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Aka The High Artist, aka The Street Artist, aka The Starving Artist
Some people perform art to pay the rent, to put food on the table or too live a lavish lifestyle and get off the streets, but you love your art for it's own sake, whether it's dance or painting or even modifying cars, you love it and love showing it off and uplifting others with it, but you don't want to be a fake, Art is beauty and Beauty is Truth, compared to that, even eating is often secondary.
Selling out is death.
A Free Artist is consumed by their art, their medium and everything to do with it, as such their symbols are closely associated with their specific form and medium, and they often tend to view, as avatars in history, famous artists in their field, playwrights look up to Shakespeare, Musicians often look to the mysterious Jandek and visual artists look to Bach or any of the many painters who died in poverty and anonymity but got famous later, It's almost impossible for Free Artists to attain real fame during their life without tabooing, so aren't known by their contemporary society as great artists, though Ray Charles may have managed it somehow. Kafka, Emily Dickinson and Henry Derger are also suspected avatars in history, as is the great artist "Anonymous", though they didn't seem to care so much about the sharing the Art aspect of the avatar, which suggests it isn't as central to the concept as is often assumed or they were following a variation of the artist that didn't require it. Same diff' really.
Masks: Orpheus, the Satyrs, "Anonymous" (writer, painter and composer of so many pieces of art over the millennia)
Taboo: selling out, if you become too rich or too comfortable following the archetype, you taboo. The Free Artist must be facing adversity at every turn to stay connected to it. They must also never be controlled and unable to escape the employ of a higher power (excepting gods or the archetype itself, of course), short term contractual work is okay but they must be able to walk away at any time or you taboo while you slave away for your corporate masters, you sell-out.
01% - 50%: A Free Artist at this level can withstand harm from their environment, with a successful Avatar: The Free Artist they can go for the tens of their avatar skill in days without food OR sleep without suffering penalties or exist in extreme heat or cold and not be affected. (Person/unnatural/beast to person damage is unaffected of course)
51% - 70%: with a successful Avatar: The Free Artist roll, the Artist can
Bring a piece of their art to life in a thematically suitable way for the tens of their
Avatar skill in hours, painting or sculptures would start moving and . The artist has more or less control over the creation depending on what exactly is created, critical fails automatically making the creation totally unwilling to follow any command you give it and critical success makes them follow any command you give them directly, no matter how suicidal or humiliating (anime based gay porn takes on a whole new level of weirdness)
71% - 90%: At this level the Artist will start gathering a small following, who's number shall be equal to the tens of the Avatar skill, the people who are attracted to you with this channel will seek you out to meet you and learn from you, These people will follow you and watch you from afar if you firmly tell them to leave you alone, and will still further your legend when you're gone.
91% - 98%: At this level (and after a successful avatar roll) the avatar can make anything created using the second channel permanently exist (use this as an excuse for putting a drug awareness based otherworld in a dead artist's cupboards)
Miniature Wicker Zombu | profile | Mar 10, 05 | 1:45 pm
This is a really cool Archetype.
I really do like the idea, but having been blessed with an overabundance of opinions for Channel tinkering, you'll just sit through the this:
Menzoa | profile | Mar 11, 05 | 1:29 pm
Last note: the proposed Evokative Masterpiece channel wouldn't change the audience's madness meters (except maybe if they Fumble the stress check), just trigger a panic reaction.
Menzoa | profile | Mar 11, 05 | 1:38 pm
Thanks everyone for the ideas and compliments (Menzoas ordering of the channels and suggestions about the artistic license channel are ideal imho) I didn't think about a channel focused around the viewer of the art, so here's my take on the evokative masterpiece;
Miniature Wicker Zombu | profile | Mar 21, 05 | 9:39 am
Very nice, very nice... The general ability to make emotionally-evokative artwork is represented very well by a simple skill substitution.
Menzoa | profile | Mar 21, 05 | 12:07 pm