This is such an interesting piece to look at, I'm not sure where to begin! I suppose I'll start with all the positives of this lovely and humorous piece.
I really admire your dedication to detail. The strands of hair, the grass, the shading; it's all very lovely. I can tell you really put effort into this. The flower in the forefront is out of focus, and I think that adds a great perspective to the entire composition. The lighting is great, and well thought-out. Your characters have a great stylization, especially Applebloom. The expression on her face is wonderfully done, and the eyes are beautifully painted. The cider cup in her hooves is a nice, even cylinder, and curves stylistically inwards and frays out again near the edges.
Now for the areas in which I believe you can improve. Your anatomy is great, though, for such a realistic style, Cadence's head seems a bit too morphed. It seems as though a more cartoonish style would be appropriate for such a situation. Your lighting is great, though the part of Cadence where Applebloom is leaning should be cast in shadow. How it looks currently is as if Applebloom weren't there; her body would most definitely cast a shadow against Cadence's right side. The background is lovely in terms of detail, but your tree anatomy is a bit stiff. All of your trees are straight up and down, void of any bumps or curves that occur naturally in tree trunks. Your bushel of leaves atop the trees also seem a bit flat. Not quite sure what you were trying to achieve there, but it looks more rushed than the initial focus of the piece: Applebloom and Cadence. The zapapples also seem to be a bit out of proportion. They are larger than they should appear for the distance you've placed your trees. Despite zapapples being large in general, I feel as though they could stand to be a bit smaller when putting your trees into perspective. The last thing that I might point out, would be the lens flare. While it may seem like a tiny detail that may be overlooked, I believe the flare should line up with your sun. It seems to appear the slightest bit crooked, though that may just be me.
Overall this is a lovely piece with a beautiful composition, and obviously lots of time and effort went into this. What a lucky person to be receiving such a request for free! I wish you luck in your future artistic endeavors.
My my! Very clever! I've yet to see anything like this on dA by far. There are many things I like about this piece. Let me start by saying what a clever concept you've grasped here. A candle gun? Haha, how charming! I adore that aspect of this. The expression on her face is positively priceless. Very Pinkie-esque. I also really adore how her tail trails into a cloud of pink smoke. That's what I'm assuming it is, pink smoke from the candle gun? Very cute concept. Aside from that, I like the monochromatic aspect of the entire composition. I also love how she isn't quite centered, as if the recoil from the gun sends her back into the air. Exquisite job.
As for improvements, there aren't many. But here are my thoughts. In accordance with it's surroundings, I feel as though Pinkie's body outline should be slightly darker. My eye loses it as it comes to Pinkie's tail. Not to mention, she's missing her cutie mark! And at this angle, you would definitely see it. Another thing she's missing is her nostril. Whether or not this was intentional, I still miss it being there. As for the gun, I'm not the best person about guns, so I won't critique that part of the piece. For form and anatomy, you've got it spot on. I would question her foremost foot for a second because it seems very..."squeezed", compared to her other, but that seems not to make much of a problem. Pinkie's mane and tail are another concern of mine. To me they look kind of glassy, as much of your shading and tinting is with diagonal strokes, causing a sort of glassy, hard look. But again, it doesn't appear to be a big concern. As for the large cloud of smoke, if it is indeed smoke, I would expect to see more of a smokey, cloudy texture. It feels sort of flat.
Aside from any of that, this piece is extremely clever and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Keep up the good work!
This is amazing! Let me start by saying what amazing technique is displayed in this piece. Your attention to detail is almost impeccable. She looks very realistic and the mood you've created here is quite tranquil. Line-less art has always escaped me, but you did an incredible job. Your use of lighting is very well done. Her expression shows a serene mood and happiness. The clouds fit very well within the composition, and I really like how she is not directly centered in the piece. Your background color harmony is spot on; I love the use of complimentary purples and yellows for lighting in the clouds. The mood you've created here just makes me fall in love with this piece. An exceptional job well done.
Now here's what I think could use a bit of an improvement. The anatomy is great, but I think that her forearm should taper a bit smaller as you did with the leg, towards her shoulder. Her back forearm seems to be a little bumpy. As for her legs, they seem a little awkward as they don't have the "heel" near the top of the haunch. But I don't think that's much of an issue. Her tail seems to be sticking through the swing, and unless there's a tail hole in the seat, it's a bit confusing to the viewer and I think it'd be better if it'd been drawn flat against the seat and jutting out from it. The hair flow is great: I would expect Dash's hair to be thrown backwards as you drew it, but the tail I'd expect to be swinging in the direction she is swinging; unless at that moment she's swinging back, but the direction of the swing itself tells me she's swinging forward. Which brings me to the swing itself. Unless Dash is holding her own weight up, there should be some strain on the swing handles because Dash is pulling on them. They seem to be very stiff as if no weight is being pulled. The frontmost handle also seems to be poking through Dash's skin, which I believe to be a technical error. My other suggestion is to show that she does in fact have a back wing. I only see the front wing, which leads be to think that it's so perfectly lined up with the other that we cannot see it, which is unlikely. As for the frontmost wing, I feel as though there should be more light displayed from behind it, at the tips and such. That's all for improvements.
As I said before, this is an amazing piece with beautiful composition. Keep up the fantastic work.