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Can You Still Remember Me? by SmellsLikeBeer Can You Still Remember Me? by SmellsLikeBeer
So, the last drawing was so damn colorful, I wanted to draw something just black&white this time. A5 Indian ink and cross-hatching. Just like always.

So this one is the first part of the "Can you still remember me" series, that I'm starting right now. But there's probably going to be just two parts. So one down, one to go. In fact, I already have another idea for new series of drawings, probably going to make that happen after I have finished this one.

Anyway, I'm not really into this dragon stuff. I mean those big mean ones. But Spike is still one of my favorite characters so I gave it a shot. It always makes me wonder, you know, now Spike is just a baby, but in the time when he's fully grown up, he might be totally alone. Or I mean that I've always imagined that dragons are in a way immortal. So Spike's gonna continue growing up, and watching all his friends getting older and finally passing away, until there's no-one he actually knows. And what is he going to do then? I can imagine him leaving into solitude, to the other side of the mountains. Alone.
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:iconjust-call-me-j:
Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist
There's always Luna and Celestia
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SigurdII Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
love it
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theworgenwarlock Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Love it. The solitary emotion is captured very well in this one. Immortality sucks. Like most mortals, your born, you live, you feel, you love, but unlike mortals, you don't die. The mortals you befriended and loved whither and fade all around you

then die...

and you're left...

alone...

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Oneupadvanced Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012   Writer
I imagine he would become a protector of canterlot and ponyville, without Twi or the elements of harmony spike and the princesses are the only real protection these ponies have. But i do see your point about spike leaving into solitude, i guess this would make him a silent protector
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weasselK Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Wow! Its really deep and touching!
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CrowleysPyramid Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
:iconfreddiemercuryplz::iconsays3plz:"Who waaaaaaants to liiiiiiiiiiiive foreverrrrrr?"
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It keeps bothering me how people keep drawing him with wings ><

Anyways I really wonder what will happen then when the time comes 0.0
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littlepig159 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
He should go live with princess Celestia and princess Luna then they shall be immortal together. :iconvictorydanceplz:
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littlepig159 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
All teh feels :iconcryforeverplz:
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ReiRobin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SOBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBSSSS
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Bernd01 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love this piece. It's very Gustave Dore'esk [link]
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Charanty Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Personally i think he will eventually get over and find a nice dragon lady for himself.
I don't believe in this RarityXSpike ship for the sole reason: he's a baby dragon and she's an adult (or at least old enough) pony. Besides, it's cute as a childhood crash and all but i don't like certain undertones of it. Also imho he will have to learn how to be a dragon and may even teach other dragons something good. Cultural revolution for dragons ? Why not?
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Bronyman1995 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This would be one hell of a sad fanfiction....
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SakioKurosawa Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so true, but he will become a sage and a powerful being, but well that's the price of longevity.
good to know you have a round of new projects ahead I can assure I will be there ready to see what lies in you future uploads :D
the pic is freaking good and it gives a special touch the description, I wonder how many people take the time to read the descriptions of the pics, well doesn't matter great job :D
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ceraperduta Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Yeah, and think of all he has learned from Twilight, even if unknowingly or reluctantly, and how that my benefit him and other odd dragons he comes across. Long life can give you perspective, and an endless one might bring you solitude. Strange is the way a human minds thinks, but what of a dragon?
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SakioKurosawa Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dragons are depicted as any of various species of large, intelligent, magical, reptilian beasts, each typically defined by a combination of their demeanor and either the color of their scales and their elemental affinity and spike is no exeption commonly presented and known for its evil and greedy nature, as well as its ability to breathe fire.
True dragons are dragons which increase in power and wisdom by age.
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Soren-the-Owl Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:(
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karkovice1 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
OOOOOOOR.... he marries Rarity, and she becomes immortal... then they have two dozen dragon/pony hybrid kids, and live happily ever after. The end! :)
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Soren-the-Owl Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
seems legit XD
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ndogmario Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your the dragon Fluttershy drove out right?
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crazydiary86 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You creat e very great work.
Spike is very in this picture. I'm fell really sorry for him
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Krisisis Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Spike looks great!
I wish he looks like that when grownup and not that weird like in "Secret of My Exess" or like those strange teenage dragons in "Dragon Quest"

