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Survivor Shy - 'Oh... My...' by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - 'Oh... My...' by Mattatatta
"I quietly crept my way towards the silhouette of the air yacht under the cover of the falling snow. Canterlot had dramatically become colder, and as I climbed aboard the anchored vessel and questioned whether it was right to steal it, I reminded myself that there was no way I was going to be able to walk down the mountain without freezing or being attacked by the Dragons and Diamond Dogs in and around Canterlot, and flying out of the city was out of the question with the strong winds forming and poor visibility.

"I dropped my saddlebags onto the deck, and began releasing the ropes holding the balloon down. Suddenly, it rose upwards sharply, and the yacht was jerked a few hooves into the air as it was caught between the balloon and its anchor. I climbed back aboard the yacht, and released the anchor from the ground. Now free, the yacht ascended quickly and silently, and was caught by a crosswind and blown over Canterlot. I peeked over the rail at the city below. Compared to the last time I visited, the city was now much more quiet. With the exception of the few fires still burning, and the faint shapes of Dragons flying around below, Canterlot seemed to have been largely abandoned by both of the warring races, leaving a ghostly shell that was now being buried ever so slowly in snow.

"I rose above the clouds, losing sight of the world beneath, and was finally greeted by the rising Sun. I allowed myself to breathe a sigh of relief, glad to have reached the safety of the sky.

"I heard rumbles, and at first I thought it was my stomach, but then a flash caught my eyes. I looked ahead of the ship, and my eyes widened in fear. Dead ahead, was a massive multicellular thunderstorm, and the ship was sailing on the wind straight into it.

"'Oh... My...' I said to myself, and I rushed into the cabin to the pilot controls. I attempted to steer the yacht, but I couldn't get the ship to alter its course, I was at the mercy of the wind.

"I rushed back onto the deck, to collect my saddlebags, when a bolt of lightning struck the balloon. The deafening explosion scared me into a tiny ball on the deck, and I was too afraid to move as the storm became much more violent, shaking the air yacht around and assaulting it with hail and lightning. The balloon ignited and started to burn, and I knew then that the ship wasn't going to survive this flight."


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First scene out of five for the next five days, and I barely made it. I can't hang around for long, because I need to get to sketching tomorrow's scene right now.

I decided to try a different approach with this scene. I at first wanted to show the viewer the storm, but then changed my mind because the viewer couldn't see Fluttershy's face, and I like to leave her expression visible so that a viewer can read her expression. However, I also needed to show what she was so afraid of in the picture. So I decided to take a more comic-book style approach to it by including the thunderstorm in a separate pane. I like the result, AND I managed to make sure she had all the accessories she's supposed to be wearing on her the first time around. I need to correct my last submission when I have time because I forgot her bandage in it. It'll probably see correction this Saturday, since my weekdays are booked solid on drawing new scenes!

Oh, and one last thing: Survivor Shy is now on FimFiction! It'll soon be current to my dA, which means it'll be perfect for those of you who frequent FimFiction to easily track this story! Plus, it might help me achieve a feature on the site, you never know!
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EnforcingFern48 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Will Dat Fing Blow up? or Set On Fire
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It isn't Hindenburg, but...
DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
:iconfluttershyyayplz::iconsaysplz:":iconapplebloomplz::iconsaysplz:"Buy some apples!" "

A translation of Fluttershy's exclamation, for those of you who watch Friendship is Witchcraft. ;)
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I watch that, it's pretty funny!
hellfirejag Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Writer
Welcome to the equestria Daily! 533rd Drawfriend! [link]
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was not expecting that! Holy sprinting werewolves!
Nameleslight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How could it end this bad? The explanation is simple: [link]

Anyway, excellent work as always. The background and the clouds looks awesome, and Fluttershy looks good, too. Not sure if you're trying a new muzzle style or if you forgot to draw the lower jar, but her mouth does looks a bit strange in my opinion.
Also, the shade of green in her sclera (white of the eye) looks strangely familiar. :iconqueenchrysalisplz: The plot thickens...

I wounder how the air yacht works. I assume it's helium in the balloon, since it would explode violently if it was hydrogen. There is probably plenty of magic involved too.
Maybe parts of the ship would stay in the air even if most of it crashes, floating in the air like remains of a boat, offering something for survivors to hold onto while awaiting rescue, back in the days.

You're planing to pull out 5 parts in 5 days? That's impressive. I just hope the quality won't suffer from the rush. :)
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her mouth is meant to be closed, but with an exaggerated, and comical, expression of shock. Just imagine the lower eyelid of her right eye twitching and the caption "Do not want." to get the idea. I was trying to capture that moment when she realises she's just taken herself out of one extreme and straight into another, and tried to portray it in a slightly more 'cartoony' way to reflect other parts of the picture.

I've recently started getting a habit of filling the whites of her eyes with a very desaturated colour, typically green, to keep them from looking too grey or white. I guess I went a little bit high on the saturation this time, and the combination of greens and blues in the irises only made the hue more obvious.

Judging by how the air yacht works in Sweet and Elite. It seems to behave much like a regular ship in that it gets its power from the wind, and the controls consist of a rudder at the back and fins on the side. As a result, if the wind is strong enough, it'll blow the yacht off course and override the controls.

While such vessels are designed purely for luxury rather than actual practicality, meaning that the vessel has to be anchored during storms, it would most likely have several safety features such as a magical lightning rod like what Twilight's home is reported to be fitted with. But given the fact the ship is in the air and not on the ground, the lightning rod probably grounds into an enchanted gemstone that can absorb a number of strikes before it breaks, leaving a good pilot some lee-way to bring the yacht to dock before serious damage is caused. After the gemstone breaks, lightning can set the ship on fire and damage the ship if struck.

When it comes to it being on fire, I would expect the material to be very resistant to fire, and would burn slowly. To avoid a Hindenburg-level disaster, I imagine the gas to be non-flammable, and would simply leak out through the holes caused by fire, causing the ship to slowly descend. Now, in Fluttershy's case, the fire also put a lot of strain on where the cables were that were connecting the ship to the balloon. By the time the scene "Falling" came into play (after sailing through a thunderstorm), the cables broke from the balloon, and the ship fell onto its side.
Nameleslight Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fair enough.
Seems like the gem should have been changed long ago. Probably was, too.
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like fuses on a car, owners forget to check them, and eventually they fail. Then again, Fluttershy did kinda lead a perfectly good airship into a lightning storm
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