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The Winsome Falls Project
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Published: January 11, 2013

Package Update!


Ok I'm releasing the full list of packages of this (all the renders, all the SVGs, all the trace layers) for free downloading. Largest PNG render is 19385 x 30000.

Full Package (~86MB)

(Contains all PNG renders, SVGs, and trace layers)

Hefty Package (~58MB)

(Contains all PNG renders and SVGs only)

Render Package (~41MB)

(Contains all PNG renders only)

Lean Package (~21MB)

(Contains no-trace layer SVG, largest render)

SVG Package (~16 MB)

(Contains all SVGs only)



Oh my this took a long time. Well it's a huge vector traced from a ton of different mashed together screenshots. Looks pretty good too doesn't it?

Program used was Ponyscape.
Ponyscape is :iconflutterguy317: 's modified Inkscape so you'll need that if you want to use the SVG files with all the AWESOME options.
For the latest version, visit his journals! flutterguy317.deviantart.com/j…
Ponyscape is the easier-to-use, great for any skill level free vector program!

The free download is CC BY-NC 3.0

Background traced from many combined screenshots of S3E6 "Sleepless in Ponyville" of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic which is copyright Hasbro.
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uesd itIn a hurry by angela808
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NicolasDominiqueProfessional Artist
This is so lovely!
BrutalityInc's avatar
"... Contrary to popular belief, the Winsome Falls was not in fact a natural phenomena, but was the result of an attempt to create an artificial infinite water supply for the local farmlands during ancient times...

... Recently rediscovered records in the Canterlot Royal Archives suggests that Winsome Fall's origins begins 1500 years ago; a local Earthpony noble, having recently inherited his share of his family estate following the death of his father, discovers to his frustration the land he received was of sub-par quality unsuitable for growing crops by farmers under his employ, due to a lack of an adequate water source near or under the ground... 

... The Earthpony baron, desperate, hitches upon a daring scheme which could provide water for his estate lands to use. Using his connections to recruit the help of some pegasi weather-makers and unicorn mages, he went to what was then known as Winsome Hill, a barren rock hill close to his estate, and performed the first recorded major terraforming project since the great earth-projects performed by the ponies of the Equestrian Empire during the Pre-Discordian Classical Era... 

... the pegasi weather-makers created a number of permanent rain-clouds high above and near the hills, and Unicorn mages cast specially crafted spells which would cause the clouds to draw any nearby source of magic into the cloud structure, where conjugation
spells would convert the magical energy into torrents of water. The water is then funneled down a ditch dug by the baron's earthpony laborers which leads the water down towards his estate and nearby farmlands. As Winsome Hill is found near a local branch of the planetary leylines, the clouds have a semi-infinite source of magic to draw from for creating water, save for periodic depletion of magical energies which would result in temporary shut down of water until the magical leylines replenish itself over time. ...

... Unfortunately, while the scheme worked, resulting in a flow of water to the baron's estates and nearby farmlands, unforeseen factors soon lead to problems - the specially-crafted spells, while revolutionary at the time, was crudely made and hastily implemented, which resulted in excess magical energies bleeding into the water as it is generated by the clouds - this leads to the characteristic rainbow colours of the cloud waterfalls... 

... While the colours does eventually return to normal, this led many earthpony farmers working for the Baron or living near the estate to believe the water is somehow tainted or cursed, and avoid the newly created river like the plague, resulting in a general exodus from the area... 

... Worse, the excessive magic in the water, while safe to drink for short periods of time, can cause significant harm to the pony's body over long exposures - the Baron, who stayed behind while the others fled, eventually recorded to have died a relatively quick but painful death, along with those who worked for him or live near the area and all the livestocks, by what modern day medical experts believed to be a combination of 'thaumatic cancer, internal hemorrhage and organ failure', as the magic gradually causes cellular damage apoptosis and harmful genetic mutations...

... the excessive magical energies in the water also attracts many species of wildlife like a magnet, due to the dependence on magic by many lifeforms in the land, resulting in a massive proliferation of plant and animal life which gradually turned the barren Winsome Hills, as well as the ruins of the estates and nearby farmlands over the centuries into dense, wild forests, similar to how wild magic turned the Everfree into a deadly jungle...

... Today the Winsome Falls is still visited by many ponies as a spectacular sight in itself, although local government officials warns against drinking any of the water at its source. On the other hoof, Winsome Falls did in the end fulfilled its purpose - further downstream, where the magical energies had naturally depleted sufficiently for safe long-term consumption (Note that eventually, unless consumed by ponies or other lifeforms, the water themselves will revert back to magic upon evaporation or at sea within a year), new farming communities were able to thrive off the water that made the lands fertile for farming, among them the now famous farming town of Ponyville..."

--- Ponyland - A Guide to the Principality of Equestria, Edition VI, Chronicle Publishing Inc, Manehatten.
alexwarlorn's avatar
Don't drink the rainbows or you'll die form cancer?  Blech. I don't WANT TO KNOW what you'd do to Star Hill in Super Mario Brothers RPG!
BrutalityInc's avatar
All kinds of energy are dangerous in concentrated amounts. I don't think I can think of a better explanation for rainbow waterfalls from clouds at Winsome Falls other than an ancient pony agricultural geo-engineering gone wrong. 
alexwarlorn's avatar
You'd have the G1 ponies all getting freakin' cancer for playing in rainbow colored pools and slide on rainbows. And the G3 ponies getting cancer for flying through a rainbow waterfall, and eating rainbow berries that are directly connected to the rainbows of Ponyland. 
BrutalityInc's avatar
I always have them as separate continuities in my headcanon, parallel universes with different laws of magics and physics/chemistry/biology. 
alexwarlorn's avatar
So how would the falls work in THOSE them? 
BrutalityInc's avatar
I'll think about it later. Right now I'm postulating how great would the presence of a reality-altering force such as magic could potentially affect in the evolution of intelligence in organisms, which would explain why there are so many intelligent races in Equestria and other fantasy settings... 
TomFraggle's avatar
Looks great! Love the detail! :+fav:
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ElementOf-LoyaltyHobbyist Artist
Greatest background scene in MLP for Dashie & Scoots.
gwennie-chan's avatar
gwennie-chanHobbyist Digital Artist
And definitely one of the most beautiful
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ElementOf-LoyaltyHobbyist Artist
Yup yup.
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GloamingPowderHobbyist Digital Artist
this is beautiful. I had no idea one could do such things with vectors.
Kudos good sir.
gwennie-chan's avatar
gwennie-chanHobbyist Digital Artist
If you like this then you'll probably like my other backgrounds. I recommend going through the MLP Vectors folder of my gallery.
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GloamingPowderHobbyist Digital Artist
way ahead of ya ;)
PrincessWhiteHarmony's avatar
Can I use as a background?
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gwennie-chanHobbyist Digital Artist
There is one thing: You can't offer things I use for sale. That's the Non-Commercial part of the Creative Commons license.
gwennie-chan's avatar
gwennie-chanHobbyist Digital Artist
Of course you can!

That's why there is 5 lovely download packages for you depending on what you need to download!
Also that's why there's a Creative Commons license on it!
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reynaruinaHobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the dumb question, but...are you allowing this work to be modified (aka used as a bg for another pic or something?). I'm kinda confused about it :S
Otherwise amaizing work!! I really love this scene in the series and you portrayed it marevlously!!
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gwennie-chanHobbyist Digital Artist
This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial meaning as long as you say I did it in the description you can use it for whatever you want and modify it at your whims. I do however ask you please never use anything I do for NSFW-type projects.
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reynaruinaHobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh but of course ^^ many thanks!!
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