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Suffocate by Scummy Suffocate by Scummy
I get sleep paralysis a lot so I did a piece on it for the nightmares show for the UPPERCASE gallery. I even had four bouts of it one night after I had researched the project. I always feel like I'm suffocating, like I'm on the brink of death. It's a scary sensation.
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DEMONJI Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've only ever experienced it once in my life (so far), I would hate to imagine experiencing it more than once. 
TheJung Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
UGH I hate sleep paralysis....this..pretty much sums up the terror...Freaking awesome!!
tscagonic Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
colorful lines mixed with talent work like a charm!
OwlEyeSeer Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
powerful image.
ElCapoeria Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010   Traditional Artist
this is stunning in its atmosphere and color!
clawfingers Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
nice use of textures here, and i dont just mean texture overlays but also the quick hatch lines in the hag's hair and her veins (scars?)
gravitationaltim Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing. fantastic. so effective in everything you were going for-- everything works together for a magnificent piece
Krzyminski Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
I like it, the concept is scary, the execution is very good.
Cropcircledesigner Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009
Heavy! I love this!
mezze-tourettes Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2009
i have sleep paralysis..
i love this
Artsynoodles Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
That happens to me too. Often when I have a cold and my nose is all stuffed up. Then after about a minute or two, I think, 'Oh right, I can also breath though my mouth.'
iron-irony Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Jesus, that's amazing. I've had it before and it was scary. You've captured it perfectly in this picture.
deviousoul Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009
Amazing! This makes me think of SIDS, and how ancient christians believed that it was due to the evil demi woman Lilith who would suffocate babies in their sleep.

Everything is amazing lol, and I love the colors.
Anime-Chibi-Fan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009
sometimes I have to answer questions in my dream to be able to breathe...I know it's weird... though sometimes I just try to move my arms till I wake up... whenever that happens to me I always feel like I'm about to run out of air...

it's a scary experience, I usually get sleep paralysis.

awesome pic btw!
TheWoodenKing Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Professional General Artist
beautiful work
love the red suffocating body
katcanales Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
amazing work!!
nylonwhiskers Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
nice interpretation of sleep paralysis!! i experience it too :(
kaav Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009
Nice style and complimentary colour choices. I also love the perspective and the cutout paper sort of look.
Mardi-Malt Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
:love: great stuff!!!
FreakyBabe Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009
oh my....such a dramatic and scary concept but i like how youve drawn the woman, her expression is funny, i like the green tones, it makes the whole piece even more darker, very well done!
ShotzgoBoom Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2009  Student Filmographer
this is absolitely fantastic! Your work with color, and angles, and everything is just blowing me away!
just flat out amazing work.
liliesformary Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Love this. Very japanese looking. Great lines and coloring.
ErilisVampyre Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009 a demon has hold of you and all that you can do is try to scream out in hopes that your consciousness will return you to your body, shaking you from the nightmare. A nightmare that has hold of your very being...threatening to throw you into the pit of dispair and destruction.
Yes...I do know what that's like....all too well.
PulseMap Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
lovin the contrast here! Especially color wise. Very good choices there!
GreenWhimsy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow! Your work is so beautiful! I'm really envious! As an occasional sleep paralysis sufferer I can totally empathize with the victim in this piece.
Scummy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Engelen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Student Filmographer
Oh God... that mush be horrible D:
HotRetroGuy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
OMGoodness i know what ya mean :s
MadamY Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
It`s ol` granma dream, she came to eat your soul !
And this pic is simply amaizing. Love the colours, the lines and the fact you are not afraid to make people ugly.
a golden star for you:)
jynxzd Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I makes me think of Fusseli's Nightmare

I really like the paws for trim, nice touch.
KNKL Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
I love how colors can convey so much emotion and story, you are amazing, did you study color theory? Either way I love your skills
queenofbishies Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008

Lovely color choice and perspective, and upon reading your description it made the work even more interesting.

I've never had sleep paralysis but I'll get hypnagogic/hypnopompic hallucinations shortly after I attempt meditation (I'll hear voices before I fall asleep and while I'm waking up).

That was scary enough -- I can't imagine how terrifying sleep paralysis must be.
TheVaingloriousFool Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2008
Those are absolutely terrifying.
Love the picture.
Pe2te2r Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
your art is truly greatness! your style is very unique and i love the motion and colors u used
Scummy Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much!
Buuya Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2008   Digital Artist

Sleep paralysis is an absolutely terrifying experience, especially when coupled with the hallucinations. This is a fantastic interpretation of it. The different colour pallettes are helpful. CREEPY!
Scummy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Hallucinations are crazy creepy! I hate it so much!
kinkei Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
such good work! this looks awesome. :)
BlueBumbleBee Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Weird. Reminds me of when I 'm sick and have really tormenting dreams/hallucinations.
mewulu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like the concept and your lines are awesome. Great work!
bynico Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
like your style, so unusual and beautiful!
CarlySanker Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I GET THAT ALL THE TIME. Except my mind is twisted and I love it because I feel like it's a very unique experience... it's so strangely scary.
Scummy Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It is a very unique experience. It's really interesting as well, considering there's folklore and things surrounding it.
CarlySanker Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I've never looked into the so?
Scummy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Well there's many different versions of what was causing sleep paralysis: [link]
CarlySanker Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
That's craaazy.
SoraPyper Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008  Professional General Artist
not fun. lovely composition though. the colors are awesome and i love howthey seem like theyre glowing. ooh colors. awesome
thomasj7676 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2008
I get cramps in my toes at night. I wonder what that creature looks like? A little less scary than yours - perhaps more impish. As usual, cool picture.
purplerebecca Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008  Professional General Artist
Awesome piece.
boxochicken Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2008
Those colors are simply awesome!
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