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Can't believe I drew this after all...

Was having one of those bad art nights -- low self-esteem/inferiority complex, etc. Decided to try something new (keyhole view, basically). A few strokes in, I knew I was going to take a crack at this subject again.

Scene is Scotch Tape during Ch. 33 of PH. Poor kid.

Marked mature, because duh.

Only kind of a speedpaint -- took about an hour and a half.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
They should had killed them for what they had done to Blackjack. Blackjack is merciful and forgiving, but mercy... it just doesn't apply to some people.
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oooopoooo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
After not thinking about that event for months, I got teary eyed because it all suddenly came back to me.
Such a powerful picture.
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Nik-Naks Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I will admit I've read some cruel and evil stuff before, but nothing ever left me feeling just emotionally dead quite like that chapter. Just thinking back to it makes me feel broken.
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Lijiah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I can't even. I have lost my ability to even. ;~;
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
:hug:
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Lijiah Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Thank you. I couldn't sleep for days after this chapter.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I sobbed for, like, an hour after I read it. Know that feel.
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regolit Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
One of greatest scene in FoE fiction. Ch.33 bring me back to reading PH. Awesome drawing. Julep you are awesome.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Thanks!
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JamesEM73 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Holy sheet, this scene... the worst part is knowing what's JUST OFF CAMERA!
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SulferTheBlackCat Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, i just read this part today during school .3.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Yah. ._.
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UWoodward Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
You know, this sort of brings to mind something. Blackjack obviously needed and got a lot of therapy (and maybe a bit of Rampage's "therapy" too) after this. But just how much does Scotch need? Even setting aside her abandonment issues and the whole "everypony I know and grew up with is dead." This moment alone would rate days of couch time.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
They touch on it a bit -- that the only one who's able to connect with Scotch in a meaningful way after 33 is Rampage, for a while... but yeah. Can't imagine the poor girl's poor brain.
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AlexandrZaytsevet Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Keep coming back to this...

Amazing work, mate. Absolutely brilliant job getting the suspense on paper.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Thanks a ton, that's exactly what I was hoping for.
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xshadowfaustx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh Ch 33...
Well done painting though.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Thanks!
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fuzzyveevee Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I still feel a little shivery remembering that chapter. It just took a high dive into truly grim territory. Seeing this picture only reminds me of it. The thickness of that blood as you draw it feels so much more nasty, given it implies the level of wounds inflicted a lot without seeing them.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I still haven't been able to read it again.
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ParastarSarasva Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I doubt I could bring myself to read that part again. Gives me the chills.
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Allanx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, it's kinda neat that you captured just how disturbing that whole sequence was without even showing much of anything. It's not 100% accurate to the chapter, but it's actually more heart-wrenching this way. I wouldn't want to be in Scotch Tape's place, that's for sure.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
*nods* I'd actually talked it over with Snipe before my first version of this picture, and we agreed that revisiting it from Scotch's POV, as it was in the chapter, would be dull for an observer. We'd decided that her being a deck below the events would still give that feeling of separation, but make the horror closer. And, while my original was a profile shot with her on one level and the feet of the action above on another, I felt a "keyhole" view would be more dramatic -- so I'm glad you liked it!

And, yeah. That poor filly...
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Allanx Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's just something rather brilliant about this composition that really creeps me out. The vague, impressionist style, the blood pooling and running beneath the floorboards, the sheer anguish suggested by the lines representing Scotch Tape's expression.

It's almost like it's inviting the viewer to experience the same nail-biting horror from Scotch Tape's perspective. You can almost feel her clenched teeth, the tightness in her chest, the pain and helplessness of hearing the only other surviving Stable 99 mare being remorselessly mutilated and ravished, the disgust and fear from feeling a friend's own life blood dripping into her coat.

The more I really contemplate it, the more genuinely horrifying it becomes.
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DarrianMH Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i think i need to get to that chapter cause i have no idea what is pictured here. but nice painting style here!
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Thanks! And, yes. PH33 is probably my favorite piece of writing in all of FoE. Just an emotional kick to the gut.
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DarrianMH Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i'm currently on chapter 5 or six, haven't read it for months now. .__.
i really should though.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Yeah, got a bit to go before you get there. XD
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Ryxingeir Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Incredible job capturing the emotion, Mint.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Thanks, Ryx. It was something that Snipe and I had talked about: what that chapter would've been like from Scotch's POV.
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Ryxingeir Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Scotch's perspective would have probably made it even more terrifying of a scene.

I definitely think doing the picture in this "keyhole" style has much more impact than it would have if you'd done a profile shot. *nods*
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Well, we came to the conclusion that her perspective would be terrifying to live through, but damn hard to write.

And I'm glad it worked!
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Pantzar Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything else felt dulled after this chapter.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I dunno if I'd go that far... but yeah, in a way it was. This is still the emotional high-water mark for FoE-verse, to me.
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AlexandrZaytsevet Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Student General Artist
God, that just raped my feels.

Bad wording...
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Meeee, too. Still haven't reread that chapter, yet.
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Ironwolves21 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Feels bad man.

That chapter was...It was definitely unique. I honestly thought it would end there.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Honestly? I would have been fine if it had. Not because I don't like PH, post-33, but because it was just such an amazing ending to that story arc.
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Ironwolves21 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
But, knowing PH, the torture wouldn't end that easily.
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JulepPony Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Nope! Death doesn't come that easily, with that nice of closure.
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