SURE it takes skill to make, SURE it's art (even if it's fanart), but really, wouldn't it be good to try something else then drawing ponies over and over? You'll never improve if all you draw is the same thing. Artists grow by challenging themselves, not copying an already made character.
And I know I'm gonna get a lot of hate for this comment, I have my opinions, you aren't going to change it by flaming me. This comment was aimed at the artist as a suggestion, I'm not waging war on your style.