Not into the series myself, but I follow the memebase-site enough to know almost anything about it anyway.. I really admire how well their simple style works for them, like all the simple hoof/leg shapes, and the squiggles in her mane and tail, it just looks right somehow and I just don't understand.. Not bad...
Yeah it's kinda hard to avoid the pony plague right now. So I just dove in and hoped for the best. XD
This is...so far my best. haha
I'm in conflict with shading these...because in the show, aside from dramatic moments, you don't really see shading done all that much. Sure a hoof or pony in the background is colored slightly darker, but shading is just not all that common. it almost looks off now that I've shaded it. But old habits die hard. It just doesn't feel complete unless I have a source of light established. x_x
I avoid it mostly by telling myself 'if Faust needed to raise any of the older 'girls only' cartoon from the 80s and make it great for anyone, it should have been Rainbow Brite'. Although I hear it WAS remade briefly recently, but since I never heard of it at the time, it probably wasn't very good. I watched some old 80s eps though, and it was surprisingly decent really. Otherwise the only thing I ACTUALLY saw of Rainbow Brite when I was a kid was my cousins' coloring books. Which were awesome, naturally.
Yeah, I think I understand... it's almost kind of a 'super flat' style really. I'm sure it definitely works for the show, but kind of makes it hard to imitate as a stand-alone fan-art really.
Ah well, I couldn't expect much out of Hallmark anyway... except that Gen-1 is surprisingly decent, but expectantly campy and predictable(of course). The 70s/80s was an interesting time though, when American cartoons and Japanese anime were *almost* similar in style to one another, story and demeanor aside... >.>
You're absolutely right! They did have a very similar feel back in the day. Which is why I think for years I thought I was watching American cartoons as a young child, and it was actually...ANIME. O_O Like Unico!
I think Nickelodeon did some importing when I was a really little kid, and I know I once saw an episode of Grimm's Fairy Tale Classics("The Dancing Shoes") but I didn't know it was anime until YEARs later. But we didn't have cable, so I didn't watch enough to know the difference, but I also didn't quite notice the difference back then, either..