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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.

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This piece was created with pencil, watercolor, and Photoshop.

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:iconluckyelement7:
I love this picture! Its so evocative.
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:iconinugome18:
Absolutely portrays one of my characters! She is schizophrenic(not really), but can actually see the spirits of the underworld. lovely!
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aliasfakename Jan 4, 2014  Student Traditional 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?
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AbigailLarson Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes indeed!
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:iconmothfly:
the evil is always behing the back...
your monsters don't look so evil... but they are certainly scary :D
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:iconangel3575:
awesome! but oh hell no! but tht was the butty of having a bed tht had no legs lol! :happybounce: 
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:iconjimi90:
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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:iconangelavengerl:
this really resonated with me. I'm also still afraid of the dark, and as a kid would put my stuffed animals in a circle around my bed to guard me as i slept.
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