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Cradled in Kindness by MirrorandImage Cradled in Kindness by MirrorandImage
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Speedpaint here. Two hours.

For Micheal Morones, a boy so perniciously bullied for liking a cartoon he tried to commit suicide. You can donate art to him here or you can support his foundation here.

... I remember my own stories of bullying; I won't get into nitty gritty details, highlights include having "wide load" tapes to my back, having Jenny Craig's phone number scratched into my locker, and then of course there was being accused of being gay. I don't think anyone out there HASN'T been bullied, it's all a question of degree. It's not right, it doesn't go away, it affects a body for the rest of one's life. I am who I am today largely because of the bullying I went through: I'm sensitive to other people, I bend over backwards to speak formally to students so that nothing I say can be taken in a negative light, and I strive to never be the person that so tormented me as a child.

Micheal, I could offer placating phrases, "it gets better," "wait until you're older," and while those things are perfectly true, it doesn't help the now, and the now is painful to the extreme. What I WILL say is that you are lucky in a way I wasn't: you have an entire community out there that's cheering for you, welcoming you, and Cradling you in Kindness. You have no idea what awaits you when you wake up - and for every fear and humiliation and degradation you have undergone, you have hundreds of others here in the community who will lift you up, who will help you find your wings, and will show you how to fly. I can only hope that helps even a little bit when you wake up.

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For the piece itself, this obviously hit very close to home, and I must have used up two pages trying to find the one right idea of the feeling that was rolling around in my head. I'm not sure if this effusing everything I feel when I think about this, but it came the closest. More than anything else, I want Micheal to know that he is wrapped in, cradled in, kindness, so of course Fluttershy was the best choice, and this came.

This piece was also a huge step forward in terms of technique. For the first time since college I used the pen tool, and it saved me a lot of time. I also finally figured out where title cards are in iMovie for the speedpaint.

What I like: the sense of warmth, Flutter's hair and forelegs. Micheal-pony is adorable

What I don't like: her wings, her tail, her hind legs
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speedbolt123 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what art program do you use?
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop. You can see that on the speedpaint linked in the comments.
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warfighterzack77 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
awe such a cute and adorable picture i just love it 
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks! :hug:
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warfighterzack77 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
anytime Hug 
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Ragland-Tiger Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014

It's so easy to hate;

It takes guts to be gentle and kind.

--Morrissey

I know; I've been there. Such a touching picture!

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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks. And what a great quote!
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Ragland-Tiger Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
You're welcome. :)  I don't know if you've seen this, but I like sharing it with other people who, like myself, have been the victims of bullies.

To This Day by Shane Koyczan www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltun92…!

Bless you, my friend.
RT
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Short version: I cried. Vociferously. There are no words... :hug:
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FrankRT Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's lovely! Certainly encourages a fast recovery. Maybe, given the time, I'll submit something of my own for Michael...
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Good luck if you do!
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CheerBearsFan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Fluttershy is the best at hugging!
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes she is!
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OneWingArt Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014   Digital Artist
This illustration simply radiates warmth and softness. 
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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ultragamer89 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
:wow: This is just absolutely amazing!
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thank you!
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MidnightSix3 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite a beautiful picture, the intention this has and the overall theme around it just make it better. Even so, with those in mind and the very well shading and blending together it all adds up to be a fantastic picture. I really like the pose you gave Fluttershy, it seems very natural and well taken care of. Also, I must add that the expressions of full tranquility both have are perfect, it even manages to transmit that same feeling to the viewer. I mean, who wouldn't want to be cuddled by Fluttershy? XD

Anyways. The mane and tail look really good! Especially the upper part of Fluttershy's mane, that gives lots of dynamism to the picture. Although, I also would like to add some points of interest. I think the shading and blending are really good, but in some places the lack of contrast within the values makes some parts mix up. Take as an example: the area between both front hooves; if not looked at carefully it could be mistaken as something which is whole. I suggest turning your picture to black and white to make the values contrast with ease.

But overall, I really like this! It's a very beautiful picture, congratulations on it! :clap: 
Let's all hope Michael gets all better very soon! I'm sure it'll be a blast when he finds out the amount of support he's had.
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I pretty much agree with most of what you said, and thanks for taking the time to critique the work; it helps me be a better artist.

And I hope Micheal sees it, I want him to have that feeling when he does.
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MidnightSix3 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad I could help :D.

I'm sure he will, with the amount of stuff that's been done for him he's sure bound to surf through it all XD.
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cajobif Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
My gosh this is so heartwarming and touching. Fluttershy's hug is best hug.

Wonderful work and wonderful message you gave.

I can't wait to see him waking up...
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I hope he likes it; thanks for the comment!
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kmanhbk18 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
nice
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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kmanhbk18 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
no prob

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age3rcm Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
the first time i saw it, i tought it was a mexican kid being cuddled
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
...? How does that even follow...?

But still, I'm glad you liked it!
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age3rcm Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
>coat and mane color
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heartshielder1991 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a wonderful and gorgeous piece, the coloring and detail is superb :).
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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LightningBlitz-Kid Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful picture and a wonderful sentiment to accompany it! Lovely all around!!! 
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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LightningBlitz-Kid Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome!!
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floobadoo99 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:c Poor guy, if only these annoying conflicts would stop
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The world would be a happier place if it did. Hope springs eternal though.
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joeski87 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful picture, the coloring is amazing
i could stare at it all day
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thank you.
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Slasher0001 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
This looks awesome!
Great job on it!
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks! :hug:
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palaikai Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I have to agree with your criticisms, but you know what, it doesn't matter. The sentiment behind this picture more than makes up for any technical inaccuracies. I'm sometimes ashamed we still live in a world where you can be hated for being gay, or liking a certain TV show.

It's difficult, but we have to love and tolerate even the bullies and hope they grow out of it one day.
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MirrorandImage Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
One of the hardest things I ever did was come around to forgiving my bullies for just being ignorant. It took me years, and to this day I have moments where I hate them all over again for what I went through. Kindness is perhaps the most difficult element of harmony to live up to, but I believe firmly that it's also the most powerful, and I try to live by it every day.
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palaikai Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It makes it easier when you realise that most bullies are acting-out because of their own terrible home lives, but still, you're right. It really is difficult to forgive. You can't really ever forget what you went through. :(
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