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He Does Not Sleep by TheMichaelMacRae He Does Not Sleep by TheMichaelMacRae

“The days are regimented here and though you should expect him to leave me in the tundra if I were to fall behind, you could say I am well fed and energized, so do not worry. Though all that he provides in the way of foodstuffs is deer meat, I’ve relied on my rations of tin vegetables and and have taken up the hobby of fishing to satisfy a varied diet.

We hunt most hours of the day, he kills the animals leaving me to fix them to sleds and drag the carcasses, sometimes miles at a time back to the cave where he does not permit me to enter. I’ve been used as little more than a pack mule in these trips but from what I understand he brings me along to observe. It is difficult discerning him as he does not speak, or chooses not to, and he refrains from physical conversation beyond simple gestures when it pleases him. He engages in other activities on a mysterious schedule and he seems to make good use of any time I am away or the rare chance I may be caught sleeping. I’ve stepped outside for only minutes and returned to find a fully skinned and gutted carcass splayed upon the table with its spine removed and ground into sludge. He was sitting in his chair.

He acts like a shadow, constantly moving about the walls rather than cross the floor. If I don’t watch him closely it is easy to lose track of him, even in this confined cabin space. During the nights (if one can call them as such, they are little more than dim evenings here) he sits across from the bed, facing the snuffed out fireplace, barely visible in his dark and oiled wraps. Comfortable sleep has become a luxury, on more than one occasion I have awoke to find he had rotated to face me, his gaunt statuesque form with long fingers clutching the ends of the arm rests. I suppose it goes without saying that he does not make for good company.

I have yet to fully understand what we are doing here, I do hope it is revealed soon. As things are though, I may be here for some time.

- M”

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lesserknowncallsign Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how cinematic your work is. It's so much more dynamic and interesting to look at. 
BlackVulmea Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2019  Hobbyist Photographer
Hard to believe this ends well.
BassoeG Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ODastein Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2019
Wow! Impressive and very creative story. And illustration. 
Dani3lmatui Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
I wish I could favorite this twice
SpiritOnTheWater Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2017  Student Digital Artist
love the lighting!!
PepeEse Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017… this will blow your mind!
Oysterking45 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 14, 2018
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017
I posted before I had read of his agelessness, and now reassert that he is, fundamentally, a Renaissance Gentleman at heart, as he ever has been.
Oh, the tales he could tell her, the wonders he has seen...
...if only he had not forgotten how to speak.
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017
A friendly Wight? Or a very much alive, jaded (and lonely) mountain man who has been through more then a few hard knocks? That he hasn't forced himself on her suggests he either IS dead, alive but a gentleman of moral standing in his heart of hearts, or that the frostbite that ravaged him (the Occam's razor explanation) left him too impotent to care.
Triphon Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017
You saw this fascinating and wonderful art and the first thing you thought about was "why doesn't he rape her"? Is everything all right in your head?
Touch-Not-This-Cat Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2017
This is part of a series on "The Arrow Maker" that I saw out of order, and without yet knowing the other clues about him, my first impressions was contemplating what her most fundamental worries must be to be taken in by a very strange man. Her notes show a cautious hope for the best, but I still sensed the deeper wariness underlying her concerns at this point.
At any rate, based on the other clues in the series, I now believe him to be an impeccably chivalrous gentleman at heart, and a kindly old grandfatherly figure, if ravaged by some form of dementia.
SureTina Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Student
This tells an amazing story!
Lemiken7 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2017  Professional General Artist
A creepy, but intriguing tale! 
KenninRaptor Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Your tiny stories are almost as amazing as your artwork, I'm disturbed and enchanted at the same time!
DatLoon Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2017   Traditional Artist
I have a huge AU story about characters I love and plan to make my own story in the future.
I always struggled to make comments-little chapters to my pictures because I thought that's language barrier (stays still as high wall on my way), my own young writing skills and lack of professional skill will ruin whole idea and it will look as much edgy and unnatural as my inner critic sees it.
Your piece, your mix of art and story, looking into it makes me want to try it again, to return to my ideas and to make a first step.

