The contest was about challenging gender stereotypes, so:
- Due to their colouring, Shining and Cadence pull of the opposite gender's cliché colour* pretty well.
- Cadence is an alicorn, so I feel she should be bigger than Shining, and in some shots she is (by the tip of her horn) but I feel such shots are avoided for the "husbands should be taller" thing, soo... Fixed that. Here Cadence is a big alicorn and Shining's an average sized unicorn stallion.
- Love is Cadence's element: I bet she can be super-suave when she wants to!
Plus I like drawing scenes that could be described with the word "suave" (what a great word).
- Pampered Shining.
There was a bunch more I wanted to do with this pic but I was already running late for the contest deadline, so...
Now I'm wondering if I should simplify Cadence's eye? Hm... Bleh, every picture takes me so long to do these days!
* Fun fact: It used to be that pink was for boys and blue was for girls until near the 1940s! When you think about it, colour-coding gender is weird anyway.