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"I decided to avoid going through Ponyville after my close call with the Hound, and instead walked around the outskirts of town. What I could see of it was burned away. Fire had swept over the place and devoured all of the buildings. As the mist cleared, I also noticed that Town Hall was no longer reaching into the air.

"I made my way to my cottage, hoping that my animal friends were safe and sound. When I got there, that hope was dashed. My home had not a single creature nearby nor inside. Instead, I opened my front door to a cold and empty home, and as the silent interior stared back at me, I broke down into tears. I was alone.

"When I couldn't cry any more, I slowly walked inside my house and closed the door behind me, shutting myself into darkness, save for a few gaps in the curtains allowing light to come through. I searched the bird houses and mouse holes, and even checked under my bed upstairs, in a fleeting hope that my friends were simply hiding, but I found nothing.

"It was a crushing feeling, realising that I was on my own. The silence in the house was horrible, and it was cold, as if the very life of my little cottage had been sucked out of it, leaving a hollow and empty husk. I was beginning to feel the same way, through loss and fatigue. I didn't know what to do any more, everypony was missing, my animal friends had disappeared, and the place I used to call home was falling apart every where I looked. I clambered onto my bed and rested my head on my pillow, and quietly sobbed myself into an overdue sleep.

"It was approaching sunset when I woke up from a nightmare, I forgot it almost as soon as I woke up. I slid off of my bed and trudged my way downstairs to the kitchen to find some food. Along the way, I picked up and lit a lantern to make up for the dimming light.

"When I came into the kitchen, I noticed that there was a messy stack of paper on the table, I walked over to it, and looked at the sheets sprawled all over the surface. On every page was an inky print from every animal who was living with me before I left. Birds, cats, mice - dozens of prints of all shapes and sizes occupied every single page. And right at the end of the last page, on the bottom, was a bunny's paw print next to a barely-legible initial - Angel.

"Angel had taken charge, and had left this collection of 'signed' papers behind to show that everyone was okay, bless him. A smile crept on my face, and I felt a bit of pride for a moment for him. He was a clever little bunny, and very brave to have took the lead. I really hoped that he was safe, and had managed to get everyone else to safety, wherever that may be.

"I was interrupted by the sound of voices, gruff and with an accent. I blew my lantern out and took a peek outside a window. Coming up the road was the Hound with a couple of Diamond Dogs following him, carrying empty and full sacks of items. One of them pointed at my cottage, and they all started for it.

"I was in danger, I needed to get out, but I needed to take some things with me. I ran over to my cabinets and dropped cans of fruit, apples, and anything else edible into my saddlebags, and swiped my lantern on my way out. I then ran upstairs and grabbed my scarf and my sewing kit, and hastily took some medicine bottles from my bathroom cabinet.

"I froze the moment I heard my front door being tried. It wasn't opening, and a few seconds later I heard a loud crash as the door was kicked down. I ran into my bedroom and tried to hide, but all of the stuff I was carrying meant I couldn't even fit under my bed. I heard the scampering of paws as the rooms downstairs were searched, and the loud thuds and scraping sounds of something, or someone, big coming up the stairs.

"My heart started beating in my ears, and I felt like I couldn't breathe out of fear of being heard. Terrified, I started fumbling around by the nearest window, trying to unlatch it with my shaking hooves. Just as I managed to open the window, the Hound came through the doorway and into the room. We locked eyes, and in less than a second I had leapt out the window with him following behind.

"I was not expecting to be so heavy, so I fell before my wings could catch me. I tumbled on the ground but instantly recovered, breaking into a full gallop. I had lost some things in the fall, making the load lighter, but by now, my wings were too jittery from adrenaline for me to work properly. Instead, I flapped them to push me along as I made a break for the Everfree Forest.

"The Hound was catching up to me, and he was readying his massive claws to strike. I pushed myself harder, running for my life, beginning to reach the edge of Everfree. As I passed the fringe, the Hound slashed after me, cutting a tree branch in one slice. The branch dropped onto his head, and he stopped chasing me to howl out in pain. I kept running, jumping over bushes and fallen trees, my hooves thundering on the ground as I galloped deeper and deeper into the forest until I couldn't run anymore.

"I stopped beside a large tree and hid behind it, hoping that I hadn't been followed. I focused my hearing, listening intently for a few minutes before my heart beats slowed down and I allowed myself to relax. I fell to the ground and took a deep sigh of relief.

"That feeling didn't last long before I realised where I was, and that I had no home to go to. It was starting to get dark, and I didn't want to risk spending a night in the Everfree Forest.

