The more I look at this picture, the more I love it. It's telling so many stories and captures each and every one of the boys just perfectly. I'll start with the story this tells before getting into the specific ratings. Berry is his usual, boisterous self, just happy and wanting to share his world with his friends. Butterscotch is trying so very very hard to not snap at Berry, but he doesn't want to eat that burnt cupcake. The way he's tugging at Elusive's shirt like a little kid is just so perfect. Elusive just wants to get away from all the weirdness that surrounds him, especially Barbara being all crushy on him. Barb looks great here too, so utterly twitterpated. Blitz's grin is just.... mmm... so fitting. He's all like, "Bring it on, chum...p," but you can totally tell that he's just getting under AJ's skin for fun. Dusk looks great. Boyish but still mature, if inexperienced. He obviously doesn't want AJ and Blitz pounding the tar out of each other. He just wants his friends to get along... "Come on guys, would you calm down please? Blitz, you're not helping..." And finally, Applejack. Wow... I wonder what Blitz said to piss him off that much, but boy does he look mad.
Now then, onto the categories: Vision - 4/5: Your goal was to draw a group shot of mane six as human males. You could have just gone with a typical group shot, but you decided to tell a story, or several small stories, which makes for a better overall work. Originality - 4.5/5: While your designs for the guys draw from your work on the female versions, there's quite a lot to differentiate each one from his female counterpart. You took time to give them each a style and personality beyond something like "Fluttershy, but as a human guy." Also, it doesn't look like you refered to any of *Trotsworth's images, which are the touchstone for quite a lot of r63 pony work, so kudos on forging your own path there. Technique - 4/5: I'm no artist myself, but as an admirer of your work, this stands with some of your better pieces. The composition and backgrounds fit your style really well, and while nothing about the technique here blew me away, it's solid and without any particular flaws that I can see. Impact - 4.5/5: This picture had me staring when I first saw it. It's hard to explain why exactly, but it held my attention like few pictures have and overall it's just very well composed and executed. It's eye-catching, and I love it.
This is definitely my favourite piece of yours now, and I hope that you'll consider drawing more of the boys in the future!
This is a combination of very good, and very not good.
The dynamics are PERFECT. We see the expressions, we know what the expressions were intended to convey, and they convey it! There is no awkwardness, and they are certainly lively and vibrant.
The background is pretty, and the colors are nice and practically pop.
There are some problems though. The clothing, while really great for Rarity and Twilight, suffer when it comes to the others. Pinkie's and Fluttershy's clothing are mostly generic, and it really doesn't convey their personalities well. This is the same with Spike, with Rainbow Dash and Apple Jack being somewhere in between all of this.
Finally, the physical differences are sorely lacking. The artist certainly attempted some differentiation, with different skin tones, and slight changes to the chins, but that is where the variety ends. The builds are either "skinny" or in Apple Jack's case, "slightly less skinny". The noses are all the same, the eyebrows are all the same, and little things like that are kind of generic, and really take away from the uniqueness of the mane cast.
All in all, this is a perfectly good picture in terms of vision, and the artist definitely has refined their art style a good deal, but it just lacks things that really makes the characters stand out as unique individuals.
I love this picture to death! But, I guess the real reason I keep coming back to it is becuase of Blitz's hilarious smile; it reminds me of someone, but I don't know who. Definantly never a smile I've seen on Dashie, though....
What a second! Is Bubble's nickname for Blitz Blitzy? If so, thats just to cute (and lame).