My continuing 'speriments in art, this is probably the most ambitious thing I've tried yet. I think I'll talk about the piece itself first, then discuss the artsy stuff about it.
Not much of a scene here, but one can imagine that Vinyl is in the middle of some hilarious story. It's certainly got Octavia's attention. Or maybe the cellist just likes to watch Vinyl talk. Vinyl certainly doesn't mind.
You may notice something about these two, side by side. Trust me, no mistakes were made with regards to proportions. This is a piece of headcanon I've had for a while now. Y'see, Octavia is... big. It's her parents' fault, really. She has mountain stock on both sides of her lineage, and every now and then in her family tree, the right combination of recessive traits crop up and a result in an exceptionally hardy filly or colt. It hasn't always made Octavia's life easy, but not all its influences have been bad. She lugs that cello around with ease, and it's made her very attentive, since growing up she would easily knock over her classmates or household objects without noticing as she grew into herself. In addition, very few ponies have ever seen Octavia's temper, and that's in no small part because the mare knows how easily she could bully others around her, and she refuses to be that pony.
Vinyl on the other hand... well... who knows what's to blame. Maybe she didn't eat her veggies as a filly. Maybe it's that coffee habit she picked up at age eleven. Maybe it's just genetics! It's probably that veggies thing, though. She's not the smallest mare you'll ever see, but she's pretty close to it. It takes others a surprisingly long time to notice it, mostly because her force of personality is so great that she doesn't seem small. Side by side with her special somepony, it's quite obvious. Kinda makes you wonder how it plays in to their relationship, eh?
I'm happy with a lot of things in this picture. I mean, I was able to make two ponies of very different proportions, and I feel that's an important step! Being able to introduce variety in these things is really boosting my confidence in being able to draw exactly what I picture in my mind. And I'd say the expressions were a win, overall. Octavia's right eye spent a long time looking like a lazy eye, but I think I have that fixed now. Obviously these are pretty simple expressions, but hey, it's more than I was capable of before. A lot of the colors I'm happy with too. I'm getting a better sense for colors, overall, like recognizing that Vinyl's white should have a tinge of yellow, or Octavia's mane a tings of green. Vinyl's hair could've been a bit more vibrant, but it's not off.
The big thing I'm not happy with is the poses. I couldn't quite angle the two of them in line with each other, though I think it would be reasonable to expect that angle if you think of them meandering back and forth a little as they walk. Imagining that they're walking, that is, since I drew them very statically. There was just so much else going on with this picture that I didn't want to get bogged down in posing their legs. So it's something I know I could've done better with, but I didn't, so "could've" doesn't count. There's also a couple rough spots besides that. Vinyl's goggles... oh god did they suck. Closed loops are so hard! I kinda gave up on them because it was becoming one of those things where I wasn't drawing anymore, but just manipulating the lines segment by segment with Paint Tool Sai's control point stuff. And the colors don't work super well for her goggles either... I'm not sure I get how blending colors together is supposed to work. Lastly, I think I've been doing shadows wrong. I dunno what layer they're supposed to go on, putting them on one of their own doesn't seem to work, but do I really want colors AND shadows on one layer? It's one place the tutorial I've been using breaks down and doesn't explain well. Honestly, I think if I want to worry more about shadows, I would also have to start thinking more about making these horses look 3D. They don't have a great sense of dimension to me, right now. I think I might want to play around with their faces, their noses especially, if I wanna fix that. Oh and actually lastly, Octavia's bow could've been better. I tried to do something new, oh well.