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Fear of the dark
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By Namtia   |   Watch
Published: October 4, 2015
"...Have you run your fingers down the wall
And have you felt your neck skin crawl
When you're searching for the light
Sometimes when you're scared to take a look
At the corner of the room
You've sensed that something's watching you.

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there

Have you ever been alone at night
Through your heard footsteps behind
And turned around and no-one's there
And as you quicken up your pace
You find it hard to look again
Because you're sure there's someone there

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there..." 
Iron Maiden: Fear of the dark

Inspiration:
When I was young I was really afraid of dark and plants especially in the darkness. Don't know why. Maybe I was afraid I will be tangled by them or so XD So I wanted to draw something that represents it.
During drawing
I was humming it all the time this song by Iron Maiden, so it was no brainer to choose the quote and the title this time XD

Personal notes:
This picture is part of my inktober challenge, which you can follow on my other  sites. I will only submit here those I really like. During this I wanted to try to learn how to use the dip pen and ink better plus I wanted to do at least 1 or 2 full illustration (last time I only did bunch of floating heads and pin ups XD).  Inking took ages as I have never really used pens like that before (thus my lines are more shaky and wider than usually would be), but I think it was worth it as I have learned so much doing this picture.

Media:  
brause dip pen  with nib 511, 66, 65 and talens indian ink and white ink.

Reference:
Pose and dress inspired by


Action photo of the real drawing:
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IlariaFProfessional Digital Artist
Hi!:) (Smile) I've colored your amazing illustration!
You can find it here
Hope you like it!
Namtia's avatar
Thank you for coloring :hug:
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PearlontheseaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] Heart 
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Observer14Professional Traditional Artist
I'm still pondering this one... (Just printed it out to see if I can color it. ;-) )

What I find interesting is the fact that the plants, with all their threatening mystery, appear to be growing out of the figure herself.  Are the darkest places perhaps those which come out of ourselves, the ones we do not understand or want to know?

But here's the thing...  The figure is not turning away and running.  Rather, she has taken the light and turned into the darkness, into the fear, into the unknown.

Perhaps the real title is, "Courage".

Courage to face what you do not know, what you might not want to see, courage to take the light and step forward.
Namtia's avatar
Ahh sorry somehow missed this comment.

Indeed what you wrote is true some of the fears are comming the person it self (in my case I realized that fear of the darkness and plants was caused by my own thougthts) and you sometimes need to face these fears. Maybe that is  why I like the song itself (which inspired the drawing), which in my reading has a similar concenpt.
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Observer14Professional Traditional Artist
(so, now I'm the one taking forever to answer a comment! ;-)  I've been holding on to a couple of yours, knowing I needed time to think first.)

It's interesting that I see a bit of myself in your image here.  Not fear of the dark itself (that never bothered me), but of dark corners in myself that need to be brought into the light, for my own knowledge and awareness, if nothing else.  Maybe this picture gives me the courage to take a deep breath and plunge in? ;-)

Blessings!
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ranma-chanProfessional General Artist
Iron Maiden! :love:
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FrakowHobbyist General Artist
wow, good artwork!^^
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Sharkfish14Student Digital Artist
I might give this a go~ I'll give you credit of course.
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Hope you will have fun coloring her ;)
Namtia's avatar
Thank you for coloring :hug:
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HellypseProfessional Digital Artist
Very beautiful ! ^^
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SapphietHobbyist Digital Artist
A-maaazing! ^w^
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Plugin848yHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for sharing! :D Also great song choice!
Namtia's avatar
No problem :D And thanks, one of my favorite ;)
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Plugin848yHobbyist Digital Artist
:D :headbang:
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i just love black and white. It looks just beautiful.
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