Kensuke Creations and his original character, Kyū, are joining the RLUX Customs family!
You no doubt remember RLUX Customs from their amazing renditions of CHK DSK‘s Carbine, TT05 and UNIT 02. Clearly not ones to stop for long, their upcoming release made alongside Kensuke Creations marks the first time this all-original characters will meet a production run.
1. Who is Kensuke Creations?
Internationally recognized, Kensuke Creations (real name Ken Hensly) is the latest and greatest to join the ranks of Philippines-based toy artists. Hailing from Cebu City, Hensly has been an artist all his life; his strongest influences come from OG comics, cartoons, anime, and street design.
In his early 20’s, Hensly started Mermollie INK, a locally-famous Filipino apparel company known for its “gorelicious” style. Since then, he has made album art and merch for international music artists, as well as official works for various IPs like Stranger Things, Money Heist, Bad Boys For Life, and Call of Duty.
When not creating under Kensuke Creations, the artist produces art and apparel for his cyberpunk brand, Hensly.ltd.
2. Q&A with Kensuke Creations (via Saturday AM)
Q: How long have you been drawing?
Q: How did you find your art style?
Q: Your art style is reminiscent of comic books. Are they an inspiration for your art style?
Q: When you begin your art sessions, do you have a favorite show or music you put in the background?
Q: How many hours a day do you spend drawing? Do you have a routine or specific time of day you like to draw?
Q: It seems like you feature a lot of mecha in your art. Have you always incorporated them in your work?
Q: What is your favorite equipment to use when you’re creating art?
[H/T to Saturday AM; interview has been edited for clarity]
3. Who is Kyū?
Kyū is a Kensuke Creations original character. Fusing street with samurai and demon with mecha, Kyū is crossroads incarnate.
Kyū, literally translating to the number nine, is a powerful word with ties to magic and the occult. Having been both worshipped and feared, when kyū is pronounced in Japanese, it can be associated with the words for “torture” and “suffering.”
Despite the fearful allusions, Kyū himself is of noble character, though his techniques may not always be by-the-books. And just like a cat has nine lives, his name can refer to his agility and uncanny survival skills. Every time Kyū “dies” he awakens in a new aeon and unfamiliar world.
Kyū presides over THE TERMINAL (aka purgatory), a physical realm between multiverses. From the moment of his awakening, Kyū has had no recollection of a past life. Unbound by the laws of nature, he traverses through different dimensions to seek his own origins, often accompanied by his friend and protégé, Etch Killshot.
Kyū has briefly seen corporal form once before as a Hensly.ltd prototype, but this time, it seems he’s here for a much longer stay.
4. A special Kyū sneak peek!
Since mid-2020, Kensuke Creations has been slowly dropping updates on the upcoming RLUX Customs Kyū. The full details aren’t yet public, but we’ve done our best to dig deep and find all the progress shots out there.
Congratulations Kensuke Creations and RLUX Customs! We can’t wait to see what’s next!
That’s all we’ve got for now. As always, we’ll update you with more as it comes.