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Gilda And Scoots by Ribnose Gilda And Scoots by Ribnose
Two unlikely friends.
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Caoilinofireland Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
brohoof
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DarkPrince2007 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Where the elder one failed, the young one will have success...
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Soosthemoos Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
I have no idea why, but this remains the only Gilda picture I'll show to anyone. There's something about this that charms me, I suppose. Honestly, the only reason I hadn't already added this to my favorites is that I thought I already had.
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Sombraluz-Images Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
I would love to see this happen in the series. :D
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MisterKaos Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconbrohoofplz:
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:iconribnose:
Ribnose Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Precisely this.

Well, sishoof more like.
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MisterKaos Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Too bad they don't have one for it!
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Culu-Bluebeaver Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Always good to see Gilda again and if it is inside a very fine picture like this one here it is even more great :)
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SparkyThePegasus Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
*DAP*
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Freefox Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
cool, would love see a story behind that
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Helsaabi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Love it! ^^
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SamCyberCat Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
This is really adorable, love the idea! :3
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Aurora-Gale Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
"You're not bad kid.. You remind me of someone I use to know.."
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:iconribnose:
Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
*sniffle* Now that's what I'm talkin' about.
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rjpugh Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Perhaps this could be part of Gilda's redemption? Gilda teaches Scootaloo some alternate methods of wing use - stuff another pegasus wouldn't think of? - that ultimately helps Scootaloo develop her own method of flying. Perhaps as an agility flier rather than a speedster (like Dash).
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
In my imagination, Scoots is permanently earthbound. I heard somewhere that Lauren Faust's original intention was that she have a wing condition that never allows her flight. To my mind, that makes her more of an outsider, and therefore probably more relatable to someone like Gilda.
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rjpugh Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Would Dash be OK with such a friendship?

Also, for some reason, after reading your comment, I have Phil Phillip's song "Home" running in my head. You know...

Settle down, it'll all be clear.
Pay no mind to the demons, they only fill you with fear.
The trouble it might drag you down
but if you get lost, you can always be found.
Just know you’re not alone,
cause I’m going to make this place your home.

Yeah, I know it' sappy. But we're talking about Little Ponies here, so...
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dash would probably be -really- uncomfortable with it, if you ask me :>

But then, Scoots could just as easily say, "I followed you around for ages and you barely noticed me. Gilda may not be the nicest overall, but at least she treats me with more respect than you do." Of course, that would be a particularly -bitter- moment, but... hey, fanfic is fun :>
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Aurora-Gale Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
It's kind of an unspoken thing.. SB, AB, and Scoots are the challenged kids of the class. Scootaloo cannot fly, Sweetie Belle cannot use magic.. and Apple Bloom is...it implies a couple things.. ADD, undersized for her age.. hyper active.. This makes them relatable to a lot people, especially ones who are challenged.. That said, a lot of people grow out of their developmental disorders.. People know that Scootaloo can't fly.. that is why they want..even need to see her fly..People feel like the underdog..that is why they like it when underdogs win...

Of course they would deny this if questioned about it, especially after the Derpy Hooves reaction.

Maybe I'm over analyzing it. Either way, they could easily strap a hang glider to her back, her wings are clearly powerful enough to provide forward thrust if she can motor on her Scooter..
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oops. I almost forgot to include the most salient part of my reply - my friend opined that seeing Scootaloo fly would, to her, feel like losing the character and her connection with her. As it is right now, she feels like Scootaloo is a champion for kids like her, who have a physical disability they have no choice but to live with, and if Scootaloo learned to fly, she wouldn't be that symbol anymore. I don't have a physical disability (of that kind) but I can completely see the reasoning in that. So I tend to take her view.
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Aurora-Gale Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I see your point, and acknowledge the truth in it.. I would like to share my feelings though if I may. This will be long winded and you probably won't agree, so feel free to skip it..

