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Misguided Intentions by Jamey4 Misguided Intentions by Jamey4
Fluttershy is given the chance to be a watchful protector of the animals of the forest, but her responsibilities and fears get the better of her, and she eventually turns extremely cold and cruel towards anyone who might harm the animals of the forest.

"Oh, there you are. You...didn't think you could actually hide from me...did you? Get out of my forest, or I'll drag you out myself."


Credit to :iconkired25: for the Fluttershy vector
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Okay, got myself a bit time, so I figured I'll give critiquing a chance... see if I haven't lost my "touch" :D

Staying true to my usual concept, let us start with a vision of this pic, shall we? Now, descritpion technically explains what is going on, but one cannot shake the feeling that "something is not right". Presenting Fluttershy in such predicament is certainly disturbing, but, on the other hand, I believe that is also what you were going for, which basically comes down to the conflict of the piece's intention and it's allegiance to the source material. Neither can be dismissed in grading your vision, coz while this is fanart... it is FANart, meaning based on something.

Unlike in most cases, the issue of originality seems quite easy to sum up here - while there is Dangershy, The Stare, "Why... won't... you... LOVE ME!" and the like, in fandom Fluttershy is (maybe surprisingly) rarely shown from her dark side. The portrait you used to bring that darkness from her, while playing on known concepts, is also quite interesting, at the same time staying true (as much as such piece can) to the character herself.
In this day and age, where so little is "fresh", I believe you did a good job on this part.

The technique itself feels the same as with many of your, previous works, that I saw; of course that, in itself, is not a flaw; if something works, why not use it? The key is to not be redundant about it, coz otherwise you may destract the viewer from the actual art.
The familiar play of lights and shadows gets the job done very nicely, while the background, while simple, corresponds with the theme, supplementing the whole. One might wonder about Fluttershy's pose, which is a tad humanized, but then we saw such scenes in the cartoon itself.
Making the long monolog short - as earlier, the style gets the job done and that's what matters... one could only hope to see you expand, if there has to be a nitpick.

The impact is, undoubtfully this piece's greatest quality; the single ray of light falling on Fluttershy's eyes gives one the fear of unknown, hiding the rest by the shadows of the forest, which spreads beyond, covered in darkness, almost wrapped in a fog. All this plays on one's imagination that there is something, that lurks outside his vision and that it may not be pretty.
The lonesome pony standing guard of the forest almost sends out a warning to those that cast their eyes upon her that there are rules to obey; rules that shall not be broken and, while Fluttershy rarely gives out a fearsome vibe, there is some truth to this claim, this time around.
The void that seems to flow out from between the trees plays a nice homage to the thrill, making it a classical case of "silence before the storm" - you're not sure when it'll hit, but the feeling is nearly unbareable.

Overall I'd say this is a very nicely done piece; true, Fluttershy as a character takes a bit of the edge of suspense, but being able to actually make her seem unsettling is not an easy feat.
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:iconmlp-toolkit:
"Get out of my forest, or I'll drag you out myself." I think it would fit the picture more it you had put "Get out of my forest, or you'll never leave again." I just think it would put  a darker tone to it.
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:icondoughnutjoe:
:iconfluttershyblankplz::iconsaysplz:There are worse things out tonight than manticores.
:icongildagriffonplz::iconsaysplz:Like what?
:iconfluttershyissrsplz::iconsaysplz:Like me.
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:iconrickbeast:
You best stay out of her shed.
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:iconbrojmudek:
brojmudek Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if fluttershy is angry with you better run
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:iconkreuzfeuerkind:
I would definetely do the same.
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:iconmetapsionic:
Gives me chills!
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:iconroninjedi:
roninjedi Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're going to FEAAAAR MEEEEEEE!
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:icondjentlewolf:
Wow.. Dark. now I'm grinning like a fool! :D Gah! This is awesome!
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:iconfullmetal-landon:
FullMetal-Landon Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Hey hey hey,
stay outta my shed...
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:icongalapin:
So dark and scary, nice work
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