This critique is kinda hard, as I do came across a conflict with my personal preference and staying objective. Luckily, on some things the two can agree upon and the vision of this piece is one of them - a simple and yet very becoming concept, suitable for Rainbow Dash undoubtfully; a pegasus that seeks glory and has her head in the clouds (in more ways then one) seems to scream for a design like this.
Of course that also means that seeing RD among clouds is nothing out of teh ordinary. The concepts differ, but overall such pieces usually leave one with the impression "been there, done that". Of course few things are original these days, so inventing something new (that isn't appaling at least) is always a struggle.
The technique you used is quite an impressive mix; at first glance it seems simple and yet, if you look closely, you can see the details and work you put into this piece. The clouds, almost randomly scattered in the background, form a very alluring whole, that compliments the centerpiece of this art - Rainbow, who, while done in a different style then the source material, still stands strong as the element of the drawing.
The impact of this piece in undeniable - seemingly plain, it's striking in its own way with that weak lighting giving Rainbow a form of glory and grace, his compliments her character on many levels. The coloring, on the other hands, gives the impression of being more mature then design itself, with a certain feel of dignity, again pinpointing RD's personality nicely.
While I will not hide the realistic take on Rainbow's design is not exactly what I'm searching for, that is nothing more then personal preference and that cannot stand in the way of giving this piece justice; and the objective truth is that this is a marvelously done drawing, if not by actual work, then by what it represents. Bravo.
Ah, this is a lovely piece, and for a new tablet, it's a great way to settle in, and the result was lovely. I had a few problem with it, but nit-picks later.
One of my greatest likes, upsides, what-have-you for this piece is it's pure sketchy brilliance in terms of style. It looks like a scan that came out well, and digital art looking that traditional is, from my standpoint, something to be admired.
I loved the shading, it is done near-flawlessly, it looks amazing, and the shading is one of the big things in any art for making it better without the viewer realising it.
Onto my unfortunate problems with this.
One of the biggest things was her proportions. Her legs seems stubby, and her head is a bit small, and it kills the feel of a great piece like this. Next time, before you move out of the lineart stage, make a perfunctory check-over to see if it all looks okay.
The shine was a bit overdone. Sure, it looks great in moderation, but moderation is the key word in here. You have placed it a little excessively, and the piece suffers somewhat for it, try going a little less next time.
The ear is both a bit big and far too pale. It looks like you rushed it a little, and though this is only a practice piece, you could really have made this something special with a bit of effort.
The wings, while lovely, are a bit big and over-shaded. Maybe, as before, a consistent level of effort throughout the piece, even if it has to be a lower level of overall effort.
All in all, I really did enjoy this piece, but as practice, there are of course going to be some flaws. I'd rate this a 7/10, and I really can't wait to see what happens when you move out of the practice stage!