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Failure by xkappax Failure by xkappax
I drew this shortly after messing something really important up. I was feeling sad, and when I feel sad, I draw ponies. ^_^

And it's not a mistake that Derpy doesn't have her cutie mark in this image. When I drew this, I was thinking "What if Derpy kept trying to get her cutie mark and she kept messing things up? And what if she was much older when she finally got it?"

I'd be lying if I said this wasn't an extremely personal piece. I mean, come on... what artist doesn't feel like a failure when it comes to their art at one point or another? We wouldn't be artists if we didn't feel this way. :)

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy this. ^___^

This is available as a shirt over at welovefine! Here's the link: [link]

For more shirts, go here! [link]

If you want any of these in women's sizes, please go to the comments for the actual shirt and tell them! WeLoveFine won't be able to make a women's version unless you guys tell them you want one! :)
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:icontiernans:
tiernans Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member Hobbyist Filmographer
I still like Derpy.
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:icontotallydeviantlisa:
TotallyDeviantLisa Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I relate to Derpy a little bit...
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:iconsonicthehedgehogpl:
SonictheHedgehogPL Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student Writer
She failed to save fer daughter from the griffins. Luckily for her, Mirage squadron is nearby... She'll join them later and do whatever it takes to protect Dinky.

That's what I thought when I saw that picture. Great job.
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xkappax Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
^_^ Thank you so much! :)
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kyuubinaruto18 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
I'm an "artist" of the written word instead of artwork, and I know full well the feeling of having a little panic before uploading a chapter on fimfiction. Almost every time people say they loved the chapter, even when I felt unsure about how some things would go over. Keep up the good work. 


Derpy is best(fanon) pony.  (Pinkie is best canon pony =D)
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^_^

I think that is the feeling that a lot of artists have ... you're pretty much putting yourself out there for the world to see, and if someone doesn't like it... it feels pretty awful... because you worked SO hard.
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:iconcyndergirl211:
Cyndergirl211 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013

Your amazing art was used by Obabscribbler!

Very well done and congratz!

So much well done!

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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you so much for your kind words. that makes me happy. :)
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:iconcyndergirl211:
Cyndergirl211 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013

NP

Good!

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KrazyKollection Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, you captured a lot of emotion in this pic. Very well done. I know how she feels, all too well. Here's hoping I eventually succeed too. I'm glad to see you made it through your tough time. Keep up the great art.
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks again. :) I think if you work hard enough and have enough drive, everyone can eventually succeed. This was actually one of the first shirts of mine that welovefine took into their league of artists, and I always found that to be very poetic. :P
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:icontesla51:
Tesla51 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
poor derpy
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:iconkolzach:
Kolzach Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student Artist
...My Derpy.. ;w;
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:icondreamthebunny:
DreamTheBunny Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg i love this!!

I felt like a failure when i was first starting out ^ 7 ^U cus yanno, i was just starring out!! XD I didn't believe in myself well enough, but im glad i kept going 83
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aw, I'm glad you like it. I was constantly getting shot down for my art, constantly getting told to quit. Now I do it for a living. :) You can do great things if you believe in yourself a little. :)
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:icondreamthebunny:
DreamTheBunny Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, good thing I know that now~ >U< And I'm glad you didn't give up as well!! >U<
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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:icondreamthebunny:
DreamTheBunny Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's no problem!! >U<
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:iconsingbing:
SingBing Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
at one point i almost gave up art. im glad i didn't. amazing drawing!
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Me too. And singing, and everything else I love to do. And I didn't give up either. :)

Thank you for the kind words!
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Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
sad
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's sad, but derpy eventually got her cutie mark, so she didn't keep failing. :)
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:iconcrimson-wolf2323:
Crimson-Wolf2323 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah
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:iconramirasdragon:
RamirasDragon Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I've feeling like a failure, but now seeing this... I feel more sorry for a cartoon pony than I do for myself.
I <3 Derpy!
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
don't feel like a failure! And don't feel sorry for Derpy! Although this picture captures here at a time where she failed to get her cutie mark, she obviously eventually got it! :)
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:iconflyingslash:
FlyingSlash Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
S A V E
D E R P Y
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think derpy is pretty much saved, now that they're releasing her at Toys R Us in August! :)
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mercenario1945 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
poor Crustacean.......
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:iconculu-bluebeaver:
Culu-Bluebeaver Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
That's very touching and cute at the same time.
Great work btw on the shading and all the details.
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! ^__^
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:iconculu-bluebeaver:
Culu-Bluebeaver Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
You are very welcome.
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Rongal Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I feel sorry for Derpy here... to be honest I was never much of a fan of her (it's those eyes... they just bug me)... but she turned out very ncie here... and you can't tell her pupils here, so that may be a big part of it :D
Very nice work. Kudos.
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm so glad you like it! :)
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:iconcaycowa:
caycowa Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Very lovely picture. Well done.
And yes, very common artist feelings, it's proof of our humanity.
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :) It's hard being an artist sometimes. I think artists couldn't create art if it was easy, though.
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:iconsyfrax:
Syfrax Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:icondemomanplz: PYRO! WE GOT WORK TO DO HERE LAD! Track down the sod that did this and kill him so bad hey have to bury him in a can for soup.
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hah hah!
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:iconsyfrax:
Syfrax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:icondemomanplz: What's left of him that is.
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:iconmortalshinobi:
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
poor pony but beautifully done.
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for saying that! :)
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:iconmortalshinobi:
mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
welcome.
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:icon621chopsuey:
621Chopsuey Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
:iconbuddytheelfplz: Does someone need a hug?
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
hah hah hah. One of my favorite movies. :)
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:iconjoeyh3:
joeyh3 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww, poor Derpy! *hugs*
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
^_^
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:iconmisterturtle:
MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
TO THE EMERGENCY MUFFIN RESERVES
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:iconbdanam:
Bdanam Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
She is not a failure I disagree
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:iconxkappax:
xkappax Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I disagree, too. :)
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:iconbdanam:
Bdanam Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
T_T *moot face*
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Oh, I like that - I'm sorry to hear it's a product of adversity, but it's a very nice picture, and I like the idea of Derpy being a late bloomer who took her sweet time until she found her calling and received her cutie mark.

Of course, I also imagine that can't have been easy for the poor girl.
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