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My Closet Friend by Dynamaito My Closet Friend by Dynamaito
First of all, I want to start by saying that this is an image I am sure I would not have drawn had it not been for this competition. I have sketched him a few times, and even thought about doing colored illustrations in the past, but I never had a reason to do so until now.

When I was a child I was afraid of the dark and especially afraid of what was in the closet. I was about 5 when my mom found out. A few days later she bought me washable crayons. She told me to draw pictures (of me, my friends, cartoons I loved, or anything that would make me happy) on the wall near my closet. She told me that if I did so, my scary closet would transform into warm sun. A Sun that would give light to the world on my wall with the pull of a string.

From that moment on I was still afraid of the dark but I was never afraid of my closet again. However, to this day my mom has yet to figure out what I had drawn on my wall. It was neither a friend I knew or a cartoon she knew I watched...it was me and a figure whom I called "Hhol".

For the life of me I do not remember drawing anyone whom I called "Hhol". I do however remember drawing strange figures on the wall. For reasons I can only attribute to the scary movies I watched as a kid, this is what I imagine "Hhol" looked like...and it's probably why I was afraid of my closet when I was 5 :cries:


Sorry for long description, I held this for a long time. I wish everyone good luck in the contest =)
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:iconradriar:
Radriar Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Looks like a chill dude...
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Agis666 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing 
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HelloAxi Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Hhol is such a cool name imo:P
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razort300 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
cool
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YyanaOni Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Oh my...I think I yeah, yeah I wet myself. Now, I'm going to have to check every closet in my house to make sure Hhol isn't there.
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StruggBuggStudios Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh boy, got that Paranormal Activity feel to your story.

Nice character though, well designed.

Odd that I hear Bob Hopkins if I stare at him too long.
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yellowpikmin88 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
actually, when you really look at him. he doesn't seem as threatening as he looks.
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StruggBuggStudios Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thats what he wants you to think.
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DasSovietCanuck Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Writer
Oh, neat monster here! Really interesting how you drew upon your own personal experience to create this very striking picture. Wonderfully creepy job, all things said. I especially love the way you handled the lighting and your childhood scribblings.

Keep up the great work, dynamaito! =D
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NerezaFire Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
is it bad thats he looks cute to me I wanna keep him <3
in all seriousness its acualy a butiful work your lighting is great
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, some people think he's cute too lol. Thank you very much, I am constantly working hard at studying al types of light source =)
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NerezaFire Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student General Artist
your quite welcomed :)
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TwihardBilly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay I was browsing some entries for this contest and the only thing that I can say is that I'm effin' scared right now...
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah, all of the entries creep me out too, they are all really great. Don't be too scared, he wont bit...at least I think he wont.
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SamarKakushanVashti Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
....he is obviously a vegetarian...obviously
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, yeah he totally screams smart bacon...I should list his favorite snacks.
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TechnoShadowBlood Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He could your guardian angel.. They come in all sizes and shapes and features.
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I never saw it that way, but yeah, you could be right.
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TechnoShadowBlood Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But.. much bigger.. and mischievous..
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lavenly Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I love this entry and the story behind it! :')
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, I have very few childhood memories and this is the one that I always lingers. I love your work by the way =)
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lavenly Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You seem to have fun developing him and making up things as you go in the comments. It's very amusing. I'm happy for you and your closet friend. :D

Ahh.. o - o I see, thank you!
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TheMadKatter13 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Even as scary as he looks, he also looks equally amusing. I don't know if it's his crouch, or his eyes, or his funky smile, but something about him more likes like something a princess would use as a guard dog type. He's all cuddly and protective of her, but just ruins everyone else. I love him. I'd even consider buying him as a print. Put him in my closet. Not tell my husband.

PS~Totally not kidding about the print.
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I always imagined that he would have a sort of trickster demeanor, not like he's trying to lure you in but more like he want to get to know you. lol "like a guard dog to a princess", that is probably the most awesome observation I have ever heard for him, I love that. I still think about his image from time to time, I could not imagine my reaction if I saw him "to scale" on my closet door. There would probably some screaming and running involved LOL.

After the competition is over I'll replace the the current image with a Higher resolution image for you to print =)
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TheMadKatter13 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, no doubt. If I turned around and he was climbing out my closet, I'll sure as hell high-tail it.

I'll keep an eye on your deviation for that higher res!
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Cedeera Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Your mom is awesome :)
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol thank you. she really is =)
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Caipie Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I'm pretty sure I'm afraid of your closet now too.
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, That was ages ago. If I ever go back for a visit I'll make sure I bring a flamethrower =)
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Punkmisfit313 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
wow man this is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing your fear in such a way good luck in the contest
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks man,It was hard for me but I'm glad I got to make it and I'm glad you like it. I just checked out your work. That's some powerful imagery you've got there. Great job and good luck in the contest.
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Chips13 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
I'll be sure to lock my closet tonight...

Great drawing! Good job =)
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol, thank you.
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Chips13 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
You're welcome!
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Nauscica Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a wonderful piece. I'm very happy you shared this
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. I'm happy to have the gotten the opportunity to share.
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Maria12345678901123 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Artist
Nice!Actually that's awesome!
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks =)
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Liquidose Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
This is probably the best submission I've seen so far. You actually followed the restrictions. It's very technically sound with great lighting. What's the back story on this guy?
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.I am very happy with how he came out. I tried keeping him tight to the guidelines. His design was based on a character I use to draw on the wall as a child.

The original story behind him was that he was a demon summoned by the drawings on my wall, but could never leave the confines of the closet unless I invited him to play. He is a trickster of sorts that would disguise himself and his intentions. Understanding this through observation was the only way to expose his true form.

Since then I though about using him in different stories but could never get myself to actually draw it out.

Personally, I think his final look came as a result of the many horror tales I read over the years.
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:iconliquidose:
Liquidose Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I totally called it. haha
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lol yes, yes you did. Thank you for the support =). I never imagined my fears would get me so far.
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RussFairchild Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Agreed. Very well done and no blood or violence. Way to go
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you
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BigRedCurlyGuy Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice work, good luck
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Dynamaito Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thank you, good luck to you too
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