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Survivor Shy - 'Help!' by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - 'Help!' by Mattatatta
"'What happened?'

"I dizzily came to in the tipped-over carriage. My eyes slid into focus and revealed a mess of shattered glass and scattered luggage. My head hurt, several places of my body stung from cuts, and I could feel bruises all over myself from where I had hit something while being bounced around like a rubber ball.

"I had been knocked unconscious in the crash, and I was still dazed. I spent a moment verbally trying to pace my way through my foggy memories up until now. 'I was sat down, I... I received a letter from Twilight through Spike, and then there... there was a bright light and a shockwave. Everypony fell silent, or I was deafened, or...'

"My eyes widened and I scrambled onto my hooves in alarm. 'The other passengers!'

"I limped my way all over the carriage, searching for other ponies who may have been hurt. I moved luggage away in case there was anypony trapped underneath, and looked high and low. But there was nopony else in this carriage. Quickly, I negotiated with the lopsided train and searched all of the cars. the locomotive, and the caboose. Each one turned up empty, save for various belongings laying around.

"I began to panic; what if I had been unconscious for so long, that nopony saw me, and they all left together to get help? I clambered outside into the desert Sun, and broke out into an awkward, pained run. I ran up to the top of the nearest dune and looked over the other side. There was no sign of anypony. I looked around, hoping to catch a silhouette in the horizon, but only sand and sky were all I could see. Desperately, I called for help, but no response came.

"Tears formed in my eyes, I called for help, again and again, until my throat was sore and I was coughing on sand.

"Everypony was gone, and I had been left alone."



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Started this yesterday, finished it this evening. I'm glad I managed to get it done that fast, though I lost a lot of time on sketches I didn't like, and beating Skyrim's main quest when I became too stressed to draw.

I know I'm setting up a lot of cliffhangers, and am not addressing any of them. I wanted to follow up the last scene I submitted with the scene directly after, but after scrapping several sketches, I decided to leave and go back to it later.

So I opened up my in-progress, condensed version of the entire story and the scenes I have planned, and picked out a scene I had already noted down ideas for, and rolled with that.

I'm hoping to pick up the pace and start getting these scenes drawn, written, and uploaded on a far more regular basis. Tomorrow I hope to start a new scene, and have it finished the day after. I've even set myself a challenge to try and FINISH Survivor Shy before the end of August.

Anyway, leave your comments, suggestions, Wild Mass Guessing, etc in the comments section below! I always enjoy reading what people have to say. And if you follow my Tumblr, I greatly appreciate all the likes, reblogs, and critiques I receive. I'm always trying new things with my artwork, and I often try new things upon suggestion.
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CyberfoxVII Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Hm... from an explosion that big, I would think the entire train would have gotten derailed. Yet somehow the caboose remains perfectly in place, while the others are flung away...

...Sorry. Nitpicking. Read the prologue on FimFiction. Looks interesting. Will probably be reading more.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The more I think about it, the less sense it makes to me too. I'm not a clever pony. I just pictured in my mind the train being jolted harshly, but the locomotive being the one that fell off the tracks - taking most of the train with it.

I hope you read more of the story on FimFiction, if you do, don't be afraid to leave a comment!
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CyberfoxVII Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Well, I don't have an account on FimFiction, since I generally prefer to minimize the number of accounts I have across everything on the internet (too lazy to deal with password assignment and whatnot). For that reason, if I were to make a comment anywhere, it would probably be under the relevant image here on DA.

...which is pretty much what I did just now, I guess.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah okay
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Kimberly-AJ-04-02 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Poor old filly. She has been smothered with cuts and bruises. She needs to be mended for my hopes.
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SuperStar-Hero Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Is this Fluttershy?:?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes.
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SuperStar-Hero Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay!
that actualy explains it.^^;

'Cause when I saw one of the other Survivor shy art, i thought,"That pony looks like Fluttershy, is it really her?:?"
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yeah, Survivor Shy is really the name of the story and series of illustrations. It's about as uncreative as fanfic names go, but to change it now would be too bothersome for my followers and readers :P
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SuperStar-Hero Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay^^;
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TheAquariumCat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't figure out where part two is..
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The story is still incomplete, and I'm telling the story in fragments that are out of order. As more scenes are done, things will start to directly connect to each other.

Until then, you can find all of the chapters either in the Survivor Shy Gallery or on FimFiction, the links for both are in the decription :)
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TheAquariumCat Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh ok!
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DJFluffyPon-3 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Poor Fluttershy :iconsadfluttershyplz:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A long perilous journey awaits her from this point on. It's not without its moments of crippling sadness.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wellwell! It seems we have stumbled back to the begining! Interesting indeed :icongo-on-plz:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a lot of fun globe trotting like this :)
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So that's how it happened, that day in September?
I wounder how much cuts and bruises would be visible trough the coat of a pony? Even though the coat is thin it's enough to completely hide the color of the skin, as shown when Snips and Snails lost some of theirs to the evil bubblegum of doom. But I guess that doesn't matter. I think they look good.

