: That is absolutely fantastic! Your lineart and proportions are wonderful and your shading is marvelous!
I think you got a little too detailed in some areas of shading, if you took that image and scaled it down to 200px you would notice a lot of those fine details disappear. My suggestion would be to take those tiny fur clumps and group them into larger ones (like you did on the inside of the ears and tail tip). You can combine a lot of those small details into some simplified larger ones.
You've got the idea of backlighting down, but the implementation could use a little rearranging. Remember that backlight should be facing opposite
of your light source, and in the case of layering, should be placed on the highest overlapping part of the creatu. For example, I see a nice bright highlight around the fingers of it's outstretched hand. You've got the right idea, but the fingers are on top
of the hand, so the backlighting should be placed around the fingers, not behind them on the hand. Backlighting does not go under other objects, it goes on top of them.
Well gosh that was a novel and a half for a few little nit-picky details! Honestly your image is wonderful, and far better even than my
first attempts at shading in Res style.
: Friggin Omena... I've been waiting for you to apply your dang butt to the artist team! You've already got the intricacies of VPS style drawing down, from simplified creatures, to smooth lineart, to square canvas posing, and I swear you get better at it every day.