Now, I'm willing to say that this is one of your very best drawings. The shading, the pose, the anatomy, the shaping, the textures, the freakin' detailing.. Absolutely brilliant work, mate.
I do find one thing to nag about: the legs of Lufried seem to be too small - or his upper body too large, I don't know how tall he's supposed to be next to a horse. That's about the only thing, though.
woA! this is truly a testament to how much better you've become at drawing in general!
where to start.. damn, you actually managed to get both the horse and riders pose looking perfect! theexellent poses here truly shines through and togehter with some EXLLENT shading gives the drawing a very realistic look to it!
this is defently a milestone for you, it really shows how much futher you've come!