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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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Given 2014-04-19
[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  Student General Artist
Thank you for providing great stock! I used this image here: aaspookyarts.deviantart.com/ar…
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:iconthe-lionface:
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  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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:iconthe-lionface:
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
"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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:iconthe-lionface:
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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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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:iconthe-lionface:
The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much!!! :D
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kirilee Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome! Congratulations on the DD!
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:iconthe-lionface:
The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank yooou!!! I was completely taken by surprise :D
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kirilee Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First of many, I'm sure
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The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Rogue-Shinigami Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate mirrors, man. o.o'' So glad I'm not alone and that there is an actual name for the phobia.
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The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:) :hug:
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Candycrasher Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
I have the Same problem
Mirrors just creep me out
They scare me and I hate to use the bathroom at night cause I'm force to pass two mirrors
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:iconthe-lionface:
The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh dear you poor thing :(
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Candycrasher Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Yeah I suffer from that, when it's dark outside, late at night or even during the whole day and night when I'm alone at home.
Thats the reason why I don't have a mirror in my room.
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OriginalNick Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
The nails look so cool..
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fireflyshywishes Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Great photo! :la:
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:iconthe-lionface:
The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke! :D
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's neat. For a few years, I think I felt kind of similarly, but not about mirrors. I kind of felt as though there was something intangible in the shadows at night. So I didn't like standing in a dark room, or having my feet on the floor next to the shadow under the couch when the lights are on. It kind of felt as though something was there, like something was watching me from the shadows, and might would get me if I got too close and didn't move away in time. Not grab me with a physical hand or something, but... I donno, just kind of a different way. Though, I think I also have kind of a fear of losing myself in some way, so you'd think I would've thought of the mirror thing. Though, I don't really look at mirrors very often, so perhaps that's why I hadn't. Hmm... vaguely related, there was one photo in a little frame, which included my mom, and the sun was shining on her in a way where the shadows on her face and around her eyes made her look kind of skeleton-like to me. That was a slightly creepy photo (though I'm not sure if anyone else saw that in it). Kind of annoying sometimes when people's natural pattern recognition abilities mix with imagination.
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The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really interesting. I think fear of mirrors and darkness is sort of similar, they both play with your sense of recognition.
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess so.
As for me, I wouldn't call it a fear of the dark, or consider you having a fear of mirrors (unless you're afraid of mirrors all the time), but just... a situation thing.
The odd feeling I'd gotten about feeling as though there was something about the shadows might've been at least partially true, though. Because that was the same house that sometimes I'd see these little shadows (about the size of a hand) dart from one shadowy area to another (not along the floor, though. They'd be standing up). So there really was something there, but I didn't know what those little shadow things were. I didn't really know what to think about them. They were so quick, if you blinked, you would probably miss them. One time when my brother and I were visiting my dad, we both glanced outside at the same time, during the day, and we both saw a huge shadow thing (I think about the size of a bear) dart through an open area in the backyard. But that was the only one that large I'd seen, and the only one I saw at my dad's place. I think my brother and I agreed that no animal that size could've moved that quickly (the only reasonable explanation I know of for that one is that maybe there was a large bird up above that just happened to be out of view, and the sun being at just the right angle for the bird to cast a shadow like that as it flew (though I didn't see how the sun could be at the right angle for that time of day), and maybe we just couldn't see the wings on the shadow for some reason, and maybe the shadow just blended in with the trees on either side of the opening and made it look like it went through the trees. But that's a lot of maybes). But I haven't seen a shadow thing for a long time now, and I only feel odd about shadows when I'm telling someone about that type of thing.
Did you ever see anything in the mirrors? Like when you saw your reflection from the corner of your eye? Or was it just a paranoid belief thing? I think me being afraid of having my feet near a shadow was more of a paranoid belief thing. There were little shadow creatures in the house, but I didn't feel as though it was them watching me, but instead something larger that couldn't go far from the shadows, and for which I didn't have a true reason for thinking.
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shimmerwolfgirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student Artist
HELP HER!!!! SHES CHOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Siylasia Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Clever use of materials.
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:iconthe-lionface:
The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Are those press on nails?
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:iconthe-lionface:
The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, plain old acrylic nails, but we used spirit gum to stick erm on :)
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a very cool idea. I thought about using fake nails for a Halloween costume, but never did it. I wasn't sure If It would really give that visual appearance I imagined. Now that I've seen your deviation here, I can clearly see that it works, especially where the 'scales' overlap on the model's fingers. It looks really good. Like, solid movie prop good! So thank you.

