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Malaise by DNA-1 Malaise by DNA-1
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
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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? :)
tygenco Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011   General Artist
Effing scary.
Thanks Dave.
Bracey100 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Far FAR better than the original design!
cohxanatos Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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.
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
If we had the time, of course we'd like to redesign everyone. :)
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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