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Sunny Days by Rain-Gear Sunny Days by Rain-Gear
Back in the days when they would explore the land around Canterlot together. How times have changed.
Been working on this for quite a while now, If you've dropped by my streams you know how much trouble this piece has caused XD Either way it was a fun piece to work on and I'm glad it's finished.
Hope ya like it!

Decided to randomly throw in full res so you can zoom in on the scribbles.
It can be found here: Sunny Days (Full res) by Rain-Gear
You've created a very good piece here.
The rendering is superb, and the colours are quite nice. The contrast of the front characters draw the eye to them, there is a clear indication of foreground-middleground-background, I can feel the distance in the image, and the scene is overall very beautiful.
HOWEVER, a critique would be meaningless without some way of providing the artist a means to improve, so here goes:

- Overall, the composition is a little lacking. Although I am drawn to the horses, I become stuck there, or circle around the rim...the eye needs to travel, and although the characters show contrast the environment behind feels overall a little "dull" in colour, and the "sweep" of certain elements (the clouds, grass etc.) are not used effectively to lead the viewer.

- Since this is fan-art, I cannot commend you on originality, especially considering there is a lot of artwork out there depicting the same themes. However, the decision to use a semi-realistic style is an interesting take.

- The lighting on the main mountain is rather flat across its form. Although there is a lovely gradient from top to bottom, there is little to denote real "turning faces", and therefore it feels a little pasted-on. Consider the OVERALL FORM the mountain is taking (cylindrical, conical etc.) and make that your priority. The details should support this intention.

- The vignette around the bottom half of the image makes it feel a little "closed in", like the light just happens to be pooling in the middle of the grass area, but it is dark outside of the frame. The painting therefore comes across a little "tinged in gloominess" and doesn't really support the title.

- The "fisheye" effect is not entirely convincing, and I can't decide if it's an intended effect or just the slope of the ground plane. It also works against your composition, and combined with the "sweep" of the clouds keeps the viewer on the rim of the image, rather than pointing them inwards.
Consider checking reference for the effect before executing it. A path or other pointing element would help lead the viewer into the image, too.

- There is an almost constant amount of detail throughout. This adds interest, but works against the focal points and leads the viewer out of the image, or traps them in pockets they shouldn't be (the rock on the left, the trees, all of the main mountain)

- Finally, the focal points are almost the same size. Consider varying the size of the horses so that there is a major and minor point of its current state they seem to battle for attention.

Overall, the biggest thing working against this image is the composition. You are certainly a capable artist however, who has a solid rendering technique and understanding of light/colour.
Also, please don't misinterpret this critique as unfair. It's harsh, yes, but mostly because I believe you are capable enough to take it on. I only have interest in helping you progress as an artist, and although there are quite a few "negative" points I've listed above, they are all minor issues and can certainly be overcome.

I hope you continue to improve and ask for critiques, and remember that no-one is ever 100% correct! Hopefully more people critique on this piece so you can get some alternate perspectives.

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Honestly, this picture blows me away. It feels like i'm in the fairytale. The perspective is so rewarding with the view and I have absolutely no arguments about the scene before me! It's very cute and sisterly of these characters! Although, I see many unneeded highlights, unless this is your style which is totally understandable, but i'm letting you know it's also very confusing. The basket almost has this 'glowing' effect and it becomes my center of attention. Also the mountains have highlights in more than one layer, or source. Where is the light source coming from? It looks like the sun is coming from all directions which is rather puzzling but makes for a fantastic scene. Also, although I really love your vibrant colors to death I know that farther objects are the less consistency in their color. The mountain with the many streaming waterfalls, grass, and details are almost shimmering with their color (which is beautiful) but if shooting for realism there should be much dimmer colors and less detail. All in all, I actually love seeing all the detail though~ It shows how much work you put into it and that you really wanted us to see all of 'the sights' conveyed.This is so bittersweet to say, yes it is absolutely gorgeous and for an artist at my level I really shouldn't be talking... but if wanting realistic features, the farther the object the more dull the color and details are. (Which you do display but for that mountain right next to them, if it is as large as it appears I believe it to be less detailed.)
Thank you so much for creating art the way you do! Truly is stunning overall!
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Submitted on
January 14, 2016
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