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Shadow Hunter by DNA-1 Shadow Hunter by DNA-1
The 'Big Bad' of CITY of HEROES' Night Ward zone, Shadow Hunter is a sort of nightmare manifestation of an existing--and much more human--villain. In this incarnation he's much larger, more powerful, and more animalistic. And to really spook you out, he wears a rich variety of animal and human remains as trophies.

Points of visual reference were various mythic hunters, gods, and nature spirits.


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:iconeve-the-strange:
eve-the-strange Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work! Is this all painted in photoshop? :)
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, sir!  Used some textures along the way, if I remember correctly, but yeah, mostly Photoshop brushes.
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:iconeve-the-strange:
eve-the-strange Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work! I love it!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconeve-the-strange:
eve-the-strange Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you're welcome :)
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:icontorrete:
torrete Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
te fuiste al recontra carajo

excelent!!! i love the details on the wolf and the bear
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for noticing. :)
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:icontheshadowhunter22:
theshadowhunter22 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fav :D
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha--guess you have to with a handle like that! :)
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:icongrimral:
GRIMRAL Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
He's awesome. This is how the Ewoks should have looked.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! :)
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:iconredvalkyrja:
RedValkyrja Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
My all-time favourite, David. ^.^
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sweet--thank you!!
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:iconfudster:
Fudster Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
truly awesome!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, man!
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:iconfudster:
Fudster Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Welcome
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:iconcgron:
cgron Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I too loved the design of Shadow Hunter. I think it's extremely well done.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome--thanks!
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:iconredwinterwolf:
RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
No transformation into a Bear? I am disappoint =P

Still think it might have been a good idea to have some sort of antlers; as it is, he looks about as far from old, I0 Woodsman as is possible
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Would'be been way too close to WOW's night elves w/ horns.
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:iconredwinterwolf:
RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
...What, because big, blue and wearing half a dead bear wasn't close enough?
Besides, Woodsman has horns too, albeit on the helmet. Heck, could have gone with ram horns, more typically associated with the devil/evil if you wanted to get a bit deep about it =P

All I'm saying, as is, is that while most of the other Praetorians look kind of recognisable to their Primal Counterparts, Shadow Hunter really doesn't. Although maybe it should be Woodsman getting an overhaul at some point to bring him up to spec.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The horns weren't essential. Note that horns look like deer, i.e.prey--and we want Shadow Hunter to look like the predator, not the prey.
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Hmn. Now that's a valid point, fair play =P

Still confused as to wearing a bear pelt but...turning into a giant...uh...wolf thing. Still awesome, mind you :XD:
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, I didn't design the wolk thing, to be fair.
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:iconredwinterwolf:
RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Ahh, fair enough. Still, he was in dire need of an update, and it certainly makes him look Incarnate level kickass :)
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SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Loved this guy's design ever since we first saw him.

...hm. Just realized I should get to doing Night Ward!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. Yes you should. :)
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:iconskarmorythepg:
SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Well, guess what I'm doing now!

PS: Love the Arcana, love the Drudges, love the Banshees and the Sirens...~
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Bravo, bravo!
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SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
And... done. One of my all-time favorite zones, filled with great enemy groups. My one complaint is that Shadow Hunter and his hounds are criminally underused, but that verbal sparring match with him was brilliance as well.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Thanks for the mini-review! :D
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SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
I don't know if you're the one to praise, but I loved the groups visually. Each group had a strong visual identity that got the point across excellently, and with very small exceptions (Patrolmen/Watchers), each mob type was easy to tell from its peers.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! I only worked on the Black Knights really, so you should probably assign most of the praise to Protean, who envisioned all the enemy groups on the Design side. :)
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DracoEx Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Another awesome design. I definitely do NOT want to meet this guy in a dark forest...

Or a well lit one for that matter. Great job!
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
*grin* :)
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K-Defender Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
What zerry said is absolutely true for all AVs which are human size. Also CoX not the only game suffering this problem. Nearly all MMOs suffer that problem. Players mostly want to more flashy powers or glowing costumes on higher levels which drasticly effects visual pleasure from game.

I love Shadow Hunter's desing. Even in pictures you can feel he means trouble.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's a long standing problem, but there's not much that can be done, short of making the boss characters big (which we already do in general).
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zerry Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
It's a pity that during Magisterium trials he's buried under so many angry players and particle effects you can hardly get a good look at him until he takes his "HOLY SHIT GIANT DOG" form
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A hard problem to get around. Not sure if any MMO has cracked that one yet.
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khamya9 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
If you do the nightward arcs you can get some solo time with him. There's even one bit where you have a conversation on relatively peaceful terms.
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:icondna-1:
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, good. Glad he's getting some use. :)
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