I've only seen the designs for the main six, but: eh, generic, but considering the (likely) low budget & the fact the show was made to sell a line of dolls competing with Monster High, I understand why they went that route.
You know taking a second look I've noticed some, not problems, but things that bother me personally with some of the designs.
Gilda: I don't think Gilda is designed badly, but I just don't think it fits with her depiction in the show, maube she should be a little taller, a little leaner, smaller breasts, and slightly darker skin tone, and sharper, more bird like features for her face, she's a griffon after all, maybe give her a lean upper body and stocky legs.
Scootaloo: Honestly her face looks like it belongs on a grown man, everything elsle, well maybe give her shorts instead of long pants, and make her t-shirt orange and blue.
Big Mac and AJ: The only thing that bothers me is that they're to pale, they're farmers after, they're out in the feilds in the sun all day.
Flim and Flam: I find it a little odd that the height difference btween them is so prominent since they're brother,s and implied to be twins, in the show, but it actually doesn't bother me, it's just kind of weird to me.
Twilight and Trixie: Neighter are designed badly, but I think their designs couls use a bit more contrast because Trixie was meant to serve as a dark mirror for Twilight, what she could become if she let her ego get the better of her. Maybe have Trixe dress a little more sududtively, or give a more eatheral look to her to better contrast Twilight's down to earthvclothing.
Well there you have, those are the thing that bother about some the designs, don't get me wrong I still love all of your designs for them, but I think some could be better.
On the matter of Big Mac and AJ; considering that both of them freckle, it's unlikely that they are even capable of tanning whether or not they spend a lot of time in the sun. If anything, they would just have more freckles. One other thing is that apple usually grow best in colder climates where there would be less sunlight than more tropical areas. However, I do acknoledge most of your analysis, and agree that these designs are very beautiful.
I was thinking the same thing. Though, for me, Twilight looks far too dark, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie are too thick, and Rainbow's face is too masculine. And I've never pictured Rarity being mixed, considering she has white/silver fur.
I like the fact that you used more realistic body types and a wide range of skin tones for all these humanized ponies. Too many people don't take the time to think about the great diversity in humans when drawing them, tending to fall back on a specific set of stock body types and generally their own skin colors. You do run into some issues, of course, like the tendency for people to confuse gender. First thing my brain saw when I looked at Twilight, for instance, was "that's a man in a skirt with boobs." I think this has to do with the fact that femininity has traditionally been so exaggerated in art for so long in order to get the "femaleness" across to people while masculinity has been traditionally the default assumption that your more androgynous style makes it difficult for people to recognize them as females, which is probably why you got a lot of "Scootaloo's a boy" comments. Even if you dressed her in girly clothing, Scootaloo would actually seem more like a boy dressed in girl's clothes to most people because of the large nose and sharp facial features. An unfortunate cultural artifact, but that's the thing with which artists have to deal.
Thank you, and I do know why people are mistaking Scootaloo for a boy- drawing her with slightly masculine features was done on purpose. Doesn't mean I can't get annoyed with the people practically demanding I redraw her.
Expanding what can be considered "Cute Female Character Design" is a big thing I do with my work. This is the first time I've heard anything about Twilight, though. The only negatives I've heard are from the people who don't like black Twilight.
I admire that. Can't say I care about humanized Twilight being black, myself; in fact, it's almost impossible for me to think of her otherwise anymore because it just seems to fit so well. There are several of your characters that have faces which I, at least, would assume to be male in absence of other context clues (knowing which character it's supposed to be or the fact that the body has breasts or is clothed in traditionally female clothing, for instance). That's not really a negative if it's what you're going for, though. After all, plenty of women do look like that and are plenty beautiful. It's a shame that female features in popular art is so constrained to an arbitrary standard that perfectly normal female faces don't code in most people's mind as female. I'm all for breaking the stereotype. That's what art's about, in my opinion.