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Canterlot--WIP by CosmicUnicorn Canterlot--WIP by CosmicUnicorn
Started this in the morning after drooling over Thomas Moran.
Been feeling a bit antsy to paint something. This will be one of those paintings I work on every now and then, so I don't know when it will be finished.


More or less a newer version of this: [link]
Which was done about a year ago.



Values, layout, and preliminary work.
~3.5 hours.
CS3.
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Over all I would say that it is coming along very nicely. I do like the values that you intend to use for the environment. It really gives it that subtle look while allowing the trees to pop out. The only issue I have is that the castle looks a little muddled, though that could be just because of the greyscale that it currently is in. Just be sure to define the buildings more when you add in color and it should look great. I look forward to seeing how this turns out in the end so keep working on it!
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I love the distant view, that goes on past the mountains. The valley and the strong mountains remind me of Ansel Adams style photography. The perspective is well done, my eye follows the ridge all the way down the valley and manages to make a nice gentle journey around the scene. The scene manages to look natural as well. You've also managed to make the castle fit in with it's surroundings and look less animated and comical. You've adapted the city to its mountain home very well. I would like to see more attention given to the mountains on the left, they are lacking certain finished quality in comparison to other aspects.
Over all I love the landscape, the stillness and the natural quality of the scene.
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Simply breathtaking.  :+fav:
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Tangerineblast Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Can I use this in a background of something?
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PixellaVanillahorn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is simply divine.
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KroK-13 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
I love this. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this as a large print and hang it on my living room wall.
Everything about this is incredible, but I especially like the way you did the sky. Excellent work.
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razorsharpfang Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh my goodness, this is an AWESOME picture of the fields outside Canterlot. With your permission, I'd like to use this as a concept art for my MLP game in conception. You will get full creditation for your contribution in the credits, I assure you. May I use this piece to base landscapes / level design off?
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cookiejoe1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
very beautiful
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northernlight33 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
So beautiful. This reminds me of going to Vancouver on a road trip. I go through three hours of driving through towns, looking at the massive landscape of trees and mountains before I reached there. Not to mention how I can sometimes feel broke stepping in there hehe. Other words, I love how you capture the sunrise (or sun set) over Canterlot.
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gear9242 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This really reminds me of Yosemite Valley (which no surprise considering you were drooling over Thomas Moran). But I think if Carelton Watkins existed in Equestria, his photographs would look a lot like this.
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Picklebug4 Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
so awesome.
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lzsmith88 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
magic castle is magic. awesome!
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Learctic Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
Never cease to amaze me, Cosmic.
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Yalcahoon Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Sorry the comment is so generic, but: wow. this is awesome!
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Chessie2003 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
I like where this is going!
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CaptainDerpy Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student Interface Designer
this will halp in the future ... and its pretty ... :icondashsoawesomeplz:
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fox914 Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Waaaaaa it looks gorgeous even now! *o*
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HopePixie Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing!!
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I38VWI Featured By Owner May 25, 2012
Awesome awesome yes.
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Shirlendra Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet sisters that is a amazing painting. I must say, you do some of the best art out there. Seriously amazing.
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blisfstructure Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
The "older" version of this was my desktop background for nearly 3 months.

Needless to say, if this ever gets finished it will retake its rightful place. Super exciting!
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unitoone Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow! Looks amazing!
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flatterguy Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
so amazing, thanx a lot , although it is black-n-white , it took up a place of honour as my desktop pic
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pinormous Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
It's pretty great now. I can't wait to see what happens with it in the future!
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Looks awesome! Can't wait to see the finished version.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
Looks great even in this state. I bet it'll be amazing once it's finished.
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TITANOSAUR Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thats Awesome Dude! Its not finished yet it looks amazing.maybe you can save it as a black and white. you know, as if it was taken during the time of black and white film? Idk, just a thought.
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I was thinking of doing that. Except with a more sepia tone. :)
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TITANOSAUR Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome. cuz this gives that Noir feel. ya know. now we just need a few Ponies that look like their from the 1800 or early 1950s ya know. get that Prospector/early town finder feel.
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Stollen99 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First thing i thought off: [link] :P

Great work, looking real good :D
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Ana-Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner May 24, 2012
I'm speechless, this looks so damn cool!!!!
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crimsonbrony Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
phew....simply awesome
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Mysticwrites Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Looks awesome; I love it!
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TheArtisticPony Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist
You did a really great job on this, it's beautiful! It reminds me of Skyrim a little bit, with the scenery.
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Skyrim, eh?

I'm okay with this.

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TheArtisticPony Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist
Haha, lol. :)
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CybertronikPony Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I spy, with my little eye, some stock images.
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Just one.
I made a custom brush out of the palace (from a screenshot I saved). Not a good quality brush up close...But it saves time when sketching/blocking in.
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CybertronikPony Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Okie dokie! But some of the trees look quite identical to each other.
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Ah, I suppose they would... Since they are also custom brushes. Made from photographs I took on a hike last year. :dummy:
Hurrr, I don't think of my personal reference photos as "stock" images... But I suppose they would be? To me "stock" means: "things made by other people". But whatever. They're my trees.
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CybertronikPony Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Oh well... my bad then!
I guess you could spruce up some variety in the future! (pun intended!) :la:
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BookWyrm144 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012   Writer
I can't even begin to explain how much I really love this. Kinda caught me off guard. This is really great.
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jamesprager Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Holy ...

That's great.
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savannagrey Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Canterlot is one of my favorite things in MLP:FIM and I adore your last painting of them so I'm super excited to see you tackling it again! I'm curious if this is intended to be show accurate or not. In any case, I look forward to seeing this with some color, especially to see how you choose to emphasize Canterlot as the focal point (I'm assuming it's supposed to be given the composition and title).
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ImmortalPanda Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous, as always!

(p.s. i totally miss your sassypants over on the arena..lol)
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Kamari-Akuma Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
why does this seem almost seem like a AU of Canterlot?

:icondiscordishappyplz: who cares! i love it! prolly needs some chocolate rain though

you think everything needs chocolate rain!

:icondiscordtrollplz: precisely!
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ParaspriteHugger Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
I'd sooooo use that as a wallpaper if it was 1920x1080...
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Hmm... not sure about Canterlot placement (the height), though, seems a bit low, no? Also, is that a sea far away, down to the valley, I see? Or actual valley as in the show? Not like I have something against artistic interpretation, just curious.
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
You know, it does look like an ocean way out there in the distance... Global warming? :lol:

While I used references (same image you linked, actually) I took some liberties with the perspective, color will help emphasize the atmospheric perspective. The mountain the palace is sitting on is taller in my painting than it is in the show, which might be what's throwing you. I think the palace's placement will become more apparent with color.
Buuut... I might shave down the top of the mountain to raise the palace up and expand the sky... Depends how the rest of the painting develops.
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KeinZantezuken Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
You know, it does look like an ocean way out there in the distance... Global warming?
I guess the Sun Princess wasn't in mood lately, eh? I blame Megan McCathy >_>

Buuut... I might shave down the top of the mountain to raise the palace up and expand the sky... Depends how the rest of the painting develops.
Fun thing, actually, consider Lauren's words and some maps from some episodes of s02 it becomes clear that Canterlot is definitely to the north (north-eastish) from Ponyville, and if we assume that the sun "wakes" up at the east in Equestria as well - the mountain supposed to block the sun during morning. Which leads to question how did we able to see rising sun in "Cutie Mark Chronicles" episode.
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Ponies are srs bzns.
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Arkhein Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow- that is awesome. Great sense of space there.

- Ark
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