You said you used gimp for the first time in that manaphy piece. What were you using before?
Also the basic lighting structure looks fine. Things only sorta fall apart at the bottom where we see the shadow overlapping the hands and feet. I do like the boldness of this work.
I'm intrested in learning about the meta. I was thinking about using a garchomp. What should are some good partners? Also how does team synergy work in this tier. Do you even have a pokemon that you normally send out.
I really like the esppur picture. The details around the eyes are cool. Also the shadows in the first Misc. picture is are just cool. Shadows are something I need to spend some time studying. If you got any tips send them my way.
I think this the way to play. People in bw2 ubers used t-tar in this manner. People just need to build teams that work well in weather. Half of the usefulness of weather was being taken out with many abilities that benefited from eeather got banned