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MAMA Scared Stiff Contest: Black Hole Monster by Penanggalan MAMA Scared Stiff Contest: Black Hole Monster by Penanggalan
As a child, I had a lot of imaginary friends. But my imagination wasn't always something I could control, and it often created beasts which kept me up at night, and kept me from venturing into the basement, where most all of them lived. This particular creature (Closeup here) is the black hole monster. He didn't really have a name, but I called him that because when he opened his mouth wide enough, I could see a black, infinite space with a few twinkling lights, which would be either stars or the glistening teeth and eyes of billions of monsters. Being devoured by him would mean being sucked into another dimension where monsters dwelt everywhere and there were no humans and no sunlight; just a dark, vast nothingness filled with things that would eat you for all eternity.

I'm sure all that sounds like... a lot of things, but this monster also had slimy, tar-like tendrils that were more like veins or nerves and could reach around walls. Somewhat plant-like, it could only cling to walls and couldn't reach very far away from its source of stability. But if I got close enough to them, I could feel a sort of electricity coming off them, pulling me closer. If it connected with me, it would be able to paralyze me and drag me into the basement.

The monster could also change size drastically. The rare times I ventured into the basement at night, I could turn around and just see a wide, open mouth full of stained nasty teeth taking up the entire hallway. It could grow larger than my house, but being part of another dimension, it could traverse straight through it like a ghost. It could only see me... therefor I had no place to hide.

I spent a lot of time in my childhood being traumatized by my own brain. :P Anyhow, this is my entry to the MAMA Scared Stiff Contest. :)
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Rampster27 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017
Is there a place  I could get this without the watermark?
Penanggalan Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017
IzzyMarrie Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I definitely love the design on this creature, but what I love the most is how you did the composition, how the eye is drawn to the monster down the stairs and the look of the black tendrils as they creep along the walls almost like a mix of splotchy ink and branches.  I also really love the color scheme of very little color, how the bottom of the stairs is more blue, but then everything else is grey and black with the exception of the girl's feet and her brown hair.  I also have to say, that I love the idea behind the monster, and I'm sorry for giving so much praise behind your imaginary beast of the past, but the concept itself is just so... incredible!  I also love the tiny detail of the butterfly in the bottom right corner, and the shadows and the level of detail you put into making everything look as realistic as possible.  There actually looks like there is some depth to this, and so the descent into "madness" actually looks like a real descent.  Anyways, great job!  I really enjoyed looking at this!
Intervension Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2016
This art is amazing. I don't know what it is it could be the art style or maybe what it depicts but..., something really draws my eyes to this image.
sparklysheep456 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
God... I used to have imaginary friends but none were this bad... holy crap... I'm so glad you actually mustered the courage to draw this... if you didn't win this contest, I give you a big high five because dayum you drew that monster so darn well and the thought of it lurking in your basement is pretty damn scary. 
b33sandun1corns Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015
ugh... that's really creepy to think of a giant hole filled with razor sharp teeth standing in front of you o.o 
I really love how you drew this though :3 especially the little butterfly on the wall 
BJG13 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is incredible!!!! :happybounce: I think I've fainted. 
FROMAGEFIEND Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
i don't think what you saw as a kid.. was just your imagination.. i truly believe that there are things in the hyperspace or places between that are inhabited by such creatures.. not all the children that go missing each year , are abducted by humans.. 
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
This... is... amazing.

Also, you scared yourself with your own imaginary monsters too? Awesome! Thought I was the only one who ever did that.
Radriar Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
I didn't really want those canned peaches in the basement anyway...
Jones996 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014

That would be me if I saw something like this in real life.

(No not really)
NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Mama? You don't mean the same horror movie 'Mama', do you? :|
Penanggalan Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
This was part of a competition to draw your worst fears. The producers of Mama judged the artwork based on a lot of things. Problem?
Makosharkman Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
very well drawn.

also out of curiosity do you take request because I know what you could draw next if you are interested?
NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Nice.. I mean, nope. :p
I heard this movie was spanish, maybe? Or maybe not? Idek.. :p
Sret Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
It's a Lovecraftian feeling about this monster, and I LOVE it!
MAMASPIDER8 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In my humble opinion, I think this should have won one of the spots. Exquisito!
Penanggalan Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
aw thanks ;u; <3
AJanswersyouArt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thevizir Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
What a horrific creature you conjured up from your childhood terrors here, Penanggalan! Very complex and detailed - only makes the beastie more terrifying! The corrupting, oozing tentacles really add something to this piece, and the perspective, drawing your eyes past the ooze and the scared youth, downed into the flooded, blackened depths - composition-wise, this is a brilliant piece for evoking your own childhood terrors in others.

Great job here! Keep up the fantastic work, eh? =D
Falln4DarkAngel Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. Not going in the basement for a while now :)
stevensteel Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
the abyss
AstralWolfen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks like the cover to a horror novel. Great job c:
Nemokoi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I think I faved it due to your explanation. It must be terrible to be scared by a thing created by your own mind, something that you can't get rid of because it's always with you.
By the way it's an excellent pic ^^ Thanks for sharing :heart:
sandpaperdaisy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
The composition and the perspective in this are just awesome.
CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
watermark disqualifies it :(

The Work
(x) may not use any watermarks or distinguishing artist marks
Penanggalan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Including just a signature? If so, I'd rather not have my art in the contest if it would be used for anything without it. :/ Too late to change it now, anyways, I guess.
CrystalGreene Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yep. I think they would consider that a "distinguishing artist mark" I would hate for such a nice piece to be disqualified. I don't like putting my art out there without marks either but if you want to win stuff you gotta follow the rules. If they don't pick you, edit the submission to include your sig again!
Tori-Inazuma Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...this is amazing. Even the story is frightening! :O
Sour-Purple Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I've looked at the entries and this is by far the best one.
Penanggalan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Oh wow, that is insanely flattering. Thank you!
willowdiamond Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing and I love the description/background too. good job!
dendril Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013   General Artist
This looks like an awesome cover to a movie! Great perspective and love the monster.
Love your description even more! Especially the vast mouth space.
Admanios Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good grief. That thing's going to give ME nightmares now.
Gonah Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks wonderful, Babe. This looks like such a cool contest x3 I... Have my own views on DA contests, but I really really hope you win!
Rothsu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Me gusta mucho
Zavala47 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
fan-fucking-tastic. a nightmare come to life.
pmoth Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is fantastic, I love the perspective!
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