I see you've started to draw the iris much bigger than the pupil. It would make sense to not have the iris change size as the pupil do, but maybe it looks better to let them stay to scale with each other like in the show.

Either way, great artwork and story, although I wish the story would be a bit longer. ;)

:iconflutterthinkplz:I just remembered what happened in September.
:iconevilshyplz:I'm the one who killed them all! I survived after the fall!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm developing a set "rules" or "guidelines" for drawing eyes as I continue experimenting with them and trying different ways to express an emotion.

The fluctuating ratio between iris and pupil sizes is deliberate. As a general guidline, the pupils shrink as the pony expresses stress. As the level of stress worsens, both the iris and pupils shrink. When a character cries, the pupil and iris return to normal size, but the pupils grow larger, and the light reflection (white dots) may gain a third source.

In times of great, sudden fear, the pupils shrink dramatically and the iris remain regular sized, capitalising on the how the gradient style of colouring for the iris looks a lot like a glassy sheen (or glaze).

If a pony has fallen to depression, or lost touch with the world, then the pupils simply disappear, and light source reflection is either reduced to one source or none at all. Leaving just the iris and it's glazed appearance to express the emotion of lifelessness or numbness.

These guidelines are flexible, and I do try different styles when an expression needs that extra unique look. Fluttershy's "blind rage" eye style from "Into the Bazaar" is my attempt to show that has almost lost control of herself.
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like you know what you're doing. Carry on then. ^^
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconnameleslight: "Do you know what you are doing?"

[link]
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*after 10 years of practice*
[link]
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After 10 years of study, and a bit of genetic engineering. Mattatatta transformed from a clueless Pegasus to an educated dog...

wat
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And that's how Equestria was made!

But let's be honest. That's not even close to the strangest thing that have happened to him. Am I right?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, there was that one time he rescued Phoe from Gryphons during the Mock War Event...

((Warning, very old artwork from when I first started drawing))
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
That would be absolutely horrifying. I have had nightmares like this.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd suppose a lot of people have had such nightmares. I'm not one of them, I think that might be due to the fact that I'm happy in my company. It's not the same as being completely alone in a world where survival is a daily concern, of course, but I'm not afraid to fend for myself because I know I can handle myself and deal with solitude.

Fending for myself and being responsible for any number of people with me in a situation where survival is a daily struggle, however, that is something I'm afraid of. The thought of possibly and unintentionally leading somebody into harm's way is a pressure I'm unused to.
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
That would be tough, but only through adversity can we truly learn and find out who we are, right? Though I have never given such a scenario thought, I think being a leader might be exciting and challenging, something new.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's kinda one of the recurring themes that have appeared in this story as I've made progress with it. With Fluttershy finding herself in a difficult situation, she is put onto a journey to really understand what she is capable of and who she really is.
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I think I need a journey to tell truth
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SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Writer
Aw, poor Fluttershy.

Nice art by the way.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Theory: Fluttershy is such a timid, unobtrusive doormat that even the all-powerful, pony-destroying cataclysm accidentally overlooked her when scouring the land. That is why she is the only one still around. :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha good one.
The scene that precedes this (still haven't made it yet), offers a clue as to how Fluttershy avoided the same fate, and I also plan to fully explain it in a scene that occurs during Spike's "arc".
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Poor girl!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed
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zaiali Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
And then I helped.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The End!
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
Wooo...
What just happened? I was never expecting that! Is this the very beginning of Survivor Shy's story (or at least very close to one)?

Have you played Morrowind? After reading this it immediately reminded me of Morrowind, where one day the whole race of Dwarves disappeared from their world. Well, one remained (like Fluttershy :) ), but otherwise Morrowind isn't a story about them (and not nearly as interesting as Survivor Shy, anyway ;) ).
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've never played Morrowind before, and only know that game and the fact that the Dwarves just vanished one day through Skyrim. Though I didn't draw inspiration from the Elder Scrolls series for the premise of this story (the first few drawings of this story was a result of speed running through Fallout 3 and all the DLCs, while also coming to the conclusion that Fluttershy was my new favourite character).

This scene occurs very close to where I pick up the story. There is only one other scene planned to take place before this, which is planned to act as a prologue of sorts. I'll be drawing it and writing for it once I work out the details.
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Dang it, now you made me want to play Skyrim. :D
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CJFinnegan Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. I can't wait for your next one.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm hoping you won't have to wait long, as I intend to come out with a new scene every two days.
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CJFinnegan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That will be awesome.
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Mylietus1991 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Writer
il help
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your avatar is a Beatles member, the irony cannot be any more funny to me!
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
poor Flutters! ;_;
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hold your tears; you'll probably need them.
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012
;___;
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