I had been following the train tracks for almost a week, all the while telling myself over and over again that Canterlot would be the end of my sadness. Everypony would be in Canterlot, all of my friends, the Princesses - all of them waiting for me and worrying about me. I just had to find my way back, and not give up until I was reunited with my friends.
But what about the scrolls? Couldn't they have sent me a scroll by now? I couldn't send them a message myself without a specially-made scroll, but Twilight had Spike, who can send any letter to Princess Celestia, and somehow send letters to me at least. Could he control where letters went or was the letter sent to me specially enchanted by Twilight? My mind wasn't giving me any rest on it, made worse by how I never once thought of asking Spike how it all worked. There had to be a reason, something that made it impossible for them to reach me, that had to be it, and they were probably waiting for me in Canterlot, knowing I would head there as quickly as I could. Whatever explanation I gave myself, it couldn't stop me from worrying.
I had long left the dry and hot desert, following the railroad deeper into Equestria, back to where forests and grassy hills replaced barren lands and sand dunes. I had chosen to walk along the tracks when it started raining, and low rumbles of thunder began rolling through the trees. Stern warnings from Flight Camp teachers echoed in my mind about flying in storms, some of the lectures aimed only at me, and the rest of the group of fillies and colts looking at me, snickering and whispering...
I shuddered at the memory, and carried on walking in the rain. I was hungry, tired, and now getting cold. It was getting dark, and I needed to find shelter to sleep and keep out of the rain. I veered off the path the train track was taking and crossed the tree line into the forest, looking for a warren or a den that I could ask to be allowed to spend the night in. Being back amongst the forests felt more like home than the desert. There were few places that critters really settled into out there, and definitely nothing that I could squeeze into. Here, there were all kinds of creatures living in all these different kinds of homes. I was sure I could find somewhere to stay.
While I slowly made my way through the forest, I started thinking about the last several days. I had saved a lot of time by flying for the majority of the journey, but I had also lost time on searching every town I came across. After countless stops and one empty town after another, I was starting to lose hope that there was anypony between here and Canterlot. And as I assured myself again that my friends were in Canterlot and that the missing ponies would soon turn up safe and sound, I found myself growing less and less able to shake the feeling in my chest that I was lying to myself. What if there weren't any ponies? What if I was alone? What would I do? How could something like that happen? How did this even happen? Dozens of questions were buzzing around in my head, and I didn't have an answer for any of them.
My hoof took a step forward and didn't touch the ground, instead, it kept on going down. And before I could react, I was rolling and sliding down a slippery hill, coming to a crashing stop at the bottom of the hill, rolling into and a large puddle of mud. I screamed in pain as my left foreleg began burning. I sat up quickly and pulled the wounded limb in towards me, biting my lip and closing my eyes tight. I could feel the telltale warmth trickle down to my hoof, and it sticking itself to my unhurt leg. The thought was making me light headed. Walking on three limbs, I limped over to a tree and dropped my saddlebags onto the ground. I pulled out a first aid kit from one of them and set it on the grass beside me. Tentatively, I raised my left foreleg up to see it, seeing a dark stain of drying blood on my coat and more seeping from a really bad cut. I must've done it on a rock hidden in the mud, and though it made me woozy to look at it, I knew what I needed to do.
With a little dexterity, I opened a pack of sanitizing wipes and placed one onto my hoof. I paused, and took a deep breath before I quickly pressed the wipe into the cut. I held it there and grit my teeth, a high-pitched squeak finding its way out as I fought the urge to scream. Tears had formed in my eyes as the pain became much worse, like a bunch of needles were being jabbed into my foreleg at once. I held it there, though, waiting for the pain to ease before I carried on. Slowly, the stinging wore off and I cleaned the dirt away from the wound. Next, I unpacked a bandage roll, wrapping it around my leg a few times before tying it off and tearing the bandage off the roll. The treatment complete, I dropped my first aid kit back into my saddlebags and sat there silently, staring through my tear-glazed eyes at the grass and trees around me, giving myself a moment to relax.
