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Preping for the Galla by BlindCoyote Preping for the Galla by BlindCoyote
A older Rarity assisting Sweetie Bell get ready for the Grand Galloping Galla.

MLP:FiM/Rarity/Sweetie Bell (c) Hasbro
Art (c) 2013 Stephen "BlindCoyote" Scott

Sai and GIMP

**Note**: we still dont know what Sweetie Bell's cutiemark could be so didn't add it yet, once she gains it in the show I will update it accordingly
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NastyLady Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The anatomy is bad. Maybe not as bad as I tend to see sometimes, but still BAD. Things that hurt most are necks, front legs and Sweetie's entire trunk. It's too long, curves not where it should, her chest sticks out.
Hooves shouldn't be so round. This shape would be fine, if we were looking at pony from above.

The perspective is all off. I can't explain what exactly is wrong, because it'd be some hell of a writing. Perspective is HARD to deal with and requires practice, still life drawing, learning at least basics of descriptive geometry and even more practice. I'm still not perfect at it myself, to be honest.

What makes this piece somewhat attractive is, unfortunately, the shading. You don't seem to understand how do shades work. For example, if window is the only or main source of light, mirrors shouldn't reflect any of it, because they are turned back from the source. There are many more such mistakes... or perhaps you just messed the perspective up so much I can't even tell what is where. I recommend you to give up on shading and focus on perfecting the lineworks. I did that and it really payed off.
Second, the technique you use is just BAD. I see the burn/lightning tool. Don't use it.
And here we are, smudge tool. Just forget about its existence. Don't even touch it. It's the worst tool you can use for shading - it leaves these awful smudges and makes everything looks so... wobbly and dirty. So does the burn tool.

These were the most important mistakes I wanted to point out. Now a few minor things:
Half of the mannequin is missing (this one in the foreground).
I don't think Sweetie's hair work that way...
I'm really confused by Rarity's hair.
The magic effect is a bit confusing as well, it took me some time to actually notice it.
Lens flares are evil.

What I like about the picture.
The eyes. You managed to keep them simple but show the emotions.
Your choice of colors.
The sewing machine is nicely done.

I hope this critique will help you.
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BlindCoyote Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow first, thank you for taking the time to type all that out.
You made a lot of key points that I will definitely take into account.
I'm not even gonna try to argue or make excuses because I can see the mistakes now more than ever.
so thank you so much.
First thinks first though, inking practice.
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AppleCider1412 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
also....sweetie has no cutie mark
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BlindCoyote Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
well we still dont know what it could be so didn't add it yet, once she gains it in the show I will update it accordingly
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GEWB2105 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
No, it's there, you just can't see it past the glow of the levitated measuring tape. lol
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AppleCider1412 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
weelll...true
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darkoverlords Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
Rarity looks like Granny Smith now.
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BlindCoyote Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
ya kinda based it off of granny to age rarity.
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breezzie Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful picture, i love the idea.
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BlindCoyote Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :D
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