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Shadow Eater by BlackSen Shadow Eater by BlackSen
As a child, i was only terrified of one thing.
Complete and utter darkness.
Not so much the darkness itself, but what It hid from my young eyes.

What creatures followed me patiently in the black that I would never see. what beings are silently creeping around me waiting for their chance to strike.

I slept in the same room as my brother when we were young, and we had one of those metal sliding closets that you could slide from either side and it would open. At night, its was pitch black inside. Eerily enough, even when there was moonlight, its was still near impossible to even see the brightest of clothing. Of course, to a young one, not knowing what could be lurking about, this was a huge problem!

Yeah of course, I got scared and closed it eventually at night, but that doesn't stop you from thinking "what if they're smart? What if they have hands?!" you know?

One monster in particular I unfortunately allowed myself to create and be afraid of was the Shadow Eater. Didn't really EAT shadows, but darkness just seemed to follow him around, or latch onto him, especially from his pitch black home. As my fear of this guy increased overtime, he evolved.

Around this time, I started playing Silent Hill 2 (damn you Uncle!!) and Pyramid Head was the second thing i became afraid of. lol So of course i eventually became afraid of faceless monsters. Wasnt till my teens that i realized how freaking awesome Pyramid Head was, but moving on.

I cant remember exactly how Shadow Eater looked, but I do remember he was tall and had a freaky looking skeleton for a mask...and i knew that he totally meant to do kids a world of hurt, hence the rusty exacto knife.

Some imagination huh? XD

By the way, this is my Contest Entry for the MAMA Scared Stiff contest.
Wish me luck folks! :D
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:iconjonatav007:
This is really an incredible artwork! To be honest I have seen really scary things in my life! but this artwork that BlackSen has drawn here truly gives me the creeps! Which is good! Because I like scary movies and scary stories!

I like how this creature looks and the way it stands!

This is really creative and I believe is really Unique! The coloring is outstanding of course! But what I actually like the most is how the shadow texture of the creature looks plus the atmosphere that surrounds the room!

Even the creature's clothes makes it look scary enough as well!

Well done BlackSen!

9 out of 10!
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Of course we all an instinctual fear of the dark and not knowing what is in it, it's the fear of not knowing is what causes this fear of the darkness
The monster represents what could be in the dark our imagination is our own worst nightmare creating the monsters that lurk in our closets,beds,closets, and hallways.
Our mind becomes the enemy when frighten our imaginations tortures us into think of what may happen to us when we fall to sleep until the sun comes up we feel revealed that we survived telling our selves it wasn't real....until night falls.
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ragekiller1221 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
WTF! stay away people That thing has a folklift
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EmeraIds Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Lmao this is like that movie feast those damn things rape
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MrVoiceMan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though we share the same fear of the dark, I see a different monster; Medusa, the Greek god. Eyes gone, gaping mouth, hair of snakes, and the frightening ability to turn people to stone; THOSE are the wooden logs that built the cabin of fear. And I'M living in it. I love moving around, and I can't stay still, but invite Medusa over for a staring contest, and I'll be running away in a flash.
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MrVoiceMan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, I bet you'll be somewhat scared of Slenderman.
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ragekiller1221 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
That Remember Silent Hill
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ragekiller1221 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
I DONT have fear bro
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Reap22 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Good god............my poor vision eyes made me think that the arm was a penis. Which it made extra creepy. XD


....it still looks like a penis though. XD
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BLAZR-SAN Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
HHHHHolllleh fuck.

THIS IS DISTURBING... ON A PERSONAL LEVEL.....

I had a nightmare two months and four days ago about this beast: it looked just like this, except his skin was always squirming from underneath and it's skin also looked burnt. It slit into my belly through my sheets and left it's claws in my opened belly. then I felt a squirming sensation under MY skin and in my wound. then I woke up howling a scream, my skin palled and my veins visible through it -- I was dying. No joke. When I was on the stretcher, I could see what was going on, but I was completely unresponsive; most of my vitals had already failed; at the hospital, I was pronounced DEAD ON ARRIVAL!!

There was one problem, however: my consciousness was still there, fully intact. And I was still able to hear (externally through my own ears, and internally with my inner monologue) and see through my own eyes. But I couldn't speak, feel or (according to the ambulance medic) show any signs of all my vitals functioning.

For fucks sake, I died. I HAD TO WILL MY ASS BACK TO A SEMBLANCE OF LIFE...

I am now getting itchy goosebumps. I hate talking about my terrorizing brush with death, but this deviation just gave me flashbacks to this horrific occurrence.

<I shudder....>
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leader0000 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
WTF. sweet
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Graydrone Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What The Hell did I just saw?

It reminded me of my dreams when I was little :iconnotsureifgustaplz:
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Graydrone Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WHY IN HELL DID OBAMA CAME OUT OF THE ICON?GAWD!

