I would like to start my critique with humanized version of Rarity: first thing that catches viewer's eye is style and elegance of human Rarity. The pose and of course the expression of lady-Rarity shows her exquisite nature. The clothes which, without a doubt were made by Rarity herself, fit like a glove on her perfect figure, complemeting her curves and hiding what should be hidden, even though I personally find her figure to be absolutely perfect.
Pony Rarity is as gracious as her human counterpart. The author did a great work showing it with elegant and a bit theatrical gesture of Rarity's forelegs. Facial expression of our beloved 'drama queen' shows her passion and refinement of her emotions.
Sparkles and glimmer on the background create feeling of motion, spinning and dancing. I wouldn't be surprised if pony Rarity is actually waltzing right now on a scene, as Grand Galloping Gala's mane event - she's just that gorgeous.
Overall picture has great impact and the originality and vision of the author leave no place to discuss - they're simply perfect. Technique is as brilliant, so I do believe that this piece of art deserves five stars in all categories.
I was really expecting to see some, rubies, sapphires, or some type of gemstone in the background for Rarity, but somehow what you've done here instead works just as well. Perhaps more sparkles...either way I still like it.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about Pony Rarity is off...I automatically was ready to fall in love with her, then something stopped me, and that never happens with Rarity. I'm not sure if it's the eyelashes or what.. I'm just not in love with it like I would like to be. It's still good though. Love the drama queen facial expression though! You did her mane beautifully, graceful and elegant just like the pony we know and love.
Human Rarity, I fell in love with. Her facial expression doesn't scream at me, but I still get a sense of lady-like appeal, along with something else...more than a fashionista....and the mystery of that is intriguing. Outfit works, horn on her head looks a smidge funky but I'm not worried that much about it.