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In honor of the Issue 21 Special Update, which just shipped this week, I've got an interesting one for you. Malaise is a major bad guy who appears in the new content, and man, have I been holding on to this one a while.

Malaise is a well-known COH character who originally wore purple tights with a swirl pattern--not especially scary for a mentally-unbalanced guy who fancies himself an artist and whose power is to paint with freakin' FEAR. So when I got the chance to do a redesign (2 plus years ago!), I had something different in mind. For example: strait-jackets, Nazi scientists, the Scarecrow and Crispin Glover as Willard--the creepiest and most nightmarish stuff I could think of.

Malaise's fear paint manifests itself as blood-like purple blotches all over his smock, and his hands look like he's dunked them in pretty deeply.

The guy's supposed to be scary, and I like to think that this fits the bill.

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Scholar-K-Hobbit Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
WOW. I'd take Malaise a lot more seriously if he always looked like this. >.< I like the physical manifestation of fear becoming paint. This is a great picture. :D
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Scholar-K-Hobbit Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
You know... after playing SSA #4, I must say I have a lot more respect for Malaise! It's a pity we won't be seeing more of him. :( (I've actually noticed the paint stains on him in the MoM trial, and it made me squee. :D That is amazing detail!)

Any chance you'd do a picture of him in the Primal outfit or the look while he was meeting with Wade? :)
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tygenco Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011   General Artist
Effing scary.
Thanks Dave.
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Far FAR better than the original design!
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cohxanatos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Dope
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ty!
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plangkye Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's an NPC redesign I can get behind. You should smack the devs responsible for dropping the ball on Black Swan (who at least had unique costume parts before, and is now not only completely replicable in the CC but also really boring to look at when at least 30% of female player villains dress that way) and Bobcat (who could have been fantastic, but instead of making what you painted they made a player character who poorly imitates what you painted).

The barely-visible tie is love, btw. More sexy male characters please.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If we had the time, of course we'd like to redesign everyone. :)
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plangkye Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I do know the feeling; I've done a lot of Morrowind texture-and-model modding work. I just think it's a pity that Bobcat's lovely new design wasn't actually used.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I felt the same way, but that's game development for ya!
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plangkye Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Even without the new hairstyle, you'd think they'd at least have slapped a few stripes on her...
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Would've required a new texture, but I wouldn've enjoyed that too.
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NicksKnack Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
I still think you should have taken "Malaise" as your redname when you officially got one :P
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thought about it, but I guess I wanted a positive connotation with my name. :)
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He reminds me of Mr. Sinister. I love the purple. Great design! Definitely creepy! :)
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I can see that--I'll take it!
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SparrowsFlame Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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EdDarkflame Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow David! You outdid yourself this time! I like how you pointed out that he can "paint with freakin' FEAR" lol Outstanding design!
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
ha ha, thanks.
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EdDarkflame Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcomed!
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Kobolt1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
diggin' it!!! Thats right up there with Joker scary...seriously ;)
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent--thanks!
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PaulOoshun Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Love this re-design/alt-design.

Much more villainous and frightening than the original, and sounds like just exactly the right sources to draw on for inspiration. I wish they would let you re-design the primal version too :)
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It'd be fun!
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AgentSlytherin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
Oooh, Malaise is is all different! I like your dissertation on how you concocted this redesign. DEFinitely a lot scarier, now.
My friend and I designed the scariest character we could, this summer, in CoH, and it ended up takin gon a doctor theme, as well. What's so terrifying about messed-up doctors? Or rather, what is is about them that makes them the MOST terrifying?
Interesting stuff! :)
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's the idea of perverting something that's kind/safe/good into something bad. Same reason you see evil dolls and evil little girls so much in horror fiction.
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AgentSlytherin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student General Artist
For sure.
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Vid-szhite Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Oh, that is awesome.
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egmccann Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Scary, eh.... the purple tights/malaise pattern seemed fitting to me for the "I'm an artist of the mind!" bit, somehow, for the primal version. Always thought he should be hanging out with the carnies more, really.

Then again, praetoria-wise, I'd assume he'd be far more under the leash and directed, so this fits that.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, if I had to redesign the Primal version, I might take a different tack, as they're obviously not the same person. However, I really don't find the original scary in the slightest, and that's what I'd probably try to enhance. That said, it's important not to throw out the original design completely. Even on this alternate universe version, I tried to keep recognizable elements like the emphasis on purple and his ponytail.
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GoldenGirlCoH Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Going by part 4 of "Who Will Die", a redesign for Primal Malaise might have kinda limited use in future content =p
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hey, it's a super-hero game, and you can't keep a good villain down for long. If the writers want to bring 'im back, they'll figure something out.
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GoldenGirlCoH Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, going by the way the Primal-and-Praetorian-sharing-the-same-name problem was resolved in "Who Will Die", I think both the Infernals should be feeling quite concerned about future content =p
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I suppose so!
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RolandGrey Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Unless it turns out Praetorian Infernal isn't the same "man" as Primal. Remember, Primal Infernal's story is that he comes from a different dimension and was flung through a portal along with a friend who had picked the wrong demon to bind.

Thus far, his friend hasn't been seen in this world...

So... What's Praetorian Infernal's story?
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GoldenGirlCoH Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Infernal is paired with Diabolique in the old and new Maria Jenkins arcs, so he might show up in the new Diabolique Trial in Issue 22.
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wyntahchyld Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
damn that is just sick! I love it. I was never a big fan of the old costume. seemed way cheesy. I'm glad almost every major character is getting/has gotten a redesign. That's one thing I always thought was missing from the game that always seems to happens in comic books, costume/character redesigns. This one is most definitely my fav.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
We'll get to them all eventually.
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