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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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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!
JewelledDragon13 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
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. :)
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