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Under the Bed by AbigailLarson Under the Bed by AbigailLarson
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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JenniferCross Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
Maybe something lives in the dark, This picture reminds me exactly of my childhood. You describe the fear/monsters perfectly.
LuckyElement7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I love this picture! Its so evocative.
mrknifey Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
makes me think of this song;)…
inugome18 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Absolutely portrays one of my characters! She is schizophrenic(not really), but can actually see the spirits of the underworld. lovely!
ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
aliaswrongname Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
I love this! I especially like the dragon, and how the monster swirls around like a shadow. Perhaps its her fear of the dark?
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes indeed!
mothfly Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
the evil is always behing the back...
your monsters don't look so evil... but they are certainly scary :D
Angel3575 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
awesome! but oh hell no! but tht was the butty of having a bed tht had no legs lol! :happybounce: 
Jimi90 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
i was afraid too, once, until my mom decided to do something about it..she tricked me into a piggyback and then hold on to me and closed all lights of our apartment. we kept checking every corner of our home and she saying "see? nothing here too"
I now enjoy being in the dark..with dead silence. weird. 
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