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Karen Constantine AKA Quanta (superhero contest) by Rhineville Karen Constantine AKA Quanta (superhero contest) by Rhineville
Karen Constantine waited nervously as the machine whirred into action. Her physics research lab was about to present to their investors the world's first stable, energy-efficient device that could trap and store anti-matter particles. It would be the first step on the road to an energy revolution and a huge boon to her company that just 3 years earlier had most of their research stolen.

As the safety sensors came online however, they detected what should be the impossible; a huge, nearby buildup of highly charged particles. With the machine shut down, the investors long gone, Karen settled in for a long night's work of troubleshooting. Could the machine already have built up a critical mass of particles, even before being activated? An interesting thought, but not as worrying as the truth. She soon found out the source of the intensely unstable, powerful energy signal... herself.

This is the beginning of Quanta

Karen Constantine's story revolves around her search for clues about her condition, the development and use of a high-tech suit she creates to harness and control the energy and her struggle to control her emotions and the power inside her. I see her working on new gadgets that can focus the energy in different ways (energy blasts, shields, flight), eventually losing the suit and having to control the energy on her own, even wrestling with revenge issues regarding the corporate espionage she uncovers.

Created for this - [link]

I didn't want to go the typical "bruiser" or "funny" fat superhero since the problem all boils down to the fact that people don't think that an overweight female figure can be idealized. I specifically set out to make an attractive overweight superhero to prove them wrong.

(Just FYI, Quanta is the plural of Quantum which is a packet of energy. I see her using the term a number of times when dealing with specific amounts of energy in her search for the unknown source of particles.)
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Galen1969 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Nice work! If the hair was darker, she'd look like my first wife!  :D
SierraGamer Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like it!
Larsonek Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
This is absolutely brilliant! Love the art and love the concept!
secretmantra Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is great work. I just stumbled across your stuff. You have a nice, patient style to your work. Really dig it. Cheers!
gckatz Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Writer
She's gorgeous and I would totally read her comic.
KtObermanns Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I love her! She looks powerful and gorgeous, dangerous and serious.  I really like that you didn't give her a large body and a slender face like many do- she's still got a thicker neck and heavier jaw. It makes her actually larger, rather than merely a fetishized large body with a model head. I love her strong shoulders and lush hair, and the concept is fascinating. Honestly, I'd love to see you do more with her.
moonlight-paintbrush Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is lovely and badass and this is EXCELLENT.
Nihilofilo Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Best female superhero ever!
Myrethy Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
She's awesome!
DragonGuy42 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
DragonGuy42 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
To clarify:

Love the painting, very interesting backstory. I'd be curious to see how that turns out in the end.

Would be nifty to see that mastering-of-skills develop. That's frequently rushed to get to the smashy-smashy part, but I like the idea of her learning to control the power without tech. :)
CaptainQuirk Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Thank you so much for making an overweight female character without making fun of her. O_O This is so rare.
Euxiom Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
This. This concept needs to become as big as Batman is. It's truly awesome.
mrmojorsn111 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
She is beautiful!
SuperStarexai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so awesomeness!!! Fantastic work!
Atlya Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
"An attractive overweight superhero", lovely idea! :D
jplagares Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it, its reminds of me without the blue eyes of course, yeahhhhhhhhhhh!!!
Septimne Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I really like it!

Would you have advices for drawing more superheroes? (I'm looking forward to making my own super-crew, but i lack drawing skills)
zexykupo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
This is interesting, I voted for you.
MadamMayh3m Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really great. I'd say you succeeded in you're goal of making an attractive, overweight superhero
Moonfyire101 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OMG this is wonderful. I'm so happy someone is using "real" people for superheros :iconbravoplz:
InkedSilver Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful backstory and art
Jessica-Prando Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i love it!
lily1991 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...I would definitely pay money to see this plot in a comic O.O

And I love your approach to your hero. It's wonderfully executed ^^
LazaroRuiz Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
akurokuismygod Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is really beautiful and well done. It gets my vote but I would have loved to see an equally badass background to go with it.
Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012   Traditional Artist
she is a gorgeous woman, sexy and strong. I like her outfit, shows off her curves with out being over the top, kinda moist and sexy. Love the blue with her skin tone too. Stunning painting and shading.
Zatarra86 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Beautiful. Wonderful skintones. The face, arms and hands are very well done.