The rain was falling around me in torrents, and the sky was rumbling with thunder and flickering with distant forks of lightning. I closed my eyes and curled up underneath the tree, deciding to give up looking for better shelter and just rest where I was. I wasn't going to get any sleep tonight, not with the weather and being soaked and cold, but at least I could rest my leg and be ready for more walking and flying tomorrow. I couldn't be too far from Canterlot, now.
This right here is the first part of Chapter Two, it is also the first of two images that shall replace the scene "Look For A Purpose".
I feel that the first four images I drew for Survivor Shy are not up to my personal standards now. And so have decided to either update, redraw, or replace. "Look For A Purpose" is being replaced, "Staying Hidden" is going to be redraw, "The Old Castle" is being redrawn, and "Blizzard" shall be updated.
As for this scene and it's excerpt, I'm really damn pleased with the picture. It took me less time than I expected to complete, the only hang up I ad was writing the excerpt. I'm not 100% content with it, so it'll probably go through another draft or something before I compile all the Chapter Two scenes together for publishing on FimFiction.
Anyway, be sure to let me know what you think! I am giving you sneak previews after all!
"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))
I glided over Ponyville, scanning the town for anypony down there among the damaged homes and deserted streets. Some of the cottages had burnt down or lost their thatched roofs, most likely from unattended fireplaces and stoves than something more threatening - or at least I hoped so. I shook my head gently, "No, don't get distracted," I murmured to myself, "I need to focus. I should check some of the houses, there could be ponies inside." I thought about my own cottage, and what Angel was probably doing along with the rest of my friends. "Staying hidden. Staying safe."
I banked left and started to descend toward the market, carefully easing into my landing to not disturb the healing cut on my foreleg. I craned my neck around to the left, and then to the right, trying to catch a glimpse of anypony hiding in the shadows or among the ditched wagons and market stalls dotted around. Instead, I saw nopony, and heard nothing but a breath of wind whistling into my ears. It felt unnatural to be stood in what was usually a busy and lively place; there were no booming voices from vendors trying to catch a customer's attention, no chatter from friends bumping into each other while they went about their day, and no fillies and colts running between the grown-up ponies to Sugarcube Corner or to the Joke Shop down the road.
The wind picked up again, and carried with it a chill that didn't belong to the season. Signs creaked on their hinges, and crumpled paper and other bits and pieces blew over the ground around me. I was having second thoughts with searching Ponyville, I didn't feel ready to face what may lie behind the doors of the intact homes, not after feeling the shock of seeing a place usually so alive feel as silent and still as a graveyard. I wanted to go home, be somewhere familiar and safe, and pretend that nothing was wrong for a few hours before starting my journey to Canterlot. I turned away from the market, and started walking through town to the road that led the way home. The streets were silent, except for the rhythm of my hooves echoing against the walls of the houses. I concentrated on the rhythm of my steps, giving my mind something to distract itself with while I walked back to my cottage. I was worried about what I would find at my cottage, Angel was a smart and brave little bunny, but I was still anxious to make sure he and all the other animals were coping with what had happened.
My reverie ended abruptly when I realised that my hoofsteps had changed their rhythm. I frowned as I listened and paid attention to the sound of my hoof-falls, a moment later, I stopped dead in my tracks and ducked down, eyes wide and my knees starting to shake. There were extra steps because somepony or something was a nearby - and they were very close. Out of reflex, I dove over a broken wall and hid inside the ruins of somepony's house. I risked glancing out into the street just as a massive beast ambled into view, dragging his claws in the road behind him. The creature looked a lot like a Diamond Dog, but only with humongous claws on both forelegs and larger, more intimidating teeth. He seemed to be looking for something, and I prayed that it wasn't me. Cautiously, I began to sneak to another wall for a better hiding place, trying my best to not alert the Hound. He had his back to me, and was staring towards the rest of Ponyville. If I could make just a few more careful steps, I would be hidden again...
