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Courage and the Closet by PrehistoricRobot Courage and the Closet by PrehistoricRobot
Watercolor on paper.

With his best friend in hand, a young boy musters enough courage to make sure there are no monsters in his closet, only to stumble upon a much more insidious danger...

While the colors may be a bit vibrant considering the subject matter, I really wanted to go in a different direction than I felt most folks would go (really dark images with lots of heavy shadows and hard to see subjects), and make a kind of horror-themed children's storybook illustration. I definitely feel that I achieved a certain level of "creep" without being predictable. The fact that the poster hung in the closet looks vaguely like the poster for "Mama" is not an accident.

I have been an avid fan of Guillermo del Toro's work since I saw "Cronos" during a film festival at our local museum of fine art when I was... 13, I think. I've seen almost every project he's been involved in since. His ability to portray childhood as such a wonderfully dark, and beautifully scary experience has always resonated with me. I ardently hope I am chosen as one of the semi-finalists. It would be a high point in my career to know that an artist whom I so admire and respect viewed my artwork, even if it's only for ten seconds before he moves on to the next.
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paku3d Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Nice job mang! Love the feel and wow this is a water color!!?!
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PrehistoricRobot Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I did not realize that was you, Phillip. Thanks for the comment, my man.
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PrehistoricRobot Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man! I appreciate the encouragement. The line work is ink, and the actual shading and coloring is hand-painted water color. In the interest of full disclosure, the "spotlight" lighting effect is a digital enhancement added after the scan of the original painting. I had that idea mapped out in my sketches, but with the deadline bearing down on me, I didn't feel comfortable devoting a large amount of time to a big dark wash, and was forced to cheat and take a digital shortcut.
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Mandarkhahaha Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like the angle to decided to use :D
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PrehistoricRobot Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
:bow:

Thank you! It took a lot of drawing, erasing, and redrawing before I felt like it was cool and interesting and dynamic enough (and would convey the kind of voyeuristic anticipation I wanted), while still being somewhat believable and vaguely nodding its head to actual perspective.
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Mandarkhahaha Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I really like it. I would love feedback on the ones I did if you have time. There are links to them in my journal on my profile page. Thanks :D
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Dark-Wolf93 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Looks great!
and it's creepy too
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PrehistoricRobot Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks, man! I appreciate the compliments immensely.
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Dark-Wolf93 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
anytime
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