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Penelope Yin by DNA-1 Penelope Yin by DNA-1
Penelope Yin is a civilian contact that you meet early on in CITY of HEROES, but her story's progressed quite a bit recently.

In recent lore, the city's greatest super-team was rocked by the deaths of its two most powerful members and the departure of a third. With the team decimated, Positron recruited Ms. Yin (an incredibly powerful psychic) to the cause.

To me, this seemed like a really big deal and a lot of firsts all at once: a young, asian, female character would suddenly come to the fore and stand toe-to-toe with the established heavyweights. So in designing her official super-hero outfit, I wanted to her justice and kept a few key design concepts in mind as I painted this:

--PATRIOT. For starters, she wears the American red, white, and blue, just as former leader Statesman did before her, and mirroring the team's logo as well.
--HERITAGE. Asian super-heroes are pretty damn rare, so I didn't want to obscure Penelope's face in any significant way. The red makeup's there as a nod to asian theater, and hopefully she looks a little like Ziyi Zhang as well.
--HIP. The punky, dyed hair and midriff remind us of her young age and edgy sense of fashion.
--RESTRAINT. We definitely wanted Penelope to look sleek, womanly, and attractive but in an age-appropriate way. Hence the almost complete coverage of her bodysuit. Plenty of curves, but she definitely looks well equipped and ready for combat.
--UNEXPECTED. Rarely do you see a psychic character with any kind of tech in their outfit, and that's what I love about all her ability-enhancing gear--it's unusual.


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:( This just reminds me how we will never get to see psionic melee. Excellent art though.
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DNA-1 Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very sad. :( But thanks for the note!
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I love your designs of Penny and Shadowhunter so much! I'm so glad to see these high resolution version of these designs. You do such incredible design for City of Heroes and they just get better and better!
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DNA-1 Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! Can't wait to share the next stuff with you guys.
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DouglasShuler Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love this!
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DNA-1 Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, man! :D
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Player-Designer Jun 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Just awesome!
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DNA-1 Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) :)
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OrionSTARB0Y Jun 28, 2012  Professional Writer
I love this design. Really brings in a fresh face and look to the old school Freedom Phalanx. I still believe Sister Psyche is mind-riding her. It can't be a coincidence another</i powerful psychic is taking her place. If Psyche is mind-riding her, that'll definitely create ripples with Manticore--who I have another theory for, with the events of Sirocco in Dark Astoria.
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DNA-1 Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I don't *think* Psyche survived, but who knows what the writers have cooked up...
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