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Canterlot by Balthasar999 Canterlot by Balthasar999
EDIT: Now on EQD! Neato - Thanks, ponies!
Illustration of Canterlot for an upcoming chapter of a ponyfic I'm writing: www.fimfiction.net/story/76626…

Didn't really plan this out and just started painting... There are a few things that are wonky but I don't care.

People never make the city look big enough, I think. Doesn't it have a goddamn hedge maze? And a racetrack?

Supposedly Canterlot is based on Minas Tirith, but it always makes me think of another high-altitude magic castle: www.youtube.com/watch/?v=c4oLM…
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:iconjawolfadultishart:
Jawolfadultishart Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Artist
Yes yes all my yes!  This is the best Canterlot ever!
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busterkeatonrules Featured By Owner 6 days ago
If Hasbro actually tried to make Canterlot look like this in the show, they'd be out of budget halfway through the first intro sequence! Magnificent.

Love that glimpse of Cloudsdale in the background too! Fantastic attention to detail.
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks, it was really fun to do.
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MindMenderEoin Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student General Artist
Unbelievable, dude.  :iconbigheartplz:  This is the kind of artwork I wish I could make, that I hope to be able to make someday.   Keep up the good work!
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks man, you too—I'm sure you'll get there.
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Percolator21 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Oh My Fucking Me !!!! this is amazing !!!! well done !
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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EarlAnnex Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
'Tis awfully futuristic, I must say.
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snowjumper27 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
TRULY AMAZING COMRADE 
YOU DESERVE A MEDAL
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DSC-the-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW, this is the best image of canterlot I have ever seen. Its amazing
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ZombieFX Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
I cant get rid of the feeling, to look at FF7 ... the intro sequence...
its like any second it zooms onto the train and we are stuck for 180 hrs of rpg action Oo
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ain't no gettin' off of this pony we're on.
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brony-pony93 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Hey. I just wanted to say, this is an awesome picture. So awesome in fact, that I'm going to try to build it in Minecraft. It'll probably be the hardest thing I've ever built, but I'm willing to give it a shot.
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, thanks! Send me a link or something when it's done!
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:iconbrony-pony93:
brony-pony93 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
It's going to take a hell of a long time, and a LOT of planning... But I think I can pull it off.
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2-Tailed Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Hobbyist
Woah! It's amazing how detailed this picture is! And it's wonderful :woah:
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SherlockBoy Featured By Owner Edited Nov 23, 2014  Student Photographer
Holy CRAP this is AMAZING!!!! The details...so many details...
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DocWario Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
wow man. there are so many places to go.
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artadorkable Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
cool
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Appw0905 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Wow can you even breath up there....it's so darn high!
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Jordanleewilson872 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Artist
whow 
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JheregAssassin Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
...I am in awe at how much detail you manage to show ( and you even added  the pony version of Mt. Rushmore).
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!  I figured given the stained glass in the castle that ponies were into hagiographic imagery.  
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JheregAssassin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
I think it was a good idea.
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zilvart Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks rather impressive:D there's some depth to it as well. it's a great piec you should be proud:D
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RudyBabyBoy Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014
Canterlot feels small in the show. Thank you for this.

Also, you should make Cloudsdale and other cities.
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, I actually started one a while ago with Cloudsdale in the background—I should totally get back to work on that...
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KeybladeKnight99 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Writer
I LOVE YOU NOW UNTIL FOREVER!
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, thanks!  Pretty sure you'll get tired of me before too long, what with my sleep-hammering and old Russian lady smell.
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KeybladeKnight99 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Student Writer
Just draw me like one of your pony cities and I'll look past all that XD
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cprailes44ac Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Dear god dude. That's all I can really say. O_O
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hahaha, much appreciated.  Thank you.
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Bluemoons437 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Daaaaaanng
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Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thaaaaaaan[ks!]
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urbanmusic1234 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I-i-i LOVE your art
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Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks!
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websplorer Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Wow, I have no words Wow! Excellent work!
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CPConception1986 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
It looks like Gondor. I'm not sure if I spelt that right.
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
IIRC Lauren Faust partly based Canterlot off those glamorous cities of Men in Lord of the Rings.
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thaumh Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist
8-D~ DROOOOL! Sooo pretty/awesome.
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Cyclone-Dusk Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I was gazing at this in total breathless awe already, but then I clicked your youtube link...

Corridors of Time.

Whenever I play Chrono Trigger, I can no longer allow Zeal to fall. I never go to meddle with the queen; I forget my quest and simply wander aimlessly in contentment. 

Gods... 

...YES.

I've yearned for this place endlessly, but here it is, as if it were waiting for me, in equestria. THIS. IS. CANTERLOT. This is what it truly means, what it's really all about. It rings true to the depths of my very soul. The verisimilitude is so rich it challenges the veracity of life itself. I DEFY all other headcanons; there can BE no other canterlot than this. You magnificent bastard! This isn't a mere masterpiece; it's a WAY OF LIFE! 

Now in my heart and in my imagination I wander aimlessly in the vast, shining labyrinth of its pristine corridors, its serenity filling me with light... 

I'm drinking in every detail... the soft amber glow of the underdocks where the tradesponies shuttle their wares, the tiered gardens slung between the sparkling waterfalls... I hear the murmurs of the academic elite unicorns up in their spires, delving deep into the secrets of Arcane Science. Every time a peice of this image slips across the corner of my eye I see it alive and moving, the crowds rippling like ripe grain in a blustery, open field.

Tonight, if I dream, I pray dear Luna you guide me to THIS dream, and let me stay there... forever.
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Painted-Pen Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Amen to that!
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Balthasar999 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hahaha, wow, that's some high praise!  I'm glad this was able to have such an effect on you; as an artist, there's nothing better I could hope for.
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Lightingrider Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool
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Mystery1992 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Absolutely breathtaking.
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UberImperialGuard Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
this is... amazing :o
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, thanks—I've got more in store, for whenever I have a chance to work on it.
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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
mind-bendingI think I've fainted. 
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Haha, thanks, that means a lot to hear.
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Painted-Pen Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Each single time I see this picture..... I just want to build it in this world! And I just realized Cloudsdale back there! WHY MUST YOU BE MADE OUT OF CLODS CLOUDSDALE!?! WHY!!!???!!!!!
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