Despite my love of monsters, and scary things in general, I've always been terrified of the dark.
Even now I keep a light on in almost every room in the house, regardless of where I am, and I can't walk by a dark room without imagining horrifying creatures lurking just out of sight...
So for this contest, I wanted to depict my childhood fear of the dark, ever present and ready to wrap itself around my ankle if I was bold enough to get out of my bed during the night. These manifestations never seemed to have faces, or much form at all, but I would imagine glowing eyes and grasping claws reaching up from the shadows behind and under the bed. So I would assign a brigade of stuffed creatures to stand guard on my bed at night (such as my dragon here) to keep a lookout while I slept... though they weren't always successful in keeping my fears at bay.
This piece was created with pencil, watercolor, and Photoshop.
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