Right, so I'll start off, as usual by stating how much I love this picture. Visually stunning and full of character. So without Further ado, time for a break down. Hair: Looks great, the rough edges adding alot of volume to the hair itself, not really anything to complain about here, the shading and strokes all look great. Eyes: Definitely my favorite aspect of your work, the attention to detail you add to the cornea and other lighting effects really add personality to the drawing. The twinkle is most certainly a plus to the eyes. Body Shape: You appeared to have take a far taller body shape with this image, and I have to agree with the decision, the character is all about speed and the sleek lines certainly show this. Wings: Far more show faithful than your usual style and the change itself is a good one, they look a part of her and strong to boot. One thing that does bug me about the wing though is the lowest feather near the joint doesnt actually appear to fit with the rest of the wing itself, the wrong direction and different drawing style just put me off. Flight Suit: For your first time drawing something such as this the effect is nothing short of stunning. Would of liked to have seen more creases around the joints, though thats personal preference in all honesty.
Conclusion: Yet another masterpiece, and a delight to watch you streaming the drawing of this amazing piece of art.
[Hey so prepare for a very long critique, because this artwork just deserves it that much.]
You never cease to amaze with your artwork, old sport. That I must stress before I begin. Everything I've ever seen by you [even the explicit stuff] is always brilliantly and tastefully drawn up. Very commendable and noteworthy work.
Anywho, about this drawing in particular...
I love love love her mane and tail. Such attention to detail! Every last strand of hair is paid attention to and drawn realistically, yet the lighting affects all of them at once. It's the perfect combination between scratchy and slick, if that makes sense. [I've seen lots of pieces where the hair is branching out all over the place, and lots where it's all basically one enormous strand, and I appreciate their attempts to make it look more (ahem) realistic, but it just doesn't cut it like this style does.]
One thing I would improve on a little is the wing pattern. The wing itself is nicely done, but the pattern makes it look a little bit less like feathers and a little bit more like a mosaic.
In addition to that, the shadowing on her seems a bit rushed. It gives Spitfire an almost godly look, which is good, but I don't think it's what we're looking for here; we want to make her look good, and like a hero, but I think you went about it the wrong way. The shadows around her just look a little rushed; not necessarily sloppy, but as if you had to meet a deadline or something and just threw them on there.
Be that as it may, the shadowing ON her body is magnificently done! I have nothing bad to say about it; it's accurate, it's not too feathered but not too hard on the edges, and most of all, it's ACCURATE and PAYS ATTENTION TO DETAIL. You're magnificent at attention to detail my friend, I have to give you that.
I love the necklace you threw around her. It's easily distinguishable as some sort of chain even in the low-res image [again, DAT ATTENTION TO DETAIL], and it opens the floodgates to people's imaginations to reason as to how she got it. Fanfictions can be created around that necklace. Fantastic additional touch.
I like how you made her outfit look like spandex around the hooves and legs, but unzipped around her neck, almost like a tight-fitting hoodie. That's exactly how I pictured their uniforms would look like. Great job on that.
As far as the raised hoof goes, I think it's a good idea, but it seems a bit shorter compared with the rest of her hooves. Nothing else to really say about that, and maybe it's just my own eyes lying to me.. It just looks a bit stubby is all.
Okay, last two tidbits [it's almost over! i hear you cry out]: -I love the way you've done over her mouth and nose; it's in that same 3-dimensional looking fashion as Rarity's mouth and horn were done in; it just adds to the realisticity of the overall piece. -I love the ATTENTION TO DETAIL you put into her eye. Eyes make the character more than anything else, and you've nailed this one. The color, and shadowing on that aforementioned color, is spectacularly done over, and you've even nailed the detail in the iris to the shape and distinction of the lighter and darker sides. Truly, truly excellently done. [Oh, and I love the lens flare you added to the eye; makes it that much more realistic.]
WELL! I think that's about everything I can say about this piece. It's beautiful, charming, detailed, and despite a few minor kinks, a regular masterpiece.
Fantastic job, old sport. Let me know when this gets featured on EqD.
Update to my submitted critique: About the wings, they do look like feathered wings, disregard that part. It's just the pattern the feathers were arranged in in the low-res image that bothered me is all. Maybe that is just seems to blend into feathered wings a third of the way up the wingspan instead of staying feathered wings the whole time. But then again, I've never drawn anything like this, so maybe it's just my own preference.. In any case, excellent work [if I haven't said it before]
Eyes, mane, and tail are awesome. Suit is satisfactory. Wings could use some work but are decent enough. The only thing that's a bit off is the forehead, which seems a bit large, but I don't know if that's just your style or not.