I've been working on this quite a bit for the past week. After 2 livestreams and working like crazy on it I'm finally done.
Never again am I doing large backgrounds, this was just too much of a pain. I probably spent 3 hours on AppleJack then 18-20 on the background because I can't whip up environments easily. It also doesn't help that I decided to try using tone shading to do it thinking I could get fast results. About 6 hours in on the pic I gave up and just coloured it. After that I fixed and added stuff continuously until the end.
Originally it wasn't even going to be a pic of AppleJack at Sweet Apple Acres, I just wanted to remake this pic of mine from a few years back [link]