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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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:iconwindygoes:
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
:iconwthplz:
These fish scare me. There's no reason they do, they're just... so unnerving... e_e
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:iconmirroreyesserval:
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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:iconmirroreyesserval:
mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013   Digital Artist
It's totally okay. :) Thank you.
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Rayn3ll Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013   General Artist
Another person scared of fish. Hello, kindred spirit. :hug:

I can't fave though because your pic gives me the creeps. Sorry. :(
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013   Digital Artist
No apologies, that's a compliment! :hug:
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RebekahKroeplin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Woah. Really imaginative. O.o I can't imagine seeing that on my ceiling!
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hadesdecharon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Okay, Sunfish didn't creep me out until I realized just how /big/ they are. I sympathize--90% of everything in the ocean scares the living daylights out of me and my reoccurring nightmare is being trapped deep in the ocean, surrounded and touched by sharp, slimy, spiny, scaly things.

Uuuugh creeepy.
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Kriiana Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd high five you if I could.
I'm not afraid of spiders or snakes.
But I am afraid of moths. The common little harmless household moths that do nothing. Then! I think I'm being stupid and am irrational.. I learn there's a moth that eats your freakin' blood!
HARMLESS MY ASS! >=o pardon my french. Love the piece and understand completely.
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:iconmirroreyesserval:
mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh man, I hear ya. I'm not cool with moths either. Some of them are beautiful, but others just don't have a body to wing ratio that I'm comfortable with.
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Kriiana Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand what you mean.. some of the bodies are too big or something to not be evil..
I actually had to move out of my old place because more than 3 times I woke up to a room of over 40 moths.. all above me.. and I was just freaking out. XD Also that fish does look freakin' scary.
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theSlink Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
I never found these scary till now... I will never see Sunfish the same again!
Kudos. This is truly freaky!
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:iconmirroreyesserval:
mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Not sure if I should feel accomplished or apologize. :hug: Both, maybe? :heart:
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rookscry Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
See. I think this is the best one. I can understand that fear. My most terrifying fear when I was younger was that an alligator would get me in the bathtub. I STILL am terrified of the monsters. I love this. It's fantastic. If I could judge, you'd win hands down, just bc this IS creepy and it IS personal.
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Arilostimostia Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I can understand this...I feel that way about caterpillars. I think you did a really good job capturing just how creepy they are to you, it almost makes my skin crawl...and I mean that as a compliment, I know it doesn't sound like one XD
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
No, it does! That is very much a compliment. :) I know they look derpy and harmless to most everyone else, so I'm glad I've managed to make it look creepy. Thank you.
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zopdog Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
they are creepy!
[link]
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:iconmirroreyesserval:
mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
FFFFFFFFF... nope.
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zopdog Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I dunno they're just really wierd
they need a tail
and that 1 looked really creepy-
the one in the link
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah it did. I had to close the page shortly after it loaded.
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zopdog Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHA
so creepy!
i didntg even realize how creepy they were until you pointed it out in your drawing and scared the heck out of me
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nyanamia Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, I always thought they were kind of cute in all their "derpy"ness, but you did manage to make this one look creepy. Way to go, lol :boing:
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Argentisix Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am disturbed beyond any hope of sleeping tonight... I had no idea anyone else was terrified of these fish!
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah, I thought I was the only one for the longest time. I hope you were still able to sleep alright. I was antsy after painting this because of all the reference pictures I had to look at, so I know how that can be.
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Argentisix Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: I think seeing them in photos and on film is harder than in person, at least in my-albeit limited-experience. In an aquarium setting they're at a reasonable distance, where for whatever reason photographers like to get all up in their faces where it's just way too close for comfort.
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
This is really inventive, subtle and creepy. And I have a friend that is absolutely gonna freak the hell OUT when she looks @ this for a second and then recognizes the Sunfish. She's got a thing about them, too. :evillaugh:
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
They do look like giant floating heads.
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CatInYourCloset Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am legitimately creeped out... Job well done! :3
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squiffel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
lol the sunfish, funny, i guess we can't help what we are afriad of, very well rendered
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:iconmirroreyesserval:
mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks. ^^
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StarbyStars Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
it does look kinda scary but also kinda like I'm in a ocean
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ForestRogers Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Wonderful and enigmatic!
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eorhythm Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I could see it. If they didn't look so damn helpless I would find them a lot more menacing.
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Digital Artist
It's the helplessness that make me feel silly about having the phobia. :ashamed:
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eorhythm Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I definitely commiserate with those feels.
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lunarelegy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I understand, I find halibut horrifying.
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Oh, I just looked them up. They're like flounder but... bigger. Jeeze.
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lunarelegy Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
Something about the swimming on their side on the bottom, too. And that weird extra eye... eeeee.
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Snifflesno Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I'm glad to find someone else completely unnerved by them. They're just so big, they scare the bejeebers out of me!
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:iconmirroreyesserval:
mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Like giant floating nightmares...
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InsomniAssassin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Awsome!!! lol i was staring and staring to understand what i was looking at cause the shaped seemed familiar. took a minute to realize it was a Sunfish. Creative choice, much props
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Mental-Lighton Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
My worst nightmare too O_o woah.
Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo :c
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My vote is for you, not only for the scare factor, but sheer unique creativity. Go Tiina!
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mirroreyesserval Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013   Digital Artist
:hug:
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