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A Koopa's vices by DogmanSP A Koopa's vices by DogmanSP
Man I've wanted to do this for ages~ I'm talking years here Bowser conveying the seven deadly sins!

incoming wall of text

For one reason or another I put off attempting it: someone else beating me to the idea, not knowing how to represent certain sins, time and effort (...I am the embodiment of sloth). That was until recently when I was somehow reminded of it, and the idea stuck.

Since some of the images aren't all that easy to interpret (to me at least), I've given a quick guide/commentary on each. So from left to right, top to bottom we have;

Lust pink/rouge - Quiet hard to symbolize safely. The original draft had a very close view point from the top of the portrait looking down onto Bowser, clawing his way up the painting. It was effective but a little too...suggestive.

Envy light green - This one was probably where the idea for the sins originally came from. The idea (for a comic) that Bowser would spy on Mario, trying to learn 'the secret' to how Mario is with Princess Peach, taking notes, etc. Bowser becomes evermore envious of Mario's success and demeanor, until he eventually just caves in to his jealously and just pushes Mario away takes the princess regardless. The idea that someone as powerful as a king would be reduced to sneaking around made me laugh (the Ice King from Adventure Time comes to mind).

Sloth blue - Super Mario Bros. 3. Super Mario world. Super Mario Sunshine. New super Mario Bros. What do they all have in common? Mario is distracted by whatever, Bowser swoops in and takes the princess. Why doesn't he attack Mario? Bowser's lazy, he does what he wants (getting the princess) and goes home, letting Mario bring the fight to him. Feel that I kinda cheated here by using text, but having Bowser just lay there to show sloth felt...lazy.

Greed dark green - Probably the hardest to represent, without it stepping on the toes of the other sins. Knowing how gluttony would be represented, having Bowser surrounded by wealth was out. Plus, I can't ever recall Bowser ever being driven by money, it always seemed to be power over people and control of land. So how do you show Bowser owning the kingdom/planet/universe? I defiantly didn't want it being some lameass snow-globe thing. Finally settled on the progression of his ambition, starting with a kingdom, then the planet, to universe. Again, how do you represent the universe as a tangible thing?

Pride purple/violet - Bowser's awesome, didn't you know? He's not only the king of a powerful kingdom, but now he's got a princess too! Everything is going his way. He's actually so distracted by his own awesomeness he's forgotten to close the front (and back) door to the castle. Whoops.

Wrath deep red - This one speaks for itself. The main thing I wanted to do with this image, was use colour to embody each sin. Wrath is usually a deep red, so is seemed fitting to have the scenario play out on a bridge above lava (lava is a lot harder to draw than I thought).

Gluttony orange - If you've ever played Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, you just know this scene would be here. Tried making this look as oily and greasy as I could, luckily that orange adds to the sense Bowser is filling up the panel (the floor for the scene in the game is also orange/red, thought that was pretty cool).

And that's that!
If you view the whole image as a sort of story, you could say it's like a cycle of Bowser's struggles. From his desires and longing, taking action, followed by his arrogance causing his eventual downfall. Not the intent I had when making this, but hey, whatever.

Also had an Epiphany after finishing this, you could do all the deadly sins...with Luigi! Weird huh? I probably wont try to complete it myself, so feel free to try that idea out yourself if you wish.
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shapeshifter29 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
LollipopJewel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
All 7 deadly sins describe Bowser very well. Giggle 
Laharl234 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Well, he IS the Demon King.
Crown-It-All Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! The Gluttony panel was an accident! Everybody knows that Fawful cooks magnificent food! You just can't sit there and not to eat it! Also, Bowser, being polite and well-cultured (yup) just couldn't discard what he is offered.
WkayX Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Student General Artist
AVGN already proved SMB3 is the devil, do we really need to prove Bowser is too now?
gamewizard-2008 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thus why Bowser will always be, immortal.
Ladies-man1 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll say. I know why some of the fans try to make him more misunderstood and good, but he wouldn't be Bowser if he wasn't evil. I actually think a dubbed and altered version of the song Saiyan Blood would fit him nicely. Here it is.
SuperSmashCynderLum Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Wow! This is just so awesome! :D All 7 deadly sins discribe Bowser very well. :)
Iwatchcartoons715 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
I thought I would say that because it still hadn't been done before, I created a Luigi version iwatchcartoons715.deviantart.c… It was unintentional but I even used similar colours for each sin.
Dee-Artist Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Brilliant and amazing work! :clap:
I assume that with the gluttony scene Bowser loses to Mario and soothes the pain of losing by eating.
NagandEmerald Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
*Nag* Wait a minute...Boos in Greed, giving Bowser food?
*Emerald* Is that a reference to the Boos not truly being ruled by Bowser, rather King Boo trying to get him out of the way so that he can destroy Mario and Luigi (especially Luigi) for good?
PingasWeaponsGuy Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Nice. Ive always wanted to do a picture of the Mario cast representing the 7 sins. I feel like Bowser would represent pride the best, altough your greed panel is great.
Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Really stunning. Great job!
Ladies-man1 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very symbolistic.
Raffy209 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
Dude. Is... is that miniature version of Paper Mario's map in the Greed panel? Like, I'm pretty sure that I can pick out specific areas like Gusty Gulch and Toad Town just from that amount of detail. That's just unspeakably cool.

