Sweet Celestia, I'm sooo tired of being sick all the time. I have a bunch of requests and ideas, but i simply can't work as hard as I have to. It's like torture. Anyway, here's my new fanart. Hope you like it!
This... wow. <3 I would like to especially ask you how you got their reflections looking as natural as you did and how you did such a subdued background. it's got a very watercolor-y vibe to it that I'm just digging the ever loving heck out of it.
As for the subjects themselves, I'm a huuuuuuuuuuuge fan of Sweetie Belle and Rarity, and I really do like seeing them with sopped manes if only because they're more adorable like this. <3 Again, i like how you didn't try and blend your shadows TOO much and you can still tell that you used a brush tool of some sort to pull off your shading. I actually like what you did with the eyelashes because it looks a lil' less Anime and a little bit more realistic, especially with Sweetie Belle.
I really love what you achieved here with the splashy water effects as well... I think with the slightly more realistic style of cartoon horses you went for here witht his piece that perhapps you might have wanted to consider maybe going the extra mile with some of the details like perhapps doing a couple of muddy flecks on the hooves or something like that. I also think that with how distant and vague the background looks, it looks like they're ina big and empty open space and they might have benefitted from having perhapps a tree or the carousel boutique appear a bit closer to them in teh background so it doesn't look so much like they're standing in a puddle out in the middle of nowhere.
Holey smokes... best sisters looking their best (yes, they totally look their best with their manes less curly).
You do have quite some skill with making water & water effects look great, especially the reflections, that much is obvious.
Shading-wise, the lighting is really good. If there's one thing I'd change in that department, it's probably subduing the white highlight on the eyes just slightly - would figure that a rainy weather there would not be such an obvious single source of light either. But that's really just nitpicking from me (I'm obsessed, at times, with drawing as realistic eyes I can).
Rarity's body shape seems slightly short for so long-legged, but... err, once again, my sense of anatomy vs. what is probably an intentional stylistic choice. So feel free to ignore that bit - though her cutie mark seems to have dragged a bit down.
Onto the stars: Vision, well... this is a Really Good Take on the good ol' "Sisterhooves Social: wetmane", not really much to say about that. The clear characters vs. less clear background is great though.
Originality: As original as any pony art picturing something that just short of happened in the show itself. Really good in that light, if not terribly original otherwise.
Technique: As said, utterly love the water effects: the rain, the little splashes and especially the reflection. And the wet manes themselves look amazing, particularly Sweetie's. The eyes could probably stand to be slightly darker, given that it IS raining, but that's also probably excusing that they are, in fact, pastel marshmallow ponies. The rest of the possible negatives I'd have are about anatomy nitpicks from anatomy-obsessor which are fairly pointless to mention probably.
Impact: The meat and potatoes (carrots and hay fries?) of this pic: it hits a Rarity-Sweetie Belle fan like me... like a runaway freight train of cuddly d'awwsomeness. Really inspiring pic - heck, I think I may try my own hoof at drawing this kind of take on the pair sometime soon thanks to this!
Overall: one of the better RaritySweetie pics I've seen, definitely a fave.
I simply love this piece. I'm a huge fan of Rarity and Sweetie Belle, and it always does my heart good to see gorgeous artwork like this featuring this two. I hope to see more pieces like this from you.
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Hard work and talent come together to make this absoultuelty beautiful. The detail on their fur, as well as, on their manes and tails is wonderful. The final touch is the refelctions in the water, something a lot of people forget about.
You may have just killed Spike with this; I doubt his heart could take it.