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But, -I really tried this time... by NaterRang But, -I really tried this time... by NaterRang
What happens when you neglect something in life because it's boring or irrelevant to your personal interest?

What happens with suddenly that something becomes relevant? -When it determines whether or not you get to attend an event you've waited your whole life for?

What happens when you devote your full attention and time to that something with so much on the line-

-and you still fail?
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:iconkobrakin:
Poor, poor Rainbow Dash. :(

Failure, especially at something you truly tried your best at, is a devastating blow to one's self-confidence, especially for someone like Rainbow Dash. She was doubtlessly convinced that if she had simply wanted to do well academically, she could do so easily. Her grades were bad because she had other things to worry about, and nothing more.

Unfortunately, she learned that she is not infallible, and that she can fail. We see the consequences of this crushing defeat reverberate well into adulthood. Her arrogance and her ego are both emotional shields; when they are stripped away by the possibility of another humiliating failure (the Best Young Flyers competition), we see that deep inside, she never fully recovered.

This is a poignant and heart wrenching scene, a captured trauma that will define Rainbow Dash, and leave her forever running away from herself. She dropped out of Flight School because she could not handle the risk of another failure. Despite her incredible natural talent, she is content to remain a small town weather pegasus; by being a big fish in a small pond, she can avoid situations that would fall out of her comfort zone.

This also drives her to constantly push herself to improve herself in areas where she is already talented: flying and athletics. She has to be the fastest, the strongest, the best, at everything she does, to prove to herself that she is worthy. This drives her to be unshakably loyal as well: not coming through for her friends or her town is a failure in Rainbow Dash's eyes, and that is the one thing she dreads more than anything else. Is it any surprise that Discord used visions of failure (in this case, failing to save Cloudsdale) to corrupt Dash?

The fact that I am able to read so much into this piece is a testament to its quality. It is also beautifully drawn, and lovely to look at. Wonderful work as always, NaterRang! :)
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Vision: Good God, has this happened to me. Just at a first glance I can tell that something serious just went down, and it really makes me want to explore the story in it further.

Originality: Rainbow isn't really my favorite pony, mainly because her brash, abrasive attitude reminds me of my childhood bullies. Seeing her in a state of submission and of failure really helps give her some more depth as a character, and depth is necessary if you want your character to be universally loved. Just seeing the tears falling down this sad little filly's face nearly brings tears to my own eyes. The one thing I could say is that you REALLY did not need to put Derpy in here. I understand that it is supposed to be a counterpoint to the pain that Rainbow is feeling, but this obvious bit of fan service detracts from the whole experience. If you were to redo this, I suggest that you change Derpy to a anonymous pegasus, just so that the original counterpoint is there, but people won't be distracted from the main message of the story. Besides, Derpy getting an A+ while Rainbow gets a D-? C'mon dude, give our cyan friend some credit.

Technique: Very good drawing here, and I especially liked how you gave everything an orange filter so that it would seem more like it was evening. However, some of the lines seem a little slap dash, particularly on the lockers. Fluttershy's mouth also seems a little awkward looking, and her wings aren't as polished up as the rest of the drawing. Good work, but keep those
little things in mind.

Impact: This picture hit me like a ton of bricks wrapped around a Halo 3 Gravity Hammer, and it was for all the right reasons. The pain and sadness, the true crushing dread of knowing that you've failed at something you've tried so hard to succeed at, that is what makes a picture stick out. It doesn't all have to be flashy visuals and bright colors, sometimes all it has to be is a sad little filly after a bad day at school.

Overall: A remarkable picture that will definitely be going on my iPad and in my favorites. You sir, are a master at telling a story without words, and if you just fix up the few little technique niggles and your desire to Appel to the fans so much, and you will have something truly deserving of calling a masterpiece. Feel free to comment if you disagree, and I hope to see more of your art in future!
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segamarvel Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Please tell me there's a fanfic of this I can read?
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:icongxfan537:
gxfan537 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
Young Rainbow Blitz: You ok, rainbow dash?
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:icontalon-the-cyberfox:
Talon-the-Cyberfox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Young Talon: *hears Rainbow crying* You okay, miss?
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:icongxfan537:
gxfan537 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Young Rainbow Dash: n-no
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:icontalon-the-cyberfox:
Talon-the-Cyberfox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Young Talon: What's wrong?
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:icongxfan537:
gxfan537 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Young Rainbow Dash: I failed my wonderbolt test.
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:icontalon-the-cyberfox:
Talon-the-Cyberfox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Young Talon: I'll see what I can do, okay?
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:icongxfan537:
gxfan537 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Young Rainbow Dash: Ok then
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:icontalon-the-cyberfox:
Talon-the-Cyberfox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Young Talon: *sees the teacher* Hey, what's up with the school trip?
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dipsydew Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
The worst part is people like this are actually really, really smart. Too smart for their own good... they outsmart themselves and just run around in circles about why to study, instead of just calmly, diligently studying. Faced with hard evidence that they're dumb, and too smart to be able to deny it. Nobody to help them out of that loop. Just sets them up for a lifetime of fighting with insecurity and stigmatism.
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Macgyver644200 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I don't know if anyone has written anything about this.  Someone should.
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reader1 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
oh this brings back many memories . :( still happens too 
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:icondungeonbrony:
DungeonBrony Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ALL MY FEELS
:iconemotionaldashplz:

