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The Speck! by Altalamatox The Speck! by Altalamatox
The final project for Illustration class was two pages about a superhero based off some aspect of ourselves.

In tribute to my vertical handicap, meet The Speck, a strange little adventurer who saves the days in the smallest of ways. Decided to let my superhero be female because as always I sorely need practice with drawin' the ladies.

There's a race of diminutive sizeshifting humanoids in my Network stories so this was a nice way to get me thinking about them again. So many visual jokes with itsy-bitsy characters, I enjoy thinking up alternate uses for small objects in the hands of someone to which they are not so insignificant.

I don't know how widely the plastic sandwich sword is used in the world, but that's what her trusty blades are. In the very least dignifying colors available. I love those things.
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:iconazzacanth:
azzacanth Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist
mini people worlds are always fun! there are various movies based on the idea also. always entertaining.
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GloriousJoy Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I love this!! I thought maybe those were plastic sandwich swords, but I wasn't sure till a read the description. I love those little things, too. ^_^ And I would totally read (if this were a comic), watch (if this was a movie/tv show), or play (if this was a computer game) this in three seconds. Such an amazing idea, and I love how you used small objects for her arsenal of weapons and tools. And your art is so much amazing! Love your style. :)
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AaronThomason Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
XD NIce :)
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:iconarcnova:
arcnova Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconmblackwood:
MBlackwood Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
As a fellow altitudinally-challenged individual, I can unabashedly say that I desperately need more of The Speck in my life.
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Ginger-Seat Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Me likes. Too bad this isn't a real computer game, because I would totally play it. :)
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:iconjane-martin906:
Jane-Martin906 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
omg this is absolutely beautiful. Just amazing. I love her little trusty swords! Aaaahhh this is so cute!
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:iconcaptainseawolf:
CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner May 7, 2012   General Artist
Okay, The Speck is my new favorite super hero! Amazing work on her and I love her equipment, DUST BUNNIES BEWARE! I sure hope she shows up here more often she sounds like she could be a super tone of fun. (no pun intended)
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:iconsweets8:
sweets8 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
lol, is it funny that it's hard to draw women even if u are a women? so hard XP
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:iconaltalamatox:
Altalamatox Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Somehow I get the feeling most people are best at drawing the sex they're attracted to, just by merit of noticing them more in daily life.
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:iconsweets8:
sweets8 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Good point, good point - that's the best research we can do without trying, lol.
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:iconvagabond24-7:
Vagabond24-7 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
What if the house was infested with mice? Would they be friends or foes?
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:iconaltalamatox:
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
Possibly The Speck would attempt to earn their friendship through offerings of cheesy nibbles, because they would make a fine predatory asset in her constant warfare with Bugs. The Speck does not like Bugs. Centipedes and spiders are somewhat more threatening when they are the size of your torso. Anything big enough to nom bugs but small enough not to nom her can't be completely evil in her book.
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Phantom-Jaselin Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really wish this was an actual videogame, I'd play it in a second.
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BlueNinjaTiger Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
That's really, really awesome. I especially like the key, although I don't really know why. This would also make a great video game.
Aaaaaand, I don't think it really counts as being based off an aspect of you because you're about five feet taller than THE SPECK. :icondundundunplz:
:iconforrealplz: :iconleftarrowplz: He's watching you...
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:iconaltalamatox:
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Pft, I wish I were five feet taller than five inches, that'd be great. You're thinking you. And if you dare grow any more I'm going to start taking height off you at the feet while you sleep. Although I think I'd have to take about half your lower leg at this point. Point being, this can be arranged.

I'M WATCHING YOU.
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Lady-Tempest Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Very well done. I particularly like the "Eastern Elevators".
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TarawynWorldwalker Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
OH MY GOD WHAT IS THIS. Really cool, that is what! I really like the dust bunnies, they look quite menacing. The Speck's slightly-hapless adventurer air gives her a lot of character, and I like her outfit too. I must admit I laughed at the "Eastern Elevators".

I would completely read this if it were real.

So, what's her origin story? Accident with a mad scientist's shrink ray? Bitten by a radioactive dust bunny while doing spring cleaning? Originally had the power to shrink and got stuck that way? Just born like this, grew up (but not very much) with a determination to make her mark on a very big world? Part of a secret society of tiny little people?

