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Nia Black Cover 1 by Dualmask Nia Black Cover 1 by Dualmask
This city is home to exceptional people blessed or cursed with abilities through scientific or biological experimentation, abilities that have changed the face of law enforcement. For every simple gang banger or convenience store robber, there’s a being who can throw cars like bags of trash, deflect bullets with a wave of the hand, or leap across the rooftops as if playing hopscotch.

The business of creating tools to deal with these “Exceptionals” is a lucrative one. One of the largest, most powerful defense contractors in the world, Corp Hudson, specializes in the development of weaponry for law enforcement and the military for the sole purpose of taking down the most powerful of targets. Corp Hudson seeks to corner the market on developing combat tools by taking their research to the next level: the development of human-weapon hybrids strong enough to defeat any enemy force. But before Corp Hudson can move forward with their ambitions of creating the perfect superhuman army, they need to study one unique subject…a subject that, unlike all other Exceptionals, was mysteriously born with her abilities.

She uses her abilities for one purpose: to make as much money as she can by sabotaging the efforts of Corp Hudson and companies like it, doing what she can to keep the corporations from dominating the world with their oppressive power. The streets know her as the most dangerous, most beautiful, and most elusive bandit of them all, the criminal underworld’s top go-to girl, Nia Black. But Corp Hudson has another name for her:

Target Omega.

And Corp Hudson's Executive Security guards just caught her stealing the unfinished prototype of a weapon that could take down any Exceptional with the greatest of ease.


On this image I should have finished a long time ago (originally drawn in 2009!), I'm trying out a new approach to my digital art, comics in particular...high contrast black with flat colors.

Nia Black © Jonathan Price

Here's the noir version:
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:icontyrannoninja:
TyrannoNinja Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is one lovely rear end she's got, but I think this could look even cooler if she had highlights on her skin too.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, but I did it this way intentionally. Normally I put highlights on my forms but I was going for a different approach here. Turned out I didn't like it with color but the approach worked very well in black and white, as the image linked in my comments shows I think. :)
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TyrannoNinja Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand.
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yankee30 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Give up the Gat
AND that Booty !!

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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, I don't mind if this pic is shared as long as I'm given proper credit (if you add a link to belovedweapon.com, that would be great). As for joining the group, I'm not really a Flickr user...
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yankee30 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanx
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0becomingX Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
i think she is so smexy lovely job nice inks
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! Long time no speak...how have you been?
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0becomingX Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
TROLLEN! hahah you?
Love the cover, I'd love to own a Nia comic :3
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I've never been better...and I honestly mean that. :)

I plan to sell books once I have enough pages done. I've made more than what's on my site so far, but less than what I need to put out a decent comic book.
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:icon0becomingx:
0becomingX Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
i read your comic, i like it! haha. I like the website did you make that? it looks really good. can't wait for more :)!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I saw your comment and approved it. :) I'm glad you like it. I used Wordpress with Comicpress--followed this tutorial right here. I still have a lot to learn about designing the site; there are some appearance things I want to tweak, but I'm no good at CSS so that'll have to wait for another day.
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Chizel-Man Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow man! She's beautiful. I'm a fan of the bold blacks. You pulled this off very well.
Haha, will we see Nia wearing Jet's boots in an upcoming image?
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I actually considered "merging" Nia and Jet into one character back when I couldn't choose between the two. But no, I put the boot in the shot here to make a little connection between Nia's universe and Jet's. It's more like an Easter egg than anything else. :D Glad you like it!
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Chizel-Man Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, cool. I'd still like to see them meet up though. Unless you've already done a peice like that. Hit me up with a link if you have.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, sorry, haven't done that one yet, though I've had some ideas. Nia shooting at Jet, Jet kicking the bullets or blowing them up with the exhaust from her rocket boots or something like that... but I'm so caught up in my graphic novel now that I have to put those unrelated ideas in the "something to do when I'm feeling burned out" pile. :D
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:iconchizel-man:
Chizel-Man Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking forward to seeing more on your graphic novel man.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'll be able to present it soon.
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:iconchizel-man:
Chizel-Man Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking forward to it man.
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
instead of giving you a compliment, I'm going to say something so homoerotic, it'll make you feel uncomfortable: she makes me want to lick my computer screen.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:lol: I've actually received far, far more uncomfortable comments about my work in the past, believe me. So I will take that as a compliment! ^^;
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay!!
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kookybat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks ridiculously good!!
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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WhiteRoseBrian Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent work.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you like it!
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:iconjaquier:
Jaquier Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I don't even know what to say or where should I even start.

That catsuit or whatever you call it, it definetly compliments her shapes and curves :love: the lighting effect improves it further.

Her facial expression is very finely and professionally made.

And I don't know what's about to happen next in that picture, but I doubt she won't have any problems dealing with her enemies :la:

Why can't I :+fav: this twice? =D
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well you can always fave the black and white version too. ;) Thanks a lot for all the praise. That this image is so well received is bittersweet for me because I drew the original sketch back in 2009, which means I'm starting to hit diminishing returns on my practicing...my improvement is slowing down. That just means it's time to create something real... :)
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:iconjaquier:
Jaquier Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What falls into the category "something real"? =)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Graphic novel, video game...something that constitutes a real project, not just random pictures for comments and favorites.
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:iconjaquier:
Jaquier Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That sounds like a good idea =)
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ssjthug Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
nicely done :icondatassplz:
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ssjthug Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
np bro :D
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GaryPope Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm loving the heavy blacks! Nice work.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I think I'm getting closer to a balance between fast production and color that works for me. Even though I like my shiny, glowy cel-shading too, this suits Nia's setting a lot better.
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Levia-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Yep, she'd have to be superhumanly fast to draw her weapon before he gets a shot off...
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Well, the fact is...she is. ;)
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Levia-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Well that's handy then.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Awesome work here
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Glad you dig!
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It adds a suitably powerful and interesting feel to your images. I think it works well- the strong contrast suits the personalities and actions you're writing and drawing.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The reason the idea came to me was because I was reading somewhere that black carries a lot of emotional weight, which suits Nia's story perfectly. So I thought: add more black.
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BlackSandrock10 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011   Digital Artist
Nice! Very good! :)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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BlackSandrock10 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011   Digital Artist
No problem. :)
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ebony-chan Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011
Very cool I've always lved your work man. However I would have to say be careful with the head and hands. Her head looks abit large for her body, while her hands are kinda to small. I make the mistake to sometimes. =)
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I actually want Nia's head to look a bit big because she's so short (5'2") but I agree about the hands. This is an old one that I probably should have touched up a bit more, but after two years of finally finishing this simple drawing, I need to move forward. ^^; Thanks!
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ebony-chan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
np. =)
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Mr-Marcus-81 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess this one could be called...Assume the Position, Ms. Black!!! :giggle:

Cool stuff...I like what you're going for with the new coloring approach. I would like to see some highlights on her skin, but without them does give her skin tone a richer look with the contrasting dark/black colors. :D
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