I've been there... more than once.
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pinkepiesbrew Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i know how bad that is. she got a bad grade and cant see the wonderbolts.Sad Pony Cry run Frozen - Elsa Crying Icon Pikachu Crying Plz Cry emote Neko Emoji-14 (Cry) [V1] 1 Pyong Cry Bunny Emoji-07 (Emoji Cry) [V1] Pikachu crying plz 
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violetthebat1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah,it's not easy getting into wonder bolt academy...
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Dashie... :worry: :worry: :worry:
I love this pic!!! It's really wonderful!!! :love: :love: :love:
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:iconmoppypuppy:
MoppyPuppy Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Now your father will NEVER love you.
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:iconbeebarb:
beebarb Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Well done :)
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:iconwarlord487:
warlord487 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Ah, that hurts me to look at. Dash isn't vulnerable often, but when she is, it hits pretty hard. Like week before last's episode for example.
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Toonwatcher Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Then a child disintegrates.
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:icontw6464:
TW6464 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
This is me.... All... The damn.... Time...
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:icondolphinsilverwolf:
DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
:icondashienuuuplz::iconsaysplz: But how can I get a D-minus on a PREGNANCY TEST?!
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KironStrife Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
LMFAO!
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:iconprinceapplebloom:
PrinceAppleBloom Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I agree with DrX-Raven. What the 0000, bro?
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Raven: ..... Not funny.
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:icondulcesdecolores8:
Dulcesdecolores8 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
men.....the feels
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Rainbow-Gale Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Sooooo if I'm interpreting this correctly the school has a class trip to see the wonderbolts, but only those with a passong grade can go to it and because RD failed she can't go. Right?
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:iconnaterrang:
NaterRang Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are correct.
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Rainbow-Gale Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
OK
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:iconlost-our-dreams:
Lost-Our-Dreams Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
dadad stop making so much feels pictures xD people are gonna die from all the feels ;o;
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StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This reminds me of a class trip I had about 8 years back... We were about to break for the Summer, when my teachers came up with the bright idea for a field trip on the last day of school. Normally, no big deal. However, the trip was to an airshow, where teams from all over the world would display their skill for all to see. My parents said there was one catch: since we were cash strapped at the time, I had to earn the money myself. The trip cost almost 80$. Seeing as how my school at the time wasn't helping kids who were tight on money, I did whatever I could.  When the due date for the permission forms came, I actually counted all the change I had. I was off by less than 5$. I begged my parents for the cash, but they said no. I walked into class and asked a few other kids and their parents for the $4.30 I needed, but I got nos all around.  I didn't go to school the day of the trip. I didn't do anything but cry into a pillow.

Oh buck... I'm crying again.

(PS: when I finally left my room, I learned my best friend had left me a small package on our doorstep. I will never be able to thank him enough for what he gave me. I still have it, actually, framed,hanging on my wall).
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DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Raven: Misery loves company....
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:iconstormalchemist15:
StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Do you speak from experience?
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Raven: You could say that....
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:iconstormalchemist15:
StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Well, this shoulder is always there for you. Noone should wallow in misery alone.
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:icondrx-raven:
DrX-Raven Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
Raven: That's what they always say.
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StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
also, thats 372.
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frogboyman Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014

 

I like this. I think a lot of nerdy types forget that poor grades can be really upsetting because when they were that age their biggest problems were to do with dealing with other kids.  

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kylemon73 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
I'm not sure if you should have put derpy getting and A 'cause it ends up making me laugh at the sadness of the art 
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:iconajax94:
Ajax94 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I know that feel bro...
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Shamrock95 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
It's the worst feeling in the world. You gave it your best, your absolute best... and it still wasn't good enough.
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kyuubinaruto18 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
My only issue with this is the wonderbolt posters on the wall. From what everyone else is saying, it's supposed to be about failing something you put your all in, and that the grade was important to her.  The class trip posters on the wall suggest that it's not about school itself, but that her parents told her she couldn't go on the trip if she got a bad grade, which is why she's so upset. Which kinda diminishes the message for me if she only cares about the bad grade because of the trip instead of wanting to succeed for it's own sake..
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NaterRang Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally don't see how her underlying motives diminish this piece. Kobrakin had it right. Dash didn't do well in school because she found it boring. She felt like, if she really wanted to do well in school she could. But in this case, something important to her was at stake. She poured everything she had into studying for that test, but it wasn't enough. Her confidence in herself was shattered.
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StormAlchemist15 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This gives credence to the whole dropped-out-of-flight-school theory. What with her shattered confidence, A: She would not have the strength to carry on,and B: it gives new strength to the whole wanting to be a Wonderbolt to finally be "good enough" in her eyes.
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RvB-DESTROYER Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh dash... That feeling is natural, but like the braytish say, keep calm and carry on.
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MajesticBlueCocoa Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist

I know that feeling. I worked so hard to get a part for a play to add dramatic effect, guess what, I didn't get the part! I was instead beat by some popular girl who doesn't try at all (No more class votes when choosing pupils, please...), and felt so horrible.

I just realized, when I try so flippin' hard to get something, I don't, and when I don't try, I get it. .-.

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frogboyman Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014

I don't think you do get it if you think the other girl didn’t deserve it. A big part of the pain of failure is been disappointed in your self, not feeling betrayed by a world that deprived you of something you rightfully deserve 

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MajesticBlueCocoa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I wasn't really trying to imply that I rightfully deserve it (Okay, maybe partially), but it really hurt me when I tried really hard for nothing. I gave it my all, and the girl just read with a somewhat monotonous voice. It really hurts because everyone went with favoritism, and the girl was chosen because she was liked by everyone. I was disappointed in myself since I wasn't that liked, but I was also outraged by the fact that barely anyone voted for me simply because they hated me. I do accept the fact that there will always be someone better than me.
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frogboyman Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014

again the pain of thinking you're dumb and the pain of thinking no one likes, you aren’t the same. I'm not saying ones better or worse than the other, just that they're different 

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