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Statesman Playstyle Illustration by DNA-1 Statesman Playstyle Illustration by DNA-1
Statesman in-game illustration, portraying the damage-resistant Tank class.

With the launch of CITY OF HEROES FREEDOM, we took the opportunity to refresh the game in all sorts of ways: new tutorial, new character creator, new store, new monthly content, new starting missions and--most importantly for me--an entirely new 2D style for both in-game and marketing assets.

Previously, Paragon had used highres 3D models for this purpose, but because they cost a ton of time and resources to make, and because we wanted a fresh new 'face' for the game, we introduced a semi-realistic concept style in a number of places including the character creator UI, the comic that precedes the new Tutorial, covers for the monthly Signature Stories, and of course the marketing.

This was one of the biggest paradigm shifts of my career--a moment where I had to try something completely different and new and unlike anything I'd ever attempted in comics. Our game's always been presented as mature and classy in its front-facing artwork, and we needed to carry that forward. (A few failed experiments with a traditional comic style proved as much.) So we went for a photo-sourced Alex Ross-meets-digital paint kind of vibe.

Took a little practice to figure out the completely new methodology, but I'm incredibly happy that things worked out as they did. I'm learning a ton artistically, and I think the new style's been a great 'fit' for the game as well. Win-win all around.

The Playstyle images represent my first forays into the new style, and it's only getting better from here.
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deegarr Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love these
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
So glad!
tygenco Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011   General Artist
I'm really liking the stuff you've put up recently (not just because I like concepts, but because it's AWESOME).

Your style is still recognizable, I think.

Am I correct in thinking that you're doing all this on a tablet of sorts? (also, what program are you using for it? 'cause I am shopping around for upgrades and the trial of Corel Painter 12 is apparently made of lag-time)
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Fascinating--you can still see my regular style? I sure can't, but that's what people are telling me. And yet, I use Photoshop with either a tablet or Cintiq. Either way works great. I find Painter kinda laggy as well for some brushes.
tygenco Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011   General Artist
I can see where your style has changed and or morphed, but there are still some small indicators that it's your art--and not someone else.

And thanks, for the program info. :)
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
You bet.
Kyuuen Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
You make Statesman look great.
DNA-1 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you!
kuropop Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011
Hmmm, Iron Patriot anyone?
crimsonhawk Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Except the Statesman has been around long before the Dark Avengers were even conceived.
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