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RK-2181 by LindseyWArt RK-2181 by LindseyWArt

Specimen: RK-2181 (AKA Rat Killer)
Habitat: Urban and suburban sewers
Food: Rodents, including rats, bats, and mice.
Size 1-1.6m (3.25 -5.25 ft); 30-80kg (66-175 lb).
Breeding: Sterile.
Status: Rare; only a few are released based on rodent census
Life Span: 3 years.


Due to the increase in population and urban development, pest population, including rats, mice, and roaches, has also also increased. The Unites States government has looked into experimental DNA splicing to help combat the infestation. Combining the DNA of moles, various bird species (including turkeys, herons, and cassowary's), venomous snakes, and cephalopods, scientists have created a creature well adapted to hunting rodents in dark, damp, and putrid sewers.

Quick synopsis:

Mole DNA: Adaptation to darkness, extraordinary sense of smell, blindness, high metabolism, ravage appetite.

Bird DNA: Body structure, including shape, size, and weight.

Cephalopod DNA: Unique appendage which is seen on squids and cuttle fish; acts like a frog's or chameleon's tongue.

Snake DNA: Paralyzing venom that ejects from the spine of the tentacle; also has heat pits to sense warm blooded animals.


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My entry for the contest, which took too long to finish. That's alright, I defiantly am happy with the result. :nod:

Hope you all enjoy! :D

Splice Contest
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:iconmrtiddleywinks:
MrTiddleywinks Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
:la:
nice!
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmrtiddleywinks:
MrTiddleywinks Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
:) welcome!
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:icongreeni-studio:
greeni-studio Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Scary :)
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
Hello,
Your work was suggested by =SanguineEpitaph and featured in the news article, The F Word #6!
Take a look around the other deviations featured as well as some information and contests around dA that you might be interested in! :)

Thank you and take care!

Regards,
`phoenixleo
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thank you so much for featuring me, it is really quite a honor. :)
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
The pleasure is mine! :)
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:icondrunk-titan:
Drunk-Titan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats creepy and cool ^^
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:iconmscat:
MScat Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great design
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:iconazure-corruption:
azure-corruption Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hideos but effective :)
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:icontikeo:
tikeo Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010
Interesting, now where can I get one for a pet?
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
From the government of course! More than likely they'll just deny they even exist though. :C

Thanks!
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:icontikeo:
tikeo Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
What! The government has been hiding something that awesome from all of us! Ahhhh, soon it is going to become 1984. T-T
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:icondragonstrike1001:
dragonstrike1001 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
I love it how that thing hunts. Those spikes are awesome!
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:iconbjpentecost:
BJPentecost Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is fantastic. I find it baffling that this did not make the semifinals.
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I know, I was a little disappointed myself but meh, what can you do? At least a fantastic artist won the prize.

And thank you! :D
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:iconrurokenchimera:
RurokenChimera Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010
Wow, I love how it's creeping there. Great concept creature and beautiful picture
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, glad you like it. :D
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:iconcloister:
Cloister Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic!!! (three exclamation marks... calls for a watch! ) :)
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:icongalaxyframe:
GalaxyFrame Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've gotta learn how to make stuff like this, this is absolutely amazing!
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:icongosteoner:
GosteOner Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:clap: amazing concept
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconmad-hatman:
Mad-Hatman Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Looks like you have some interesting concept here. In other comments there is some words of it's greatness as well. So I'll try to be more original=)
I really like your monster, but it's one question that bothers me. That is size of that thing.
Seriously, do you think that white shark hunting guppy is a good idea? Don't you see some lion eating a bunch of jerboa on discovery canal? Doesn't happed=) Hell... I think I'm paranoid and complicated=D
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That's why it isn't that big, it isn't the size of a t-rex if that's what you are thinking. Plus there are plenty of predators that hunt small prey, ever heard of the whale shark or ant eaters? Sure they need to eat a lot of their prey but in my scenario there are ALOT of rodents to eat. ;)
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:iconmad-hatman:
Mad-Hatman Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Still it's a freaking strange idea to me. I think that using bacterias and viruses against those small pests is much more logical. And of course less dangerous to the humans and ecosystem.
But don't mind me wrong, this art is great. I just looking for some common sense.=)
Final question: When population of RK-2181 reach critical value... what monstrous thing will government release to hunt them? A freaking huge T-Rex-like beasts? Maybe with machineguns on it's head? Charged with radioactive bullets? Or some creatures even worse? For example... humans! О_о
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe I should have gone into a bit more detail in my description but they are sterile, they don't reproduce. They have a short life span, there only a few wandering around, and the government basically creates and releases them as deemed worthy. They are much easier to control than the idea of bacteria and viruses, those things reproduce and mutate like crazy and could easily infect the human population if rats are coming to the surface often.

