It's Rainbow dash and Tank flying around and having fun. The two of them were positively cute together in the Just for Sidekicks episode, and since I hadn't drawn RD in a while, this was the perfect subject for a new painting.
I'm glad to have this out of my system, as it was a pretty intensive effort detailing and smoothing out everything. Getting all the feathers on the wings right was a bit of a nightmare, reminding me once more why the show takes a more stylized approach to ponies. The final image is built up from 14 layers, which is a lot more than I usually have. It turned out to be a good decision to work with multiple layers, as they made some late adjustments a lot easier.
I'll also admit that I am pretty happy with the clouds. They're not necessarily super realistic, but with this style they do look like a nice interpretation of what you may see in the show. Only one or two of my previous pieces feature any clouds, but I think these are my favourite so far.
Created with Gimp and Wacom Bamboo tablet.
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Rainbow Dash and Tank from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (c) Hasbro