"I started wandering through the forest, not knowing where I was or where I was going. I was lost, and I knew all too well that being lost in the Everfree Forest was a very, very bad thing. Not even my most scary nightmares could do the frightening creatures I knew were living here any justice.

"While I tried to imagine a cross between a Manticore, Cockatrice, Hydra, and a Dragon, I came across a familiar-looking river, and soon knew where I was, or rather, where I could go and stay for the night."



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I'm very thankful for the support I'm receiving. I've never poured so much effort into a project like this. Storytelling and illustrating are not usually things I do, but this project has shown me that there is a first for everything, and that people are enjoying what I'm creating. So thanks to all of you for following the series, giving your feedback, or even just being nice and dropping by as you travel through the vast land of the internet. You're all awesome!

In this scene, I spent far too long trying to get the Hound to look right. Diamond Dogs in general I find to be very hard to draw, and I screwed up over four sketches before I had something I could work with. As a result, I didn't come out with it until a day after it was due, made even later by life conspiring against me. But the result of the time I spent on this piece paid off, I reckon, especially since the Hound (who I've named Spoon) looks much better than his first 'official' appearance in "Staying Hidden", which was my first, and very poor attempt at drawing a Diamond Dog/Hound. It really goes to show how I've improved since I began this project, which only serves to encourage to keep up with.

In the writing, well, the first draft I threw up here was fraught with errors, and I'm surprised nobody called me out on them. I've since improved the excerpt and fixed the issues I spotted. So hopefully it's a smooth read now!

As always, leave your comments in the box below. I really enjoy reading theories, feedback, and general thoughts!
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The scorching heat of the desert had reached its peak in the middle of the day, while I flew swiftly through the air a few feet above the ground. My wings hurt from the bruises I had and from the non-stop flying for the past few hours, but I was too much in shock to really feel anything. I simply had to find the ponies who had gone missing. Somewhere in the desert there were all of passengers from my train who had left the wreck behind, and I hoped and hoped that they were following the tracks to either Appaloosa or Dodge Junction. But with no hoofprints in the sand pointing in any direction, I couldn't be sure where the others had gone. All I knew was that I was unconscious for a long time, and by the time I had woken up and discovered myself alone, any prints in the sand would've vanished under the breeze drifting over the ground.

I could've gone back to Appaloosa, the train had probably derailed closer to there than to Dodge Junction, after all. But I was afraid that if there were any ponies wandering in the opposite direction, by the time I got to Sheriff Silverstar and got a search party to come out, those ponies would be in terrible danger. And if the few canteens full of water and several other belongings that were still laying among the train wreck were any indication, they were unlikely to have enough water to last more than a day. If everypony had started walking back to Appaloosa, then I'd end up flying all the way to Dodge Junction in a couple of days, but I was sure I had enough water to make that journey.

Back at the train, I had collected up my belongings in a rush, my saddlebags were completely emptied of their contents, and everything, except for the headband the Buffalo had given me, was discarded in one of the train cars, replaced by first aid supplies and some food that I had found aboard the train. I had picked up two canteens filled to the brim with water, one canteen was originally mine - a gift from Appaloosa - while the other was among the left behind possessions that had been strewn all over the place when the train tipped over and left the tracks. Though it hurt to use them, my wings were okay to fly, and once I felt I was ready, I took to the air and began following the tracks toward Dodge Junction, keeping my eyes open for any lost ponies.

Occasionally, my eyes would catch a tiny movement below, and for a moment I'd think I'd found somepony. In a split second of dread, I'd turn to look, only to see a lizard scurrying away or a vulture flying up into the air to follow me from a distance. While I'd feel slightly relieved that I hadn't found any ponies, it also worried me more as I began to wonder if I was looking in the wrong place, especially as it became obvious that I had flown further than an earthbound pony could normally cover - even with a head start.

I decided to stop and take a break in the shade in order to have a drink and rest. I found a shaded spot near the bottom of a small mesa to land by, and glided down to the ground. My hooves barely catching me as the bruises shot up on pain again.

I slowly sat myself down and took a long drink from my canteen, feeling a little bit better sheltered from the sunlight. Nearby, two vultures landed on a rock, making no secret of them watching me. I stood of up slowly, and walked over to them. "Excuse me, but have you seen any ponies come this way?" I asked them.

The two large birds looked at each other in mild confusion, and then looked back at me. They shook their heads to say no.

"Are you sure? No ponies on hoof, wandering in the desert recently?"

They shook their heads again.

"Oh. Thanks anyway." I turned away from them and started picking my things back up. If none of the animals had seen them, then they were either much further ahead, still, or hadn't come way at all. Whichever the case, it was best I kept going, either I'd find them or reach Dodge Junction, and the sooner I did either one of those, the better.

