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Heavy Breathing by RussFairchild Heavy Breathing by RussFairchild
This is my entry for the Mama Scared Stiff Contest.

Lil bit about the piece: I had plenty of nightmares as a child, but there was always a common factor with most of them; ragged, scratchy, heavy breathing. Didn't matter if I was swimming in the dream, being chased, what have you, there was always a demon/creature that would come up close behind or near me and all I would hear is the the breathing. I'd turn around real slowly, the tension and fear building in the dream, and these black, soulless eyes would be right up close to my face. Then it would lunge at me, it's teeth and black mouth swallowing my vision. Naturally, I would wake up gasping, panting, in a cold sweat, and yes, sometimes crying.

That being said, the scariest times for me as a child were when I would have these dreams and the next week before I went to sleep each night the dream was all I would think about. I have a very strong imagination, hard to control sometimes, and I could swear as I was trying to sleep i would hear a creek in the floor boards or hear a rustle in the corner. I would sleep facing the wall, trying to shut it all out, but sure enough i would hear something, even the breathing, and I would turn around, almost positive I would see this guy or something like it, right at the edge of the bed. Never saw anything though, to the benefit of my sanity.

Thank you for viewing!

This piece was all Graphite and pen, with small digital adjustments to brightness and contrast. I used photos of my room as reference.
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:iconthedarksoul812:
TheDarkSoul812 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Writer
I saw this and it literally gave me chills...
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RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Thank you =D
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graphitenightmare Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
hadn't seen this one, outstanding!
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
thank you =D
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:iconformymuse:
ForMyMuse Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Holy Shit!
That looks really creepy!
Great Work!
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
lol awesome. I actually avoided this piece for a couple weeks because when i would look for ispiration, all the memories of nightmares would come back!
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ForMyMuse Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Well, it rreached the right affect!
Wish you well in the contest!
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:iconworldoftaco:
WorldOfTaco Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great. Nightmare Land Ahoy...
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:iconmakepictures:
makepictures Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
Terrifying and beautifully (ahem) executed.
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
thank you =D
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:iconbansheeda:
Bansheeda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
what i drew was a little gargoyle that kind of has feline features to it, here't the link if your interested in seeing it
[link]
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Bansheeda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
haha! i love it! it's creepy, but yet i find it kind of cute, like he's curious. ^,.,^ and the detail is amazing!
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RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
lol thanks!
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:iconbansheeda:
Bansheeda Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ur welcome! it's fantastic!
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PatrickMorgan666 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
This is amazing!!!! Great job! Wish you would have had a shot at the semi finals
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:iconronmaicol:
ronmaicol Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
awesome! soo fucking gritty
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
thank you! lol
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I really like how well the highlights stand out. The eyebrows and nose pop forward well enough to get some depth which is awesome since the scene is so dark. The eyes have a sunken and decrepit feel that really seems pretty scary.

I can't imagine how scared I would be if I heard that thing breathing all heavy like at the foot of my bed.
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
lol thank you!
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:iconjojoday:
Jojoday Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow, this is actually reeally good! your attention to detail is impeccable! I've always been a fan of dark, deep and intense artwork! Awesome job translating your fears onto paper. Me likey!
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Thank you :D hopefully we'll have a better chance next time
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:iconjojoday:
Jojoday Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Yup, til next time, contender! :D
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NightmaresForAlice Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
ndouabdon0pucbvc6rltmmcv -Insert rest of keyboard spasm here-
This is amazing. Beautifully amazing. And I slightly hate you for giving my mind more nightmare fuel. The nightmares I already have are bad enough! DX
Okay, enough about me, more for your -keyboard spasm- art. I luuuuv the details and I just love the skin of it- npiunpi9nb I love everything about this!
tl;dr
Keyboard spasms and your art is amazingfully beautiful.
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
muhahaha! thank you really appreciate it. I guess we'll see how it does =D
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NightmaresForAlice Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
You replied so quickly... Yay! And I will personally lightly hit my head against the wall if it doesn't get a high place! I learned not to do it to hard as a small child... And I have carried that lesson with me throughout my entire short, boring, video game filled life. :3
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RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
lol a good lessened learned is all that counts ;D
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aqabrar Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
very well drawn..
and he looks so beautiful < huh haha waaaaahaha
really amazing details with a big meaning..
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:iconrussfairchild:
RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
thank you so much!
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jennifdrake Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing! I had similar nightmares as a child and this was the figure I was afraid I'd see if I took the covers off my face. Well done!
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RussFairchild Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Thank you =D
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