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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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:icon2wingo:
2wingo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
My people used to EAT horses, little pony. Let me pass, or be destroyed.
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:iconmlp-toolkit:
mlp-Toolkit Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
"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:
DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
:iconfluttershyblankplz::iconsaysplz:There are worse things out tonight than manticores.
:icongildagriffonplz::iconsaysplz:Like what?
:iconfluttershyissrsplz::iconsaysplz:Like me.
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:iconrickbeast:
Rickbeast Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
You best stay out of her shed.
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:iconbrojmudek:
brojmudek Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
if fluttershy is angry with you better run
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:iconkreuzfeuerkind:
Kreuzfeuerkind Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
I would definetely do the same.
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:iconmetapsionic:
metapsionic Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Gives me chills!
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:iconroninjedi:
roninjedi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're going to FEAAAAR MEEEEEEE!
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:icondjentlewolf:
djentlewolf Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Wow.. Dark. now I'm grinning like a fool! :D Gah! This is awesome!
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:iconfullmetal-landon:
FullMetal-Landon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Hey hey hey,
stay outta my shed...
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:icongalapin:
galapin Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
So dark and scary, nice work
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:iconrhhay:
rhhay Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
It's so creepy... but I like it :3
This will make for a very nice dark desktop background
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:iconbeloveddoll:
BelovedDoll Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013   Digital Artist
Nice and creepy - just the way I like it. =P
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:iconmlp-toolkit:
mlp-Toolkit Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
Fluttershy can be scary sometimes. I'm serious. But I still love her.
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:iconfrog804:
Frog804 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
And the forest slowly eats away at her sanity.
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:iconjessthebordercollie:
jessthebordercollie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:0
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:iconoctavio-wolf:
OCTAVIO-WOLF Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
oh darkshy!!!!
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:iconnob0d:
nob0d Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
The grass made me think Dayz and made fluttershy creepier...
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:iconnuvolavolpe:
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
:D
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:iconthe-syreth-clan:
The-Syreth-Clan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This'd make a great fanfic, hell even could be cross-overed with "Dream of the Blood Moon".
She cuts the head off the ones who refuse to leave and hangs them on the giant tree located in a small plain in the centre of the forest. YEEAAH! Oh yeah the picture....

I guess I got my new wallpaper, love the dark atmosphere and Fluttershy's assertiveness, not to mention the depth of field and the way you played with the lighting. Hands down amazing. :)
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:iconcrumpled666:
crumpled666 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
This would make a great fanfic!
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:icontwilightismagic:
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student General Artist
But there was one creature who would not have any of this. It swore to restore the balance no matter the cost. Its name was... THE NOPESPIDER [link]

Them trees and that grass there. They make me think of some creepy 2D game, of the good variety. The single beam of light works perfectly here, too. Well done.
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:iconpumice-footstone:
Pumice-Footstone Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
*turns around and walks out of the forest*
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:iconstriker-666:
Striker-666 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
That is by far the darkest synopsis I've ever read.
It could work perfectly as a dark fiction on FiMFiction(dot)net. =D
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:iconmlp-retro:
MLP-Retro Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
what about her friends?
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:icondarkoverlords:
darkoverlords Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Sequel to the "Putting Your Hoof Down" episode?
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:iconcyberfoxvii:
CyberfoxVII Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I'd say more of an alternate ending.
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