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Nightmare VII by synnabar Nightmare VII by synnabar
Nightmare VII: Drawn after a particularly horrendous day at work (I work 9-5 - well, now 8:30-5). The Art Department air conditioner didn't work (the only one in the building that was broken), and it was 84 degrees that day. We opened the windows, but guess which windows the smokers stood under when they took cigarette breaks? Yup. Nothing like sweating and stinking all day to put you in a bad mood.

This is one of my versions of a Nightmare, though there's many different kinds (it's cool how everyone has their own idea of what a Nightmare is). I used to draw skull-type demons in pen all the time, years ago (dating back to the 80's) - sketchbooks-full, even. It's actually pretty calming and soothing to me to draw them - kind of getting my anger out on paper, rather than yelling or hurting anyone.

I didn't try to make the anatomy realistic; I wanted a distorted look to it. The eye is supposed to be an empty, shadow-less white - which may not make sense, but then, Nightmares usually don't.

Incidentally, a band called Skeleton Horse has my permission to use this image, if you come across them.

RSVP pen on cardstock, Photoshop 7 coloring.
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asmodia255 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015
This horse is very reminiscent of a dream I had involving a demon horse.  Would you be offended if I attempted an acrylic facsimile of this? 
icekingwar Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
we call that a tikbalang XD
TylerFreeFlight Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
great job!
KasaMaii Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This reminds me of a breed of horse I created. It's great! :D
MoodDragon Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Super cool. I really like the color choice. The muzzle looks strong and dangerous. I wouldn't mess with your Nightmare.
Sonic1234567891 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
looks like a vampire-horse, i love it! :D
wolradom Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
hippomint Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Amazing work!
DarkShade34 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
AWESOME!!!!! :headbang:
Echo3110 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is epic!!! I love it =D
Sammi-Psycho Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the muscles, the glow in the creature's eyes, and all the little details you put in this!
Great job! Instant fave!
TheLittleBlueGhost Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
I love this picture.
ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner May 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
that is creepy but sweet :)

Epic picture
naturegirl57 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010
i used your picture as a reference [link]
GravityDragon Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
The things that bring us the fear that corrupts dreams....

Wonderful rendition of a creature of horror.
Forgotten-Anger Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Freakin epic man!!!
Violent-Dimensions Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Student General Artist
omg this is badass!!
MUHJAH Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010
you did a really amazing job on this
seasonofclarity Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Someone stole your work. They've been reported.
Stolen piece: [link]
Hindsightis2020 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Very wicked!
hellsing007 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009

I found this.. knowing about it?
jade-whisper Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Very good. I love it.
Catbanshee Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
been awhile since I've been to your web site. I just have to say that this and the other Nightmares inspired my macabre dradon horses and nightmares.
Sweetestsarah Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
So far this is my fave nightmare picture.
HxCVicky Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2008   Photographer
Wow. :O Thats amazing! I love it! ^^
BluBurnsOrange09 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Fucking Epic
LVMs Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2008
woow love it!!
AngelKiller666 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
THIS IS MY BABY!!! OH MY SWEET NIGHTMARE!!!! MY BABY!!! I saw this on another site and then the sight was taken down and I was all like NOOOO MY BABY!!! then I found it here again.... and your the artist who made this perfect baby have reallity... I dont know how much to thatnk you. I LOVE MY BABY NIGHTMARE!!! I LOVE HER SO MUCH!
Narrie84 Featured By Owner May 30, 2008
you're great! I can't even get a skeleton to look right!
SKrieck Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
DeathNotedLight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Your Piece has given me the power and will power to draw my own, thanks to you I have dont it, it took about 45 minutes or so, but yours is in pen so wow! This is a really remarkable piece and its wonderful! I know it must of taken a while so you know what! WOW!
xxdeceptivexx Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
Incredible. Utterly incredible... I love the line and texture of the muscle, the detail in the skull face.. The fading-out mane and the bright glaring eye.... It's an awesome composition. Well done.
RanioftheNight Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2007
I love it. Very well done and I know what you're talking about with the nightmare thing.
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2007
Terrific example of a nightmare horse!
CLOWN666 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
BleedingBrainTumor Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2007
ooooh, Zombie vampire horse.
Chaotic-Canine Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Ooooo... I always pictured a Nightmare mostly like this, but a little more blacker!
Ugh... I'm sorry about the day that brought this image on... May the nicotine decay their happiness!
Awesome work! ^..^
MEYERanek Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2007  Student Digital Artist
huh, same idea? ;) [link]
anyway, better thn mine, so lovely :D
synnabar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
*checks link* Awesome!!!!! I don't think mine is better, ours are just two ideas of what nightmares can look like. I think yours looks incredible! AND I'm sure I'm not the first one to draw a nightmare in that pose, either - concidences are cool. :)
MEYERanek Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007  Student Digital Artist
heheh, indeed, two other ideas but that pose is really dynamic and inspireting. Thanks :)
meihua Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2007
Charsier Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I should probably draw the demonic things in my childhood memories. That's one hellova freaky nightmare. I like.
chemmisforest Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007   Photographer
The detail in this is awesome! I love it. *adds to faves and watches* You have pure tallent and I love it! Keep up the great work. ^^
LindaColijn Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont know what it is but something is drawing me to this piece of work. I just looked at it and was ready to go through the rest of your gallery (great drawings!) but couldnt leave without leaving a comment! Theres something cool about a develish horse...
Gryphonia Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful!!! I love such types of pics... But usually most people think they are ugly... But I have a completely different opinion... I suppose, they are just gorgeous...
Jon-Drakonrue Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2005
Very awesome. If you like Nightmares, would you like to check mine out?
SesakaTH Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2005  Student General Artist
O.O That looks aweosme! Nice anatomy! =D
WhisperingWolf Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2005
Oh wow what a brilliant picture of a Nightmare!
I love the whole idea and concept of it! I had a story once with nightmares in it...and this might just inspire me to draw one =)

Lovely work :clap:
MistressVixen Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Killer . . .the muscles interlocking with each other is perfect. The skull detail is wonderful, you can see the seperation of the plates even!
metaharpy Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2003
The muscles and skull look perfect! Not much to say about it. Just brilliant!
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