Also, ever played Bugdom? First one you play a pill bug, second a grasshopper- lots of fun with giant everyday objects. I'm reminded here of the Night level in the first: there are lots of firecrackers strewn everywhere, and fire-breathing fire ants that set them off.
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Phageous Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hahaha! This is great! I love her tools, especially the swords.
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:iconcalliscribbles:
CalliScribbles Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Hurrah! It's like the borrowers, except badass.
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:iconicefiredrag:
IceFireDrag Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol "energy crystals"
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:iconmyrksuki:
MyrkSuki Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
It's like The Borrowers in the City.
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SleepyIguana Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Augh! She's so awesome! I love the 'Energy Crystals'... It makes me want some now. :yum:

I would love to read some comics with her in it. X3
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:iconicecoldxx:
IceColdXx Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh man this would be great for a video game!
I've only seen blue and red plastic swords though. =P
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:icondinkydonkey:
DinkyDonkey Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
This made my day! =D
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:iconpika-seizures:
Pika-Seizures Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Aaaah this reminds me of Chibi Robo.
I absolutely love this!
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:iconmissuny:
missuny Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Cool!
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:iconcajesthetabby:
CajesTheTabby Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
She looks super cool :D Now I wanna see The Secret World of Arrietty again o3o
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Madailein Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist
Evil dust bunnies. <3
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw the sandwich swords and I was like NO. YOU DIDN'T. YOU DIDN'T BECAUSE IF THOSE ARE COCKTAIL SWORDS THEN YOU WOULD LITERALLY RIP THE FABRIC OF SPACE AND TIME WITH YOUR SHEER AWESOME. :|

...I love those things so much. :D
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Miapet Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
ohman. This is fantastic! XD

Awesome idea! Conveyed epicly!
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:iconmad-and-mirthful:
mad-and-mirthful Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is adorable! It really made me laugh! You have a serious talent for witticism and sarcasm!
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:iconhyenateeth:
HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly awesome and wonderfully creative. So cute and amusing. Wonderful character design. I would love to read a comic about her!
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:iconmblackwood:
MBlackwood Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
THIS IS ADORABLE. I desperately need more of THE SPECK in my life.

For I, too, am vertically challenged. *solidarity*
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SilveryBeing Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my god, The Speck is awesome (I too am vertically handicapped)! And I love all the "little" ingenious tools she has. And those swords! XD
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the-gneech Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The Speck is pretty darn cool, actually. :D
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:iconpythosblaze:
Pythosblaze Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love those little plastic swords. I used to steal several of them from our favorite Chinese restaurant and use them to arm my Lego army.
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:iconcalick:
Calick Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I recognized the plastic little swords, I've seen those in some restaurants haha! Nice concept!
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:iconapdrakaan:
ApDrakaan Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I can't love this enough! Tack dagger and all, she's just great.
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:iconluseymoth:
LuseyMoth Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Made me giggle every other line, good work XD
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RedWinterwolf Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
If you haven't already, read Carpet People by Terry Pratchett. The new, revised edition (Written by Terry Pratchett, aged younger, and Sir Terry Pratchett, aged older, as he puts it :XD: ) is the better one, and I thought of that instantly.

Love this, the layout is really good, as is the tone of writing. Made me chuckle :D
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:iconzuthias:
zuthias Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
love it!
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:icontartthief:
TartThief Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is actually amazing hahaha, she ought to have her own comic!
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:iconignifero:
Ignifero Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
this is wonderfull :P
I really like the proyect heheheh
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:iconshadowphoenix21:
Shadowphoenix21 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist
lol, nerds candy for energy boost. I love it!
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:iconcircuitdruid:
CircuitDruid Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
this is hilarious. the cocktail rapiers just did it for me, but kudos on every amusing detail :heart:
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Drrraug Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
I recognized the plastic sandwich swords, didn't know they're called that though! Some very fun stuff in this one!
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:icondragons-and-dreams:
Dragons-And-Dreams Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love her fearsome arsenal hehehe ^^
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Osanagokoro Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just too adorable.
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FaerieCarousel Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
This is hilarious, I love everything about it--the character, the way you drew everything, the tone of the captions, just everything.
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