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My Beloved Weapon - Nia 2012 by Dualmask My Beloved Weapon - Nia 2012 by Dualmask
Nia Black
Full Name: Nia Shauntee Black
Age: Early 20s
Height: 5’2”
Weight: 135 lbs.
Race: African American/Black
Gender: Female
Occupation: Criminal/Saboteur/Bounty Hunter/Freelance Mercenary
Powers/Abilities: Nia Black is one of a pair of twin girls conceived after their father’s DNA was altered in an experimental process to develop super soldiers. As a result, Nia was born with enhanced physiology that gave her abilities greater than those of the average human (as was her twin sister Shauntia). As she reached puberty and eventually adulthood, Nia’s powers and abilities fully manifested themselves, and through training with her father’s former master and friend Kim, she learned how to forge herself into a living weapon. Nia’s powers include:
• Super Strength and Durability- Nia possesses greater than peak human, but not extreme, physical strength. It is difficult to measure the exact degree of her strength because much of what she can do comes more from her durability and healing ability, which counterbalance things like fatigue, loose grip, and other deficiencies that would otherwise adversely affect her performance. Nia’s bones, muscles and skin are extremely dense, making her highly resistant to injury or fatigue. This enables her to hit surfaces like solid stone or metal with her bare fists full-force without injuring herself.
• Healing Factor- in addition to her durability, Nia recovers from what injuries she does suffer very quickly. She has survived car crashes, gunshot wounds, stabs and knife gashes—sometimes in the same day—while managing to carry on the fight. While she feels the pain, her resistance to injury and healing ability make it nearly impossible for her to pass out from shock or trauma. Nia is vulnerable to the same mortal wounds as a normal human, but it would take a far greater force than normal to inflict such wounds on her body.
• Heightened Senses- Nia possesses powerfully multiplied senses that give her almost clairvoyant ability to react to threats. She can see for great distances, hear the most subtle sound in the midst of an explosion or a concert, discern every scent in the air with pinpoint accuracy, sense changes in the density in the air around her with her sense of touch, and so on. Her reflexes are so honed that she’s capable of feats impossible for most such as anticipating threats even when distracted, and even dodging bullets. Nia’s main use for her heightened senses, besides using them to sense danger, is to utilize her powerful eyesight to ensure accuracy with her primary weapons, a pair of Baby Eagle semiautomatic pistols. Because of her strength and senses, Nia can use two handguns simultaneously, firing from the hips with the same level of precision and accuracy as an expert sniper, even while moving at great speed. Nia often has to force herself to hit non-vital points of her enemies since she could easily kill anyone she considers a threat. Nia does not prefer to kill.
• The Breach- Nia has the ability to push herself to an extreme state where all of her abilities are multiplied tenfold. However, Nia cannot yet control when this happens; the Breach is linked directly to her emotional state. When she is in a desperate situation and fears she cannot escape, her fight-or-flight mechanism triggers a great expansion in her physical strength and size, but also seems to put her in a mental state akin to animal fixated only on survival. Hence, she becomes violent and focuses solely on destroying what threatens her by any means necessary. The Breach state rapidly drains her endurance, faster than her healing factor can keep up, and Nia quickly tires after it passes. Nia actually considers the Breach more bane than boon, because it takes her out of control of herself. Rumor has it that the biological research that resulted in her birth has been harnessed as a weapon, giving certain soldiers the power to activate the Breach at will…
Weaknesses: Nia’s heightened senses are a double-edged sword and the core physical weakness that enemies can exploit. Because her senses are much more acute than normal, they are also more sensitive to extremes. A blinding light or high frequency sound can all but disable Nia, her healing factor counterbalancing any permanent damage, but she’d still be weakened briefly. She’s extremely vulnerable to other threats to her senses such as poison gases or tranquilizers, electric shock and other things that can quickly overwhelm and shut down her faculties. Because of this, Nia is constantly on edge, always on the lookout for impending danger, and often feels she can rarely relax.
Nia also has low emotional intelligence, often guided by her attitude instead of careful planning or strategy, believing in her own abilities to a fault. While Nia is street smart and well experienced in her dealings with others on both sides of the law, she can be naïve, easily trusting of certain others, especially those of the well-spoken variety. She tends to take situations at face value without giving much consideration to subtle hints that a more perceptive individual would pick up on, often choosing to trust her heart rather than what her heightened senses may be detecting because of her self-confidence. She can also be violent and impulsive, using her strength, skill or money to resolve problems instead of more delicate or thought-out methods. Her greatest threats tend to not be physical, but mental. Few can outfight Nia Black, but outthinking her is another matter entirely.


While I uploaded this as part of Satellite Soda Daily Draw February, I've been wanting to create a new, definitive Nia Black image for 2012, which is why I didn't put "SS Day 17" in the title of this one. Haven't colored anything in a while either; wanted to do that as well.

I'm really proud of this one because I did it in pencil--no digital inks here.

Hope you like it!

Nia Black © :icondualmask:
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:iconhddeviant:
HDdeviant Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
so sexy
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconpoolstudios:
poolstudios Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artist
Looks like Najah has some competition in the sexy bad ass lady department. Awesome work!!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Najah looks pretty dangerous herself!
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:iconpoolstudios:
poolstudios Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanx!
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Overall, it's a strong piece- the inks of course are well-realized, lending her a good sense of form and mass. The cel-shading is effective for conveying the overall feel of her character as described below.

