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64. Horror by kingtut98 64. Horror by kingtut98
For the 100 (201 for me) pictures challenge, I present to you... number 64. Horror- or rather "The Horror."

Originally, I wasn't going to draw this "character" as 90% of the effect of any decent horror...thing...is that if you never get to see it, you don't know what's lurking there.

However, now that I have a decent setting for the idea, that's not quite so important.

For the people who haven't read "The Horror" (basically a short story to give an idea of the full length ones to people who don't want to read something that long- and to show this thing when I didn't have an initial setting), here's a brief description:

"The Horror" (undescriptive names make things scary...I hope) is a creature that roams a strip of barren land and thin woods at the base of a large mountain. It attacks a group of orcs, leaving alive only a single casualty, Lugh, who runs to a nearby town, Morven, famous for its capture and control of large, unique, dangerous or otherwise interesting wild animals.

The Horror is a nameless, cold-blooded terror capable of outrunning a horse, with a habit of decapitating its prey using long, sickle-like claws, and surviving even a shot from a cannon. It can blend into its surroundings with precision that makes it almost invisible. It has a faint dislike of fire, but is otherwise completely fearless.

The tale instantly gives the beastmasters the notion of trapping it for their collection. Numerous attempts are made, every one fails. The Horror scatters the beastmasters, hunting them down in the dark one by one. Each time the only survivor is Lugh, who always climbs high up in a tree, and always wears heavy armour plates around his neck.

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Relating to the actual picture (woah, long comments!), I've decided that it should walk on its knuckles to avoid bluntening its claws or injuring itself with them. It's front limbs are lengthened WAAAY out of proportion, allowing it to flick out the huge claws and reach anybody nearby, while standing upright. I imagine the long front limbs would also let it run faster, while using the back ones simply for support.

Since its diet consists almost entirely of heads, I figure the ribs would stick out and stomach sink in. The teeth are hooked mostly because it sounds/looks creepy, but they would also give it a good grip for dragging down victims.

ps. Still, no actual gore/blood/violence in the picture, so it doesn't qualify for mature content. And yes, by the way, I am quite surprised I could think down to that detail of horror-ness. I blame it on the fact that the original idea came from a nightmare. :D I love those funky dreams... (it was still preferable to waking up)
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Nagato0926 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been trying to find a piece like this. I have had nightmares for years about some sort of white dog like creature that looks eerily similar to this.
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Petita72 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
Nice
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ArcanisBorn Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
This creature reminds me of a thought experiment/cgi "story" about two robotic explorers on an alien planet. Your creature looks a lot like one of the strange species they come across.
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TheSilentMachine Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I hope I do not offend you... ...it's muscular structure reminds me of the werewolves in Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning...
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:shrug: I've never seen it, I'm afraid- though after a quick search on Google Images, I think I see what you mean.

Thanks for taking the time to comment! :-)
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TheSilentMachine Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
,but only a little bit... The creature you drew was nifty though... I liked it very much.
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beegood Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think I just shit my pants...O.O nice work!
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ew. :slow: But I guess I'll take that as a compliment. Thanks!
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cupcakeparadise Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
Reminds me of Silent hill, awesome draw (Y)
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks! :-) I really like the look of the monsters from those games- although I've never gotten around to actually playing one.
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RedBlackStripe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
so cool...
I love a good monster story! And this monster is awesome!
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much! :-) And for the fave, too.
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RedBlackStripe Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I just had to! Its a really good monster and I loved the story to go with it!
:highfive:
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Farfaration Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008
interesting .. i like it :D
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. :-) It's turned out to be one of my more popular characters, though this is the only picture- the rest is written.
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Silvarith Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
well..it looks as mah werewolf shape n diablo 2(i play a druidddd) ...so i likeses it :D
die u diablo minions dieeee :shakefist:
ehem...ill just fav n go, k? :P
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
K. :D

Thanks for the fave!
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2007
You need to breed them things ^_^
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:plotting: Hmmmm...
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Freakaru Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and haunting, a fav!
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. :omg: I'm honoured.
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MillieBee Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Argh!! It's so scary! *Hides under desk* Is it gone yet?
:lol:
I loved that story - this is a great picture!
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Thanks.
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Spike-the-echidna Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
O.o good idea about it walking on it's knuckles- makes it scarier too, because it seems to be juuuust that little bit closer to being related to humans...

hmm... it'd think it would have thicker/ more muscular back legs to help it run so fast, although thin and lanky would work as well...

why does its head make me think of a duck?... :XD:

seriously, this is cool- now i have an even more detailed image to go with the story... i wonder if that truly is a good thing... XD
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I was considering doing stronger back legs, and even re-drew them a couple of times, but it just turned out like this- it looks warped, though, so I was reluctant to try and change it. :D

:XD: I never noticed the duck thing before, but now you mention it... (some ducks are evil...)
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Spike-the-echidna Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
hmm... The Horror sub- consciously controlled your mind so it would turn out this way... now THAT'S a scary thought...

hehe... what was that old cartoon show, about the duck who was a vampire who was a vegetarian? 'Count Duckular' i think it was... XD
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NOxideCyber Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
NO SHIT THATS THE KIND OF THING I WOULD NOT WANT TO MEET IN A DARK ALLEY. in my dreams either to say the least XD

nice job reminds me of somme of the stuff i used to drae when i waz youngeri think ill show you
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kingtut98 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:-) It would be cool to see what you came up with.
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NOxideCyber Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
sure thing ill upload it soon
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