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What's so precious by HowXu What's so precious by HowXu

:iconraritysmileplz:It holds something that bake the most wonderful apple pie.

Further reading: TED: Steven Addis, a father-daughter bond one photo at a time:….
Thanks to :iconrhiss: for the proofreading.
Also, for anyone who didn't know what is "Giddy up" referring to, you may go here:…. So in that panel, Sweetie Belle was singing delightfully.
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As always, your work is almost painfully adorable. Your style lends itself very well to ponies, and they're an absolute pleasure to look at when you draw them. I'm very glad I discovered your work!

Vision: Your intent for the strip is clear as always, and well executed. Errors in English are a little jarring, and can pull the reader out, but we all know English isn't your first language, and you continue to improve here with each strip. Nothing is ever so troublesome that the reader can't easily figure out what you mean, and the art does a great job of supporting the text, so any issues with English are more a matter of "you're doing well, keep working on it" rather than actual problems.

Originality: The sisterly love between Rarity and Sweetie Belle is done very often, and in tons of different ways, so I can't give the highest score for originality, but the way you handled it was well done. The necklace feels inspired by Sweetie Belle's drawing from Sisterhooves Social. While that's not a new idea (Rarity failing to see the value of her sister's gift), you did a wonderful job supporting the value of the necklace with memories from the theme park. This isn't your most original work, but I certainly wouldn't call it derivative, either.

Technique: As always, your style is adorable. It's simple, but it's well refined and executed. Bearing in mind your style, there's not a single panel where I would say, "Oops, he could've drawn this better..." I'd be very interested to see you try a more detailed style one day, perhaps a variation on your normal style, but I do absolutely love the way you draw ponies just the way it is--I still have Sombra's secretary printed out and hanging next to my computer!

Impact: Your impact is always high, and this is no exception. Sweetie Belle's exuberance, Rarity's fussy personality, and in the end, Rarity's love for her sister, all shine through beautifully. This isn't your most impactful strip--that title still goes to your amazing Mother's Day strip featuring Fluttershy--but this is very touching, and won't soon be forgotten.

On a final note, you draw the absolute most adorable Sweetie Belle!
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Critique by ~ClexYoshi 3 days, 12 hours ago
Before I begin, let me start by saying I probably have a bit of bias here as Rarity and Sweetie Belle's character interactions and relationship are probably some of my favorite parts of Friendship is Magic in the grand scheme of things. Sisterhooves Social is my favorite episode, and my favorite parts of Sleepless in Ponyville were the short bits of characterization for Rarity and Sweetie Belle.

that being said, I absolutely ADORE your very soft Anime inspired style. From the smooth, brown inks to the way you do eyes, it all looks adorable, and at the same time sort-of retains that show-accurate flat colored look without it looking unnatural or lazy. I especially love the airbrushed border on the memories to make them feel ever so slightly haze-y.

Exploring more of the businesswoman in Rarity is also a fascinating move I approve of. I've seen some pieces of fan literature that depict Rarity as a spendthrift between her own vanity and her status as the Element of Generosity. I cannot completley buy this, as while those are true, she also maintains a seemingly highly successful business and cuts the cost out of having to buy precious stones for her dresses by going out and finding some on her own!

Sweetie Belle's air headed innocence is something that IS very believable if she's willing to just casually use Rarity's most precious materials for her little DIY projects, and she's shown gullible levels of trust if she's still buying into Rainbow Dash/Applebloom's method of "Try everything until something works" method of cutie mark acquisition.

