There characters of mine are participating in the Grand Galloping Gala, so of course they all needed outfits, the first of which was Mei's cheongsam.
I was originally intending to use the picture I drew of Mei in a hanfu, as that is a more traditional outfit that would have better fit her humble and traditional upbringing. However, I realized that the hanfu really would have been a royal pain to walk around in. Plus, given that most mares wear large puffy ballgowns, I thought a short cheongsam would make her stand out more in a crowd.
My favorite part was probably designing the patterns on her dress. Very abstract, I just kind of took a brush and made some vague flower and branch shapes~