Also, the composition of the character, with her fangs and robe is perfect for a "vampire chancellor". I really want to use this stock. I'll go back and read your guidelines for use and message you when I have something worth showing! :)
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:iconthe-lionface:
The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that'd be fantastic, can't wait to see it :D

I've also got an idea to use them as dragon scales, that'll be with a proper costume though as opposed to a length of fabric :)
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If you have a plastic cutter, you can use those hollow plastic easter eggs as the larger scales... I never tried it, but If this worked so well, I can't see why that wouldn't.
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Siylasia Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's in the description, yeah.
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Something interesting that happens when you msg people online is you don't have the effect of a conversation. Even when you speak conversationally, geniality, sarcasm, and any other tone or intent other than the specific words you say don't translate because those things are unspoken... I should have known better and said "Are those press-on nails? what a good idea for making a scale pattern, I'll have to do that for halloween..." If said to someone's face, "are those press-on nails?" and allowed them to answer, whether or not it's understood that I know what I'm looking at, the expected conversational response would be something like "yes gurl!" with maybe some elaboration. Then I might hypothetically say something like "well you pulled it off gurl! yeah!"

so um... I guess I'm just some stupid person that goes around obnoxiously not reading descriptions. Maybe I like the social aspect of communicating on DA... instead of just saying. "meh, cool."

have a nice day, protector of the wry humorless universe.
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Siylasia Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's okay, relax.
Just letting you know what you wanted to know.
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really should have formed that sentence as an exclamation and not a question. The point I'm making is, I can tell what they are. I'm impressed with the ingenuity...
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Siylasia Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I apologize, not having a good time offline.
Just thought I was answering a straight-forward question
but it was a conversation starter. 
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, I flew off the handle a little bit myself, so its all good. I hope your IRL day gets better.
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Siylasia Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand, my emotional reserve is low & yours is high.
No big deal, thanks for your words. Cheers.
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I think it's kind of like the person saying to everyone listening that it's fake acrylic nails, and then if you ask the same thing right afterward, it's kind of awkward. But if you'd asked if they were really press-on nails (which I'm assuming is the same thing), then it would make sense, because you're expressing that you're amazed that they could be used that way. I guess maybe you could think of an artist's description as the artist trying to think of all the things someone might ask them, or the way conversations might go, and answer the questions they think they'll get. They could talk to people individually instead, but when they'd have to repeat themselves several times for the common questions, so it's easier to just get up on stage and talk to everyone at once. But if you elaborate on something (like going beyond what was previously 'asked'), then, if the artist feels like talking, you can get that kind of personal conversation going.
At least, that's kind of like how I think of it.
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This isn't like when someone uploads a deviation that has some kind of potentially offensive or incendiary imagery for the sake of satire and I rant about it in a heated comment because I overlooked the artist's comment stating that it was meant to be satirical (just in case I am unable to detect satire)... This isn't really that kind of deal here...

Anyhow, that's a great use of false nails...
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AsjJohnson Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, I just wanted to try figuring out how to show both ways, or something. I can understand both points of view. It's kind of annoying (to the artist) when it sounds like someone hasn't read an artist's description, but it's also nice to have conversations. It's just something that people have to watch about (and I mean everyone), because sometimes it's easy to misinterpret things, like you've said. I think most of the time the wordless part of what's said will come across in text, but the more that's written, the easier it is to pick up on. (though I probably talk too much and come off sounding upset when I'm not) I think what Siylasia probably saw was that you only said a couple words, which usually implies that someone doesn't want to talk much, and/or is in a hurry. Something that's straight to the point. If you were commenting on something of mine, I would be much more likely to have a conversation with you if you say a few sentences. Something I can think about or explain in more detail, besides just saying yes or no. (though not everyone likes talking as much as me, so a lot of people probably wouldn't feel like taking the bait then, either)
Does that make sense...? I guess I wanted to try giving a tip or two for ways that might help keep people from thinking the wrong way in the future or something. I just say the first thing that comes to my head.
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Martin-Krieger Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What we're doing right now is EXACTLY what I want out of my interactions on deviantART. A conversation. I was kind of hurried in my initial comment... I admit... but I love that there are more than a few people who want more than a "meh cool" out of thier feedback. (unfortunately though, I can't say much else because I have to go to work now...) I'm sure we'll be seeing each other though. I'll check out your gallery when I get a chance.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow. these "scales" are an awesome idea:)
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DeeTeaGirl Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really impressive! And the story behind it makes it even more interesting. Maybe with this your fear of mirrors has faded a little bit (or... worsened? XD I hope not :p)

And congratulations on getting a Daily Deviation! :clap:
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The-Lionface Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Double thank you, and no its gotten better over the years, but if I watch a jump scare movie it sort of reactivates a little... :/
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DeeTeaGirl Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see, well that's the kind of movie with the purpose to scare people, so I guess it's normal :p
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