Trapped With A Man Who Thinks Art Is Literally The B

[12:51] <PersonaGM> [Levi Matos sat outside the art clubhouse, which was a well-furnished, well-equipped art studio sitting on the outer edge of the Practical Studies building. Art club looked… Popular.-
[12:54] <PersonaGM> [But Levi waved the crowd through quickly. He was around 5'8", lanky, light brown skin with dark brown hair pulled into a tight ponytail. As Dinah arrived, he eyed her name, and then he eyed her. "Well, well! Shalom, my distant sister, welcome to Lion Hall's Art Club."]
[13:03] <Dinah> While Wushu Club had been something that Dinah looked forward to, Art Club was something that Dinah held much less enthusiasm for. But the rules were simple. If Dinah wanted a full ride from her parents - well, her mother - she had to 'apply' herself. Which meant trying to stay out of fights when she could and taking electives and Clubs to 'broaden her horizons'. She liked to draw
[13:03] <Dinah> . So it was pretty much the only other Club that she could stomach.-
[13:04] <Dinah> Nodding tot he student sitting outside, she went to open her mouth before he identified her first, leaving her to frown a little, awkwardly, at the introduction. "Yeah. Hi. I'm in the right place, I guess. Just…go in, right?"
[13:05] <PersonaGM> ["Sign and go in." He pushed the sheet to her.]
[13:08] <Dinah> "Right." Sighing, she took the pen and signed her fancy signature, setting it down for him and giving him a little nod when she walked past him to go into the clubroom.
[13:09] <PersonaGM> [When everyone was signed in, Levi re-entered and took up position at the front of the club.-
[13:09] <PersonaGM> [He eyed everyone present.-
[13:09] <PersonaGM> ["Welcome to art club, you motherfuckers."-
[13:11] <PersonaGM> ["This is Lion Hall Art Club! It has pedigree, people say!" Said Levi. "Oh, it's won awards, sure. It produces good artists. But I think it's coasting. I think it's complacent. You don't push the boundaries of art by winning awards. You push it by trying new fuckin' things and this club has sucked at that for years."-
[13:15] <PersonaGM> ["Do you know what one of the first things I learned about this city was?" Said Levi. "It used to be a centre of art! Of culture! Of pleasure and beauty, locked in constant tooth-and-claw battle with the forces of conservatism, tradition and dogma! Madame Tomoko, ladies and gentlemen! Madame. Damn. Tomoko. Do you know her legend? It's said she led a scholar-bureaucrat and a puffed up priest to their dooms by turning them against each other with art and beauty."-
[13:16] <PersonaGM> ["That's what I'm about. Art doesn't coddle and it doesn't have to fit your boxes. Art doesn't care about you. Art destroys lives because it's a force of nature made flesh, and you-do-not-make-forces-of-nature-by-doing-constant-portraits-of-each-other-you-motherfuckers."-
[13:16] <PersonaGM> ["Anyone who doesn't want to experiment? Get out."-
[13:17] <PersonaGM> [There was a stunned silence. After a few seconds, a trickle of scandalised students started to leave.-
[13:17] <PersonaGM> [Levi watched them go, arms folded.]
[13:24] <Dinah> As soon as Levi started in on his speech, Dinah lifted a brow as she watched. She could have found it amusing, though the context of the conversation was less funny and more…well, she didn't know what. It was weird. That was definitely a word for it.-
[13:25] <Dinah> Still, it didn't seem like a bad fit. She probably wouldn't have to watch her mouth in here, that was good. Hell, maybe he'd even be fine with her taking smoke breaks. So as she saw others get up and leave, she just crossed her arms and settled into her seat more, wondering what he'd say next.
[13:38] <PersonaGM> [Once the last student was gone, Levi uncrossed his arms and smiled.-
[13:39] <PersonaGM> ["… Sorry, I hope that wasn't too scary for the rest of you." Said Levi. "I'm not going to be dropping the bomb like that all the time. I just wanted to demonstrate that this year? That kind of reaction is going to be commonplace, so you'd better be prepared to be rejected."]
[13:49] <Dinah> Dinah was almost disappointed when he dropped his demeanor to something more calm and collected, though she supposed that was necessary for him to have the Club in the first place. 'Oh well', she thought. It might still be kind of entertaining.
[13:54] <PersonaGM> ["Last year in art club, the dick of a leader decided to focus on only the best artworks the club made, where 'best' means 'most likely to win awards'." Said Levi. "And did that process win awards?"-
[13:57] <PersonaGM> ["… Yes. It won a lot. But damnit, I'm not here to win awards!" Said Levi. "I'm not here to focus on a few and ditch the rest, I'm here to foster a club. This year, every single artwork that gets completed is going to be honoured. I'll send it off, of course, because this is a club and we have certain standards to uphold or else they'll kick our ass. But if you win, you'll know it was because you did work, not because you got undue favours from a shit."-
[13:58] <PersonaGM> ["So." Said Levi. "What everyone should start with is an idea. You have no restrictions. Be as wild as you like."]