...Well, you can not read previous words, I just wanted to say that's your art is very inspiring and even little pieces we get from you - they create whole new world with it's own stories, tragedies and adventures. Thank you for that artistic inspiring, it's very rare and unique quality, usually looking at professionals delivers for low artists anxiety at minimum, if not worse.
Thank you for your art.
DementedPirate Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would love to read more about this <3
Awesome art and awesome writing!
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TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a mysteeerrryyyy!
NonieR Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
This combination of picture and story is still the most intriguing thing I've seen on DeviantArt.
mecha-phor Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2016
That is some incredible artwork there; very atmospheric and so detailed, love it1
Riana-art Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Artist
Wow, a grat picture and a great stroy, makes one think a lot about the situation and how the guy ended up beeing a companion to a zombie :) I think this "lack of information" makes the whole situation way more scarier than if everything would have been described or if the mummy would have been shown completely. Now pondering about the story made me almost forget about the picture itself, I expecially like the lightning :)
Bumsy Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Mummy Dude sounds like fun company. At least he'll keep you fed.
Monsterjar Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
While your artwork is stunning (telling an entire story in a single pane), it's the writing with this piece that really brings it to another level. I shared it with the MJ team here. They loved it! We'll keep a watch on your career, Michael. Well done and good luck!
Renbius Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Cool work!
Cogentesque Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015
Absolutely beautiful art, and absolutely terrifying concept. I really like the whole art + story thing you do Michael, it's very nice. Your art would look absolutely great in a long form comic book or graphic novel format but I have no idea how you would go about with that.

Do you take commissions?

Awesome job!
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! But no I'm only doing commercial-y type commissions. Like book covers that sort of thing... Is that what you're looking for?
monkeezgob Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Brilliant work. Fantastic composition.
D33rp0under Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015
i dunno i think i saw him yawn the other day
ApolloMasque Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that's just creeptacular. Kind of reminds me of that old "Mysteries of Harris Burdick" book by Chris Van Allsburg. I can't help but wonder if her ghoulish companion is helping her in his own way...or merely ignoring her as he does his own thing. Gives me the jibblies.
brightmaniac Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really need more about those two, i you wrote books or made comics (idk if you do them) i love to have everything
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll do more of them eventually. But I haven't thought much on what they do why they were together. You know how when you're in highschool and you think up an idea that you think is super interesting and original but realize down the road that it's so cliche and angsty? Originally the whole world revolved around this girl in the picture, everyone wanted a part of her and she was all "ooh it's such a hard life, ooh I'm so badass but ooh I'm all lonely and emo blah blah" -cringeworthy- 

So anyway this creepy zombie dude, who at the time was a creepy middle aged guy with a swastica on his forehead (zomg so edgy!) and gross flesh mutating superpowers was interested in her because of course she had something he wanted and couldn't get from anywhere else blah blah long story short, they wound up together and formed an uneasy and sinister relationship. 

I grew up a bit and realized how dumb all that was, and creepy swastica guy turned into this stoic undead (or is he? ooOOooh) guy who still has some interest in this girl but I'm hoping that when it comes to me it won't be so cliche I guess. Or maybe neither of them are particularly interested in the other and this meeting they have in the arctic is just the start of something new rather than the culmination of something growing between them prior. I don't really know.

I have a lot of ideas going on in my head and I try to mask the fact that they are very very fragmented by writing short stories that kinda go along with the general vibe of the idea. And from these stories I slowly piece together a larger narrative. 

That's all a long way of saying, "What you see is what I got."
Oysterking45 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017
I'm a huge fan of the art you make with those liquid-metal robots. I hope you make more soon.Kohana Impressed Icon 
mariorossi Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
I think Flechette is an ancestor of Maya.
He is very worried because he's aware she has the same disease he is affected by.
That's why he doesn't speak and look at her while she's sleeping: he's trying to collect ideas to find a cure.
The secret agency they are working for is going to use Maya as a replacement for Flechette but he won't let theme hurt her.
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I may do away with the 'secret society' thing. It's too cliche. I'm working on finding a context for all these weird characters that makes sense, but is kindof different from where most people go with it. Then again I might just say they're all part of the government idunno! But thanks for the ideas!
LoulandLouis Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
what book or fiction is this please, i really am intrigued.
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just my own ideas
magicanimal13 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental 
hospital, because she killed her mom and dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that the best idea was to get rid of her so
they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on
a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of you life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break the chain you will see a little dead girl in your room.
LoulandLouis Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
are you kinding? I wouldn't miss that in a million years! Finally some exitement in my life.
TheMichaelMacRae Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Screw off.
magicanimal13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry, But I didn't want to take that chance.
Mey-Rin (Sorry) [V1] 
HT1372 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Artist
:D (Big Grin) Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap Clap 
aaawhyme Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
holyshift. this is beautiful
KitsuneDzelda Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Ummmm thats not a hunter lady.  Thats a zombie. 
Thats a zombie. 
tinchosanz Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015
LiezelvdL Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
love the atmosphere!
SPGinc Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015
Whoa, creepy- but cool as well.
PerpetualPunster Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Creeeeeeeeeeeepy. I love it.
Inenarrable Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Digital Artist
This work is pure art.
corvidcorax Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
this is great on many levels!
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