Sunday, August 9, 2015

Finn Balor: The Demon Prince

Best known internationally as Prince Devitt, Fergal Devitt - now known as Finn Balor (the Demon Prince), has taken the WWE's developmental (though I believe it's anything but "developmental") organization, NXT, by storm. Now the NXT champion (having defeated Kevin Owens for the title on July 4 in Japan) is primed to, someday soon, make a huge splash on the main roster. It isn't like he wasn't ready before (having been a highly respected wrestler in New Japan Pro Wrestling and founder of Bullet Club). It just seems that the WWE has a protocol from here on out that dictates any talent new to the company has to come through NXT first.

Balor, an avid comic book fan, has integrated various styles and themes of body and face paint in his performances, ranging from DC Comics' Joker to Marvel Comics' Spider-man and Venom. These days, he sports an original design inspired by his "Demon Prince" persona and is driving the crowds wild. In fact, on Aug. 22, the champ and the NXT roster will perform on their first WWE Network special outside the confines of Winter Park, Florida's Full Sail University at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Not bad for a developmental branch, eh?

Back to Balor here. This piece (its start and finish bracketed my Rowdy Roddy Piper tribute piece) was done in ink (Micron and Pentel Pocket Brush pens) and gouache (watercolor paint) on 11" X 15" cold press watercolor paper. I hope its Balor-worthy and I doubly hope you dig it!

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