Two close friends share the same birthday, and happened to play characters who became very close friends. In 2015, this was my present to them.
I had to play around with light quite a bit, lots more shading than I usually indulge in, and stronger shading because the magical light was pretty bright. I'm not convinced that I got the colors right, but I was trying some new techniques regarding the use of colors while shading (not just making things darker, but using contrasting colors as part of the shadow), which had an interesting effect. Same with trying to deal with a translucent curtain.
I'm also not that happy with the design of either dress, especially the hang of the fabrics for the skirts. But I like the sleeves, especially the redhead's shawl kind of thing. I think I was working from some designs drawn by another friend of ours, so the outfit designs probably aren't original to me (though I'm not gonna go check right now).
That thing on the shelf is a hat box. The redhead is making a magical hat as a present for the blonde, and is startled when the blonde unexpectedly walks in.