"Hey, Spoon! Have you found anything over there?" A deep voice yelled in the distance, making me squeak in surprise and accidentally kick some rubble. The Hound's ears shot up straight, and the bulky dog began to turn around. Quickly, I flapped my wings and silently leapt behind the damaged wall I was trying to reach, pressing myself up against it and holding my breath so to not make another sound. I could hear the Hound growling threateningly, and gradually creep his way up to my hiding spot. My heart leapt up into my throat, but I didn't dare swallow it down in case it made a sound he could hear. His muffled steps near, until I was sure he was on the other side of the wall I was hiding behind. I could hear his low, throaty breath, and the sound petrified me as grew closer still. I was going to be found, but I was frozen in place. My mind rang alarm bells as I began to feel like a statue, trying to break me out of it but with no such luck. The gruff voice called out again: "Spoon! where are you? I think there might be something in this tall building in the center of town! But I need you to open it up!"
The Hound grumbled to himself, and then shouted back to his friend, making me shrink into a quivering bundle of nerves "All right! I'm coming!". I bit my tongue to keep me from making a peep as I heard the Hound walk away and head further into town. I took a deep breath and swallow my heartbeat back down. That was too close, I had to get out of Ponyville and warn Angel. If there were more of those Dogs around Ponyville, then my animal friends could be in danger.
I peeked out around the corner of the wall I was hiding behind, making sure the coast was clear, and then took off running - forgetting about my injured leg and the soreness of it. I unfurled my wings in a hurry as I galloped down the road, and leapt into the air, quickly flying away from Ponyville, and to my cottage on the edge of the Everfree Forest.
Survivor Shy Gallery (All artwork, including 'non-canon' scenes): [link]
Survivor Shy on FimFiction (Chapter Two coming very soon!): [link]
This is the last image I needed to do before being ready to write and release Chapter Two of Survivor Shy on FimFiction.
I'm very pleased with how the artwork came out. It's been a long time since I attempted this style, and I'm glad it looks nice.
Some of you may have noticed that this scene half shares a title with an older scene in the Gallery. This new scene essentially replaces and expands the old one, which a lot of the recent scenes have been doing as part of the fic's overhaul. The differences in the text shouldn't be too great, this new version shall of course be much more refined and detailed, but the purpose was mainly to update and improve the artwork for quality consistency.
As always, leave your comments! I enjoy reading comments and discussing things with others, I tend to type pretty long and comprehensive answers if they won't give away any spoilers for the fanfic
Fluttershy slicing up a tomato for her salad... a poor, defenseless tomato...
I decided to draw this one in my usual style to see how it would look. At first I was worried that the extra lines would make it look too busy, but instead I think it makes things pop.
My one nit-pick is that the bottom left wall looks a little plain. I originally had some wood markings on it until I realized from the reference pics that Fluttershy's home is either painted or has wallpapering. Her walls have no markings on them. Still, it's not a big deal
Nothing like starting the day with a nice warm bath
I'm starting to wish I didn't put that bottle in the pic as it plainly shows my serious lack of design skills. I avoided labeling it as any words seemed to instantly distract from the rest of the image. That's the one real problem I have with this image, anything else is just nit-picking on my part (like that water drop... it looks like it's on the sill and not the faucet).
Now that I got that out of the way... I'm rather pleased with how this pic looks. Man... now I want to take a nice hot bath.
I wasn't happy entirely happy with how my first Twilight drawing came out (it was also my first pony pic), so I decided to have another go at it. I'm MUCH more pleased with the results this time around.
I actually intended this to be a quick drawing. Everything was going fine until I realized that I haven't done much in the way of magic effects... so I had to do some trial and error... so much for a quick drawing.
I tried softening the edges of the shading instead of using my usual solid lines. I still haven't decided if I like it this way or if I should stick to my usual. Well, here's to trying something new.
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
My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic series and characters belongs to the Hub & Hasbro
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.
My Little Pony : Friendship is Magic series and characters belongs to the Hub & Hasbro
The Phoenixes of Equestria collide with the Dragons once again.
Was quite different again, working on this one. Like no "clear" focus on a character, rather a general direction. Also just the different bright areas because of Flaming Phoenixes etc. Also trying out working on desktop ratio. But seeing how the size might cause some confusing I'll probably switch to my regular sizes again
Had quite some trouble working out what to do, didn't come out exactly how I expected, but I hope you'll still enjoy.