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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.

Page:
www.facebook.com/RememberMighty
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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! 
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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
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ChristopherReality Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic.
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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.
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A-L-Y-S Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
i just luv it :meow:
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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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XjennocideX Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Stunning and terrifying!
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iamkathybrown Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would never sleep again if I saw that thing...
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Jongi13 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
I feel it man ,.....I've had that scary c*nt in my room at night. Mine wasn't grinning tho... brrrrrrrr chills...
I love sonic's scared defiance tho...good to have a friend watching over u eh?
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Seinari Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dang, Sonic is bold. Staring that beasty in the face!
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jameszapata Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Sonic's not afraid of anything.
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sammywhiskers Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
hey what's it's body
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sammywhiskers Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
hey did you lissen to me a piranha plant has no eyes
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sammywhiskers Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
do you know what els has not got eyes
A PIRANHA PLANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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NerdBeach Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011
aw, sonic =)
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ColorfullCanvas Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L
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jameszapata Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
T-H-A-N-K-S-! :)
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IveGotTalent Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
brrrr ... oh and that sonic plushie!
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Sapphene Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
that grin is so terrifying :iconscaredplz:
I loove this concept though, and your execution of it is so original and beautiful! I especially like the fact that it has no eyes and Sonic is staring at the thing. That must have been a terrible dream :(
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jameszapata Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh it was. It waaass...
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Thaiauxn Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I had a little sonic plushie when I was a kid, just like that! XD He's still right there, actually!
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jameszapata Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Oh damn, you have to send me a picture of it. I miss my Sonic :( My parents threw it out a while back thinking I was too old for toys. YOU'RE NEVER TOO OLD FOR SONIC.
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Thaiauxn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
That's a horrible thing to do to someone! I still have my two toys from when I was born. Sonic & my little tiger. I never met my real parents, and I bounced around alot before getting adopted, so they're super sacred to me. I'll take a picture tomorrow. ^^
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dragonstrike1001 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
Wow. That picture is impressive. I can clearly picture the trauma this must have caused. I once had a dream like this; there was a girl crouching on the foot end of my bed. She had dark brown hair and no mouth, and looked angry. She was also holding a stone club that was shaped like a telephone, which I know is a lame weapon, but was still pretty scary at the time. Long story short, I screamed, woke up my little brother who shares a room with me, and hid on the couch, where she couldn't get me for whatever reason.
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jameszapata Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Wow, that sounds like a terrifying nightmare. I can't stand bad dreams.
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scarletpelt Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Sonic looks scared!!
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jameszapata Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I like to think like he's ready to whip some ghost ass. :)
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scarletpelt Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
He would...
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bouncyjames Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
wow
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jameszapata Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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