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Survivor Shy - The Element of Magic by Mattatatta Survivor Shy - The Element of Magic by Mattatatta
"My second trip to Canterlot was going as badly as I expected it to. I had already been chased by Diamond Dogs, and the threatening roars of Dragons reminded me that I'd probably be chased by one of those soon enough, too. But I felt compelled to come back here, a strong dedication to go back to Canterlot Tower and hope that I could learn what became of the Elements shortly after being caught in the middle of a battle between the warring Dogs and Dragons.

"A chill in the breeze caused me to shiver, and I realised that it was beginning to snow. I stopped for a moment, confused at the sight. 'Winter is still months away,' I pondered aloud, 'So why is Cloudsdale releasing the Winter weather early?' The realisation hit me just as I finished my sentence; there were no ponies in Cloudsdale managing the Weather Factory, so something could've gone wrong, and the Winter weather could've been allowed to form early.

"I shook my head and broke out into a steady canter before my mind could conjure up thoughts of Cloudsdale being completely desolate, and focused on getting to Canterlot Tower. On the way, while making sure I remained unseen, I looked at the damage the city had taken, as well as the castle. While the fires seemed to have burned out for the most part, countless buildings had been levelled, and parts of the palace had been destroyed.

"Like the majority of the castle, Canterlot Tower was nothing more than a ruin with a missing roof. The door was sealed shut by debris on the inside, so I flew over the wall and landed down on top of the rubble, disturbing some dust and snowflakes with my wings. My heart began to sink as I looked over the destruction. I had once seen all of the Elements of Harmony in here, along with Princess Celestia's crown. But in the chaos of the fight, and in the rush to escape, I had left with only the Princess' crown, and a gang of Diamond Dogs hounding me down.

"I shivered again, only this time out of fear from the memory than the chilly air. I started walking on the rubble idly, not sure what to do, until I saw a faint light under some bricks.

"I perked up and started making my way over to the light, as I got closer, it became stronger, and brighter. I hurried up and rushed over, starting to dig the source of the light free from the rubble. As I lifted and pushed a shattered slab out of the way, I gasped at what I saw in surprise. There, laying in the debris, was the Element of Magic, glowing brightly and giving out a comforting blanket of heat.

"I had never seen any of the Elements of Harmony do this before, at least not without my friends and I using them to save Equestria from Nightmare Moon or Discord. I held my hoof over the tiara tentatively, worried that it might be hot to the touch or otherwise dangerous to disturb. But the Element seemed to glow brighter and become more warm the closer my hoof got to it, as if it was beckoning me to pick it up.

"Slowly, I reached for the Element, intending to scoop it up and place it inside my saddlebag. But when my hoof connected with it, jolts of magic coursed up my foreleg and swept over me. A strange, relaxing warmth followed and I felt myself start to fall into a deep slumber. I should have started to panic, but I was too tired to even stand up, and somehow, I knew that there was no reason to be afraid.

"I closed my eyes, and drifted away to another world."


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This started out as a sketch that I didn't know what to do with. So I sat on it for a couple of days trying to work out what was missing. I won't say what it was that was missing, but I found it, and it made this picture even better.

I also tried a different style, where I aimed to not have outlines, instead relying heavily on shading and on minimal use of lines to make things have a border and appear less flat - especially in the case of Fluttershy. I think I did very good!

There's a scene already planned straight after this, and I just might draw it and upload it next because I'm most willing to draw that than any other scene I have planned right now.

Anyway, tell me what you think of this scene! And feel free to leave any other Survivor Shy related comments, too!

((As per suggestion, Fluttershy's canteen strap has been drawn shorter this time around))
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Kimberly-AJ-04-02 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Student General Artist
I wonder what Twilight Sparkle might say even if she's not there with Fluttershy. :roll:

Twilight's voice: You've found my tiara, Fluttershy!

Fluttershy: I did?

Twilight's voice: Uh-huh.
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FireworksBlaze Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Is Twi alive?
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PublicEnemyMLP Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was in another world! A world of twenty! Twenty thousand girls!
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Makri14 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Oh my!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
!ym hO
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MegaPatron Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
oh my...i wonder what happened!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You'll find out eventually, when I finally decide on the best way to artistically depict it.
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
I like the soft, glowy style for the peaceful scene. You should keep up the stylistic experimentation.

((The more tightly-cinched canteen strap looks much safer.))
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you took notice to the strap. It wasn't a big deal to do, but I at least made a point to change that.

Shading is something that I've spent a lot of time practicing, even when I used to scribble in class, I'd typically shade my scribbles if only to waste ink or sharpen the point on the pencil (shading with a pen?! Blasphemy!). Then digital drawing came along when I bought my tablet, and I found something I was already passable at. Everything else: colouring, perspective, anatomy, etc, was an uphill battle.

I can already see myself making use of this style in the future. Though there are plenty of other things I want to try, too.
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice setting and scenery here ^^ I'm too sleepy witgh now to come up with anything else than the fact I was entertained and hopes that you continues :thumsbup:
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TechZeroPyro Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Oh wow....This update gives me the urge to engage in some Mass Wild Guessing.

Maybe something happened with all the Elements

But...what is WITH Applejack in the Diamond Dog caves? And how long has this been going on? Spike hasn't aged very much, so it couldn't have been too many years in the future.

Whoa, that's scary as hell to contemplate. All of Equestria fell in less than a year.