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SIERRA-116 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
HOLY MOTHER OF---KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!

Damn, that thing is freaky. Reminds me of the Flood, and the Flood seriously give me the chills.
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DasSovietCanuck Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student Writer
Wow, very neat monster design here, BlackSen! Love your artistic style as well - very comic like in all the right ways, with bold and dynamic colours and a streamlined design. Really makes it pop out! Wonderful job translating your childhood fears and warping Pyramid Head into this unholy creation - it's enough to give me chills at least.

Keep up the great work, eh? =D
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TwihardBilly Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This strangely reminds me of a kishin from Soul Eater...It's great anyway ^^
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Redmannine Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
I think he just wants you to be his friend!
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KTripped Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
The monster comes off as adorable to me. xD
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6-Qubed Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Not sure what's creepier here; that there is a horrid eldritch thing born of nightmare itself, or that it has a coherent enough thought process to stab people.
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LordAltros Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
that's creepy.
awesome :D
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zopdog Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is scary!
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GammaSatori Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
FFFFF- it's the creeper from Fable 3 >_>

Kill it. Kill it with fire.
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Khujiru Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
hooo boy, the things you can make up in your mind can really make you paranoid of almost anything in your house, and i mean anything X) with me it was the thing of being the last one going upstairs to go to sleep, or when i forgot something downstairs (doh >.<) everything makes sounds you don't trust and you look around like a frightened rabbit ready to dash. starting from the stairs, imagine the lightswitch being on the other side of the room... and an imagination of a silent creeping werewolf with glaring red eyes and the sound of snarling and his pack dark minions... me and my brother used to trick eachother to try and get first upstairs ( we we're both chickens i know :P) when i grew older i begun to get annoyed of my "switch and run" tactic, and i decided to take a stand :P so even now everytime i walk upstairs i stomp this big bad creeper back down the stairs, and it feels awesome XD also my other idea was growling back and show em who's boss XD ah the old days...
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Cristosius Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Ahhhhh The good all, never missed, scared of the monster in the night/ in the closet. You have most certainly did a fine job, particularly with the idea that every kid thinks up a specific monster.
Good work on you DA art piece ;)
I congratulate you =BlackSen
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Naruigi Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
The Darkness...we meet again. = A=;;

I actually hallucinated at night when I was a kid and saw things that weren't there, scared the crap outta me. Worst one was that talking doll from the Goosebumps books. I was tossing around in my bed and then tossed over toward the wall which my bed was next to, and I saw his face staring directly at mine and he said "...What's the matter little boy?"
Then started cackling like crazy. To this day I never sleep without pulling the covers directly over my head...

*Too much information...?*
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isandbeans Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Holy crap!!! - this is great! Terrifying!
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
glad you think so! :) thanks very much!
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JAYCZero Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
This Monster looks very familiar, where is he from ?
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GIJohn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Wow, pretty terrifying for a youngster o:

Good luck man :3

Your bro is sound asleep I take it?, useless, couldn't help ya out -w-
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks John! :D
Bro snores like a drugged hippo, man. No way he was getting up. :XD:
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GIJohn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
My pleasure :D

And pfffft fair enough XD
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Kieron Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Wow that's excellent.
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
thanks a bunch! :D
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MarratoKensuto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
OH HELL... NO! O0o
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:XD: right?! Not messing with that guy.
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MarratoKensuto Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
No I wouldn't... O0o
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N0X10U5 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Hey,"





"Need a scalpel?"
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
LOL :iconsweeneytoddplz: Who wants a shave?!
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GNLAZARUS Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Artist
I'm glad most of your art is smutty because I literally shivered in fear reading about your childhood night terrors. I honestly can't imagine some of the dark shit you could conjure and put on paper.
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I gave someone shudders?! AW YEAH! i mean...im sorry. XD
oh man, the nightmares i used to have...i admit Shadow Eater is the creepiest being i've dreamt of thusfar in life, but ive had some pretty disturbing nightmares, even now.
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PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Nice and freaky
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
right? :D thanks!
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PhantomHourglass Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
lol
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jonatav007 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty scary! You should check mine! True story!
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
will do! :) You entered the contest too?
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jonatav007 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I did! :) if you check on my Deviant site you'll see one drawing that will say: it's coming for me!
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IHaveNoArt4U Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
...well now i went one ;)
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:XD: YOU can HAVE him!!
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IHaveNoArt4U Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
awesome lookout assholes of the world have a monster ;)
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panahinuva Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What you were actually afraid of is the Unknown. It's actually the most common fear amongst humans, I believe.

Also, fuukin badass monster.
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BlackSen Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ha. well as a kid, i suppose so, but more of the fact that i was scared to be eaten or decapitated by monsters who live and breath darkness. XD
thanks dude! :D
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panahinuva Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No prob! I think this proves that any good artist can draw frightening monsters.
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