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Dagona 8 by The-Lionface Dagona 8 by The-Lionface
In my youth, I was terrified of mirrors.  Now, this wasn't true for the daytime, mirrors were fine during daylight hours.  It was when the sun went down and the night-time came on that my terror grew. 

After dark, mirrors terrified me.  I had to avoid looking at them in the dark, because my over-active imagination would practically scream that at night, something terrible happened to my reflection.  Something sinister and evil replaced me, would be able to come at me out of the mirror if I looked at it.  At night I would be forced to get up to seek out my mother for comfort.  The only problem was that there was a full length mirror in the hallway of our flat, and I would have to pass it to get to the living room.  I cannot recall how many times I rushed past, fearful of what I might see in that mirror, or what I couldn't see.

This fear, as I have just discovered, is called Catoptrophobia, a phobia of mirrors.

I started thinking about my phobia of mirrors, and wanted to do something that touched on that, something scary that could be waiting for its chance to crawl out of the frame and snatch me away, or perhaps an element of myself that sickened and terrified me.  My first thought was to create a dark bird costume, something crowlike.  Then (and most likely because I am reading The Shadow Over Innsmouth at the moment) it hit me that I could do something much more interesting.  I came up with the idea of making myself up as some sort of hybrid fish monster (I'm also a Pisces), something which evoked fear and disgust. 

I used modelling wax, fake acrylic nails and fangs, along with white body paint, spirit gum and a lovely four metre length of blue satin.  Mucho gracias to :iconnull-entity: for taking the pictures (as always, he is Camera-Man), and to his girlfriend Polly for being my makeup assistant and helping stick the nails to me.

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[Stock & Resources] An excellent use of makeup and special effects, along with a great pose, makes Dagona 8 by The-Lionface a stock photo worth adding to your collection! ( Featured by PirateLotus-Stock )
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AASpookyArts Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Thank you for providing great stock! I used this image here: aaspookyarts.deviantart.com/ar…
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The-Lionface Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's cool, glad it was of use!! :D
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AASpookyArts Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  New member Student General Artist
Clap Hug 
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jodareed Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
This reminds me of "Conan the Destroyer".  The beast had a similar look, and it could only be injured by breaking the mirrors in the room.
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
'ANCIENT SPIRITS OF EVIL, TRANSFORM THIS DECAYED FORM TO MUMM-RA, THE EVER LIVING...!'
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The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awwww yeah!!
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ratravarman Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
MWAHAHA! :fuzzydemon:
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I-S-Sketchdumps Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
"awwwww yiss. mother. fucking. airpacs."
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Latitudezero Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Catoptrophobia isn't the fear of mirrors- it's the fear of cats!  No .. wait, I'm thinking of catphobia!  Never mind ... 

Lame jokes aside, this is great!  My first impression was that the nails were photoshopped- not at all!  Impressive work. 
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The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It was really fiddly trying to stick them on, had to keep them pressed down for a few minutes :). And thank you! :D
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