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Fear of the dark by Namtia Fear of the dark by Namtia
"...Have you run your fingers down the wall
And have you felt your neck skin crawl
When you're searching for the light
Sometimes when you're scared to take a look
At the corner of the room
You've sensed that something's watching you.

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there

Have you ever been alone at night
Through your heard footsteps behind
And turned around and no-one's there
And as you quicken up your pace
You find it hard to look again
Because you're sure there's someone there

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there..." 
Iron Maiden: Fear of the dark

Inspiration:
When I was young I was really afraid of dark and plants especially in the darkness. Don't know why. Maybe I was afraid I will be tangled by them or so XD So I wanted to draw something that represents it.
During drawing
I was humming it all the time this song by Iron Maiden, so it was no brainer to choose the quote and the title this time XD

Personal notes:
This picture is part of my inktober challenge, which you can follow on my other  sites. I will only submit here those I really like. During this I wanted to try to learn how to use the dip pen and ink better plus I wanted to do at least 1 or 2 full illustration (last time I only did bunch of floating heads and pin ups XD).  Inking took ages as I have never really used pens like that before (thus my lines are more shaky and wider than usually would be), but I think it was worth it as I have learned so much doing this picture.

Media:  
brause dip pen  with nib 511, 66, 65 and talens indian ink and white ink.

Reference:
Pose and dress inspired by


Action photo of the real drawing:
Img 20151004 200122 by Namtia

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This lineart is free to color, feel free to download and color it, but please respect my efforts and...

... please don't claim it as your own 

... please give proper credit and link back to this picture. At least add my username "Namtia" or link to my profile or to the lineart itself in the artist's comment (here is is little help: :*iconnamtia*: or :*devnamtia*:just without *)

...please  only personal use. No commercial use is allowed.

...have lots of fun ;D
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:iconpearlonthesea:
Pearlonthesea Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] Heart 
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Namtia Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2017
Aww thanks :hug:
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm still pondering this one... (Just printed it out to see if I can color it. ;-) )

What I find interesting is the fact that the plants, with all their threatening mystery, appear to be growing out of the figure herself.  Are the darkest places perhaps those which come out of ourselves, the ones we do not understand or want to know?

But here's the thing...  The figure is not turning away and running.  Rather, she has taken the light and turned into the darkness, into the fear, into the unknown.

Perhaps the real title is, "Courage".

Courage to face what you do not know, what you might not want to see, courage to take the light and step forward.
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Namtia Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
Ahh sorry somehow missed this comment.

Indeed what you wrote is true some of the fears are comming the person it self (in my case I realized that fear of the darkness and plants was caused by my own thougthts) and you sometimes need to face these fears. Maybe that is  why I like the song itself (which inspired the drawing), which in my reading has a similar concenpt.
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Observer14 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
(so, now I'm the one taking forever to answer a comment! ;-)  I've been holding on to a couple of yours, knowing I needed time to think first.)

It's interesting that I see a bit of myself in your image here.  Not fear of the dark itself (that never bothered me), but of dark corners in myself that need to be brought into the light, for my own knowledge and awareness, if nothing else.  Maybe this picture gives me the courage to take a deep breath and plunge in? ;-)

Blessings!
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ranma-chan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
Iron Maiden! :love:
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
:D 
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Frakow Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, good artwork!^^
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017
Thank you :D
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Sharkfish14 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Student Digital Artist
I might give this a go~ I'll give you credit of course.
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Namtia Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016
Hope you will have fun coloring her ;)
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CrystalEthelstein Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016
crystalethelstein.deviantart.c… I just finished coloring this.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016
Thank you for coloring :hug:
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Hellypse Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful ! ^^
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016
Thank you :)
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Sapphiet Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A-maaazing! ^w^
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
Thank you :D
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Plugin848y Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for sharing! :D Also great song choice!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
No problem :D And thanks, one of my favorite ;)
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Plugin848y Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D :headbang:
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016
:D
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IDoNotCareAnyway Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2015
i just love black and white. It looks just beautiful.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
THank you very much :D
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:iconankelwar:
Ankelwar Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015
nice work! :love:
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
THank you very much :D
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Lady-Ignea Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
It looks amazing ♥
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Thank you :heart:
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dragonsong86 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome
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Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015
Thanks :D
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fireytika Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Professional General Artist
Beautiful~ I love those swirls, they gave fairy-tale effect X3
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Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
Aww thank you :) Glad that you like it :D
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seralune Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gyönyörű!!! :iconlaplz:
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Köszönöm :D
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Ladyisarma Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
I think I'm going to have to coin a new phrase to use instead of always saying "awesome."  :P
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Hahaha thank you :D
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ShyDandere Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
Even though it looks great already, I want to color it....
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Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Usually I offer  my linearts for coloring  , but this time I didn't open it up colorists, because this picture is rather special and personal piece for me.  Hope you can understand it. (plus I like the simplicity of the black-white composition)
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ShyDandere Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Oh, I didn't know you did that and I understand completely. I'm gonna check out your other line arts though.... =v=
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Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
Ahhh sorry I thought you already know that. (I am sharing my linearts for coloring for years now, even collecting the colorings others do, and some people usually ask for linearst so they can color it. I thought you mention that.... sorry, my mistake)

I hope you will have fun checking out my linearts... :)
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ShyDandere Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015
No problem! And yes, I love them ^,..^
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TheQuiet-Llama Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeously stylized. It has a beautiful flow
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Thank you very much :)
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inconsistentsea Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic.
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Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Thanks :D
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Mr-Pink-Rose Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
It looks beautiful for something scary...I really like the details!
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Well yeah... it more like  allegorical representation.  And over the time it is not so scary anymore :D
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NoviceComics Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing detail. That looks great.
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:iconnamtia:
Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Thank you :D
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Hestia-Edwards Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nice fairy tale quality here. :)
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Namtia Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2015
Thank :)
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