I took a final gulp of water from my canteen before taking off once more, heading out into the afternoon Sun, following the train tracks through the desert. The vultures didn't follow me, this time.


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Not a whole lot to say about this one, other than perspective is challenging and a lizard is actually pretty hard to draw without a good reference. Either way, I'm really happy with how the artwork came out, especially with Fluttershy.

Also, you can always count on Fluttershy to approach a creature hoping for her to become its next meal and manage to have a civil moment of interaction with it.

One more scene to draw, and that shall mark the first full chapter to Survivor Shy on FimFiction, allowing me to make a worthwhile rework of the story on that site. I don't want to update the FimFiction entry until I have a Prologue and 'Chapter One' ready. So, dA and Tumblr users are getting first dibs for now!
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"My second trip to Canterlot was going as badly as I expected it to. I had already been chased by Diamond Dogs, and the threatening roars of Dragons reminded me that I'd probably be chased by one of those soon enough, too. But I felt compelled to come back here, a strong dedication to go back to Canterlot Tower and hope that I could learn what became of the Elements shortly after being caught in the middle of a battle between the warring Dogs and Dragons.

"A chill in the breeze caused me to shiver, and I realised that it was beginning to snow. I stopped for a moment, confused at the sight. 'Winter is still months away,' I pondered aloud, 'So why is Cloudsdale releasing the Winter weather early?' The realisation hit me just as I finished my sentence; there were no ponies in Cloudsdale managing the Weather Factory, so something could've gone wrong, and the Winter weather could've been allowed to form early.

"I shook my head and broke out into a steady canter before my mind could conjure up thoughts of Cloudsdale being completely desolate, and focused on getting to Canterlot Tower. On the way, while making sure I remained unseen, I looked at the damage the city had taken, as well as the castle. While the fires seemed to have burned out for the most part, countless buildings had been levelled, and parts of the palace had been destroyed.

"Like the majority of the castle, Canterlot Tower was nothing more than a ruin with a missing roof. The door was sealed shut by debris on the inside, so I flew over the wall and landed down on top of the rubble, disturbing some dust and snowflakes with my wings. My heart began to sink as I looked over the destruction. I had once seen all of the Elements of Harmony in here, along with Princess Celestia's crown. But in the chaos of the fight, and in the rush to escape, I had left with only the Princess' crown, and a gang of Diamond Dogs hounding me down.

"I shivered again, only this time out of fear from the memory than the chilly air. I started walking on the rubble idly, not sure what to do, until I saw a faint light under some bricks.

"I perked up and started making my way over to the light, as I got closer, it became stronger, and brighter. I hurried up and rushed over, starting to dig the source of the light free from the rubble. As I lifted and pushed a shattered slab out of the way, I gasped at what I saw in surprise. There, laying in the debris, was the Element of Magic, glowing brightly and giving out a comforting blanket of heat.

"I had never seen any of the Elements of Harmony do this before, at least not without my friends and I using them to save Equestria from Nightmare Moon or Discord. I held my hoof over the tiara tentatively, worried that it might be hot to the touch or otherwise dangerous to disturb. But the Element seemed to glow brighter and become more warm the closer my hoof got to it, as if it was beckoning me to pick it up.

"Slowly, I reached for the Element, intending to scoop it up and place it inside my saddlebag. But when my hoof connected with it, jolts of magic coursed up my foreleg and swept over me. A strange, relaxing warmth followed and I felt myself start to fall into a deep slumber. I should have started to panic, but I was too tired to even stand up, and somehow, I knew that there was no reason to be afraid.

"I closed my eyes, and drifted away to another world."


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This started out as a sketch that I didn't know what to do with. So I sat on it for a couple of days trying to work out what was missing. I won't say what it was that was missing, but I found it, and it made this picture even better.

I also tried a different style, where I aimed to not have outlines, instead relying heavily on shading and on minimal use of lines to make things have a border and appear less flat - especially in the case of Fluttershy. I think I did very good!

There's a scene already planned straight after this, and I just might draw it and upload it next because I'm most willing to draw that than any other scene I have planned right now.

Anyway, tell me what you think of this scene! And feel free to leave any other Survivor Shy related comments, too!

