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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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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?).
Vornell Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
really awesome,
Estonius Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Wicked pretty!
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]
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, awesome! Glad it was of some use to you. :)
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
very nice design on her. love the pose.
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.
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Haven't seen those credits, but it sounds awesome. Will check that out. :)
khamya9 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
I love how you can see her pupils/iris if you look close enough. Great work.
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for noticing! :)
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