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The Haunting by maffy-pop The Haunting by maffy-pop
i'm not referring to the haunting of ghosts or other paranormal activity.
i'm referring to the way the past haunts the present,
the way it can possess you and suck the life from those around you.
the way it can make you into a person more guarded and terrified than you were the day before.
it writes your chapters for you, and it tells the tales in the worst way.
i guess i'm not so mad about the way the story ended,
but moreso at how the plot seemed to thicken against me at every turn of the page.


ugh ugh ugh. ok. i'm sorry guys. this is just a small piece... and it's eerie and creepy and YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS - something's on my mind!!
as per usual, bad feelings transfer well into creepy drawings, but i had to keep this one delicate. personal reasons, i guess. too much gore would feel dishonest for what i was trying to convey.
and i apologize for the lack of completeness/quality, but i just had to get this image out quickly. spending too much time on it was bringing up feels. yuck.

just another way to release some of the stuff clouding up my mind. honestly i wasn't feeling too bad when i sat down to draw this, but a while back i had an image for this drawing - the perfect way to release these thoughts & memories. and i just had to get it out.

i could go on for ages about this, but i'm past that and life is incredible and things have been taking backwards nosedives all over the place. LIFE IS GOOD!

it's interesting, because i made that forgiveness image a while back, but i really feel like i was accepting everything that happened this past year, forgiving the universe and giving thanks for the state i was in post-everything. i don't think i have forgiven the accusers just yet... but i'm trying.


alright, i'm sorry, hahah i'm being way too open of a book right now! but... i mean, that's what art is about... and even if this isn't the purest representation of my feelings or skills it helped me move on, and that's what i want to share with you all today.

materials: mechanical pencil, photoshop


critiques are more than welcome!


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(p.s. are those red things rose petals or blood splatters?? why not both????????)
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Frost-Crescent Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this image is a few months old, but I still wanted to comment on it so I hope you don't mind. ;u;

The empty eyes really do give a haunting feeling, like she had the life sucked out of her and now appears more like a ghost rather than a living being. The use of pale blue and gray made the yellow aura and red blood petals (yes that's what I'm calling them) pop out nicely.
I feel like the simplicity and seemingly unfinished state suits the image for reasons I can't quite explain. The small details, like the messiness of the lines and the small tilt of her head, add character.

I can understand that working on drawings relating to personal feelings can make you feel sick after a while, but at least you managed to get this one out~ c: Great job!
P.S. The writing at the top of the description was nice too, by the way- very poetic and fitting.
maffy-pop Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
i absolutely don't mind because you are lovely enough to offer a legitimate comment full of honest feelings & thoughts and i love that!!! (i would love that for a drawing 10 years old compared to "looks good!" on a recent drawing tbh hahaha) plus, the picture is still somewhat relevant! less so... but still, somewhat.

oh my god oh my goodness gracious if you even knew the situation you would be flipping out at how accurate your comments are like holy SHEEEEIT.
> life sucked out of her - ACCURATE
> yellow aura and red blood/petals HINT THEY'RE BOTH, GOOD JOB (also those are important gold stars for you)
> the simplicity & messy lines are VERY SUITED to the subject/situation and i am super glad that you are picking up on that. like i said in the description, too much gore wouldn't have fit the feelings well. there are different kinds of creepy, you know!!

thank you so much!!
THANKS. sometimes, poetry is an add-on to artwork. other times it's part of the artwork. this is one of those times.

Ahmedq8 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
The title is very apt, I can't think of anything beyond the many levels of hauntingness that this is inspiring, other than my appreciation of the talent that created this work of art.
maffy-pop Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
hi ahmed! :) thank you so much! always exciting to hear that something i made is inspiring!! thanks for the comment x
PumpkinSister Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
what a great charisma in this picture ♥♥♥ i love her creepy vacant expression :3 great work!
maffy-pop Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
aah!! thank you n.n :heart: everyone knows me for the cute stuff but creepy stuff is so close to my heart hahaha
PumpkinSister Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the right combination of cuteness and creepy stuff :D
MasterAssailant-A Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Yeah, she looks creepy in a good way though
maffy-pop Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
that's what I like to hear >:]
MasterAssailant-A Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
OAO lol
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Submitted on
September 21, 2013
Image Size
2.3 MB


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Camera Data

MP210 series
Adobe Photoshop Elements 11.0 Windows