On the overall, the story is absolutely adorable, and the art style is simple and bright enough to feel like it fits the story being told. That being said, there is room to improve! While the backgrounds for this mirror the simplistic anime pony style you have going on, I can't help but feel that a bit more work could have gone into attempting to replicate the look of the Carousel Boutique's look from the show, and that you really did not have too much of an idea of what you wanted when you started doing the flashbacks to the carnival/theme park.
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ChuluSempai180 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Student Writer
I would like to see this in an episode because I do want to see Rarity and her sister more often and how they do things. (Would like to see some more brother and sister moments in the show, but yeah). I found this enjoyable and sweet. With Rarity seeing the memories of that day when she looks at the necklace. 
ilovemyfavoritegames Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Y'know, I'm reading a fanfiction and cause of those comics I'm imagining everything in your style which makes it soooooooo cute~ :3
Windspeed8 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
that was just lovely
MLPcomiclover Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
you do such cute comics!!!! :3
yellowpikmin88 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
My precioussssssss
Animatorsnake Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Such a wonderful gift, but the greatest precious are the memories with others
Randomponyzilla Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015   Interface Designer
Emergency!!!!!! need.... second heart.... Sweetie belle.... too cute...... going down..... *falls and faints* X_X
Austin7613 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
"Sniff" not gonna cry
"Sniff" not gonna cry
(Starts crying)
dugglien Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015… This comic inspired me to make a copy of that pendant. Hope you like it
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015
Unique style that keeps to the essence of the characters, and tells a short, direct story without wasting time on filler, and having things told in flash back here works!
SakuraKuchiki100 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Awwwwwwww! That was adorable and beautifully drawn <3
JackalyenMystique Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Writer
As an older sister, I can definitely relate to this comic. And it makes me feel proud. :)
Dragonjek Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Your art style is just impossibly adorable.  I can't even describe how cute this is.
TahuBlade7 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was literally one of the most heart-warming things I've ever read, and your style just perfect it. The flashbacks are absolutely wonderful, especially the one where she wants to stay and rest with Rarity.

Thank you, I needed a little something cheerful.
kracatuluc Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
truly original style, i like it
Malekit-GJ Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
*stops at dolphins part*
can't... keep... reading... *gasp*
*drops dead*
Ucantfoolme098 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student Artist
Bedeviled-Stallion50 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sh*t! MEDIC!!!
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sweetie Belle is just too cuuute!!! :squee: :squee: :squee:
HyuugaHigure Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Awww, that's so sweet.
I love it when Rarity shows her generous spirit.  :iconraritysmileplz:
luigilover23 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
If only all sisters were like this..
skyp3r101012 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
OrganicFox Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You also got TOO lazy to add the extra "o" to "to".
skyp3r101012 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Why would i
OrganicFox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
And if you were too lazy to read it, why did you put a comment? I don't get when people do that.....
skyp3r101012 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It was a joke and don't care about grammar when I'm on the internet is not like I'm actually speaking a speech in school
Idrenniel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Isn't grammar and syntax when writing on the internet more important than saying a speech at school?
skyp3r101012 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
When was this comment.
Idrenniel Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015
Sorry, I know i shouldn't really post on old comments but i can't help it uwu
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JexTexSSB Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Can't handle the cuteness! <3
TinyandHuge Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Adorable! So adorable!
TheGamerXU Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
It's just so bucking............agh! You just surpassed the levels of awesomeness by wayyy too much! 
Creamkit223 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Student Artist
Omg, :iconrarityplz: has fake eyelashes Oh Noes! 
IPonyLover Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ChocolatNinja Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
Awww and Apple Pie <3
COLT731 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And now Gollum will find that box.
LunaGamerImInPortal Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
WolfoftheBlackFlames Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So many feels! Argh I love this so much!
ChaosDrgon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Danisnotonfire: FEELS Danisnotonfire: FEELS Danisnotonfire: FEELS Danisnotonfire: FEELS 
lolipop17374 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I know right
ChaosDrgon Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Hippykat13 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Creeping-Menace Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
Too fricking cute!
AlexTurner721 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Huh...I do believe my heart exploded from cuteness overload...let me just check......Yup, I was right....Goodbye. *Collapses dead on the ground*

(totally worth it!)
LokosFermincho Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontf2medicplz::iconsaysplz:Thankfully I haz new heart for you dumkoff.
AlisatheRaptor13 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
. . . is it wrong that I read "My Precious" in Gollum's voice. . .?
Otakumaidens Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have a feeling you'd love this anime called lucky star
ZetaRESP Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure he does already like it.
Otakumaidens Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
chrismaticfool Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
It's... Beautiful *u*
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