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Molamolaphobia by mirroreyesserval Molamolaphobia by mirroreyesserval
My entry to the MAMA Scared Stiff Contest.

The guidelines said to "use your imagination and create a visual depiction of your most frightening apparition." I've never been afraid of snakes, spiders, heights, or monsters. But there's one animal I absolutely can not handle, Ocean Sunfish.

Sure, there are more commonly feared animals and monsters that I could have painted. But since this is about what scares me, I hope I've succeeded in making you feel even a little bit of what I go through when I look at these guys.

EDIT: Updated with a tweaked version with a signature now that the contest is over.
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windygoes Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't blame you, these things upset me to no end. Boyfriend took me to an aquarium and the ocean for the first time in my life and these things made me step back from the glass, no joke. They're big and scurry for no good reason. >8I
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Tabon Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm trying to view it as a frightening creature.. and I suppose I can see it? Some fixed expression of terror on its face and an exaggeratedly large body with tiny features like it's a swimming, incapable mass, trapped being what it is.. is rather disturbing. They don't look like other creatures that seem well adapted.. everything's just very strangely proportioned, and they're... unnecessarily vertical :I I've always found things that are bigger vertically than horizontally to be more intimidating. I guess they look unfinished and underdeveloped, mutated... I don't know, I'm probably trying to make sense of a phoba -something that by nature, doesn't make sense xD

Wonderful painting btw. Good skill and composition. I've often had nightmares about my pet fish swimming above their tanks, so it ressonates with me on a level.
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apinkjellybean Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Ok, this is just incredible. Speechless!
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BereniceLooM Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
You made my day!! :D
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OtherworldyFauna Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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These fish scare me. There's no reason they do, they're just... so unnerving... e_e
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013   Digital Artist
That's how I am. I know they're harmless, I just can't handle them. :C
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AtlasArtifex Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omg this would completely scare the living daylights out of me O.O
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Gerlint Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
I love this painting! Although I love ocean sunfish you managed to depict one in a way that makes it seem really creepy.
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ExitMothership Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it okay when I find this more beautiful than disturbing? I relly like it :)
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Digital Artist
It's totally okay. :) Thank you.
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