Friday, October 4, 2013

Alice Stanne - What Lives Under My Bed

I guess everybody's afraid of something different.

Kristina Carroll - What Lives Under My Bed


It's funny how many artists have trouble sleeping. I have rarely had that problem. I do however have a very vivid dream-life and a lot of anxiety so my sleep is too often full of activity. All the things that might keep others awake at night follow me into sleep and transform into every manner of nightmare.

Sometimes I wish I had insomnia. 

Jeffrey Alan Love - What Lives Under My Bed

I'm a very light and infrequent sleeper.  I often wake up in the middle of the night and lay in bed, trying not to think of sleep because if you think about it somehow you scare it off, for my sleep is delicate and fragile, a gift as easily taken as given.  And while not sleeping and not thinking about sleep my brain comes crawling out from beneath the bed, wheezing and chuckling, to talk to me about a few of my fears, my failures, the things I wish I had done differently, the people I've hurt and the people who have hurt me.  "Look at this one," he says, "haven't thought about it for years, have you?  How about this one?  I'll save this one for a dream, go back to sleep kid, I got a good one for you, this one'll kill ya..." 

Chris O'Neill - What Lives Under the Bed

OK, so it's not my bed...

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Daniel Nyari - What Lives Under My Bed

"Hello figurative monster under my bed. What's your name?"
"Insomnia. Nice to meet you."

Step Lively

"Step Lively" 
acrylic, ink, watercolor, gouache, pencil on board

I was always careful when stepping
out of bed
and up the stairs
and going from


to light places, because
I knew it was always the last moment
when the darkness
would find

Carly Janine Mazur - What Lives Under My Bed

11"x20" oil and acrylic on board
I think it's common to believe that there are things underneath your bed that will reach up to grab you, smother you...

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Davi Blight - What Lives Under My Bed

Heart of the City

Seven years of my life were wrought by agoraphobia. It's tethers still are still clinging around in my mind every day.

The city and it's hive of people that it breeds & shapes are still the greatest fear that I have besides death itself. I've struggled and fought long & hard to get past my years of phobia-induced isolation, and what scares me most at night is that hiding just around the corner or under the cushy padded mattress... is relapse.

Dawn Carlos - What Lives Under My Bed

Hello Everyone!

Here is what lives under my bed, the Goblin Sock Shark! A cunning little creature, infamously known for the leading cause of lost socks. This vulturous bugger has been known to also eat bras, underwear, hats and whatever clothing may fall underneath or within scattering reach of below the bed, however fragrant socks are its favorite meal.

EDIT* Went back and added color to this guy for fun

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Ricardo Lopez Ortiz- What Lives Under My Bed

I've never really had anything live under my bed, since I've never had a under the bed. But growing up in our single story home in Puerto Rico, my bed was next to the windows, which were covered by plastic vertical blinds. Two of the blinds had fallen off and were never replaced, leaving a clear view of the dark small alley in our yard. I would always wake up in the middle of the night and stare into the sliver of window space dreading to see something or someone staring back at me. We had a lot of burglars and stories of chupacabras running around during my childhood, which didn't help ease my nerves.

Scott Murphy - What Lives Under My Bed

This actually does live under my bed...and i'm very scared of it!
(though I suppose I prefer it to roaches)

Tim Paul -- What Lives Under My Bed

I slept many nights with my head under the covers, under the belief that if I couldn't see the monsters, they couldn't see me, and I would not experience a painful death.

These nights often happened after watching various monster movies all day long on Saturday, or after going to the local drug store and reading the Horror/Gore magazines, like Fangoria. 

I never put a face to the things I felt lived under my bed. It was enough to know that bloody death awaited for me, if we ever made eye contact. 

Jeanine Henderson—What Lives Under My Bed

I see these art challenges as a good opportunity to experiment a bit and have some fun, so I dove into playing with some scratchboard, which I hadn't used since college! Had fun with this graphic approach and exaggerating scale—much like my imagination does when it comes to my fears...
Happy Month of Fear, all!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bryndon Everett - What Lives Under My Bed

I call him Nelson.

Anna Christenson- What Lives Under My Bed

I was running a bit late on starting the first challenge, and rendering a piece out in my usual style by the 1st didn't seem likely- so it seemed like an opportune moment to experiment with a different approach.

I was thinking along the lines of "what is under my bed" as different fears trying to pull me under.

Scott Brundage- What Lives Under My Bed

Sarah Gay - What Lives Under My Bed

As a child I was always afraid to let any body parts dangle over the side of the bed...out of fear of...what lived under it.
So excited to be participating in Month of Fear!

2013 Challenges #1 and #2

"I have almost forgot the taste of fears.
The time has been my senses would have cool'd
To hear a night shriek, and my fell of hair
Would at a dismal treatise rouse and stir
As life were in't. I have supp'd full with horrors;
Direness, familiar to my slaughterous thoughts,
Cannot once start me."
- Macbeth

It's almost here. Just one more day until we release our first challenge art for "What Lives Under Your Bed."

The next challenge is  "What is your Recurring Nightmare?"  We will begin posting art on Monday, October 7.

See you all tomorrow...