“I remember the first time I saw her saw her soar by my jet incoming to Gothic. It was the radiant grace her entire being captured that held my interest. But then, after viewing footage of her heroic acts and see-first hand this angelic warrior at work-- I knew I must make her my muse… Which sounds less creepy written down than said outloud, so without further ado I present my latest piece, The Hawk!”
A preview from our upcoming July issue interviewing the millennial's Picasso, Eru Banala
After a practically nonexistent check-in and waiting period at the airport we were off in his first and only private jet. The hull made this bird appear to be plucked right out of the seventies with minimal decor and only smooth french curved wings leading into a small and vanilla fuselage.
Inside the cabin though, every wall was latent in freaky ass Japanese projecting technology that made it seem as if we were soaring through the air aidlessly, except for our blue leather chairs and a glass top coffee table to hold the complimentary homebrew Banala brought on board.
Rather than breaking bread, we poured shots and the conversation had gotten on a roll.
So, let's get to know the man first. Your name isn’t actually Eru Banala, am I right?
[He laughs] No, where I come from not everyone's named like a Harry Potter spell, so when I wanted to, sort of, make myself more marketable I wanted to put myself in the deep end of weird.
And how did your family and friends feel about your turning so extravagant all of the sudden?
I think they gave me worse looks for sticking with art. ‘Why not go the full Minaj route if you're going to dress like her’, my mother would say
Great question, why not?
I can paint one hell of a view, but I’ve got nothing on her anaconda game I suppose
Now let's talk about something more recent, like the series you’re going to be compiling in Gothic City
Yes, yes, yes [He takes a shot]. Because you see, here’s how I see it-- everything I’ve painted so far-- has been bullshit! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, because no matter how many prints I sell of the ‘Emma’ or how many times a piece from the ‘Quaalude’ series is downloaded for wallpapers or whatever, what do those have to say about us? That we like pretty faces? Everyone knows this already… That the modern age appreciates a drug induced culture? No. That says nothing new or honestly distinct about today’s society. But when I look down at cities from my jet, like right now [he points to Chicago at our feet as we fly over the city]. You know what I see? Such a distinct culture-- Such an interesting skyline, that when I say ‘Windy City’ you can instantly recall the Willis Tower or Trump’s f*cking skyscraper, you get where I am going with this, yes? Sure, Gothic City does not have all of these landmark fixtures like the Windy City, but it is home to some of the century's most infamous crusaders in our modern era of super vigilantism. And that’s what I want to capture for the rest of the world and times to see-- Crusader City!
All of those capes come with even more crime, which you seem almost unfazed about
It’s dangerous. It’s likely to fail. It might just go unappreciated. And I couldn’t be more excited!
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No, haven't you heard? Ricochet's a goner. Ye talking about dead men! Now there is only Prince Puma!
But if we're breaking kay-fabe, then yeah it's him...
Poor guy needs the change. He was getting blasted pretty brutally for a while because of the gay porn he did.
Wuh? Is that what really happened to Ricochet? Links or I won't believe it!!!
KIDDING! Don't post links . I'm straight IRL contrary to popular belief.
But that's really interesting, because he's got a real Rock-esque alpha male thing going on in the Lucha ring. He's an amazing wrestling entertainer so I'm happy to see that video didn't stiffen his career too much.
There were talks about what Eru’s next move would be. Then, came the ads around the city, and the teases on social media which brought the excitement of his enthusiasts to a fever pitch. Finally, the morning of Banala’s latest gallery opening had arrived and the fans were wrapped around the block to see what astonishing works had made their way from his unique mind to the canvases. This latest project was more for the times and the people than for himself (right?), so Eru kept the speech short before cutting the ribbon, “Good morning and thank you so much for your patience. I’m just as excited to unveil the works mused after today's most infamous vigilantes and renegades as you all must be to see them. And, a word of warning goes to say that some of the pieces in my gallery have been modeled after the more controversial to outright detested personalities of our super-powered world, but the overall display would be incomplete without them. Some ol’bullsh*t as my old man would say. Because our bad defined the good. And together, they have defined a new culture for we the people. And here, they will be immortalized like the Greek-- or the Roman-- whatever, for further generations to observe. So without further ado, I present to you my living gallery, were more pieces are sure to come;!"
Want something Photoshopped?
Hey, it’s your boy C here, and maybe you’d hate to call me that. I understand, and what I also understand is that some people need a little help getting that perfect avatar pic or character look, and that’s where I’m offering my photoshop assistance.
Just give me a few notes or pics to work with and I’ll see what I can do. I’ve seen a few threads like this before so I’m sure most of you get the ideal already.
I’ll be using all of the photoshop pics I finish to complete my in-character gallery, so please feel free to ask for some editing!
Rules are for b*tches
Please be patient
Feel free to have your characters blow money in the gallery. Or blow a load in the gallery over the art. But DO NOT blow up the gallery! Please :)