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(non-canon) Survivor Shy - In Trances by Mattatatta (non-canon) Survivor Shy - In Trances by Mattatatta
"I wanted to sleep, or wake up from this awful dream. No matter how many ruins I searched, or barren lands I scoured, there was not a single trace of any pony passing through. I had become very lonely, and it was taking its toll.

"I began stopping during my journey to just sit and dwell on better days, often for hours at a time. In these trances, I took refuge in my memories of spending sunny afternoons with my friends, even as I caught a cold in reality by sitting in a downpour of freezing rain. I wanted to go home, but home was in my mind, not in the scorched and ruined landscape I had left behind, and it wasn't in this land, either.

"I heard a Dragon roar in the distance, the sound echoing through the mountains and rolling across the plains I was travelling across. The terrifying thought of Dragons pierced through and brought me out of my latest trance, but I didn't want to move just yet. Instead, I looked at the wild grass around me. This place was very different to what I was used to, it was untouched by the disaster that had befallen everypony else. Damp, rich soil dirtied my hooves, and healthy shades of green rose and dipped softly with the gentle hills. I felt like an invader for disturbing the ground and grazing on the grass.

"I heard another Dragon roar, I was starting to run out of time. I struggled onto my hooves, my joints aching after being still for so long, and pushed onward."

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I had some terrible art block over the weekdays, meaning that this was sitting around as a sketch for most of the week. I powered through the block last night and today, and got this finished. I quite like what I have here, I tried to go for a 'bug's-eye-view' perspective, and I reckon I just about pulled it off.

Be sure to leave me some feedback on this and the series in general, and if any of you have any speculations, feel free to share them!

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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:icongamezonejack:
gamezonejack Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here lies rainbow dash 1985 to 2014.
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Sabera55 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I love the animation.
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconsabera55:
Sabera55 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
This pic puts me in a trance, lol! Its so peaceful, yet so sad.
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I eventually did a re-imagining of this image. It's not animated, but I had improved in quality by the time I drew this: fav.me/d5s1smj
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:iconsabera55:
Sabera55 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice, I like it.
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:iconoceansunset22:
OceanSunset22 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the animation of the rain is beautiful!
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Be sure to check out my gallery for more Survivor Shy pictures!
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:iconoceansunset22:
OceanSunset22 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i most certainly will ;)
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:iconcobeoe:
cobeoe Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
what is the title of the first page
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There isn't a first page, everything is made and uploaded out of chronological order. So you're free to begin wherever you wish.
As more scenes are created and uploaded, the order in which the story is told shall become much clearer.
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:iconyoshiart24:
YoshiArt24 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Some rain sounds would make this complete!
i like it alot too!
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you tried Rainy Mood?
[link]
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:iconyoshiart24:
YoshiArt24 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
OMG FITS,WHERE did you find this rainy mood?!u r too awesome
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found out about rainymood a couple of years ago. As a matter of fact, if you pair it with some classy jazz music, you have a perfect night in.
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:iconyoshiart24:
YoshiArt24 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
dang,man!
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:iconraenboow:
RaenBoow Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice intervention, keep em coming ^^
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:iconme-smith0211:
me-smith0211 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I expect the dragons have something to do with the apocalypse based on the narrative.
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good theory. The Dragons have become much more aggressive since the apocalypse, as they have all quickly seized territory and loot in the ruins of Equestria and have the need to defend what they have taken.

Fluttershy herself has a multitude of reasons to fear the Dragons. Not only because she is already afraid of them, but because she often trespasses in their newly claimed territory when in Equestria.

In this scene, however, the real reason why the Dragons finding her is a really bad thing will be revealed in a future scene.

Feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments of the other pictures in the series :) As a person who spends a lot of time developing head-canon, I enjoy reading what other people think of.
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:iconsabera55:
Sabera55 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
If the dragons are not responsible, then they must, at least, be taking advantage of it.  Thats my theory
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:iconme-smith0211:
me-smith0211 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Will do :D
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:iconleft4dragons:
Left4Dragons Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
real emotive real cool animation, very well done
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
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:icondragonblood6400:
DragonBlood6400 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
My Little Pony: Heavy Rain
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now with 100% less Origami and difficult button-matching levels!
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:icondragonblood6400:
DragonBlood6400 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
I kinda like the button-matching.
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It descends into button-mashing for me.
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:iconsonicsatamx93:
SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Writer
Nice art you made here.
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Much appreciated
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:iconsonicsatamx93:
SonicSatamX93 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Writer
No problem.
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Nameleslight Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is quite awsome. Both the art and the story is realy nice, but when put together, the whole becomes greater than the sums of it's parts. ^^
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your comment :)
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:iconzaiali:
zaiali Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
So beautiful. And nice metaphors and symbolism's as well. Why not make this into a fan fic?
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because I actually cannot write anything for too long without it losing its focus and becoming drivel. With this series, I have images that I've already made come to life from my imagination, and I find it very easy to write something short and simple, based on those scenes.

As time goes by, this series shall reach a point where things become much more clearer and linear, albeit still out of chronological order. I doubt I'll write it as a fan fic even after the series reaches that point where the story has practically written itself, because there will still be gaps to fill between the scenes, and I doubt I have the patience for that xP
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exorina888 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful .
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm happy you like it!
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:iconk4nk4n:
K4nK4n Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
This looks amazing.
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers!
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:iconjustaninnocentpony:
JustaninnocentPony Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Nice!
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconkyuwa-kun:
Kyuwa-kun Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Cooool :iconwowplz:
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkyuwa-kun:
Kyuwa-kun Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome! :)
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Icaron Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Goodness, I do like how you used perspective here. Particularly in conjunction with the foreground, when I focus on Fluttershy it almost looks three dimensional. Really pops, well done. ^^

Also, the shape of the clouds seem a bit like an optical illusion, my brain keeps trying to say they're slowly moving. XD
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Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My brother observed the optical illusion when I was getting his opinion on it. After that, I could see the illusion, too. I think it is an accidental combination of the rain drops being animated, the perspective, and gif artifacts :P But it makes things pretty nice, does it not?

I'm so glad that you think well of my attempt at perspective. I wasn't sure I was going to pull it off, I spent most of my time drawing this worrying that I had gone wrong somewhere, it wasn't until I did the foreground that I reassured myself that I was on the right track, but even then, I wasn't too certain I had done a good job of it.
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shadowysilence Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah, this is cool! :D
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:iconmattatatta:
Mattatatta Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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