But then, weird stuff keeps happening when Fluttershy finds elements. She already time travelled once...or suffered Amnesia...
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The amount of time that passes from the very beginning of the story all the way to the end of the story is deliberately left vague. But there will be some small details, some intentional, some not, that will help give a basic idea how long Fluttershy's journey spans.

When it comes to time, the only thing made clear with it is how each scene is correctly arranged. Each scene will include information that will give a strong idea which scene came before or after it - if it exists.

I do love Wild Mass Guessing, I wish more people would partake in it with this series, because it's fun to read what people come up with.

I'm aiming to make an animation for the scene directly after where Fluttershy thinks she spots Applejack. You'll know it when you see it, because AJ will appear in the image, and the story excerpt shall help explain what you see. The only trouble I have with animated images, though, is that I always have complex ideas that take a while to do. the last one I did was "Sirt, Stry, urd Syche", which was 16 inividually animated frames, with Fluttershy herself being made out of several parts (much like the puppets the show uses). That animation took over two weeks to make, and there were no other updates in between.

What happened to Equestria was very sudden, and while ponies knew something was wrong, they simply could not prepare for it. The start of the story is where Fluttershy's journey begins, and also sheds light on just how Equestria fell apart. There is also planned interaction between Spike and Fluttershy that explains how Fluttershy came to be the only survivor out of all of the ponies (pack your tissues, there are some real tear-jerkers in the future).

Fluttershy herself does not time travel, that's just the effect of whiplash from me jumping back and forth in the timeline. It serves no in-universe purpose to tell the story this way, it's just how I started writing the story, back when I had pretty much no idea what I was doing :S

The Elements of Harmony are strongly tied to the character I'm set to introduce; Salix. I cannot offer any further information in that area, due to spoilers. But the scene where Salix comes into the picture is right after the recent update, and I just might draw that scene next.
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chibireapah Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
*speechless*
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you're considering on sticking around for future instalments, and... maybe regaining the ability to speak. Life would suck if one suddenly lost their ability to speak.
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chibireapah Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
i must stay your work is awesome :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I really appreciate the compliment!
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chibireapah Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
yw :D
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sapphire475gs Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Wow, does the Element of Magic have a message, perhaps? This is a anecdote as usual. And yes, your new technique is improving the quality of the image's appeal for me.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As another commenter pointed out (I think on my Tumblr), this style works very well in scenes like this, where she isn't in immediate danger. I think it is because it makes everything look softer, and warmer in the case of Fluttershy. This style might become a constant, or at least there shall be variants of it. It depends on how I approach a given scene.

The Element of Magic will reveal all it has to offer... once I draw and upload the scene (haha)
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So cute!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree, and you have the shading to thank for that. Without outlines, she looked very flat and two-dimensional lol
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see.
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Karach0s Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Ah, again that feeling of loneliness in a desolate world, before meeting Spike. :)
But, another story = another cliffhanger. *sigh* Why do I allow you to torture me like that? :D
I congratulate you on being able to keep up with the story as a whole when you add new pieces so randomly (or so it seems to us, readers; or at least to me :P). :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
While I'm actually writing the full story behind the scenes so that the ideas are out of my head and onto paper, I'm always changing things I haven't implemented yet. And I occasionally see an opportunity to squeeze an extra scene in what I've already got planned.

I have to get a move on, though. Because I'm determined to get this finished, and I'm not even a third finished.
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zaiali Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
wait where is apple jack?
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm still hopping backwards and forwards in the story, essentially filling in some gaps the size of an ocean so that everything strings together eventually into one complete story. I've been making the story like this since the very beginning.

There will be a scene made to cover what happens when Fluttershy thinks she sees Applejack, when it'll appear exactly is unknown
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Sweet, the pieces are coming together. Or they already did. You know what I mean.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think I do, but I'm also looking at the first third of the entire story that I've got typed up, and how many scenes it consists of, and how many of them are not even drawn or hinted at. So at the same time, the pieces seem to be far away from falling into place.

I think tomorrow will be another day of heavy slogging in order to get a new scene out. With the pressure of Season 3, I feel the need to pick up the pace and learn to draw faster and not be so lazy.
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Cool. Don't get burned out though. Your not a factory. Let it come to you as it comes. Everything in balance and all that.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've got a supply of scene s to draw, and a fair idea on how I want to draw them. I should probably not tarry with them.
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dempsey23 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
This above all: to thine own self be true
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SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Writer
Nice art you drew here.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Writer
You're welcome
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Mickey-the-Luxray Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this song fits the scene very well- [link]

You're a good writer! You think you could read my new fic and give feedback? Just go to my page if you feel like it.
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me-smith0211 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
So... Awesome... *drool*
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm quite pleased with how this one came out myself :)
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Keairan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Woot! Another update of this awesome story/art
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hope you enjoy it!
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Keairan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
I did :)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great! What are your thoughts on the art and the story so far?
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Keairan Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
The art and story fit each other excellently, two pieces of a puzzle, if you will. I'm awaiting more story development for this. It should be awesome, if your prior works are anything to go by.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm aiming to increase the rate at which I make scenes, so that I can get the ball rolling and get things to start making connections and begin making sense. Today, I'm going to sketch and lineart a new scene, and tomorrow, hopefully colour and upload it.
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CJFinnegan Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This just keeps getting better and better. An excellent illustrated fanfic.
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe one day, it'll hit EqD as one. But I'd prefer to finish it first, since everything is jumbled up, and the average EqD visitor barely has enough time to keep up with music posts xD!

Thanks for following this series while it develops!
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CJFinnegan Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome. It's been very enjoyable so far.
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ProsaurusRex Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Love it!
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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