[14:16] <Dinah> Levi was…erratic to say the least but Dinah more or less sought to tune him out for now. At least until he brought up the idea that they were going to start right now. She sat up a little straighter in her seat at the idea of needing to come up with an idea right away and she frowned while she looked around at the others, likely pulling out notepads or something to get started.
[14:16] <Dinah> Scowling now, she went for her bag to fish out a notebook and a pencil, opening it up and proceeding to…stare at the page. She had less than zero ideas in the face of the blank canvas before her.
[14:25] <PersonaGM> [And it was still the case when Levi, making the rounds, stopped behind her.-
[14:25] <PersonaGM> ["Hm. Fascinating."]
[14:29] <Dinah> She frowned and looked back at him, turning her gaze back almost angrily at the paper in front of her. "What's fascinating about nothing?"
[14:30] <PersonaGM> ["It's the message it sends." Said Levi. "Is it a condemnation, saying that the art world is as empty as the canvas? Is it a call to action, demanding others rise up to fill the space? Is it a self-critique on the part of the author, admitting that their heart isn't in it?"]
[14:31] <Dinah> "No, I just can't fuckin' think of anything."
[14:32] <PersonaGM> ["Oh."]
[14:36] <Dinah> "Yeah. I thought we were gonna bullshit or whatever in the first meeting. Didn't come here expectin' to start a project."
[14:38] <PersonaGM> ["Then bullshit you'll have." Said Levi. "If you can't think of anything, don't worry. Take your time. You have a whole year."]
[14:57] <Dinah> She grunted a little, tapping her pencil against the paper a bit. "Yeah, I guess." With a frown, she aimlessly started to sketch a few things, just going off what was on the top of her head. The fireman's helmet that was a part of her costume. JC. Various odds and ends. They weren't too bad looking, all told, though it was the equivalent of scribbling in your textbook out of
[14:57] <Dinah> boredom.
[14:59] <PersonaGM> ["If you like, I can show you some of mine."]
[15:00] <Dinah> "Can't hurt, I guess."
[15:00] <PersonaGM> [He ran over to a bag against the door, then ran back. He cracked open a notebook to a page.-
[15:00] <PersonaGM> [It was an American dollar, painted in red.]
[15:10] <Dinah> She looked at the sketch and then to Levi and then back again, a frown on her lips. "Uhh…huh. This has a meaning or something, doesn't it?"
[15:11] <PersonaGM> ["What do you think?"]
[15:15] <Dinah> "Does it mean Blood Money?" She was a mixture of various things at the moment but the most of them were uncomfortable. He wasn't…being a jerk to her and she didn't want to go off on him just for having a passion. But at the same time, she didn't go for a lot of the 'meaning' when it came to art. Which put them at opposite ends of the spectrum, no doubt.
[15:16] <PersonaGM> ["Yes. I painted it to reflect the struggles of how poor artists have to expend their own blood to make art."-
[15:16] <PersonaGM> ["So…" He gestured at the painting.-
[15:16] <PersonaGM> ["Yeah. Nearly passed out, but it was worth it."]
[15:18] <Dinah> "Oh god." She caught what he meant with that, looking to him as if he was crazy. Shaking her head after, she rubbed her eyes slightly and sighed. "I…see. That's, uh..That's…I don't know what to say to that, really."
[15:19] <PersonaGM> ["You can say 'that's dumb as hell', because you'd be objectively correct."]
[15:24] <Dinah> "It is pretty fucking dumb." She let out a sigh, slightly annoyed from how it came out that they got to this point. "Why would you do that?"
[15:24] <PersonaGM> ["Do you want the polite reason or the personal, oversharing reason?"]
[15:26] <Dinah> "Are you honestly not going to tell me the personal reason if I don't ask?"
[15:26] <PersonaGM> ["'Course I won't."]
[15:30] <Dinah> "Well, lay it on me, I guess. I don't know how you can top that one. Please don't try to."
[15:34] <PersonaGM> ["I'm bipolar." Said Levi. "Made this in a manic period. I'm usually not that intense, but sometimes…"]
[15:39] <Dinah> "Oh." She reached her hand up to scratch at her neck slightly, the discomfort in her skyrocketing throught he roof. Though thankfully for him, it seemed to replace all of her annoyance. For now. "Uh, sorry about that."
[15:45] <PersonaGM> ["Yeah, tell me about it." Said Levi. "Still, I've got it handled. Also, it leads people to assume that I joined the art club because my bipolar gives me a natural artistic ability or someshit, which leads them to not ask about the actual reason."]
[15:56] <Dinah> By now, her sketching had grown to include things on fire up to and including a book, a moth and a worm, though she wasn't paying much attention to it so much as she was talking with Levi. "Actual reason? Just that you wanna make art, right?"
[15:57] <PersonaGM> ["Do you want the polite answer, or the dumb 15 year old answer?"]
[16:02] <Dinah> "Just answer. This is Art Club, not a choose your own adventure game." There was the annoyance again. Right on schedule.
[16:03] <PersonaGM> ["Hah." He leaned over to peer at her work. "I joined this club three years ago to meet girls."-
[16:04] <PersonaGM> ["Now I'm here because I like art, like a mature boy. What's this you're drawing?"]