The entire picture is a work of art, really. The Seven Sins theme makes a whole lot of sense for Bowser, and there's a pretty great humor factor going on here. I love how cleverly the sins are represented and how you used specific colors to symbolize them; using the red, glowing lava for Wrath comes to mind. And, of course, Greed is my favorite, being the largest, most detailed segment and the most effectively-portrayed with the kingdom > world > galaxy thing going on. The only thing that I think would improve the picture is the movement of Greed from the middle to the bottom; it seems like the main focus, being perhaps Bowser's "main" sin, and I think it'd be effective if you introduced the other six sins first and ended off with the greater seventh. But all in all, I love this. Fav'd.
Gamer28 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Bowser: The original video game sinner.
agumonfan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
i feel sorry for bowser
BomKosh Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The Mario Bros. are pretty guilty of this as well: [link]
manymasksmanyfaces Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
half of these aren't creepy at all.
Beau-Skunk Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Pretty good ones here. I like your depictions of Bowser's "vices" and the "7 deadly sins" here. :) The coloring, and drawing style is great. I especially think the "greed" one is clever showcasing how Bowser wants to rule not only the Mushroom Kingdom, but some games the whole world, or even the universe!
I love your mixture of comical, and serious moments here.
HolySka1991 Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
wow...never see it like that. good job
MKCrusader Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
lol, good work!!
King-BowserKoopa Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work xD! Love it!
CAMIKOOPA Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
nintyalex Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
NICE. Even though he's more a nuisance than anything else now, he still portrays all seven sins perfectly! :D
The Greed panel is absolutely amazing! The SMB3 sprite in the Pride panel is also a nice touch. :)
PoPanda Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I came back to look at this again..fantastic job! I love everything about the Pride panel :D
DogmanSP Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
Cool, thank you! Repeat viewings are always welcome!
CyberB Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cute, funny, and even... :O_o: deep~ How'd you do that?
:iconilikeitplz: Awesome job there, friend :clap:

:smooch: <-- To cheer up Bowser~
johnthehedgefox Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
why did this make me think of fullmetal alchemist?
DogmanSP Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
I've been on a binge of FMA lately, that might be what reminded me of this idea in the first place!
johnthehedgefox Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Student Filmographer
maybe, cause a few of the things in the description are simmalar to it so maybe it did
Melluh Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Gah, I seriously love the way you used Bowser for each one of these! All of the interpretations are so in-character in some way, it's really interesting to see how they fit so nicely when you think of it; the situations are just perfect, and the very expressive expressions just make everything look even better <3 Oh, and the way you did each picture, how the lines and shadows have their own shape amd blend together to create the images asdfasdf, the effect is too nice, I just love it!
Fuposey Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Pride and Gluttony ones. :iconbiggrin-plz:
This is just too brilliant. Love the concept behind these drawings and the art style you used here. It just fits too perfectly.
Nintendo-Fighter Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is the coolest thing for Bowser I've ever seen :lmao: It's all so fitting. I can guess that some of them would be pretty hard, but you did do a great job conveying all the sins (and if you get around to it, I would LOVE to see Luigi XD). I think Greed is my favorite, as it looks the most evil. Again, amazing job with this picture!
DogmanSP Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Thank you! I'm hoping at least someone gets round to doing a Luigi version. If not, I suppose I'll have to do it then~!
Saayanko Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL this is exactly that i think bowser feel for peach :p
very funny, great art!
Shiro-sensei Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
I love his reflection XD
DogmanSP Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Phew~ I'm glad you like it! I was worried people might've been mistaken for a photo or something.
violetmirage Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
haha that's fantastic, I like idea - great work! :)
Sprits Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant interpretation! Mario on the third panel being a complete retard with the butterfly made me lol
cartoonacle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Great concept
He matches them so perfectly :XD:
piggypoggy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very clevar with your descriptions, they fit bowser perfectly, and i loved the pictures, they made me laugh XD
DogmanSP Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Thank you, wasn't sure if anyone would read that, so thanks for that too!
piggypoggy Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your welcome.
SethBlizzard Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Probably the only good thing ever to come out of these generalizations as "sins" is this work of art. Stunning!
MikeyAnthroVulupin Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Bowser fits the sins so much, it's almost not funny anymore!

happydoodle Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
IkuniHattori Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This is awesome!
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