I suppose I should start with this note. I was raised mostly through the special education system.. And my experiences there slant my perspective of things. I wasn't "slow".. quite the contrary.. but I was..what the school administrators called.. "A distraction"..so.. Heavily medicated, and in the bin with the other "distractions" I went. Most of my friends as a child were challenged in some way or another, a few of my friends had to use chairs, or were unable to speak, this never clicked as something that should bother me because I didn't know any different.

So.. this is my perspective.. I prefer the term "challenged".. This isn't a pc thing.. I think it is better to refer to people with impairments as challenged because it has a motivational force..A challenge, something to push aside, climb over, or force your way through.. a hurdle, an obstacle, a test.. A challenge to rise above your limitations and succeed anyway. Because we all have limitations, just not all of them are sitting right there on the surface. There are no limitations on human potential, only excuses. A person must define, and defy their challenges, not let them selves be defined by them. <And some other Hallmark sentiments. Sorry, had to take a moment to laugh at my self.>

<If we have to talk about PC though.. Disabled or Handicapped are considered acceptable for people with physical challenges..or I believe this to be the case. How ever there is a word that tends to only pop up around people with "mental challenges".. and you hear it a lot around special education environments... and that's the word. "Special"..... It would take me too long to explain it, but this is the single most offensive thing I can imagine calling someone who is mentally challenged. I can elaborate if you like, but this post is way too long as it is>

Anyway, that was to get me here.. The reason why it would be important to see Scootaloo fly is metaphorical. Flight is synonymous with triumph,success, victory, what ever words have you.. Yes, they can illustrate the CMCs getting their cutie marks. But as it applies to Scootaloo, flight would be a symbol of triumph over her limitations. If she doesn't fly, then there needs to be an acknowledgement on her part that she is the way she is, and that she is not going to be ashamed of it, which the show has implied to be the case...that she is ashamed of it, and afraid of others finding out.

In 10 to 15 years time, many physical impairments, disabilities, challenges, or what ever you like, will not exist. Scientists are already growing spinal neuro-tissue in labs, as well as a host of other tissues and are already working on complicated structures like organs.. Mechanical prosthesis, such as functioning neuro-operative eyes, limbs, body frames.. some of these things we have now.. though only the very earliest models..With in this generation, if we can manage to keep from destroying our selves, things like physical disability will be a thing of the past. I truly believe this. I can only hope the day comes where more cruel challenges may be cured so easily..

<In all honesty I don't feel like posting this any more, but it took me so long to write it I feel obligated x.x>
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Actually, I very much appreciate your insight. And I have to agree with you about the choice of words - 'challenged' is good. I've been a very fortunate person in most of my life, but I've suffered from major depression for over a decade and in the past two years I've undergone the world-shattering process of gender transition, so it's certainly true that everyone has challenges. One of mine is that my brain chemistry acts like a live-in bully who wants me to fail, and another is that my body is entirely of the wrong biological sex for me. They are both challenges that I've risen to face and to overcome.

I take your point about the symbolic value of flight - certainly flight is a rather universal metaphor for freedom. It's semantic, I mean, symbols are only meaningful if their meaning is communicated and shared. So, I can also see why, for my friend, flight would be symbolic of something else and damage her connection with the character.
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Aurora-Gale Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
I know where you are coming from on the first..... in all possible ways..gender transition, or reassignment, is one of those things I seriously hope can be improved in the coming years.. I have had mixed and confused feelings about gender identity ever since I was old enough to know that boys and girls are different.. its been going on something like two years since I have really thought of my self as my birth gender... or really even species..I try not to focus on labels.. male, female, bi, gay, tg, etc, furry, brony, what ever have you.. I just try to be me.

I suppose I accepted many years ago that I will never be the "me" that I want to be on the outside. That is fixed, permanent, and even surgically or chemically altered, I still wouldn't be the me I want.. so I try to focus instead on being the "me" I want to be on the inside.. where I have a little more control.. When things get really bad I try to just step away and imagine the innocent little creature I want to be, happily bouncing on a cloud in another world where things make more sense and happiness is just a cupcake away...sometimes I just let my self get lost there, and let that be the real world, until I have to come back..<

You can't be given happiness, you can't receive it, you can't take it or make it.. It is like air.. it is there, but you have to let it in.. And to continue the metaphor, when your heart is aching, it might be a good time to take a good deep breath..