[16:06] <Dinah> "Of course." She let out a little bit of a sigh, shaking her head after his first admission. And most of the second, really.-
[16:08] <Dinah> Only when he called attention to her work did she finally look at it and frown. "I think we've called it fire for thousands of years." Suddenly self-conscious, she pulled the pencil away a bit. "Plus some stuff that've been annoyin' me lately."
[16:10] <PersonaGM> ["A cat?"]
[16:16] <Dinah> "He's a little jerk. I named him JC. For Jerk Cat." She sniffed a bit, rolling her hand. "He's not on fire, though."
[16:32] <PersonaGM> ["Haha."-
[16:33] <PersonaGM> ["Still, you seem to be doing better now than you were ten minutes ago… Should I leave you to it?"]
[16:48] <Dinah> She sniffed again and rolled her shoulders, moving to draw a lit cigarette with a bit of extra detail to it. "I guess. I'll keep doodling and maybe I'll come up with something to work on more."
[18:16] <PersonaGM> ["You do you."-
[18:17] <PersonaGM> [Time passed. Folks painted and drew or sculpted. Plenty of folks sat quietly doing nothing, or talking, or otherwise planning.-
[18:17] <PersonaGM> [After an hour of this, club members started to head home. Levi swung around to take a look at what Dinah had drawn in the interim.]
[18:31] <Dinah> When she was left alone, the stream of consciousness doodling simply continued on. At first, she simply looked a little bored, her face resting against one hand propped up by the table at her elbow, while the other doodled away. At some point, her posture straightened and her hand dipped to the corner of the paper to hold it in place. And by the end of the hour, she was rotating the
[18:31] <Dinah> paper, looking at it fairly intently as her pencil worked and worked and worked.-
[18:34] <Dinah> It was like a patchwork of everything and anything that she had come in contact with in the last few weeks as well as some bits from her over-arching life. At one point was the Star that her dad had on the Walk of Fame, complete with the large crack that ran through it that her mother refused to pay to repair.-
[18:35] <Dinah> JC was joined by slight caricatures of the others in their group, with some more…'animated' than the others. Like the giant clown nose on Adrien's drawing.-
[18:36] <Dinah> The center of the picture was dominated by what she could remember of the design on the Magician's card, albeit with some changes here and there to make it a little less obvious.-
[18:38] <Dinah> No piece of space on the paper was wasted. Dinah herself looked as if she had come out of something like a trance when she noticed that Levi was there, looking at it. Hurriedly, she slapped her hand - hard - over the corner of it, though allowed him to look at the rest. It was good, not great, but probably impressive in its own way.
[18:43] <PersonaGM> [Levi whistled.-
[18:44] <PersonaGM> ["Sister knows how to get to work." He said. "Damn. This is a lot of detail. I'm… Actually impressed, considering how we started."]
[18:48] <Dinah> She seemed kind of embarrassed as he looked it over and appraised it but frowned as he gave her some praise. Using her free hand, the one that wasn't covering the corner, she scratched her cheek. "It's just doodles. Nothing fancy."-
[18:49] <Dinah> Clearing her throat, she moved then to stuff it into her bag, having shared as much of it as she cared to do. "What'd you do?"
[18:51] <PersonaGM> ["Hmhm… You really want to see what I did?" He reached into his coat.-
[18:51] <PersonaGM> [… And pulled out a roll of tickets. "I got the club tickets to go see a special exhibit at the museum at the end of the month."]
[18:55] <Dinah> "Sure, yeah." Anything to get off the topic of her picture. Looking to the tickets he produced, she got a weird look on her face, glancing aronud the room then, to the door and then back at him. "I was really zoned out, huh?"
[18:57] <PersonaGM> ["Yeaaah, a little. A lot. Practically meditating. One with the universe."]
[19:10] <Dinah> "Wow." She blinked again, rubbing at her eye lightly and sniffing some. "Well, guess it was pretty good. The museum? I guess that won't be terrible. How're we getting there?"
[19:18] <PersonaGM> ["Campus bus."]
[19:26] <Dinah> "Ah, okay." She stood then, once again looking a little uncomfortable. "So, uh…this wasn't bad. I guess."
[19:29] <PersonaGM> ["Thanks." Said Levi with a short laugh. "Glad to hear that. I was less confident than I project."-
[19:29] <PersonaGM> ["You got talent." Said Levi. "And it's clear you like art. I think it'll be fun having you around this year."-
[19:30] <PersonaGM> [ Thou art I; I art thou.-
[19:30] <PersonaGM> [ Thou hast glimpsed a new path of thine heart, with which to rewrite your story.-
[19:30] <PersonaGM> [ The first draft of the 4Moon Arcana1 has been written; its refinement will bring you new power in the world to come.]
[19:34] <Dinah> "Thanks. I feel like you're gonna regret saying that at some point." She headed to the door then, glancing back at him with a little wave. "See you next time."
[19:35] <PersonaGM> ["Shalom!"]

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