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My entry to The Royalty Contest
"Princess Celestia's bannermares welcome you to their favorite table on this Hearth's Warming eve. They've just returned from their latest adventure with plenty of tales to tell, and they would love to hear of your own exploits as well. Have a seat next to Sir Spike and Lady Dash, you're in good company."
An excuse to draw the Mane Six and Spike wearing mail armors in a tavern? Yes please!
I tried to make sure that the composition and color choices made the scene warm and inviting to the viewer. There's a place at the table just for the viewer, the colors for the mares and spike are brighter versions of their show colors to make the table bright and cheery. I used orange and brown as the main color of the scene to make everything warm. I hope it all works.
UPDATE: Uploaded a larger rez version of this image.