Since I'm so keen to point out that most critiques are done incorrectly and with bias, let's see if I can set an example. Vision, as always, gets high marks. You knew where you wanted to go, and we knew where you wanted to go. However, though the background looks great, it feels like it's lacking. Considering you put BendyFlex in a pose that looks to be directed (meaning not a "say cheese moment, but planned) I find myself surprised that you didn't blanket the background with more beach-related paraphernalia. I agree with you choosing her as your sole subject, but I'll say that a bird or two, a sand castle, or even just the crab that Rarity seems to be fighting now would have been a plus. So I give your props for doing it your way, always will buddy, but your vision could have used more. Originality is key for me, you know this. You chose BendyFlex, who is not used as often as she should be (those freckles are to die for!) and you put her in a pose that is directed and not action oriented. Most volleyball pieces are always about the action of the game, and can be sexy, but are always the same. You have gone your own way. I can't give full stars, as she isn't your character, but putting her in a new environment and not sticking with what has been nets you a high sore anyways. Technique is always tricky with art, at least in my eyes. I honestly prefer this way over the lineless versions, but technique isn't about opinion. Shading almost looks like an afterthought here and you put no shading on anything but her. The net would have made an interesting drop shadow and an alternating wet-sand mark along the beach would have been a nice touch. Certain aspects seem to have different rules in this piece, and that confuses me. So technique is going to take a hit here. As for impact, this I see as opinion. And Blossomforth is adorable, what more do I need to say? You know I'm honest, but fair. And since I did a critique, I call dibs on booping the belly button! *boop* Ha!