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Survivor Shy - A Birthday Song Never Sung by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - A Birthday Song Never Sung by Mattatatta
Second illustration for upcoming chapter, and is probably one of the darkest (theme-wise) I've drawn in the series. While I've drawn things like Fluttershy's nightmares and bleak landscapes in Survivor Shy, none of those match up to the undertones I've aimed for here.

This is a little colt's surprise birthday party that never happened.

It's funny really, ever since I set my boundaries on what kind of story I want to tell in this series, I've wanted to draw something that could be considered disturbing without gore or other staples of cheap horror. After nearly one and a half years, I've done something I believe achieves that.

Links:
Survivor Shy Gallery: mattatatta.deviantart.com/gall…
Survivor Shy on FimFiction: www.fimfiction.net/story/43363…
My Tumblr: mattatatta.tumblr.com

Oh and yes; that is a hamster on the table. I call him Bubble.
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Grey-Mane Feb 10, 2014  New member Hobbyist Writer
This is one of my favorite images from the story. It is sad.
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Mattatatta Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is one of my favourites too, because it was so successful at evoking emotion in those who viewed it. It was the first time I managed to really pull it off
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BlackWidower Nov 10, 2013  Professional Writer
I don't think it's disturbing, so much as sad.
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:icongreenhatman:
The darkest?  Considering what's come so far, that'll be something to see!
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Patrikov909 Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:'(
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Kimberly-AJ-04-02 Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Maybe it was a birthday party that Pinkie Pie had organized.
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Pinkie Pie, huh...? -trembles- Cupcakes, anyone?

 

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Mattatatta Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In the context of the chapter this is for, it was a surprise birthday party that had been set up the night before a little pony's birthday. The party never took place.

The hamster was the family's pet, and it has been waiting for the family to come home. In the meantime, it has been eating the cake.

Even without the context, the image still tells a dark tale
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MasterVule Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know why but I find this very disturbing... like something is wrong.. but I don't know why.. amazing pic.. but creepy as hell! :iconscaredplz:
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Mattatatta Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's exactly what I wanted to achieve! I didn't want in-your-face horror, I wanted the horror to be lurking and waiting for when people make the realisation.
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