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Sleep paralysis by MadLittleClown Sleep paralysis by MadLittleClown
killing time and trying to figure out some shading
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beautifulzen Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Thank god I've never experienced sleep paralysis.
haimokochan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Student General Artist
I love the style of this piece!
MR-NIK Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015   Digital Artist
Gosh... the skinny arms creep me out so much...
I love the shadow on her brow. Well done with the texture of the whole piece too.
BabaYagaga Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Happened to me this morning. LOL it was so horribleLlama Emoji-07 (Hopeless or Scared) [V1]  I've experience it few times, hope it's not gonna happen ever again! Tbh this drawing just makes it worse LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
Starinthedark91 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Congratulations, your piece is featured on DarK, with your interview!
DarK loves you!
mothfly Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
amazingly haunting... the colours match very well (:
TinyWild Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Dark, strange and wonderful!
Moreno-A88 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I have sleep paralysis sometimes :) and yes it is like you pictured it some of the times<3 hounting :) but can also be beautiful :)

lovely Picture!
spinoza1996 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
happened to me sometimes. specially creepy when you can't see your bedroom door and you hear it creak... cool art!
SnowInHades Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful artwork :heart: I've Faved it in its own folder because I have a feeling that I'm going to love a lot of your work :nod:
MadnessInMeadow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so many nightmarish concepts in your art. i love it! :)
CieraaBrianna Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! I've had sleep paralysis for ten years & seeing this really captures the emotion. The stiffness in her body & her eyes totally brings me back. Beautiful!
Skipper-doodle1 Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic concept and execution. Pretty damn accurate for those with the condition. And awesome illustration none the less. I really love it. It's like the soul leaving the body
or a demon haunting her in her sleep.
Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work!
theplansimade Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
That is absolutely amazing.
TabathaZee Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Very nice interpretation of sleep paralysis! Looks great!
philosophe42 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Creepy, but amazing drawing! 
Nephthys9 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

All these little details on her arms, that eerie shadowy thing/creature (its glowy eyes… are kind of terrifying). I also like very much the way you color all your drawings. It adds a lot to the atmosphere I think :)
never-going-back Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist
Reminds me of Noelle Oszvald photographs.
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, lovely work! :) Love the freaky creature coming out of her hair while she remains paralyzed and unable to move... funny thing is, I've never had sleep paralysis, but I have been un-paralyzed while my brain was still responding to a dream landscape.  It is really freaky- you can, for example, get freaked out by something you are seeing in a dream and try to walk away.  Only, you keep slamming into things you can only feel until your brain wakes up and you realize you've been trying to walk through a chair, a desk, and then a plate glass window.  It is as though your brain is a television with two input lines crossed.  One from the dream landscape, one from the real world, and it is impossible to coordinate the two.  Fortunately this has only happened to me once or twice.  I could badly hurt myself if, say, I tried to chase a pterodactyl that had settled on my dresser in a dream while I was able to actually move.

I bet being paralyzed while some freaky stuff is floating around the room is really scary- but so is running from a monster while slamming into real obstacles that just aren't there in the dream world. XD It is like the real world and the dream world have conspired together to ruin your night.  Even if it is only a glitch somewhere in the circuitry of our brains.  I don't know if this counts as sleepwalking since sleepwalkers seem to carry out simple actions while asleep but have no recollection of the incidents- while what I experienced was more like having your body "wake up" before your brain and sensory apparatus have quite caught up, causing me to experience a dream landscape while being able to move and, as the experience wore on, partially perceive the waking world around me.

Oh, and I need to start "killing time" like you do more often, ha ha. :D
MadLittleClown Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Or hey, that actually sounds like how experiences with Oculus Rift will be! :D Maybe you got your head stuck in another, future dimension:D
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well, Oculus Rift is a VR head mounted display, right?  So that means what you see and hear won't meld with the world around you if you walk around... so yes, it will be a bit like that.  It would be interesting to add a fully body suit to the VR headset to provide fully body coordination.  The US military has been supporting research into that sort of thing for a while.  They hope it can used to train future soldiers.  Architects and engineers would love it for visualizing something before it has been built, too.  I've also heard talk of using VR tech on future space missions to keep the astronauts happy- allowing them to experience the sights and sounds of Earth while they are really millions of miles from forests, oceans, cities, and other people.