As far as depression goes.. that is something else that has been with me since I was...oh..about 4 years old.. <yes..> Let me know if this sounds familiar..... "Hey... you know that thing? The thing that happened in the Highschool parking lot, like 15 years ago? -...no.. shut up... - remember how helpless you felt when he said what he was going to do to you - shut up! just shut up.. - pfft...fine.....oh, hey, remember when you were five and at that other kid's birthday party and - OMFG JUST SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!"

...Anyway.. your experience might be different, I've just taken to telling that negative part of my mind to shut up when ever it starts to screw me around.. Not that randomly screaming for your brain to shut up is healthy, but it seems to work most of the time..

Anyway, sorry for rambling on x.x.. I need a cork or something..to..keep my fingers quiet... yeah, that's not going to work...uhmm..right then....*edges off awkwardly*
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
No need to apologize for yourself :) I appreciate you sharing your perspective with me.

And telling your brain to shut up may not be the -best- way of phrasing it, but 'Thought Stopping' is one of the more universally useful tools a depressed person can have. If you recognize a negative, depressive, self-effacing thought pattern early enough, you can halt that train of thought and force your focus somewhere else. Often it can help you avoid a bad mood crash.

:heart: Best of luck out there. Remember we're all in this together.
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I see it more from the perspective of someone who is disabled. I have a very close friend with a physical disability, whose personality may as well be a carbon copy of (what we've seen so far of) Scootaloo. Her perspective on the matter was that of someone who never has the chance to 'outgrow' her disability; she's stuck with it. She has to learn to "win" as an "underdog" with the "obvious path" closed off to her. To me, that is a more touching story: Scootaloo never is able to fly, and it forms part of who she is, but it doesn't hold her back.
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DestinyDecade Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It can happen. We need more Gilda.
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aztaroth22 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
So lovely >w<
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HealingBlight Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Bad influence for one or good influence for the other?
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I could conceivably see them both being a good influence on each other!
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Ethaes Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Always nice to see more Gilda support. :)
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Whisperer-of-Winds Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Writer
not bad! the design is very good.
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Senriaa Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
I'd approve of this pic if Gilda wasn't a total bitch in her episode :/ she needs a redemption <3
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She totally does!

[link] <-- basically sums it up :<
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Seriously? All the hate she gets for making Fluttershy cry. Fluttershy IS a Crybaby. And all Gilda did was one single roar. ONE. SINGLE. ROAR.
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Yoshimon1 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now that's something you don't see very often. (Actually, I don't think I've seen any pics of Gilda and Scoots before...) Awesome!
Insert a chicken and half-bird joke here No, it's way too adorable...
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FaithlessHyren Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unlikely? I beg to differ. I can see these two being friends.
Also, I am jealous of your abilities to draw awesome looking Gilda.
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:heart: Thank you!
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wdeleon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It makes sense. Scootaloo has a great potential for Awesome, with the proper guidance and development.
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Owlor Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, if that dweeb RD isn't going to teach the next generation how to be cool, you just have to do it yourself....
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Dash couldn't be bothered to -notice- how cool Scoots is until it was practically flogged over her head. Gilda recognizes it right away - she knows better what it feels like to be an outsider.
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DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
That's a neat idea, the flightless pegasus Equestrian griffon relating as outsiders.
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Ribnose Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :heart: Yeah, I see potential for real sweetness there :>
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DizzyPacce Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Wow, I'm glad I was still awake to see this. Your art has this wonderful.... soft "glow" about it that always makes me smile.
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Ribnose Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart:

I always hope that I'm able to meld my style appealingly with whatever I'm fanarting. MLP style took a few tries for me to get the hang of!
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eef2493 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
LOVE!!!!
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