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Nightmares by jameszapata Nightmares by jameszapata
This was done for my Illustration class.

The assignment was to illustrate a childhood memory. I once had a nightmare when I was very young in which I awoke to a large shadowy figure looming over my bed. The thing had a face with no eyes and an abnormally large grin that seemed to glow in the moonlight. I also used to own a stuffed Sonic the Hedgehog doll. Unfortunately, I've lost it since. I miss him :(

Anyway, I decided to go a bit beyond my memory of the dream and depict the moment right before I awoke to this grinning terror. The reason I chose to paint this moment instead of the moment of encounter was because the fear I felt when I first saw it did not compare to what I felt after thinking more deeply about the dream. There was something stirring in my bedroom. The darkness had gathered and manifested into this horrible thing that hovered over me, mocking and threatening me. The thought that I was in danger of something as intangible as the dark in my very own bedroom, the safest place in the world, terrified me. I think just about anyone would be afraid of this notion. For years, whenever someone shut off the light of a room I would go into a panic.

I can't say what it was that made me have the dream. Maybe it was a primal fear of the dark. Maybe it was some scary movie I had just seen. Or a spooky story I had just heard. Whatever it was, this dream was powerful enough to have left a lasting impression.
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ChaosweaveR03 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm so happy I finally found who made this. A couple of years I've known about this pic, and loved it. The emotion behind it, but not knowing the artist's input about it bugged me.

I run a fan page on FB, it's somewhat Sonic related, and a fan of mine found this pic (since I lost the original file I found) in my page's +2000 uploads from the past two years. This is now the second time I shared this, and it has so much more allure to it with your motivation behind it.

I can finally give you credit on my page for this amazing piece I've loved for so long.

tronyx12 Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Amazing c: i don't just looked at the painting , i imagine it with little expression lines in his face , embracing the doll even harder , afraid to open his eyes and see what is staring him in the darkness o-o
Awesome. no more.
bndags144 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
I am a band director and I would like to use this picture on our shirts about nightmares.  is that ok?
kenjakiddy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student General Artist
This is really cool! Can I use this artwork for a video game menu for a school project?
ShadowsGirl9 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to have a Sonic doll too! But then I read Sonic.EXE... Bye-Bye plushie! 
sammywhiskers Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
my picture on top the word reply its a picture of larry koopa well i'm not good like you humans
ChristopherReality Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DarkwolfTala Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist
I will have nightmares for years if I saw that thing, better yet I'll never be able to sleep again. I even had a situation like that once, thank god I can still sleep.
A-L-Y-S Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
i just luv it :meow:
NamelessSaint Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Writer
I have a group :iconthe-fanart-society: that has a folder Other Related Arts; Conceptual Arts that is for wonderful works such as this that are not necessarily fan arts. I would be honored if you allowed me to host this work. Thank you.
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