I like the background you added in your link- it helps to accentuate the coloring and shading that you've done. It seems to make the Nia "flow" from it.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! This remains one of my proudest illustrations of all time...you might be surprised to learn that this drawing isn't inked at all. It's all pencil, leveled in Photoshop and made clean enough to pass for inks, with my regular cel shading technique along with it. It took a great deal of time and patience to draw this cleanly and it's not something I'd want to do all the time, but Nia deserves the best. :D
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Mar-Keewee-Peterkin Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Pretty cool character
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconfishgul69:
fishgul69 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yup, sounds like me alright. lol, been a long time, man. she's looking good!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! How have you been?
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:iconfishgul69:
fishgul69 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
man, I am SO SORRY I haven't gotten back till now! I have been hella busy. I have two jobs, work doubles and trying to see if I can get back into school. sorry. THAT'S how I've been, lol. you?
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, you sound incredibly busy. I need extra money too, but with my wife and I both already working full time and raising kids, my time is already limited and a second job isn't really an option. Hoping to bring in some extra loot with all kinds of artistic endeavors, in such a way that it at least leaves me time to actually create art and study...yeah, things are rough all over.
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:iconfishgul69:
fishgul69 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sounds like it. I haven't seen much of Nia lately (since I've logged on last, I should say). you did anything new with her?
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nothing worth showing off. I kind of stopped in the middle of inking the 14th page of the online graphic novel in lieu of game development and commission work. Given that I've published her novel in both digital and print, I think it might be time to do something new...maybe it's time I write a sequel to the book instead of worrying about making a graphic novel retreading the same story again.
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:iconfishgul69:
fishgul69 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
worth a try
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:iconwhiteknight222:
whiteknight222 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Awesome Female Character.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks. :) She is my leading lady. :nod:
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:iconwhiteknight222:
whiteknight222 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I think mine is Spirtwolf is my best. Moonbeam is most well know and Sheridan she is my fav costume.But no one has seen Sterling now people will love her.
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:iconmr-phillips:
Mr-phillips Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconstarcru:
starcru Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
nice.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconchizel-man:
Chizel-Man Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your art man. These colors are hot.
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:iconmr-marcus-81:
Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love bio sheets!!! Cool to learn more about Nia (shamefully, I don't have the novel yet ^^;)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I thought it was long overdue to explain Nia's abilities officially. Eventually I'm going to make one where the text is part of the image, instead of just on the deviation. Just having trouble getting the look right.

It is a shame about the novel, since it's been out for a while, it's really cheap and you can read it on any device that can download a Kindle app including a PC, so you don't have to buy anything extra. ;) No pressure, though. :D
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand what you're going for. I've been doing some of my most recent deviations like in one of those old skool bio/sourcebook comics that they used to do back in the 90's (it was mainly Image with those sourcebooks for Youngblood, WildCATS, Stormwatch, Wetworks, and the Wildstorm Universe). I used to love those things and still love any type of bio pin-ups and such. I look forward to seeing Nia's completed as you intend for it to be! :D

And yeah...about the novel...^^; I've been broke, but I'll get around to it soon...I promise! :D
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Levia-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Ahhh yeah, that's a nice basic powerset, a little of a few different things to keep her balanced, make her powers reasonable and keep her from being overpowered, logical weaknesses too.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I gave her abilities a lot of thought. I wanted her to be powerful, but with potential and room to grow as well.
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:iconlevia-the-dragon:
Levia-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Mm, works for me.
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:iconjericawinters:
JericaWinters Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like her costume. I'd hate to be kicked by her. :fear:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! As a Muay Thai practitioner, Nia does do quite a bit of kicking too...and kneeing, and elbowing. Best to stay out of her way. :D
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:iconthe-kid36:
the-kid36 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist
this is friggin amazing :D
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! :)
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:iconthe-kid36:
the-kid36 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist
your welcome bro :D
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:iconmad-jove:
mad-jove Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist
I like her.... she have the same body shape as me..:icondragonnod2:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Now I want to see pictures... ;) Thanks!
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:iconmad-jove:
mad-jove Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist
actually... I had a picture of myself as ID last year... -> [link] :iconcuriosityplz:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, I see. Yes, the shape is similar. :)
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:iconmad-jove:
mad-jove Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist
yeah... small shoulders, narrow waist and big hips... I didn't know there still are guys that don't think that shape isn't ugly.... U_U
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Far from it! I love a nice pear-shaped woman. Even married one. :D
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:iconmad-jove:
mad-jove Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist
there is still hope... ^^;
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:iconredwingsdragon:
RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Awesome work here
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheDetectorDX Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The colors look good, and she looks good as always.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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:iconsimplecomics:
simpleCOMICS Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
That's pretty awesome ^^ :thumbsup:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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mosobot64 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Now this is a bad-ass black woman...I've had trouble with Nia as she appears in the comics now, because she looks too white IMHO...this is awesome, though!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it! I guess it's hard to relate her skin color in the comic without actually coloring her skin, though I feel I draw her with features that make her look appropriately black, such as the shape of her lips, nose and overall figure. In fact, I drew her face in this shot using the same method I tend to draw it in the webcomic, though face consistency is one of my weaknesses.
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