Lately I didn't have a chance to paint any winter scenery, so this was as good an excuse as any. Playing around with lights and shadows is more satisfying when the snow is involved.
You create really good artworks. Can't wait for new ones <3
PS. I can't find you in my notes anymore.
It's an interesting fusion, Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer – perhaps because they come from similar origins of not really being good at the whole "friend thing"? Or am I just reading way too much into it?
Whatever the case, you did a fantastic job showing the mare's feeling of isolation and faint longing as the other ponies celebrate so brightly and so closely; it seems that a part of her wishes she could join them, but she doesn't think she fits in. Lovely work on the celebrants enjoying the gorgeous, if frosty, evening. The quaint village architecture looks fantastic with plenty of flourish and detail (personality I guess). The misty cold contrasted with the warmth from the windows gives a peaceful feeling all around. The dog checking out the tree is cute, and good thing the lights aren't electric (if you know what I mean).
Thanks for sharing more of your beautiful work.
I don't have any issues with the way you draw the characters, as they look great to me. Sure, I enjoy many styles, but this captures the feeling of the show while adding some better form and depth. The head thing that someone mentioned seemed like foreshortening for effect – but I'm not really an art critic, never mind an artist, so you're better off giving the other replies more credence. To me thought, it seem to bring her feelings to the forefront and I assumed it was intentional – but I can still see where others are coming from.
Also, like you said, maybe the level of detail on her compared to the ponies in the background (through the frosty mist) is too much of a contrast? With the finishing work on Starlight and the background they may seem a little flat.
If you prefer something more realistic then go for it. I know I won't be disappointed with the results.
I'm aware everybody's opinion here carries the equal weight (unless someone's rude, which has to happen yet). There's no reason for some quasi-professional art critic here, as every consumer (viewer in this case) is the perfect critic of ones work, the difference is how well one can express their thoughts on the matter... and you are surprisingly good at this.
There are other voluble people here, of course. I just happened to stumble upon you first Never loose your way with the words!
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Goodbye, Hearth's Warming, it's over, you're done
Finally set free from your forced celebrations
No need to reply to your trite invitations
Why, Devinian?! Why?!