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(non-canon) Survivor Shy - Blizzard by Mattatatta (non-canon) Survivor Shy - Blizzard by Mattatatta
"It started to snow, lightly at first, but soon it became too heavy for me to see further than a few steps in front of me. The wind picked up, howling and whirling all around me. I was almost sure I heard hoof-falls in among the sounds of the blizzard, but I couldn't see anypony.

"I stopped walking and tried to fly up to escape the storm, but a strong gust caught me and blew me back down. I tried again, this time abandoning my saddlebags to shed weight, but the wind seemed to blow even harder and force me back onto the ground.

"Unable to fly or walk out of the blizzard, I dug into the snow with my hoof, hoping I could dig a hole to hide away from the wind chilling my bones. But as soon as I met the dirt that hope was dashed, because the ground was as hard as granite.

"I sat down in the snow, now completely out of options. The wind was far too strong to fly out of, the snow too heavy to look for shelter, and ground too frozen to attempt digging. I should've panicked there and then, but instead, I relaxed. I closed my eyes and for the first time in a while, smiled.

"Everything was going to be okay."

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EDIT: Downscaled image from 1080pony to 720pony for better viewing and less lag.

The animation works better for me when viewing it in full view.

I shall remind everyone right now that the images in this series are not created and uploaded in chronological order. You as the viewer decides in which order the scenes go, and you can fill the blanks any way you can think of.

I am extremely proud of this one. I saw this image flash across my eyes on Friday night before I went to sleep, and I spent all day Saturday drawing it from start to finish. I think it has come out beautifully.

Still-image wallpaper version: [link]
Survivor Shy Gallery: [link]

*FAQ:*

(q)What is this?
(a-short answer) Survivor Shy, an ongoing series following Fluttershy on a mission to survive being in an Equestria in ruins, and to restore Equestria and ponykind.
(a-long answer) A project I began after binging on Fallout 3 and Fluttershy episodes. It originally began as a couple of pictures that depicted Fluttershy in an ambigious, post-apocalyptic setting. But since then, Survivor Shy has evolved into an ongoing adventure/fantasy series following Shy's journey to restore Equestria and ponykind.

(q)Where do I start? In what order do these pictures go?
(a-short answer) Follow them in any order, none of them are in chronological order, and I've left it up to you to work out the correct order.
(a-long answer) I'm experimenting with an unusual way of storytelling. I focus on drawing dramatic scenes that fit the basic theme of Survivor Shy, and once I'm finished, I write a story excerpt based on the picture. As time goes by and I complete and upload new scenes, the chronological order of the story shall become clearer, and the story shall practically write itself. Once I finish the 'last' scene of Survivor Shy, I'll see about linking the scenes together into chronological order.

(q)Why are your animated pictures so big? They make me lag!
(a)I'm a silly pony who likes massive pictures, but I'll downscale the gifs so that they don't lag so much from now on.

(q)Is this going to be Grimdark/Mature?
(a) I have no intention of drawing anything that could be classed as Grimdark. We're talking Disney-levels of blood and overall darkness. As for the written parts, I will not write anything graphic, but the written parts do have less-strict rules.

(q)Will Fluttershy die?
(a)I can't say exactly, I will say that she could die, but I'll never draw her dead or write words to the effect of "Fluttershy died". If your imagination says that she died after a certain scene, then that's your interpretation.
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FollowTheRattlesnake Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
I was listening to this when I found this, It somehow fits:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=_y19fw…
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landro117 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
anyone know how do you call an animated base?
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dreysantillan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
what is survivor shy actually (new here)
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In a nutshell, Survivor Shy is a fanfic that is illustrated throughout, and follows Fluttershy as she deals with the sudden and disastrous shockwave that led to the disappearance of the rest of ponykind, leaving her as the seemingly sole survivor in Equestria.

On a broader scale, the story takes place three months after the disaster, where Fluttershy is stuck in a spell-induced trance designed to help her through amnesia. As she uncovers the memories of the past, the reader learns more of her story and what she did to not only survive, but try to seek a way to undo what has happened.

This particular scene is rather old and will probably become non-canon in the future, or I might simply update the art and story excerpt when the time comes. Either way, the current revision of the fanfic can be read on FimFiction, though it lacks many of the scenes found in the Gallery. That shall change in the future, however, as I make more chapters.
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dreysantillan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
do you have an animation or some sort of a movie
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I only make short gifs I draw myself in my free time
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dreysantillan Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
oh...ok nice story by the way
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
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dreysantillan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
uh why are you thanking?...oh you're welcome LOL!
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RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cool! The next thing I imagine will happen will be a flashback back to the future where everyone is looking at this freezed pony in display, forever wondering and speculating over her faint happy smile in a similar fashion people wonder over Mona Lisa.

:dummy: I have no idea what just happened...

:thumbsup::thumbsup:
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