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Spike's Origin by AssasinMonkey Spike's Origin by AssasinMonkey
So yea... I actually started and stopped working on this 4 months ago, picked it up today and rounded it up.

It was the second to last version from the WIP down below which was the point where I had to idea to scrap all progress made and do a completely new version from scratch. Which I actually started 4 months ago as well! (WIP V2 down below)
But here I am... worked on this for like an hour more and I'm calling it finished haha, I guess a successful resurrection.

I probably had never gotten to remake this piece, so I guess this at least takes my "failure" and make sure it gets seen because the concept is still something I quite like.

ANYHOW, the story. Which is the title.
It's a take on the question where Spike's egg came from, who his biological family is, where they were or are.
Wanted to see if I could answer his question in a way.
There's a deeper story behind it in my mind, but I think the image should tell it.

I really liked that topic, so that's also the reason I really wanted to remake this idea. But I guess it took me 4 months to Not remake it and just finish what I already had.

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoy this little oldy from my collection of unfinished/discontinued works. I might just have to see if I got some more lost things around.

Edit: The response to this has been overwhelming! I can't believe I considered this piece "cancelled" for 4 months...
All the stories I see from y'all, all the imagination, all the inspiration, all what I hoped for, thank you.


WIP:
Spike's Origin [WIP] by AssasinMonkey

WIP v2 (and cancelled version):
Spike's Origin [V2 Cancelled WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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:iconnibblesweasel:
Please excuse me but it's my first critique and I will try my best. What really caught my attention was the coloring and the tilted birds eye view of the painting. The difficulty of drawing a scene in such a position is impressive and adds "depth" to your painting. I love the eggs surrounding spike and how they match his egg before he was born. It begs the question/ if spikes parent had survived would he have siblings? The dragons bones seem to show how the creature may have struggled to escape its demise. This painting holds quite the story.
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:icondiscordfangirl:
DiscordFangirl Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I think my heart just shattered.
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:iconsamykhadre:
samykhadre Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
me too
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:iconijustloveit619:
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I find the claw mark a bit un-realistic because it would have been filled with flying ground and dust unless and also possibly it is hard ground and deep enough :o

Ah well everything what I just wrote doesn't matter just because THIS IS AN AWESOME ART AND IT KICKS ASS!!!
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:iconreader1:
reader1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
is spike ....... Godzilla? cool
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:icondagould1984:
Dagould1984 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Oh good lord the feels.
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:iconjasondrawing:
Jasondrawing Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2014

Duuude, when I see this picture, I see a very strong story that its telling me. A dragon reaching out to its eggs, trying its very hardest to claw its way out of the mountain rubble, but its efforts are futile. As the soon to be parent continues to struggle, it wonders what will become of its child as it notices that 2 of the 3 eggs are damaged and cracked. In its dying breaths, a lone white Alicorn walks to the downed dragon and the lonely egg. Not knowing what the observing Ailcorn will do to the egg, the dragon’s heart races as it continues to struggle to reach its unborn child. As it continues to struggle, the dragon hears a calm and soothing voice tell it “Don’t worry I will keep your egg safe “. The dragon soon realizes that those words came from the Alicorn, the dragon looks into the strangers eyes and sees that the Alicorn feels sympathy for the broken dragon and that she will keep its egg safe from harm. The dragon’s heart rests as it knows that its child will live on. As the dragon takes it final breath, a single tear falls from the Alicorns face as she saw a future parent die in front of her. As a few more tears fall from her face as she looks at the egg and levitates it to her chest. As she wraps her front leg around the egg,a few more tears fall from face as she nuzzles her nose on egg and smiles saying to the egg “don’t worry little one, I’ll keep you safe”. Awesome pic man Bravo.

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:iconisaacholt:
Isaacholt Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Man, when I first saw this, I feel so sorry about Spike, but was that his mother or father?
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:iconassasinmonkey:
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I kept it a bit open to the viewer whether it's the mother or father. I don't know how dragon society generally acts towards taking care of the eggs. Just the mother, father, or maybe both.
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:iconisaacholt:
Isaacholt Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ok.
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:iconsaxumsando:
saxumsando Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
dad?
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:iconwisdom-thumbs:
Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...Um, wow. The more I stumble across your artwork, the more it seems we share a mystical headcanon bond. Or something. If it turns out that skeletal dragon was named "Glaurag," my brain might explode.

Trippy. And that... I want to see this scene from multiple alternate perspectives. The abandoned version of this piece is what I would have gone with, but exposing a little more of the skeleton, and changing the angle really amped it up a notch.

