Just had time to do a simple portrait (or two) in honor of him, but I had to do both because as much as I prefer the main show, I really kind of like the design of Puppy Spike. It does kind of break my brain trying to find meaning in their connection though, especially now that they're two separate characters. I mean, one is a dragon who is the celebrated hero of the Crystal Empire, was briefly Dragon Lord Spike, and is connected to most of the movers and shakers in the world of Equestria... while the other is a dog. A talking dog, sure... but it feels like EQG Spike is really lagging behind his counterpart. And considering the comparative lifespans of both species, he really doesn't have the time to waste sleeping and licking himself.
Still, any Spike is a warm and loyal companion to his Twilight and has saved her from falling to her worst habits, so Kudos to the little purple guy. Would that we all could have such a stalwart friend in our lives.
Spike looks pretty awesome in both forms, so cheerful and friendly yet also a bit proud. Of course he has reason to be, but we hope he's learned to keep that in check. Anyway, you did an excellent job on the cute dragon and the lovely dog version. They're very lively and full of depth and charm. Even Owlowiscious looks to be a little affectionate for Number One. Also, nice job using the nighttime lighting also as a spotlight for Spike and Spike. The shadows are pretty good except that the ladder's falls too evenly across the irregular shapes on the bookshelves. (Though I totally understand it would be a major pain to work out the lighting angles for every edge and book.)
It's a lovely little scene that pays tribute to all forms of assistance that Twilight Sparkles can always rely upon. Thanks for sharing.