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Great White Loan... by gPsBassist Great White Loan... by gPsBassist
If you can't finish that title, there's no hope for you.

I give you Eyal Berkovic - Financial advisor, Ph. D in Fund Management and DIY publicist. Oh, and also HE'S A FREAKIN' SHARK! Or rather, Loan Shark. That's his pseudonym. I am a bad pun machine.

Eyal always had an eye for good investments. At age 15, he was already an up-and-coming businessman, investing his meager salary into his friend Geoff "Splicer" Jacubovik's scientific experiments. The two officially became business partners at age 19, when Jacubovik's genetic exeprimentation company (which was legal back in the day) soared. It was good days. For twelve whole years, Eyal and Geoff made immense profit, selling rare mutated animals to rich excentric people, and specific DNA sequences to "ethical" scientists. As the company's treasurer and VP of Marketing, Eyal made a mint, and always made sure his friend's interest, and therefore his own, were protected. By that I mean he was a pro at undermining any if all competitors.

However, things changed for the worse when, while attending one of Geoff's experiments, Eyal accidentally locked himself in a particle compressor chamber, and his DNA code fused with that of a great white shark. He got out of the chamber woozy, confused, but alive. Everything he saw seemed smaller for some reason. The explanation to which came after he saw his reflection after the incident - he'd grown one full foot, his muscles were rippling and his skin had turned into this smooth, cartilagenous armor.

So far, things weren't that bad. Sure, he'd turned into some spliced half-man, half terror of the seas, but it would in no way affect his job. His brain hadn't been altered by the splicing, so he could still run the company's finances. But things got dark rather quickly...

Geoff injured himself while trying to stop the splicing process. In fact, he'd cut himself and was starting to bleed. Neither men had time to react to what happened next - Eyal's shark senses picked up the odor of blood, and without even thinking, he attacked his life-long friend... he ate him alive in fact...

After this tragic event, Eyal ran away. He couldn't believe what he'd done to Geoff, and the guilt drove him to Glenmetropolis, where freaks like him were more commonly accepted. He started out as a hustler (in the actual sense of the term - a pool player). He quickly gained quite a reputation, nicknamed the "Pool Shark" for obvious reasons. After making a respectable amount of money, and getting into a few bar fights, Berkovic launched a financial service company, Riptide Banking Services, and helped people with their debts, mortgages and insurance. But the bitterness in him pushed him to rough his clients out of their hard-earned money. His practices were legally flawless, but unethical when it comes down to the details.

From his small, unventilated office, Berkovic soon founded an empire - Riptide Banking Services is the #1 financial aid and insurance company not only in Glenmetropolis, but on the entire continent.

His business acumen piqued a rich heiress by the name of Ashley Suzan Phyxia, whom was also "altered", so to speak. She proposed a collaboration between both of their organizations, and soon, Eyal became the treasurer of Phyxia's Department of Insidious Evil. Besides, there was something about being a human-shark hybrid that truly motivated Eyal to become a criminal mastermind.

Make no mistakes - Eyal maybe the brainy kind, but that doesn't mean he can't fight. On the contrary, he is one of the most active agents of DIE, and perhaps the most violent one.

Don't get in the way of the Loan Shark - he'll bleed you dry.

Eyal Berkovic a.k.a Loan Shark and all aformentionned characters  :icongpsbassist:
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At first glance, what captures your attention to this picture is the scars and/or blood on the character, especially around the jaws, then what follows up is the cold dead-like eye and the rows of razor sharp teeth. Then you have to admire the use of colors in the picture itself, as they are bright and welled textured, a feat I always enjoy seeing in traditional drawings. It goes especially well with the overall design, giving it a cartoonist design that you would expect to see in a old kids show or comic, BEFORE everyone tried to make those things too dark and more "serious". Here: it's a perfect balance of cartoon-ism, having some simple but enjoyable, with the right dark elements to make the villainous element to the character work.
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meiyeezhu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
Whatever you do , do NOT show this loan shark this news story in China!!

www.washingtonpost.com/news/wo…
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superkiel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this guy looks like he from beast fury.
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know what that is. But thanks for the favourite!
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derfs51 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Make it rain! :)
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Depending on the time of the day, you could be talking about money or blood. Either way, he DOES make it rain!
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derfs51 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Then clear it out!
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:iconskaramine:
Skaramine Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oooh... This guy looks like trouble. :D
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He most certainly is.
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:iconskaramine:
Skaramine Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Requin would love working with this guy.  He has an undercover identity as a Zoot-suited shark mobster for "dark operations."
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:icontturtle:
Tturtle Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Cool. shark guys are great
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He's happy you think so - he won't have to kill you.
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Freyad-Dryden Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Remind me never to borrow money.
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a rather risky endeavor, indeed.
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JHMirda Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Yikes.
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:icongpsbassist:
gPsBassist Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks?
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JHMirda Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Your welcome.
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NyQuilDreamer Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Can't go wrong with a shark-man! Interesting story-- And your puns are like a disease, man :D

JAWESOME!
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man :D

Funny thing is, I was originally going to call him Jawesome, but there's already a character with that name.
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist
Whoa!
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is that a good "Whoa!" or a this is wrong on so many levels "Whoa!"?
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SilverZeo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist
WHOA as in AWESOME!
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gPsBassist Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thanks!
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