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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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:iconenergyone:
Energyone Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
:( This just reminds me how we will never get to see psionic melee. Excellent art though.
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very sad. :( But thanks for the note!
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roxikat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
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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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love this!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, man! :D
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Player-Designer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Just awesome!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) :)
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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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OrionSTARB0Y Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Writer
whoops, forgot to close that italics command...
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Alevan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I dig it. WHen I first saw that Penelope Yin stepping up and her new hero look, I loved it so much. This is clearly one of my favorite designs and lots of love to one of my favorite characters in City of Heroes!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're my new favorite person--thanks! :D
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niekitty Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
always liked Penny. =^^=
nice work!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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kmauburne Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I dig the gauntlets!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D :D
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Aww...she looks so cute!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Perfect. Really wanted a GIRLY look for her, like she had a hand in the design.
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:iconamaniwolf:
Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Yeah...i can see that. Hmm....i haven't played in awhile, this may get me back to take a peek.
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cgron Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I really like the design.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, sir!
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TheRisingAngel Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
i cant wait to see the character in action
im curious about her abilities tho
i know she has physic abilities
but how she use it its what catches my interest
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I think she manifests a huge, spiky psychic sword or something.
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TheRisingAngel Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that is an interesting way to use that ability
she fights with physic blades.
that i would love to see.
is like a combination of duel swords,claws and Physic powers
im guessing
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Could very well be. The designers often mix n'match powers for boss-level characters.
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:icontherisingangel:
TheRisingAngel Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
that would be awesome to see
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Still think she needs more white. The black and red both get significant coverage, but the white doesn't. I also don't really 'get' the belt thing she has going on. Along with the face....tech...mask...thing. The real problem with that thing is it makes her look like she has metal eyebrows, until you realise it's actually an attachment. And, given what we know of Penny, I still can't see her being a heels girl, even all grown up. She grew up with Jim 'Biker Leathers' Temblor as a best friend/big brother figure. She seems like a girl who'd go for something 'cool' but also stompy.

I love the art, just a bit more critical of the design =P hehe
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
To each his own. Who knows how it'll feel in 5 years, but right now, this has just the right 'modern super-hero' vibe for me.
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K-Defender Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I am sharin that "modern super-hero" vibe idea for Yin. Also I am glad she doesn't show that much skin... like Swan. She beautiful, sexy and classy. I like her since I run Faultline arc for the first time.

While we are talking about it, I am waiting for "modern super-hero" look for Faultline... you know that hottie super hero not the city zone.

Hmmm... I guess CoH needs a gay hero. So we can have a great wedding for him and let it known with endless waves of ads. No... we are not after higher sales we just want to represent LGBT crowd. Maybe we could turn one of our insignificant heroes gay, like that Longbow guy wondering in Atlas and make endless waves of ads about it. :P
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DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It'd be fun to do a new Faultline! :)
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Fair enough. Art's still great. I'll shut up now :D
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DracoEx Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
That is a great costume design!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, sir! It's much appreciated. :D
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