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Seven deadly sins
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Published: March 27, 2010
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CJCroen's avatar
CJCroen|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mentioned this on the original post but I have a little headcanon regarding Sloth: It's actually the most powerful of the Devilbirds, because it can cause all sorts of destruction simply by existing; this permits it to do as little as possible and still be a destructive monstrosity.

But here's the catch: Sloth is SO lazy that even existing sounds like a chore to it. So it chooses not to, instead remaining a barely formed embryo in its egg, never existing and thus never achieving the potential destruction it could cause.

But that's just my dumb little headcanon. Feel free to smite me for trying to mess up your cool creation, Mr. Scythmantis XD
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monkeymargarett2's avatar
what kind of toxic waste did they drink?
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Prophet-malum's avatar

Did you know there used to be Eight Deadly Sins?

 

The Eighth was Despair.

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AbsolutSin's avatar
AbsolutSin|Student Digital Artist
I mean, there are minor sins for literally everything. The seven are the deadly ones.
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TheExtremeTardigrade's avatar
TheExtremeTardigrade|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really?
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Luckydog34's avatar
Luckydog34|Hobbyist General Artist
Lust's face makes me think of a maskless drill baby.
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ColdMoons712's avatar
ColdMoons712|Hobbyist Writer
Are you ever going to color the "Advanced" Devilbirds, such as Diablymous or Bonnagander? Those would be awesome to see colored :3
Might I say that Gluttony looks absolutely disgusting when colored X3
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Rippershadow6116's avatar
sloth doesn't do anything, we know that. but what happens if you smashed the egg?
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scythemantis's avatar
scythemantis|Hobbyist General Artist
Goop!
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emissaryofhatred's avatar
dude you should make it as a wallpaper :D good job, i like lust the best
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c69-is-me's avatar
Nice try on the classic subject!

Here is the critique:
- Sloth and Gluttony are best,
- Pride is ok, too
- Wrath is not agressive, that sux
- Envy is not upset, so that's also not good
- Lust is weird, and not lusty.
- Greed is complete crap.

You can do better ;)
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scythemantis|Hobbyist General Artist
Greed is my favorite, actually :p I based it on the old myth that barnacles are baby geese, and my concept has it working a little like an oyster in that there's "treasure" inside the shell. Treasure so heavy, it can't lift its blind head off the ground.

I thought it would be perfect to make Lust a baby-like monster, since babies are a consequence of sex. Possibly the most horrific consequence possible, of course.

Wrath is meant to look helpless and malformed, which would be the reason it's so hateful of everything else. I'm honestly not a big fan of "aggressive" looking monsters. I find weird and sickly a lot creepier.

I've never though of envy as an "upset" state...it's more of a "longing" state. Since it comes from a dissatisfaction or lack of appreciation for what you have, the Envy bird has a weak, pathetic and minimal body - it doesn't have anything to be happy with.

It's a nice gesture, but I can't really use a critique on these guys, since their designs are absolutely final for projects already in the works. They've built up some fans, too, who would hate to see them change :)
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c69-is-me's avatar
Yes, oyster and pearl is a great metaphor, but what the pic fails to show is the need for "posession", for "holding" that greed is known for.

Babies are not the worst consequences of lust, contrary to modern belief )) Lust is a fire that burns its victim's soul, i dunno if you have experience with nymphomaniacs and have ever seen their empty yet wanting eyes. Very similar to junkies.

on Wrath, i think you convinced me with your version )) though personally i would add a smirk or subtle smile to that pathetic blood-thirsty bird.

Envy has perfect body for it, but not the mood. It doesn't look that lacking anything bothers it.

ps: as for the designs, of course - they will stay as they are, if they are final. But i suspect, you will revisit the topic some years later ;)
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scythemantis|Hobbyist General Artist
The devil birds are more about their powers than their looks, ultimately; I just made color versions for a shirt/buttons because some people asked me to :)
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MegamanNeos's avatar
You know, I'm having trouble deciding which is the most disturbing.
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Carni-Vorus's avatar
Carni-Vorus|Student Traditional Artist
I'm so getting this shirt! D: You are awesome!
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WimblesTheCreator's avatar
And just like that, my wallpaper changes. Bravisimo, beautiful in their gruesome and gore-geous forms.
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IggyHazard's avatar
IggyHazard|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I still want to see what the offspring of Gluttony and Sloth would lo0k like (no surprize there). :laughing:
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scythemantis|Hobbyist General Artist
That would throw off my careful numerical balance, though! I had the hybrids carefully conceived so that each of the basic seven are used exactly twice for different hybrids :p
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Under-Stage-Man's avatar
OOH! I just had an idea. What would happen if you tried to cross all of 'em?
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scythemantis|Hobbyist General Artist
I already changed "Diablymous" weeks ago to be the result :p

For the first seven to combine anyway. There's also the advanced seven...
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Meta-Fox's avatar
Sloth is the best! good stuff.
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