Originally Posted by Saddlebag
Even if his tail is meant to be sparse, the tail bone is longer than what you have, unless he's lifted his tail to have a dump.
I see this piece more as an exaggeration of the things that make an Appy an Appy, especially with the extreme perspective. Thus, accuracy is not that as important as "feel".
I like the loud spots, and the limited color palate.
I could wish for the eye to be a bit , h m m m , more horse shaped, and more striking, maybe with a white dot for shine in it? And, now after seeing the ref picture, I think the white of his eye needs to be whiter, and the arches around it a tiny bit stronger. The eye is the soul, really.
Putting a bright red handprint on his butt would be cool, IMO. I love the deep blue background. Don't do too much more. You risk losing the immediacy of it.
This is a nice piece. How big is it?