I'm incredibly happy that things worked out as they did. I'm learning a ton artistically, and I think the new style's been a great 'fit' for the game as well. Win-win all around.

The Playstyle images represent my first forays into the new style, and it's only getting better from here.
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Shark-Demon Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. :blackrose:
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LegionaireB Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
GHOST WIDOW!!! *faints*

Easily my favorite of the leaders of Arachnos.  I just love her backstory.  In fact, she was the patron of my tech-based main villainess (what, you didn't think she'd follow that idiot Black Scorpion, did you?).
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Vornell Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
really awesome,
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Estonius Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Wicked pretty!
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Mengtastic Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Hi I hope you don't mind but I used this pose for one of my drawings. I'm doing a monster series so I needed inspiration for the ghost. Here's the link [link]
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, awesome! Glad it was of some use to you. :)
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
very nice design on her. love the pose.
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Kyuuen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Ever seen the credits in Homeworld? The one with the epic song by Yes as art from the game is displayed?

City of Heroes should have something like that when you click the 'Credits' button. The top-tier artwork is there for it, all that's missing is a really good song.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haven't seen those credits, but it sounds awesome. Will check that out. :)
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khamya9 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
I love how you can see her pupils/iris if you look close enough. Great work.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for noticing! :)
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JokerX2011 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
This one is really cool!
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you dig it. :)
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BrenGun Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
really awesome!!!
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!!
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Great work, she kind of strikes me as a tragic character, since in the end, Recluse is making sure she's never free from the Rogue Isles.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
She's one of the very best characters in the game, for sure.
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PaulOoshun Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
I really love this one. Every time I see it I feel Ghost Widow is about to plunge that left hand straight through my heart! Perfect feel for giving this ghostly villain.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent! :D
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jambe Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
The new style is gorgeous!
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really appreciate that.
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KABren Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My favorite villain <3!
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Apparently, she's everyone's favorite! I took a poll on the forums recently. :)
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Leaf-nin Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. these illustrations are gorgeous.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, thanks! :D
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