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Cyclone Dusk
Artist | Student | Digital Art
United States
1. Pay whatever you *can*. I have NO FIXED RATE.
2. I will not expect payment until AFTER the work is done!
3. I MAY prioritize folks who offer more, but this is *not* a contest; if my inspiration WANTS me to do one in particular, that's the one I'll probably do.

Only Candy Colored Equines Make The Hurting Stop...

Hello! I am not rich enough to be considered Eccentric, so we can just settle on BARKING MAD! I'm scraping by at the bottom of the barrel, scrambling for whatever feeble hoofhold I can to avoid a cataclysmic self-destruction in a glorious blaze of stupid. I'm actively feeding delusions, willfully engaging in cognitive dissonance for fun and profit, and gleefully throwing caution to the wind because any rational person who has been through what I've been through would have given up by now! :D It's a LOT LESS FUN than I make it sound!

As long as I can keep drawing ponies, I'm happy. Please let me know if you'd like me to draw something! I accept donations via Paypal ^_^ but you don't have to give me anything; I just appreciate if you think I deserve something.

If you ever get a crazy generous vibe out of the blue:

Dogecoin: DEj92fFeCJz1jaxv3Jc6UK727ACCKqiP6G
(many beg, such supplicate, very puppydog eyes, wow, so humility)
Dear Princess Celestia,

    I'm sure you recall how keen I am to treat friendship as the thing most literally resembling real magic on Terra of Sol. But something has been building up among the lives of those I care about that I've been striving to stabilize, and it's suddenly hit me last night that... maybe I'm wrong. What if I've been abusing this power? I don't think of it as a power, sure, but that's kind of what it is. I felt better equipped to make things work out a certain way - a way that I have believed to be for the better. But with every give, there is a take. The higher we climb, the farther we may fall.

    I believe I may have alluded to this in previous letters, Your Majesty, but I have a tendency to always be thinking about the worst case scenario. It's no secret that under my outward efforts to push for the most optimistic outcomes, I am a deeply rooted pessimist always considering how badly things might go wrong. Every time I have ever done something for someone, it has only been after reconciling the fact that I may never see benefit for it myself--or further, that I could face betrayal at any instant. It's because I feel that before I can get behind a decision, I should do my best to understand the consequences. 

    It just so happens that something reminded me of this in a video recently released by MLP-Silver-Quill - his Magical Ethics video, to be precise. It seems that I wasn't alone in my thinking. It was written about in "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin: 
But you must not change one thing, one pebble, one grain of sand, until you know what good and evil will follow on that act. The world is in balance, in equilibrium. A wizard's power of Changing and of Summoning can shake the balance of the world. It is dangerous, that power. It is most perilous. It must follow knowledge, and serve need. To light a candle is to cast a shadow.
... I have cast many shadows, Celestia. From this sense of relationship maintenance I have cultivated, there has been suffering; perhaps no greater quantity of suffering than there would have been before (at best), but now more concentrated, more stark. And in recent days I've been seeing where these shadows have fallen. Whom upon they have fallen. Uplift one, destroy the reputation of another. Unite these two, isolate that one. Protect these, but allow the other to rot. My Liege, are you familiar with the Trolley Problem?

     Today I see the deepest shadow that perhaps I have ever cast. When they made a mistake, I stuck by their side. When they made poor decisions, I suspended my judgment.  When they would cut off their leg to spite their hoof, I held my tongue. I thought I was being supportive. I thought I was being a balancing influence. 

... Your highness, I fear all I've been doing is enabling their self-harm. I've failed to be supportive or balancing at all because this IS the balance of all the good I've done. And now I have a hard question to answer.

Was it worth it...?

Must I sacrifice a friendship to save a life...?
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WubcakeVA Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hai buddy! :D
Cyclone-Dusk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
MidnightLighty Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hello! Just wanted to say I like your art! I might commission you, if you feel up for that sometime soon. 
Cyclone-Dusk Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
pleased to hear it ^^ I am always looking for more inspiration, so if you have anything in mind feel free to send me a note!
starsurvivaldancer Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist

woop woop! Happy Birthday!
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2015  Student General Artist
:iconpinkiehappyplz::iconsaysplz:Weeee! Today's the day, everypony!
:icontwilightderpplz::iconsaysplz:Pinkie, do we have to teleport in like that every time?
:iconpinkiecuteplz::iconsaysplz:Of course, silly! Else it wouldn't be a proper birthday greeting!
:iconapplejackplz::iconsaysplz:And it wouldn't be a proper birthday if Ah didn't bring y'all an apple pie, baked by yours truly!:iconapplepieplz:
:iconrarityiscuteplz::iconsaysplz:Let us all give you our best wishes on this occasion and wish you a wonderful year!
:iconflutter-shyplz::iconsaysplz:I hope that you will not run into any trouble this year and that everything will be as good as it can possibly be.
:icondashissuperhappyplz::iconsaysplz:Don't forget that you're awesome! And that we're all your friends! Keep on rockin'!
:icontwilightliciousplz::iconsaysplz:Always keep the magic of friendship within you. May it bring you as much joy as it brings us!
:iconadorablespikeplz::iconsaysplz:And don't ever feel like you're useless or unworthy! Only you have what it takes to live your life, so don't let anyone or anything else get you down!
:iconbrilliantpinkieplz::iconsaysplz:And of course, don't forget to have fun while at it! And speaking of fun...
KSchnee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Student Writer
I'd offer a hug if it were physically possible from here.
SteerpikeOFFICIAL Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Wow, it looks like we have some simular interests.
wolfjedisamuel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So it's your birthday, it it would see Pinkie has invaded your time to greet you. Well, allow a wolf as my self to intervene.
I wish you may best on your birthday  :cake: 
AffinityShy Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Filmographer
Happy Birthday!
:iconparty1plz: :airborne:
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