Creature Week: Deviously Fun Daily Prompts

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DA-magicweek-hero-bg by symonxGet ready for a week of daily activities involving creatures, just in time for Halloween!

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Creature Week was spook-tacular! Featuring a creature wing tutorial from AbigailLarson, a search for deviations to illustrate a story by YouInventedMe, tales of Halloweens past, and more — there was something for everyone! Stay tuned for next week's theme and more chances to get the new badge for your Profile.

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Artwork By: AbigailLarson
A Week of Fun Activities

Seven Ways to Participate

Monday - Tips & Tricks

Art class is in session!

AbigailLarson has created a tutorial about the creation of creature wings!

  • Follow along with her tutorial and create your own version of creature wings.
  • When done, post your creation as a status update and tag AbigailLarson for the opportunity to receive feedback from her! Doing so will award you the Profile badge.
  • As a bonus, include a link to this journal in a comment on your status update and tag five deviants you want to see take part too!
The deadline to get the badge is November 1 at 11:59 PM Pacific, so there's no time to waste.
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Step One

Start With Basic Shapes

Start with a general shape and think about the movement of the wings. Is the character on the ground? Flying? In a crowd? In each situation, the shape of the wings will change. For my example, semi-furled demon wings, I'm using a loose triangular shape to start.

Triangles, a flattened heart, or even ovals will work for the basic silhouette. This loose silhouette will serve as a guide for the structure of the wings before adding details, which will save you the trouble of having to erase any wing position errors later.

Step Two

Structuring the Wing

Think about the skeletal structure of the wings. Because these demon wings are leathery and stretch with the elasticity of skin, the bones of the wings will show where the joints go. Use the skeletal structure as a guide for the final shape of the wings.

Step Three

Detailing the Wing

From here, give some character to the wings, like holes, tears, wrinkles, or any other unique attributes that feel right.

I like to incorporate light, loose hatching to show weathering and some shading, but the details can vary. Lightly drawn branching lines can suggest wrinkles or veins, and short, oblong curved shapes in clusters can suggest scales or feathers. Add as much or as little detail as suits the desired end result.

Tuesday - Share Your Answer

What's Your Favorite Monster?

Today's prompt as part of Creature Week is to post a status update answering the question, "What's your favorite monster?" Tag friends whose answers you'd like to see, and encourage them to take part as well! Link to the Creature Week journal in a comment on your status update so others know how to take part!

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Wednesday - Match The Deviations

Which deviations tell this story?

YouInventedMe wrote a poem that we're challenging you to match with illustrations!

  • Read the poem, then search for visual art on DeviantArt that matches each stanza.
  • Next, create a journal, copy and paste the poem into the journal, and match each stanza of the poem with a link or thumbnail to a deviation you found that fits!
  • As a bonus, include a link to this journal in a comment on your journal and tag five deviants you want to see take part too!
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Brothers and sisters, let me set the scene
for a nightmarish creature so foul & obscene
that penning this poem makes me want to scream,
but the timing is perfect — for it's Halloween.
So, if we must, let's just start at the top
of his oversized skull with his unruly mop
of so-called hair the no-color of dust
on a fissured scalp peeling & leaking out pus.
His locks wind 'round horns, they're teeming with germs,
and look more like the husks of a million dead worms.
You've heard of bats in the belfry?
Well, it's not just a phrase;
small ones nest in his curls to hide from the sun's rays.
One more word on his noggin, for this must be said:
it's ten times the girth of a normal-sized head.
And if I haven't yet made the case for distaste,
let's move to the horror this thing calls a face.

Skin's the color of pumpkins dying a slow death
or a failing sun breathing its very last breath.
Brows like hairy slugs perched on orangey dough
crown flat yellow eyes peeking out just below.
Those beady orbs nestled in pouches and folds
of flesh home to all sorts of fungus and molds.
I suppose that's a nose next up on the list,
but it's rotting & roaches peer out through the slits.
Lips: scaly twin creatures all coated in muck,
like two lizards who crawled in some mud and got stuck.
Yes, his mouth is a marvel of nature's mistakes.
He has not one tongue — he has twelve made of snakes.
Oh, that slithering nest-hole just can't resist
striking at themselves as they writhe and they hiss.
And it's best if we speak even less of his teeth,
but they're green as the serpents who sleep underneath.
Now, we've seen enough here, so we shall begin
to speak of the mess under his bulbous chin.

And what appears next is not what you'd expect,
but two giant flaps like his neck... ate his neck.
His dermis is saggy, his guts are all stored
in a carcass that's shaped like some mutated gourd.
Yet he wears tailored suits, expensive and fine
that cling to limbs clunky and elephantine.
At the end of each arm is a claw like a crab.
The horrid appendages pinch and they grab.
He keeps them well sharpened and shined to a sheen,
but they are so small they can hardly be seen.
This would be almost a humorous twist,
if only this beast didn't really exist.
His mountainous legs suffer from the same flaws,
capped off in feet as tiny as his claws.
His whole frame reeks of sulfur.
He's covered in grime.
He leaves a lingering trail of malodorous slime.
This journey, I know's been an unpleasant one.
Dear reader, hang in there. We are almost done.

He lives in the depths of an ill-smelling bog,
shrouded at all times in a venomous fog.
Lit by giant mushrooms
with an unearthly glow,
a sick, swampy kingdom where twisted things grow.
A pestilent monarch, he squats on his throne;
sips gallons of blood from a goblet of bone.
His subjects are legion, they flock to his side;
all manner of ghouls that the heart can't abide.
There's a pale hateful zombie,
who's bedecked in flies,
and humanoid shape that has fanged mouths for eyes.
There's a three-headed harpy who screams at the sun
and a man-eating frog that weighs nearly a ton.
One could spend forever
trying to describe
the monsters that make up his hideous tribe.
But our time draws to a close,
my stalwart friends.
Lock your doors, say your prayers —
for this is THE END.

Thursday - Create A Caption

Share This Deviation With Your Own Caption!

drachenmagier created an imaginative dragon for Creature Week!

  • Think of a caption for drachenmagier's work and include it in a status update, along with the deviation.
  • Tag team in the status update to receive the new Profile badge.
  • As a bonus, include a link to this journal in a comment on your status update and tag five deviants you want to see take part too!
The deadline to get the badge is November 4 at 11:59 PM Pacific, so there's no time to waste.
Post a Status Update
Friday - Critical Poll

Find out what your watchers think

It's time to pit some creatures up against one another in a poll! Settle a creature debate, ask a question you've always wanted answered, or if you're not sure what to poll about, use our spook-tacular generator!

  • Click "open generator" and copy the results you generate.
  • Use those results to create a poll.
  • Tag people you want to see take part, and link to the Creature Week journal in a comment on your poll so the people you tag know how to join in!
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Open Generator
Saturday - What's Your Story?

What's your most memorable Halloween?

Today's prompt for Creature Week is to write a journal about your most memorable Halloween! Check out the examples to see what other deviants have shared for inspiration on what you can write yourself. Tag some friends to hear about their experiences, and link to the Creature Week journal in a comment on your journal so they know how to take part!

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Sunday - Reverse Caption Status Update

It's time to find some spooky deviations! Today's prompt for Creature Week is to find a deviation that fits with the caption:

"Shhh, I think I heard something."

Once you've found a deviation that fits, post a status update with the deviation you found inside it! Tag some friends to see what deviations they think fit the caption as well, and link to the Creature Week journal in a comment on your status update so they know how to take part!

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Find A Deviation

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Sad how you can’t get the badges anymore