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"At last alone, his fire's dying, 
Burned another day.
Now to pretend,
and make up an ending,
somewhere far away."




  1. a stretch of swampy or boggy ground.

  2. a situation or state of difficulty, distress, or embarrassment from which it is hard to extricate oneself.

I've always joked that becoming a creative person was the worst mistake I ever made, but a lot of truth is said in jest. After 6 months of creative burnout I've finally managed to complete another digital painting, which is more or less a representation of the last three years of my creative endeavors and the things I've experienced.

When I was just starting out: Being told on a daily basis how mediocre my art was, how not worth doing it was. Asking other artists for help only to get ignored or misunderstood. and in one case being criticized for making a commission list while I was 'still learning' (looking at you Datte). Putting myself $3.5K in debt for college art classes hoping to be taught how to draw, being made fun of for it because "other people learned how to draw for free", and winding up with a bitch of a teacher who withhold information from me, didn't teach what I wanted to learn or even what was on the damn syllabus, and tried to imply that I should do it her way because she's worked with clients before. Not to mention another teacher fresh out of grad school who turned a digital illustration class into a pseudo photography class; and then everyone trying to make me out to be the bad guy for being pissed about it. 

And within this past year: Finally becoming a convention vendor and being criticized by this east-Pennsylvanian for not having any upright displays at my first con, and again at my second con because "artist don't usually buy two tables". Paying almost $150 for a con book ad that gets printed in fucking black and white, rendering it unreadable and then getting offered autograph vouchers in lieu of a refund. Dealing with commissioners who either practically demand I do art for them or don't give me anything more to work with than what character is in the picture.

Art is supposed to be fun, it's supposed to make you feel good. It's bad enough I'm teaching myself how to draw, but this is just too much man.

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BERSERKPOWERPUNKGIRL Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing and sad 
Rainb0wDashie Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Professional Writer
Thanks man, I'm glad you liked it!
BERSERKPOWERPUNKGIRL Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np friend :D (Big Grin) 
water-bug-62208 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017
This piece is an interesting blend of bold colors and dismal gloom...  the brightly colored Rainbow Dash who is famous for her athletic, active, brash, and fearless demeanor and attitude finds herself defeated, hopelessly stuck and deeply mired in the sucking mud of a remote and treacherous swamp.

Love the power and strength you depicted in her legs, especially her upper rear legs; yet all that stength and power has proven no use in Rainbow Dash's efforts to free her stuck legs.  Nice touch having the mud mound up around her rear legs...  comes across as if she braced upon her front legs and gave an all-out effort to heave her rear legs up and out of the swamp only to have the mud rise up thickly and heavily, clinging tightly to her powerful legs with its inescapable suction, and is now slowly reeling her back in.  And, with the sticky mire now adhering to more and more of her body, she's helpless...  and her pose and body language show that.

I also find it interesting how Rainbow Dash's tail is all that's left brightly colored as her colors from her head towards shoulders begin to fade...  kind of like showing how defeatism is slowly spreading from her face and mind across her athletic body.

Thanks for sharing!
Rainb0wDashie Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional Writer
Yo, this is honestly one of my favorite comments, thanks a bunch!

Everything you described is exactly how I felt while drawing this, like the description says, because I was going through a rough period where it felt like I was going through a mire and was losing the will to fight against it. 

I'm not quite out of it yet, but I'm getting better, but I really do appreciate your comment. I'm glad you liked my drawing!

If only I had more watchers like you, hehe. 
water-bug-62208 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017
You're welcome!

You certainly portrayed emotions and self expression through this piece.  That's what makes art so special...  it's a means of expressing one's self, especially when the words of explanation are lacking.

Hope all goes well for you.
Rainb0wDashie Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Professional Writer
Well I tend to put a lot of emotion into a lot of my drawings. A lot of them are 'dark' per se, but they're scenes, more or less, so they're designed to make you look at them and think and feel; instead of ya know, a picture of a pony being happy. 

If you haven't already, might I recommend you look at some of my other art? I'm sure you'd like them as much as this one!
water-bug-62208 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
And, that's the beauty of art...  a means to express yourself and/or make people think...  the interesting thing is the different interpretations that different people have of the art the view, which is also part of the beauty.

I've looked at some of your gallery and intend to go back for another viewing...  you have a nice drawing style.
Raptore1917 Featured By Owner May 23, 2016 you fear we want to know .
LookOutHereComesTom Featured By Owner May 4, 2016
Poor Dashie...!  No wings, and she's stuck in black/red goo...!

I read the description, and I can totally relate---my childhood felt like a bunch of victim-blaming aimed at me and made me think there was something about me that caused everyone to hate me.

I hope things get better for you!  I can tell you right now that what you've put forward is better than what I'd put out there!  My pixelart is okay, but if I tried to pick up a paintbrush, you'd come ahead of me in any art contest!
TheArtistAlan Featured By Owner May 3, 2016
Dude, your backstory is why I'm hesitant on showing any of my artwork to anyone. Even here, I just feel like people are going to tell me that I suck and should quit drawing altogether.
BigStonePony Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this and dark at the same time. *and also a bit scary* but in other words its still cool <3
Rainb0wDashie Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Professional Writer
Hehe well that is what I was going for when I was drawing it :P

I'm glad you like it!
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