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The Crystal Empire

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I once heard someone say that Canterlot was made of nothing but Penrose Triangles link and wishful thinking. That maybe true but it at least stays more on model! I have a commission working its way through my queue and the most important architectural element in the picture will be the palace of the Crystal Empire. So I went out and started collecting reference for the commission. My main source for this was screen shot from the Season Three premiere.

    After assembling several screen shots from different angles and distances I started doing a finished sketch of the palace so I could get a better feel for how it is put together. However, after false starts I realized that every screen shot showed the palace with different features, sometimes radically different! Finally I decided that if the artists at DHX were allowed to play fast and loose with it so could I! Besides my Artistic License hasn't expired so I felt it was okay for me to do my own take on it.

    Now architecture is one of my weakest subjects. I can turn out a workman-like piece but I really don't grok it the way I understand say aircraft. I don't yet know the language of the profession that well, and I still don't have a good feeling for how all the pieces interact with each other. However I did come to the conclusion working on this piece that the Palace of the Crystal Empire is the lovechild of the Eiffel Tower and Superman's Fortress of Solitude.  

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Lurks-no-More's avatar
"However I did come to the conclusion working on this piece that Palace of the Crystal Empire is the lovechild of the Eiffel Tower and Superman's Fortress of Solitude."

That's a remarkably good description of it!

There are design similarities with the Crystal Tokyo from Sailor Moon, too: derpiboo.ru/147911
Baron-Engel's avatar
LOL! Well I know that the folks at DHX are nerds just like us so it doesn't surprise me that they would derive inspiration from other pop-culture icons.
Darth-Silas's avatar
With those four support pillars, I picture the palace being able to walk like Howl's castle.
Baron-Engel's avatar
Now that would be a sight!
Darth-Silas's avatar
Yes, it surely would. The ground would definitely shake with every lumbering step, sort of like an AT-AT.
Baron-Engel's avatar
Yeah the sight of it bearing down on you would definitely be a morale breaker in most cases.
carlhh's avatar
Wow, pretty sophisticated poster-bot.  Takes a section of description first before laying down the spam.
Baron-Engel's avatar
Yep! And reported them, hid the comments and sent a message to the help desk. Good riddance!
Baron-Engel's avatar
That or some Art Deco rocket ship.
Lunar-White-Wolf's avatar
Awesome! Great job!
mouseanderson's avatar
Look great to me.
EarlMcClaw's avatar
One of your weakest subjects? I which my artistic skills were so weak!
(And "Legends of Equestria" features an explorable model based on the palace of the Crystal Empire.)
Baron-Engel's avatar
Yeah and I bet their model looks different than the three, count them, three different models I discovered reviewing screen shots of the Season Three two parter.
EarlMcClaw's avatar
Probably, if only because they have to make it work in 3D. But they also try to recreate the settings from the show as far as copyright allows. (Fun fact: When first added, the entire Crystal Kingdom of LoE had been modeled by a single person in a single update cycle, palace included.)
EarlMcClaw's avatar
Oh, sorry. "LoE" is "Legends of Equestria". LINK
Tioa0a's avatar
Great sense of dimension :)
DragonStrider's avatar
Crystal City state more like it. Good job with the tower though, considering you think architecture to be a weakness of yours.
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