I thought the pose could be a bit more 'dynamic.' Also, my idea of an ideal curvy woman is radically different (this is just a matter of taste).
Here's my version of Karen illustrating my preferred proportions.
sc189 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks awesome :D
ishmiel14 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i like her alot, she should have a cross over with captain kacela (google it)
pinchback Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012   General Artist
Great art and superb concept and story. :)
Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Professional Writer
This is one of my favorite entries in terms of grace and elegance. She looks powerful yet also has wonderful flow. Quanta indeed! And she's a physicist, extra wow.
Armonah Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
That's exactly how I feel as well. :nod:
Arulein Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
favorited with extreme prejudice :-)
AveryAnnarose Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Completely awesome.
NickNightshade Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Huge round of applause for making a realistic, attractive, overweight female figure (which as far as I'm concerned are just fine).
Josaho Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Really respect for your art, it looks awesome and I would love to see more from her!
TheDM1 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Love the backstory as much as the pic it's obvious you put a lot of work into both and it shows ! :) .... forgive me for the incredibly stupid question here :P but ... the category it's in says " painting and airbrushing" so that means you painted it by hand on canvas right? That's really awesome ! :)
Armonah Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
He uploaded it in the Digital Art category; he painted it on a digital canvas using a tablet :)
Hellzeine Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   Digital Artist
Interesting idea about the female figure.
Militant-Jester Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012   General Artist
Wait hold up... you don't like that female figures are idealized, beauty standards are so enforced, etc... so you make an overweight female heroine... and idealize her weight distribution so she still follows as close those beauty standards as one can while being overweight? Doesn't that kinda... defeat the purpose?

Anyways... very nice drawing, except the octagonal texture on her suit doesn't really follow her form. Other than that it's good.
Rhineville Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you read the link I posted (which is RE the contest) the initial event that prompted the whole contest was that an artist submitted a completely normal looking batgirl for review and the major comic people said that she was essentially too fat.

Super heroes are super people, expected to be idealized and the argument is often put forward that even normal people are too overweight to act as these elevated beings. By creating an overweight woman (large thighs, round stomach, thick waist, larger arms) but idealizing her facial features, hair, and overall shape of the body (larger hips than waist, rounder and larger center that tapers to the top and bottom) I wanted to create a person with a different body type that can stand alongside Olympian heroes like superman and wonder woman and be seen as more than just a normal person (as most classic heroes are)

I don't see how I've defeated my own purpose in that. Whether or not I was successful is another question.
philorion7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student General Artist
First off great piece of art and design. Now to the other stuff. The only problem i see with the idea of a fat superhero is that being a superhero brings with it a lot of physical activity including running and jumping etc. As such someone who is overweight simply would not be for very long. (also why i think high heels for superheroes is stupid cause you just cant do that stuff in heels.) I say all this with the understanding that after all it is a comic character and realism is not exactly a high priority in comics. I do however appreciate the sentiment that you are attempting to bring to the genre.
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012   Digital Artist
You know lots of fat people are super active too, and if you read the link this contest is for you'll see the batgirl that was submitted was chatised for being too fat despite her athletic figure. Point in case: [link] those editors would have called most of these women too fat, but society forgets you need lots of muscle (and in some case, fat since being just muscle would kill you) just to be athletic.
philorion7 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Trust me i know all about the stuff editors like and dislike. i have done stuff for marvel that is unpublished. Things like make the woman the center piece of this frame. Make her pose more sexy etc etc. Two things about comics is 1 they are trying to sell books and sex sells (even if its just juvenile) 2 is that comics dont try to represent a realistic interpretation of the human body it is an "idealized" human body in both men and women. Now in real life yes many athletes have plenty of body fat but it depends on the type of athletics the person ascribes to. For example strength lifters often have lots of fat and are often considered overweight medically. If however a person is a long distance runner the chances of having a lot body fat are slim because of the nature of the exercise. Many factors are involved including genetics.
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Actually sex doesn't sell, or big comics wouldn't be a floundering industry disparate for new readers lol.
philorion7 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student General Artist
Not to be argumentative but actually sex does sell. In comics case it does not seem to help the sad state of many companies but they still try anyway. A suggestion to see how much sex is used to sell go to Montreal. Billboards abound with racy sex driven adds to sell almost everything from shoes and clothes to alcohol. Its in movies and video games and on the covers of paperback books. We are surrounded with sex driven sells everyday. Oh great gallery by the way :)
Shattered-Earth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012   Digital Artist
You know they've done studies where they show sex catches attention, but doesn't actually result in sales right?
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Rhineville Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Good points, and mostly I agree (you could call em a "realist" in terms of visual design, armor, weapons and outfits need to WORK :)). My counter argument would be that it would depend on - the type of physiology the person has (regular human which could have varying metabolism), the types of "super" activities they engage in, how often they engage in it and what they do in their down time.

If Karen here is a scientist, spends most of her days in the lab doing non-physical work, and when she DOES do her super-thing she's mainly floating around, shooting energy blasts off and containing others with electro-fields or what have you, she's not really doing much that would be considered physically strenuous or something that would burn off the pounds. Contrast that with a more fighter-type hero who'd be jumping, kicking punching etc and I'd agree. I don't see Karen actually jumping into a fight and start punching dudes up... because she's a scientist! I like the idea of her character solving problems mostly by figuring things out (through the devices she creates to channel the engery, by finding unique solutions to problems etc.) rather than outright violence.
philorion7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student General Artist
indeed. Makes sense and that is what matter.
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