By the way, you should love this, I'm planning on posting a tutorial explaining hue/saturation change in shading. (I couldn't tell if you were joking or not when you said "You and your shading with black").
Yeah, the cart's all one color, but the inking took forever. I'm not really that good at perspective (hence why it's all jacked up).
Especially the wheels. The wheels took me an embarrassingly long time.
I'll lay off of the shadow thing. Actually I'm going to lay off of critique, for the most part. I'm sick of artists being over-defensive and shitty about thing. I just want to draw pretty pictures, man!
This is really cute! I think you did quite well for your first attempt at lineart. I have a few observations though. I feel that there's a style clash between the ponies+cart and the background, mainly due to the different styles. Also, the wagon has really soft edged shadows while AJ and AB (and the shadow cast by AJ) are hard edged. Finally, the wagon doesn't seem in perspective with AJ. She's seen from the side but the wagon is seen from above and in 3/4 perspective. That's about it!
Yep! By the time I noticed the perspective issue with the cart, I was already a good 12 hours in, and didn't have the heart to re-ink it.
Good catch on AJ's hard shadow. In your opinion, would it be better if all the cast- shadows were hard, or soft?
I tilted the wagon to try and get a stronger perspective (golden spiral, rule of 3rds). The way I have it, their eyes sit on 2 of the intersections of the grid, but in the process, I screwed up the perspective. Sigh.
I'm curious to hear more about the style clash -- It was intentional on my part, to let the focal point (and closer to foreground elements) become more focused, while the background and less important elements took on a slightly more painterly style. This whole thing was a big ol' experiment, so I'm open to your thoughts!
I think that I'm still a painter at heart, but it's nice to be able to work in a variety of styles, right?
About the shadows, a personal preference of mine is for lined art to have hard edged shadows, but it's really a matter of preference and I've seen lots of good lined art with soft shading as well.
For the perspective, I'll be honest, most of these terms fly over my head. I read and understand them, but I just don't have the experience to use them properly in art or critique on them.
And as for the style clash, I understand what you wanted to do but I think the difference between hard black lines and shading and soft painterly style is a bit big and makes it look a bitlike AB and AJ are cardboard cut-outs glued to a random background.