All my thumbs waaaaay up.
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:iconkironstrife:
KironStrife Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Reminds me of Inuyasha's father.
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
You really DO know how to illustrate a story any words.
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:iconthenextalicorn:
TheNextAlicorn Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Awww IT'S SO SAD!
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:iconobpony:
Obpony Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow...Waaaah!  +fav 
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:iconlinkzilla:
Linkzilla Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Oh my - that's something no kid should ever have to see.
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:icond-zany-gollumn:
D-ZANY-GOLLUMN Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Just what I thought T-T
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:iconlinkzilla:
Linkzilla Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
I mean - don't get me wrong; the picture is so incredibly well-done in its detail.

But...It's implying that the bones are the skeleton of Spike's Mother. I'm a grown man, and my own mother just died recently - and I was barely able to handle it. So...Imagine what Spike must realize when he sees this. Sure he didn't know his biological mother, but this has got to be some psychologically scarring material here.
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D-ZANY-GOLLUMN Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh My! I'm sorry for what has happened to you! I see this art as an even more touching piece now... I hope you may soon be able to cope with your loss. Here a Llama badge and a cake if that helps any...
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:iconmightymorphinpower4:
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Wow this iis impresstve and scary at the same time
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Powerful image.
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:icongonzo22:
gonzo22 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
i know right. i mean just look at this even at those egg shells which are spike's unborn siblings
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True.
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:icongonzo22:
gonzo22 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
it truly a powerful scene. imagine what would happen if they put this in the show
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa. They'd need to make it a cartoon for teens.
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:icongonzo22:
gonzo22 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
yeah that would be a too dark for the show to feature, but maybe they could imply it
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True.
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:icongonzo22:
gonzo22 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
But hopefully we will get something like that in season 5, i want to learn more about spike.
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:icongonzo22:
gonzo22 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
this is now my headcannon for spike
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:iconmobius22:
mobius22 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
This should  be the final of Dragon Quest, I hated that episode because they didn't show us more about the Dragon, why the migration? What were they doing in that place? The creator wasted a good chance there.
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:iconfantasiameister:
FantasiaMeister Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
May I use this as a cover art for a story I have written for the image? I'll be sure to link it right back to you when I publish it which shouldn't take more then like five minutes. I will also credit your work :D
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:iconioncorupterx:
ioncorupterx Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderfully gloomy and awesome!
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:iconghostkitty03:
ghostkitty03 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
first i thought it was spike so i almost cried
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:iconrebron-y:
Rebron-y Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaang.....
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:iconlonelynightrain:
lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The depth, the tragedy and the sheer beauty of this artwork puts me in awe.
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:iconthearch9:
theArch9 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
his dreams of having a true family must be smashed, i hope he can recover from this avalanche of emotion
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:icondynamoe:
Dynamoe Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
Spike's mom, I presume? Poor kid!
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:iconaemeyer:
aemeyer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Well, I wiped off my keyboard, so I think I can tell you about all the feels this gave me now. Nope, I can't find the words...
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:icononigiritime73:
Onigiritime73 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
And I'm going to go cry now.
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:iconlanydx:
Lanydx Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Student Writer
Wow, this si very good.
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:iconaohoshi2008:
aohoshi2008 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I hope 1 day they show us his origin for real. Spike deserves to know.
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:iconmitchthehuman:
MitchtheHuman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Student General Artist
One nit-pick I'm gonna point out: Twilight hatched Spike. Not dissin' just sayin'
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:iconjarkes:
Jarkes Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
But the egg had to come from somewhere...
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:iconcarmeltheslimy:
CarmeltheSlimy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Artist
the hell? the hell? the hell? 
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:iconjarkes:
Jarkes Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Well, it's TRUE...

...Wait... are you implying that I may have accidentally made an innuendo?
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:iconcarmeltheslimy:
CarmeltheSlimy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Student Artist
Sorry about that, I just can't help it.
There are times I get a bit overboard on commenting while drinking moloko plus.
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:iconcarmeltheslimy:
CarmeltheSlimy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student Artist
Sans that milk plus and there you have my reply.
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:iconle-escritor-vba:
Le-escritor-VBA Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
And this finally gave me a head-canon for spike: His family cave was attacked or suffered a natural disaster, his egg was the only to survive, and Celestia promised his mother she would take care of him.
Faved.

So many feels man.
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:iconmegaphonnic:
megaphonnic Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:iconmlpspikeplz: Hey mom, Wow you lost weight!


Really though this is a cool theory you have here ;]
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:icontelanore:
Telanore Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This tears me up a little every time I look at it... I can imagine the sequence of events that led to this, how Spikes mother desperately tried to save her precious eggs as her final act, even as she realizes she won't make it herself.

If you'll excuse me, I believe I have gotten something in my eye...
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