Maybe!  Another sleep experience I've had are false awakenings, just like in the horror movies.  I have awaken, grateful that some unpleasant dream is over, only to reach for my glasses and bump into something really weird sitting on my nightstand.  Usually I don't realize that I'm not awake at first, so it is really weird- like stuff from my dream have followed me to the waking world. :) Have you ever experienced a false awakening?  I don't know how common this sort of thing is, but it always feels weird...
MadLittleClown Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
What the heck is your deal with pterodactyls people, i never dreamed of pterodactyl:D

That sounds really interesting! I remember having strong sleep paralysis illusions as a child. The room became black and all i could saw were windows, but instead of glass in it there was only TV noise and that noise became louder and louder and distorted colors and ghosts started to showing in it,   and it was like eating all air, so i couldn't breathe and all sounds except that TV noise disappeared. ....But sleep paralysis now? Tss, just boring stuff.

But i have unplanned lucid dreams alot and vivid nightmares, where i can smell pretty strongly everything, like rotten flesh, burning skin or mud under the feet. And i don't know why, but i end up eating insects a lot in this dreams :D
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Pterodactyls? :D I think you were trying to send this to tubefed, she was talking about pterodactyls is lower down in the comments stack.  I've never dreamed about pterodactyls (that I remember), but I wouldn't mind to.  I like dinosaurs.  But I guess it would hurt a lot if a pterodactyl bit me, even in a dream, so there could be disadvantages to dreaming about them. :)

That sounds pretty intense, it is almost like you were seeing into some otherworldly astral plane where the ghosts of the recently dead were passing through... perhaps they are angry at the living for still having life and were pressing in at the windows trying to break through into our world.  Imagine a dozen dead people trying to get a big gulp of the same life-giving air that you were breathing.  No wonder you were having trouble breathing if that was the case!

I have had many lucid dreams before... those are kind of fun.  It affords one a chance to actually explore a dream world.  In recurring dreams, I've sometimes become lucid enough to avoid the same old fate- you know, every time you walk around that dark corner, the monster gets you, or you always fall off that bridge or whatever.  Then I could visit other places.  Maybe they were there the whole time and I just never managed to get there before.

What is it with eating insects? :D That is a strange thing to do, even a dream.  Are you compelled to just pick up some bugs and eat them or does someone actually present a plate of bugs?  I don't remember eating any insects in a dream.  I have, however, dreamed that worms and ants and other bugs were crawling all over the floor, so I couldn't walk anywhere without squishing them under my feet.  Yes, it felt weird. :D I think some of them could sting, too!! D:
insomniaplague Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Lovely work! I hate getting sleep paralysis, though. :s It's some scary shit.
MadLittleClown Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
i wish i would have some cooler illusions while being in paralysis, but all i usually get, is some silly boring stuff - like seeing my roommate touching my books and not be able to tell her to not to touch my fucking books, but later i realize that my roommate moved like months ago:D

But that feeling being a prisoner in your own body is still scary as hell
insomniaplague Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I mostly get the freaky ones! Generally it's stuff like seeing hands, ghosts, people floating on the ceiling [reminded me of Mary Poppins!], fluttering blankets over your head, being choked, etc.

My friend once saw a pterodactyl on her nightstand. :XD:
amandabs28 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my God, this is absolutely beautiful!
Calixgula Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is how you kill time??~!~
Hela2000 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Beautiful, but it reminds of something that Poppy Z. Brite once wrote about
NkDesignTGA Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Really like this, good job! +fav.
Check-out also mines :) 
Miss-Belfry Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
This is absolutely stunning!!
I love the atmosphere and composition of this piece, not to mention the beautiful colours and the overall softness that creates an intriguing contrast to the sinister motif.
Very effective!
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