Excited about part2 ^^
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LordDragonClaw Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
While I can see Spike becoming completely alone, I believe he may still be able to stay in contact with the three Princesses - as it is assumed that the alicorns will also live indefinitely.
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Whippytwirl Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Well, we can already see that they've lived past 1000 years and still are completely young and beautiful, so they might just be immortal.
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okaboka Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
When a picture say more than a thousand words... this must be it! You dont even know how good this drawing is. Not just the looks but as few has said already: it tells a story..
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HuntersBloodTrainer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012   General Artist
Poor Spike D:
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039520 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
sad description..
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1Vladislav Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
СУПЕР!!!!
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039520 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
разве он русский?
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1Vladislav Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Я, да=)
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039520 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
ты то понятно (:
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1Vladislav Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
LOL=)
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039520 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
ух ты! Неплохая галерея ^^ твой уровень рисования заметно поднялся по сравнению с ранними работами =)
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1Vladislav Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Согласен,я ещё буду подниматься=) Спасибо=)
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039520 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
:iconapplejackplz::iconsays3plz:always mah pleasure partner ^^
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megaphonnic Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Love the way you did this, I can imagine spike looking something like this when he's older, I'm also envious of your cross hatching!

Keep up the awesome work! /) :)
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Cirdec Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Or the Princesses already had him working as a diplomat between Equestria and any wild dragons that come into the area, like that one the mane 6 had to shoo away. Presumably, not all such instances of dragons crossing the border would have a Fluttershy there to stare them into submission when they get angry and try to hurt someone. Better to have a long-term specialized diplomat to deal with them more safely, like another dragon. And honestly, Celestia and Luna seem like they'd be good friends - Celestia probably raised Spike until Twilight was old enough to take care of him, after all, so they likely already have some sort of familial relationship with each other. Plus there's his younger friends, like the Cutie Mark Crusaders, and whatever other friends he'd inevitably make over time. Nobody ever stops making friends, especially not in Equestria.
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Flowtail Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I can see what you mean, but he IS lucky that he knows Celestia personally-- at least that way, he won't be completely alone.
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Ospero Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
My guess on this is that sentient immortal (or very long-lived) creatures probably would have some differences in their psychological makeup that would enable them to keep functioning, otherwise the sheer weight of the memories would render them completely insane or catatonic eventually. They'd move on, never forgetting but not getting weighed down by it either. Also, as some commenters here have already pointed out, Spike will always have Peewee and the princesses.

Love that image. I had to look twice before realizing that that's Canterlot in the background.
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Zylia Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
One of the better interpretations of an adult Spike I've seen. Bravo!
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Stavaros-the-arcane Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I am happy to say that at the very least Spike will have company even if he outlives his beloved pony friends. He has a pet phoenix now remember, Peewee. And I'm pretty sure Old age is not a concern for a creature that constantly renews itself via immolation. Not to mention he'll probably still be in contact with the princesses, he does have a direct mail line to at least Celestia. Even if he was a sleep for a hundred years I think they'd remember him.

so cheer up everypony.

on a different note this is a very well done piece of art with a level of detail is extremely impressive.
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grievous04 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Those feels....

I really enjoy art that tells a story by just visuals. I applaud you. The theme, as well, gives me feels.
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StareyedInLA Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
While it's heartbreaking to think that Spike will end up alone as he reaches adulthood, I like the idea of him being friends with the Princesses and acting as a friend and a guardian to any descendants Twilight Sparkle might have.
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dillpickles12293 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I am good at drawing in a sketchbook But i am gonna have to seriously step up my game in order to match the raw talent shown in this picture.
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yep!
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JorgeFilms Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
add this song [link]
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TwiWrite-Flare Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
But you forget; friendship is magic ^_^
How do you think the princesses have survived their immoralities for so long? By making new friends with every new generation. That's why she and Twilight are so close.
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This has been on my mind for the longest time as well. The only solace I can find for him is maybe Twilight finds an immortality spell. And if not, then Celestia and Luna could keep him company, as they are both undying in a way.

On a side note, maybe he could be friends with Derpy. It has been shown in-canon that Derpy is un-aging, as she was a fully grown adult when Twilight was just a filly. So who knows, maybe her eyes are just a by product of here becoming immortal.
Food for thought I guess. ^_^

An amazing piece though. I love the tone and the story behind it, even if it is a sad one.
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Adult spike..so sad.
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Ravianai Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Celestia better keep him company >.>
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