I would have given higher for originality, but let's face it, you drew this because of MLP. It is stnning, and the artwork is different than that from the show. It does make me think back to the episode, and the hardship faced by Rainbow Dash in the Ghastly Gorge.
It is visually pleasing though there is a small problem that I can't overlook. It's in her mane, you have red, orange and yellow, seperated by blue lines. The way it is seperated reminds me of a basketbll... a very colorful basketball. I think a nice gradiant (spelling?) would make the mane look more pleasing, and look as if it flows as a single entity instead of 3 seperate entities. The same also holds true for the green/blue/purple portion of her mane as well. Although not so much purple since it is far enough in the shadows that it looks almost black to begin with.
Before I begin, I'd just like to mention that 4 1/2 stars is unheard of in my mind.
Vision: Immediately as I looked at this image, a flood of ideas for what this could represent filled my mind, and surely many others felt the same way. With the look in Rainbow Dash's eyes, she might be challenging you to a race you will not win. The scenery could mean that she's just determined to have a good time through the gorge. Some might even interpret it as her pleased to begin a journey of some sort, what with the long hills and forests in the background. Any way you slice it, the meaning feels strong and is very noticeable in the vision.
Originality: While it's not some ground-breaking work that's never been done before, it's the grandeur of this image that sets it apart. The attention to detail and little hints here and there make it stand out from anything else it can be compared to.
Technique: This is where the image shines the most (literally). Not only is the detail in the background incredible and rounded off perfectly to look as authentic as possible, but the sunlight beaming on Rainbow Dash is strongly inferred and executed perfectly with the glow; the glistening in her eyes only furthers that. The shadows are done masterfully well. The colours are vibrant. The focus is set on Rainbow Dash with just enough clarity on the background to make it feel real. All in all, the technique is incredible.
Impact: Impact pretty well sums up everything that was said previously; the glow, the glistening, the look in her eyes, the gorge—it all really hits the watched hard.
Incredible piece of artwork. Out of all of the art I've seen around this site for MLP, this has got to be one of my favourites. Bravo.
WOW! This is so cool ^__^ It's like she's thinking, "This is gonna be no prob!", which for Rainbow is absolutely true! Great job I was also wondering if I could use this to make a Steam avatar picture? It's perfect for what I want to do.