((As per suggestion, Fluttershy's canteen strap has been drawn shorter this time around))
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And another from my little series of sleeping main six ponies that I did last night before going to sleep.
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I found this old drawing of Derpy that I did I think about 2 months ago, and upon seeing it I decided to color it.
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Don't know why she look a bit pissed off, :P this was something I did last night before going to sleep.
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16.9:
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Cold hearted spartan warrior + Fluttershy + *stab stab* = cute

1920x1080 version: sta.sh/01emg8aj2kf4
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This is a Battle Scene concept for Mock Equestrian Wars [link]
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After 3 days I'm finally finished! I didn't expect it to take so long, outlining took 6 hours alone!
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The next installment of my playing around with hairstyles series :P
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Little Tavi discovers the wonders of music.
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Getting the perspective right on this one was like pulling teeth. I'm happy with it overall, I guess, but I feel like no matter how much I tweak it, I won't be completely satisfied.

Also I think this is the first time I've uploaded something that wasn't a pony. Angel Bunny is best pet.
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She has hair instead of ethereal mane stuff because I felt like drawing hair. Smudge tool is best friend forever.
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In the grove.

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One of the BronyCon prints in lower resolution.
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Hail to the night!

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One of the BronyCon prints in lower resolution.
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Butterfly
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Another effect test.

This was a rather pleasant drawing to make since I have no idea what's going on,

and it looks pretty.

If you pay close attention, you can see what's abducting Fluttershy. I planned to make it more noticeable, but in the end I didn't know how.



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Edit - Ohey, wassup EqD! If you guys don't know, this FB group was mentioned in an earlier Nightly Round-up. Although it was pointing out a contest, it nonetheless was pretty much a mention of the group. That's when I joined and already I was welcomed happily by the admin and everything! A few mentions, nibs of chats, and I was requested to try and make a cover photo for the group and here it is!

Here, is the group that this banner was made for - [link] - Come join us if you got a FB account!



Here are the previous WIP versions I saved - [link]

300+ layers, I wouldn't know, Paint Tool SAI apparently has a 256 layer limit which I reached as I got to the shading part so I had to flatten a lot of stuff.

Started the sketch like 36 hours ago from now, of course I slept like twice, and I kinda got distracted by Minecraft a few hours both of those days too, I really got to a point where my current drawing style has become a habit . . !

I like this special request, I got to practice character interactions, draw lots of ponies, and do a confirm on some filter effects I used on that last drawing 'MLP - Butterfly'!

There are so many 'first-time-drawn' too . . . ! I haven't drawn a lot of these characters before.

Oh gosh I'm sorry Philomena, I didn't know about the fact that group cover photo resolutions are different from normal profile ones so uh . . . sorry about the cut-off over at the group page.



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Here's what it looked like in the first rough draft - [link]



This drawing is so I can practice drawing a lot of objects! So it's kind of rough, there's a bunch of white dots around, I'll fix them later. Went back and did the fixes, should be completed now.

Pinkie Pie, Hot Sauce Bottle, Harmony Necklace, ??? Bracelet, Hoops, Mini-Plush, Invitation Card, Harmonica, Ice Skates, Basket, Party Blowers, Microphone and Stand, Party Cannon, Confetti, Giant Hammer, Saddlebag, Pinkamena's Friends, Jetpack, Cauldron, Table, Crystal Ball, Cupcake, Cake, Butcher Knife, Ball, Giant Robot, Pinkiecopter, Drumkit, Balloons, Welcome Wagon and a random ball.

~144 layers. Surprisingly it took less time than when I did those last two request drawings 'though.

Items chosen are items/gadgets I'd like Pinkie to use in MLP:TPE.



Comment from the Derpibooru upload of this -thanks WatermelonRat (and the occasional others) btw for uploading some of my stuff there-
"“There’s no photoshoot like a Pinkie Pie photoshoot.”" -AllTheDamnPancakes



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Fluttershy.

PSCS5/2 hr

I might take comissions like this soon. If you're interested keep your eyes open.
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Warm-cheeked wind

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I like this one

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Heard of the Newbie Artist Training Grounds?
I'm doing that, except a month late, and also all out of order!

Fluttershy idling!
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Draw a pony in command; Draw a pony in the lead.

Someone think up a funny thing for Fluttershy to be saying! I will put it in if it's suitably amusing!

~Antidotethelizard is the clever one who suggested "who's helpless now". Gosh darned genius!
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"Oh Twilight! Guess what!"

Fluttershy sure is excited about something. Can you guess what it is?

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Oh my gosh! Flutterhugs totally needs to be a thing!
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trixie summon the muffin!!!!!!!!


drawing by me
spike ©hasbro &:iconfyre-flye:
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Fluttershy+Rabbit ears ^ ^

Fluttershy©My Little Pony Friendship is Magic
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fluttershy and angle shopping together ^ ^

drawing by me
fluttershy©hasbro &:iconfyre-flye:
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