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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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:icondraxulaura:
Draxulaura Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is epic.
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DWK13 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 26, 2015
What I love about this picture is the realistic, organic clutter of buildings, and how every available space is used. This, to me, is exactly what a city that evolved over thousands of years in such a strange location would look like. City planners would have to get very creative with their usage of space, so the layout would be crammed with structures of various ages and designs, and any available bit of ground would be used.
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Arancaytar Featured By Owner Edited Sep 14, 2015
I love the futuristic look complemented by airships (the eternal staple of alternate universes). And all those little details - the Mount Rushmore reference, Cloudsdale in the background, the stained glass windows, the observatory...

Finally, the vertical expanse and the buildings on the underside - it's not just a ledge with a castle on it; this city has depth.
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WargofAnthropo-cene Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
What is the time period shown in this painting? Is it Canterlot at the time of the series: 1 000-1 004 C.R. Or is it Canterlot in the future? I am writing a story set in a future Canterlot (the year 1 130 C.R. to be precise), and I am writing in the predictable urban expansion of the city across and into Avalon.

I am using a few other maps for inspiration. You appear to have thought of the sabbatical/hotel settlements and the wide-spread balloon docks as I have.
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Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
I was thinking it'd be the present-day.  I was going for a more realistic vibe of what I think the city might actually look like having developed over centuries, but since I just started with a bunch of slashes of color and worked them into buildings I didn't quite nail the original aesthetic and it ended up a little more futuristic than I'd anticipated.  
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:iconheroetatdm:
HeroetaTDM Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You should make this a print! It's print quality! Also, SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! :D
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
I AM open for commissions...
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Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
Gorgeous!! Also I love the Final Fantasy vibe I'm getting with all the airships <3
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I've never noticed that Canterlot looks inspired by Minas Anor (Minas Tirith in later times)
On this pic it looks kinda High tech, did you intend that?
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Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
Not exactly; I just made a bunch of random expressionist building shapes and then firmed them up into actual structures, and that's just sorta the direction they go.
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, it looks good
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:iconmakorrakataang2:
MakorraKataang2 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Awesome
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MakorraKataang2 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
CANTERLOT????
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LeDaverix Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, they did expand the Castle, didnt' they  ...  really awsome , great work :D
and all those Detail.  Perfect :)  
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:iconjuimythecybershark:
JuimytheCyberShark Featured By Owner May 16, 2015   Traditional Artist
HOW BEAUTIFUL!!! :D

its like Canterlot from the future! :D
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:icongrimtalesrachel:
GrimtalesRachel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Cool!
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:iconjawolfadultishart:
Jawolfadultishart Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yes yes all my yes!  This is the best Canterlot ever!
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busterkeatonrules Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
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 Mar 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks, it was really fun to do.
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MindMenderEoin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  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 Mar 22, 2015  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 Mar 22, 2015  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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:iconjheregassassin:
JheregAssassin Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
I think it was a good idea.
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:iconzilvart:
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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:iconrudybabyboy:
RudyBabyBoy Featured By Owner Edited Jul 20, 2014  Student Writer
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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:iconkeybladeknight99:
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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:iconkeybladeknight99:
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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:iconcprailes44ac:
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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:iconbluemoons437:
Bluemoons437 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Daaaaaanng
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:iconbalthasar999:
Balthasar999 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thaaaaaaan[ks!]
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