Blade, aka Eric Brooks, was born in a whorehouse in the Soho neighborhood of London, England. Eric’s mother, Tara, was a prostitute at Madame Vanity's Brothel. When his mother experienced severe labor complications, a doctor was summoned who was in actuality Deacon Frost, a vampire who feasted on her during the child's birth and killed her. This inadvertently passed along certain enzymes in his own blood to the infant that resulted in Blade’s vampiric abilities, including a greatly prolonged lifespan and the ability to sense supernatural creatures, as well as an immunity to complete vampirism.
At age nine Eric saw an old man being attacked by vampires and helped the old man, who used a silver cane to kill the vampires. The man was Jamal Afari, a jazz trumpeter and vampire-hunter who then trained the young Blade in music and combat. Before long, Blade had become an Olympic-level athlete and a formidable hand-to-hand combatant with expertise in edged weapons. His crusade against the undead had begun!
Today you are challenged to draw BLADE THE VAMPIRE KILLER for about a half hour!
The deadline for today;s challenge is Wed. Jul. 15, 2020!
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