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Mask and Horror by Th4rlDEAL Mask and Horror by Th4rlDEAL
I'll be honest... I usually don't pay a whole lot of attention to contests (Probably to my detriment) but I figured if there's even the slightest chance that my art may be viewed (even glimpsed) by Mr. Guillermo Del Toro...

Well, you can't win if you don't play, right? ^^;

So... about the actual Drawing:

The inspiration for the monster (Here on out referred to as "The Horror") is actually the mask the The Horror is wearing, hence the huge fullview size.
The mask hangs in our living room to this day and doesn't bother me anymore.
But when I was a kid? It was creepy, and was featured in possibly the earliest dream I can remember.

It wasn't a terribly scary dream; I was riding in the back of our crappy Ford Escort down the interstate as the flying mask pursued me. Doesn't sound scary? It was when I was like... 5 or whatever. (Actually that would have been a great surrealist image. Too bad I literally just remembered the details of the dream while typing this... aaaargh)

Again, not super scary, but for the fact that it is SUCH a ridiculously old dream and I still remember that I had it, that's got to count for something.

And so let's talk about The Horror itself: Needless to say I've jazzed it up, and horror movie'd it up a bit.
I took the little red ribbons that hang from the corner of the mask, and used them to wrap/animate The Horror's body, which may not have originally belonged to it. (In case you were wondering what all that red stuff was.)

I think the inherent narrative of the image is pretty self evident ;)

Anywho, thanks for viewing and thanks for reading! : D

Art and design belong to me, do not use without permission.
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Maccyjoe Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student General Artist
: D
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JoeyM095 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
hey, ahm could me and my friend use this pic on our blog `? *_* I simply love it and i prommise to give a link to your dA account there
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I say it's okay with proper credit given, but I figure at this point it's probably too late. :/

Sorry I didn't get back to you within a reasonable amount of time. : (
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JoeyM095 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
yeah ..  but still thanks anyway ^^
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cat55 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
awesome
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks!
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cat55 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
ur welcome
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JollyRedQueen Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
poor guy...
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LadyKnightSkye Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is frikkin' creepy. No lie. I would be terrified out of my gourd if I had a mask with red ribbons for a body chasing me around. Granted, my nightmares usually involved the Graboids from Tremors, Critters, and space monkeys with steak knives.
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! I am an enthusiast for genuinely creepy horror stuff, so good to know I'm hitting the mark. *fist pump*

Space Monkeys with steak knives you say? You should compare dream notes with my friend Jesse he has some friggin' weird ones.
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LadyKnightSkye Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the Space Monkeys were not originally my creation. My brother had a sleepover with a friend that I insisted on horning in on (hey, that is required of the Obnoxious Little Siblings Code, thankyouverymuch) and his friend decided to tell a ghost story featuring galactic primates with eating utensils. The weird thing was the dream occurred at least ten years after that particular sleepover.

And does he have zombie apocalypse dreams? Cuz those are actually kind of fun once you get over the weirdness.
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, he's had a few of those, although the freakiest dream I can think of him telling me about (semi-recently) was the one where the portal from another world opened and weird flesh infesting insects came out. (Argh, I'm typing this at 1:12am. My own words are having an adverse effect on my psyche.)

The weird thing about his dreams over most people's though is simply that they unfold as stories with actual beginnings, middles, and occasionally even endings.

Given the ridiculously non-linear and vague nature of my own dreams, I'm actually a little jealous of this.

... unless it's the dream about the bugs. Friggin' bugs.
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LadyKnightSkye Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah story dreams. I've had dreams like that, but rarely with an actual ending. My dreams are actually where I get some of my story ideas because I want to know what happens in the end. Well, except for the dream I had in high school where we figured out how to defeat the Critters by squishing them with overturned desks. That ending I remember.

Oddly enough, that portal dream sounds like the tabletop RPG game I'm running tonight. Except, instead of flesh infesting insects it's supernatural beings who want to use humanity as batteries.

I take it you dun liek cockaroaches?
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I've been forgetting all my dreams lately, probably because they've been pretty mundane, so they wouldn't make good stories anyhow. (Although last night I remember dreaming that Mads Mikkelson got cast as Two-Face in a new Batman movie with Tom Hardy reprising his role as Bane. See? Terribly mundane.)

I love that the Critters' weakness turned out to be a very basic application of physics. "They're weak against getting crushed to death!" "Aren't... most things?" XD Still, it is a good feeling when one has an ending to a dream. :3

Oh no, I'm fine with cockroaches... so long as they stay the flip away from me. TwT
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LadyKnightSkye Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, mundane dreams are better than the WTF?! ones where you're wondering how the hell your music history professor ended up saving you from the zombie apocalypse. >.>

There were many dreams from Skye's childhood where the end was her crushing Critters with various household utensils.
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Touche; but even so, I miss some of the more fun dreams I feel like I used to have more regularly.

Ha ha! Even though it doesn't literally have anything to do with crushing, now I'm imagining you dropping desks on Critters to Fear Factory's song "Edgecrusher".

Heheheh...
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HauntedBreaker Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This actually would make a good movie. Family moves into house. Finds creepy mask in a locked box in the basement. Decide to hang it somewhere. Strange things start happening. Someone begins to hear the mask "speaking" and starts killing while wearing it. As things escalate it begins to change them. It's like the reverse "The Mask" with no Jim Carrey. Only Jim SCARY! Mwahahahaha.
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Ha! XD That actually sounds like a pretty good set up.

I actually came up with a pretty cool backstory for the Mask, and a possible story to include it in, but decided not to mention it in the commentary because it was already running long and I like to keep my story ideas in my back pocket.
Let me know if you'd like to hear it and I'll send you a note or something :3
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HauntedBreaker Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Send it over brother
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gendeadpool Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
looks like a red symbiote from marvel but cooler
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! While unintentional, some similarities to Carnage were kind of unnavoidable.
Trying to make sure that I designed The Horror in such a way that it didn't invoke Carnage too much was actually a concern I had during the creation process. :3
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gendeadpool Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I have i idea for one you could make with that one you could make the creatures polar opposite like you know bad meet good or bad meets badder maybe LOL
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AxiaRosewood Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like this. definitely gives me the heeby jeebies.
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! It's good to know that it actually has some creep-factor. As much as I analyze horror elements in movies and games to understand what makes them effective, I'm a bit jaded.
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AxiaRosewood Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ur welcome. :)

you did a good job at analyzing i can tell you that. :)
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DreamingMerchant Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it, probably the best I've seen and I can understand why it freaked you out!
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks! I've actually seen some pretty awesome stuff in the list so I'm not going to be cavalier about my chances... but dang; if I get into the top 25? That'd be a victory in and of itself.
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DreamingMerchant Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, I'd love to enter into the contest myself but its only for specific places and I am not located in them!.

But I think you have a pretty good chance :) Aside from the contest I think its a great work of art.
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BigRedCurlyGuy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good one, best of luck!
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Th4rlDEAL Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Why, thank you! : D
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