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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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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.
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LuckyElement7 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
I love this picture! Its so evocative.
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mrknifey Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
makes me think of this song;)  www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChGM-M…
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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!
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ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Wonderful!
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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?
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes indeed!
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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
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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: 
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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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angelavengerl Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
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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TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find the creatures of the night terrifyingly fascinating. I walk past a dark room and hope one appears. So i can study it. 
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They're there, but so good at slipping out of sight when you look at them directly ^_~
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Zodiac-CPS Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013
I personally did not like the film,

however, I love your take on it.

Looks very creepy and well done.

I would recommend you do a "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" piece.
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TheEvilPeanut Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is this film that you speak of?
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Zodiac-CPS Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Mama
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Neye Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think many many children share that same fear - and sometimes, I remember it even now as I've grown older! This drawing is very lovely~
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AzaleaJones Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know what, I sleep with the lights off but sometimes in the middle of the night, with my heart in my throat, I have to check the closet. Usually it is just shifting clothes or a wayward squirrel but I always think it's some sort of impossible monster when I'm creeping forward.
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amazinglyunique Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist
Ah! Your creations just hit all the right spots for me! I really love your work and connect with it too.

Thanks for choosing this path and sharing your work with us all Abigail! If only I got my act together and did the same thing- maybe I'd be happier! :P Haha.

Take care, look forward to seeing more.
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Well, I'm just exploring the world around me, and in my head! It's quite a lot of fun :) Glad you enjoy it!
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amazinglyunique Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist
Haha, maybe I'll have to get my backside into gear and show you my world too, someday ! ... Eventually. I really do have to get my arse into gear.
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kawka96 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm terrified of the dark too, but I really like your art.
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Hi, I've given this piece a feature over here -> [link]
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careahhh Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Love your work. Just thought you may be interested in viewing this artist [link]
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your compliments, and the link! I threw $5 at them. I hope they can get it funded! It sounds incredible!
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careahhh Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Cool. Mike Mignola did not show for WonderCon but Guillermo Del Toro did. :) Pacific Rim looks amazing.
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BenJogan Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist
That piece of art has a lot of impact! It's a shame you didn't win the contest, really you deserved the first place.
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:iconabigaillarson:
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, that means a lot to me!
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tr1st3r Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I would stumble across this while I'm lounging on my bed...
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TheVerySadGirl Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Just perfect ! :omg: Congrats ! :clap:
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WhIppIng-b0y Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
that's cool
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StandingLast Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wowow. Dark, yet innocent at the same time.
Your concepts and drawings are always so amazing ... !
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Ellie-53 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic! I love it!
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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KtObermanns Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work! Featured here: [link]
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, thank you!
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pentriq Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Congratulations on becoming a Semi-Finalist! This is one of my favorites. Good luck!
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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somebodi-else Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on making semi-finalists in the Scared-Stiff contest.
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:iconabigaillarson:
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Ari-M1A1 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student General Artist
i love your style
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear it!
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TheMadKatter13 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I like how it's sneaking away from the open under the bed around back. So tricksy.
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:iconabigaillarson:
AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Monsters are very tricksy ^_~
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Yura-chan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013   General Artist
I like this alot, make me think of my many fear as a child, but I really did have a monster under my bed XD *my big brother*
one question what brand of watercolour did you use?
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I use Winsor & Newton watercolors.
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Yura-chan Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   General Artist
my pleasure and thank you ^^ now I have to try out winsor & newtons watercolours XD
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HarleKlown Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on making the semi-finals!!~
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AbigailLarson Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Congratulations on making it to the semi-finals. Good luck! :clap:
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