carnivorous flower

Wholesome Week Prompts

1. Monday, January 16th – COOKING
Let’s start with something simple and very likeable.


2. Tuesday, January 17th – PARENTS
The Royals and the Diazes being dorks.


3. Wednesday, January 18th – CULTURE CLASH / ENRICHMENT
Star teaching Marco about the wonders of Mewni’s carnivorous flowers, Tom learning that Earth’s furniture is not fireproof… let’s see what happens when dimensions meet.


4. Thursday, January 19th – FRIENDSHIP THURSDAYS
We’re professionals so we make this prompt fall on an actual Thursday.


5. Friday, January 20th – INTERDIMENSIONAL TRIPS
Yay! Weekend fun! Hopefully no one is going to get eaten!


6. Saturday, January 21st – STARGAZING
Saturday night fluff.


7. Sunday, January 22nd – AU OF CHOICE
Sunday randomness. Make it wholesome.

HAVE FUN!

Lo! a flowerstalk.

Unlike my sundews, which don’t give a shit about preserving energy and shove out flowerstalks and offshoots like no one’s business — my flytraps only put out one flowerstalk a year, usually from now until early spring. And instead of letting them flower, I usually cut them back. Why, you ask?

It’s all about diverting energy. Flowering for a VFT takes a lot of juice. Juice that would otherwise be used in producing large, lush leaves and strong, well-formed traps. Juice that would have been used for creating offsets (baby plants). Which is what we want, right?

Now, this doesn’t mean you should never let your VFT flower. Flowers make seeds and who DOESN’T love seeds?! It’s just a personal preference.

… And that flowerstalk you cut? Stick it into some moist peat moss and eventually it will grow little plants at the base. COOL COOL.

3. Wednesday, January 18th – CULTURE CLASH / ENRICHMENT
Star teaching Marco about the wonders of Mewni’s carnivorous flowers, Tom learning that Earth’s furniture is not fireproof… let’s see what happens when dimensions meet.

My house got broken into last night so I don’t feel like doing line art :c

(she’s wearing a headband that makes it look like corn is going through her head shhhh)

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Twilight Aesthetic: Mary Alice Brandon

“As predators, we have a glut of weapons in our physical arsenal- much, much more than really necessary. The strength, the speed, the acute senses, not to mention those of us like Edward, Jasper and I, who have extra senses as well. And then, like a carnivorous flower, we are physically attractive to our prey.”

Luau Ne Zha

My second submission for the skin contest! This time, I picked my all-time favorite god, design- and lore-wise, because seriously, Ne Zha needs more skins that aren’t flat-out recolors. I was inspired by a concept on DeviantArt of a “Pool Party” Ne Zha with a pool noodle and an inner tube in place of his usual weapons, so I decided to take it a step further and gave him a Hawaii-inspired garb. Chinese immigration to Hawaii has been a thing since the late 1700’s, after all!

This design is primarily inspired by hula dancers, which have been historically male for the most part, and fire dancers as shown with his spear. His Flaming Spear ability would have him twirl the spear around and create a dazzling display as opposed to simply activating the ability without an extra animation. The Universe Ring is now an inner tube, obviously. The Armillary Sash equivalent is a flower vine with two carnivorous flowers on each end, which nom people’s faces when he uses that ability. The Wind Fire Wheels are inspired by flaming hoops used in some fire dancer performances (I wanted to make them stone wheels like those money wheels but they’re Micronesian, not Hawaiian). He’s also barefoot of course, because one thing I’m still miffed about regarding the new model is that they gave him shoes, which is odd because a lot of depictions of Ne Zha in Chinese art show him barefooted and I like my Ne Zha barefoot personally. Lastly, many depictions of island natives give them a lot of cool tattoos, so he gets plenty of those; though I didn’t base them on anything in particular, I imagine he’d have Chinese calligraphy tattoos on his back, in keeping with his being part of the Chinese pantheon.

This pic took me the better part of five hours to make, from sketching all the way to coloring, but I had a lot of fun, and I look forward to seeing what everyone else thinks of it. Once again, wish me luck with this contest - and best of luck to everyone else, as well!