Any further questions? ;)
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:iconmad-hatman:
Mad-Hatman Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Yes, you should have gone into a bit more detail in your description=D
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha I know, but then I would have ended up with some 10 page report describing it. :lol:
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:iconmad-hatman:
Mad-Hatman Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
Yes, and it would be some interesting stuff to read=D
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:iconmad-hatman:
Mad-Hatman Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Do you think that good citizens can sleep better knowing that under their houses instead of small furry creatures living freaking big hungry and poisonous (!) demilizards demisomethingalse. You can call me old fashion, but I'm thinking that releasing potential dangerous DNA-monsters on the street is not gonna make this government more popular among it's voters. And just imagine all those excrement... This thing may live in other planet but bio-weapon against rats... no way!
But I don't know. Maybe you have such government in US =D
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think you are really over thinking it, it's just imaginary scenario like any science fiction. And like I said, maybe you should have read the description a bit better, they only live in the sewer, they are rare and have very little human contact, most people would probably be oblivious to them. :)
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:iconmad-hatman:
Mad-Hatman Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
There is an old film called Mimic. You must see it if you don't=)
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:icondavesrightmind:
Davesrightmind Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Turned out beautiful! Nicely done.
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, it means a lot coming from you. :nod:
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:iconstarv-n-artist:
Starv-n-Artist Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
tear... This is beautiful
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
*Wipes tear*

Everything will be alright. =P
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:iconaerozopher:
Aerozopher Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
awesome at the whole
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ya. :D
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:icontiny-alien:
tiny-alien Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Lovely concept, I love it :love:

It looks very realistic, you did an amazing job with it. The only thing that annoys me is that the head looks a little bit heavy (or it might just be the angle). How long did you work with it? :)
:+fav:
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Yep, that was one issue I had, but oddly I preferred a big head to a smaller one. Could be why I angled him a bit too so it would look a bit more weighted. As for how long it took? Probably a week, around 8 hours a day. I wish I didn't take that long but I kept redoing it. :(
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:icontiny-alien:
tiny-alien Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Yes, I have to agree. A bigger head makes the creature more massive and more powerful as well. The angle also adds more depth to the image, so I think you solved it quite well :)
- That's a long time. But I'm sure it's worth it. Reminds me of myself when I'm working with pencils or pastells; I end up over-working with them :XD: Luckly, the results ends up well.
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:iconitalyco:
Italyco Featured By Owner May 28, 2010
Woooooooooow amazing Work my compliments :D
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank ya. :D
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:iconcaptianofthebluerose:
haha, as i was reading this thing's bio, i was saying to myself, "well, there's no way that this thing could totally backfire. Nope, no way at all" lol
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh you know it will, it always does. :lol:
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:iconpsyartista9:
Psyartista9 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Student General Artist
:iconweekenddanceplz: Very creative!
You certainly are a worthy opponent - my splices are no match.
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ha ha, I know this is a competition but I like to think all competitors as my equals. You can never really tell with these competitions anyways so you have as much as a chance as I do. ;)
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:iconpsyartista9:
Psyartista9 Featured By Owner May 28, 2010  Student General Artist
:tighthug: You are such a noble person.
Thank you for making me smile - I wish to you the best of luck!
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:iconlindseywart:
LindseyWArt Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Same to you! :D
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:iconchunlo:
ChunLo Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great concept mate =D
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