This one was very interesting to do. I've been feeling the urge to do a very fancy Rarity picture for some time and this interest ended up manifesting in the very dense texture of this picture.
I'm particularly pleased with the pose and expression here. It's hard to draw such an unusual pose and perspective while keeping everything fluid, but I think I succeed. I tried to pay extra attention to credibly draping that curly tail over the side of the chaise lounge, and giving her eyes some life and body some weight. One thing I like about this sort of careful attentive work is that it requires a certain degree of projection into the form of your subject. While doing the line art for this, I had to become Rarity. Total engagement with the details, which isn't always possible in my art.
The background is watercolor. Coloring Rarity look about two hours and the background took about four. I'm glad I've finally figured out how to get some painterly texture into my watercolor work. Of course not every picture can be this carefully done. I was really after an effect almost like acrylic.
And, yes, some hooves ready for suckling. Or is she trying to help you up? You decide!
Marker, colored pencil, ink, watercolor and acrylic. July 2012!