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The Mothers
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Published: May 22, 2015
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Every night at 2 am.


Loss is the one shared quality prevailing in all of those who are taken before their time. But with that loss comes the caveat of something that was had, something worth celebrating. The dead are remembered and in keeping all the lessons taught they remain assured of the finality of death and mournful of it.

But this is not always so.

Few, in their life long fit of stagnation, develop an inner rage. A hatred of themselves and of others so white hot that it prevails beyond entombment. The seething envy of what was long desired but never had fuels their soul to rise as a ghastly husk with newfound power over the living. In death they seek to claim what artifacts and persons they could never have in life. But they are bound by otherworldly rules such that even with an ability to claim what they will they can never have enough to satiate the unbearable need. They become more bold, more dangerous and with growing numbers they claw and tear like starved dogs all for but a moment of respite.

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They set sights upon this house one week ago and each night since under the cover of snowfall they have invaded. Without sound, not a scratch or gust of air they drift through the walls in search of her son. This activity will continue indefinitely until both mother and child are sucked dry of all life and will to care. She knows this because it has happened before. This town is intertwined in the goings on of unnatural creatures, things that exist outside our realm yet have a vested interest in its functions. Most of the people here are unknowing pawns drawn in with the promise of long life and ample food and drink entirely ignorant that what is given is not a gift. There are a select few who in their own potentially miss-guided efforts are here to pursue interests of their own.

“Do not take my child!” someone must have cried in the face of losing their kin to the nightly raids, to pass the burden along. Admittedly those of a lesser fortitude should be driven mad by the spirits’ horrid consistency and in such case is it not reasonable to do any and all one can to protect those they love? Regardless, she had endured so much to keep him hidden as all who live in this place must do to guard what they value most. She is no saint, she would not sacrifice herself to better her moral stance, taking onus to satiate these spirits with her own blood. Passing on a curse only secures ones position for it to return some day with considerably more terrifying force. She had always thought highly of her ability to suffer at great cost in favour of even greater benefits and this is one such situation. The dead reside in parts unknown and if coaxed with the right bait they can become unwitting pawns themselves.


“One and all, ghosts evoke a less dignified existence than those of maggots, so do not pity them. They are all but waste fit only for the harvest of their gullible, putrid hearts.”

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albatrash's avatar
Amazing work. 
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KellyCrane's avatar
The art and the story--they comprise something of a mytho-magical legend that you have created so convincingly: congratulations on that! Sacrifice, a key element of the story! Only the pure, the innocent--children who have barely experienced life--are acceptable as sacrifices; so that even if mothers were to offer themselves instead of their children to these--spirits--whatever they are--their offer would be shunned. They are cursed by life, the love of it, the unwillingness to accept death--either for their children or for themselves, but as it seems from my understanding of thus totally poetic-like power and learning so evident in the story--almost as if the prose is a closed book to those who didn't attempt to understand it or absorb its message, but which the art helps to clear for many--though it too can be just a bit esoteric. . . . . So it is in the Greek myth of the Minotaur, homicide, cannibal, who demanded the virgins and youths of the adjacent city-state, to satisfy his wrath and hunger, to placate him, to save the people from a certain horrific rampage (i hope my allusion to this myth is fitting).. . . . Well, that is what U read in the story (I have a grad degree in lit. but only one course of art appreciation; hence I'm afraid I'm better at interpreting literature (which this story is) than art. But I do know enough to see the mutal relationship and interpretation of each to the other--I love both!. . . . Best Wishes!
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TheMichaelMacRae|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! It's comments like these that make all the effort I put into it worth it
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Randomizing101|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the composition in this one
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Esseo|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As haunting as it is detailed. Wow
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Danny2849's avatar
Hi TheMichaelMacRae, really love this art, particularly the emotion I can feel on all the faces, and enjoyed the story piece you’ve put with it. I am currently co-developing a writing app allied Prompt that harnesses the power of visuals as some of its prompts and I think The Mothers would be an amazing addition to our initial line-up. Would it be possible to use your image as a prompt, please? We obviously would be adding full accreditation and links to your art as we want to promote artists as well as writers and hope it would be a good opportunity to help get some more exposure for artists.

Thanks

Danny
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k58mXP4's avatar
Magnificent
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cascavalnr1's avatar
It's not a simple painting anymore. It's a very good told story. Congratulations!
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DEVNOON111's avatar
You should sell this in print form.
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Raught19's avatar
I second this, I would definitely buy this in a canvas print
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Coldskye's avatar
Beautiful picture!!
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DarknessDreaming's avatar
You should submit this to Neil Gaiman for his Graveyard Book story. Not how it turns out and there are no decomposing but capturing a Mothers love for her Child after she passes is STUNNING!! Seriously. Amazing.
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maxpancho's avatar
Do you legit not use any reference for people? Crazy how you can invent poses and lighting like that.
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henpitts's avatar
I keep coming back to her face. So much emotion. Every time I come to featured I have to look at her face.
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parisa777's avatar
Hi , I'm from Iran.
I love the way you make art. I'm so acxitied about your drawings. Very bountiful and gorgeous. Good luck
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henpitts's avatar
TheMichaelMacRae created this beautiful drawing. I only commented. I'm sure he will see and appreciate your comment.
 
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chadestioco|Hobbyist Photographer
Got a Witcher 3 crones vibe to this. Nice!
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KojotnPfotn's avatar
This is some fucked up shit.... I love it!
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da1withdalongestname's avatar
This reminds me of the artwork for Kingdom Death board game. Really love the gloomy lighting going on & the expressions on the lady & the boy faces, not sure if they are sad or angry, more like angry to me.
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5WeThA-Ra0's avatar
Amazing art!! Very good details
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yamiryuuzero|Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is what it feels like when you're a kid and your mother's friends all gather around you to pinch your cheeks...
I don't miss it a single bit...
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angelofdeath241107's avatar
WOW!!
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OlympianSoul|Student General Artist
Wow, great job. Although, I'm just wondering, did you make the story up your self, or is it someone elses? Also, why is one of your tags Pokémon?
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