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Canterlot city by Plainoasis Canterlot city by Plainoasis
"Come on! I'll show you around."

Updated 23/09/2017

-Posted a high resolution image with more details

Gave up after so much detailing... (This one is only half the size of the working image). I'm not seeing an end to this. So I've decided to call it done. Thanks to everyone who gave suggestions for this one!

Two things I find weird with the overall composition: (1) Twilight's extended arm (2) The high contrast of the pool at the bottom center of the image


An exploration of a possible city plan for Canterlot

Posting because I'd like to hear your thoughs on how the city might work (at least visually). 

I'll keep working on this and update when I have more ideas. Currently it kind of looks more like a small vacation resort or an amusement park...

MLP (c) Hasbro

Updated 13/08/2017
-Restored to previous city center layout
-Zoomed out a bit to show more context

Updated 13/08/2017
-Lowered the airport
-Added more platforms to the palace
-Changed layout of the main streets

Updated 29/08/2017
-Extended the airport
-Minor adjustments to building layout

Updated 04/09/2017
-Added more detail
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TSIMTheFuhrer Featured By Owner May 27, 2019
Snowfall-The-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a really beautiful picture. i really hope you are proud!
= D
it is nice to see a full view of the locations in MLP. :)
FeatherQuilt88 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow!! :wow:
Platypusrocks Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
That explains it, I always thought that the capital of Equestria looked tiny... Before this, that is.
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
This has got such great Minas Tirith vibes that I'm actually humming the Gondor motif from Peter Jackson's Lord Of The Rings trilogy...!
star3catcher Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2018
This took an amazing amount of vision. I've always struggled to imagine how Canterlot was actually laid out as a city, but this makes sense and is really beautiful.
goldorakx69 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2018
Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
Helloooo new wallpaper.
Obeliskgirljohanny Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Student Digital Artist
oh my!
Its beautiful!
Terrortheslayer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
TasermonsPartner Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2018
There's more detail and layout here than there was in the actual movie, much less the show!  Fantastic!
BenRG Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
Oh wow! That is just... wow! I love the detail and the whole concept. It really draws on Canterlot's mythic links to the Minas Tirath in LotR and yet still remains true to the MLP-G4 aesthetic.
EduardAdelmonte Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2018
It's a good thing that exists a piece of art that show an aerial view of the capital of Equestria.
Thank you for making this piece of art!
Anon200 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018
I love it. Looking at it like this, it seems almost like an inverse Minas Tirith. In both cases, the citadel is the most protected from a land attack because it's the hardest to get to, but if you were to end up trapped in the citadel you'd be doomed because there's no escape either. Now it makes sense why you would use airships to attack...
meto30 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A most wonderful expansion! My applause goes to you.
C-E-Studio Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
I wish that expansion of the looks of Canterlot would have its depiction for a possible sequel to the 2017 movie, as long as the towers of the castle would share the same color palette as the show's counterpart.
Fujin777 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
That looks good.
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017
mattjohn1992 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome Job. Nice
PaperDrop Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
gotta say i love this one quite a lot and i'm super jelly how good it is you did an amazing job. always been into majestic landscape views like this ugh so majestic 
Plainoasis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*Looks at the image again*

*Feels unworthy of such praise*

*Goes hiding in a corner*
PaperDrop Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
awwwh no such thing as a unworthy praise were all as great as we make ourselves :3
LunaticDawn Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks bigger than I first thought. :O
RobbieCave Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017   Digital Artist
This is awesome!

You know, now that the movie is coming next week, I'm so curious to see how Canterlot will look like in the movie.
RenoKim Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Wow ... so truly amazing...
gordonphilbin Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
Awesome overview of Canterlot!
TangoIV Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
TexasUberAlles Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Still bloody amazing.
AvengerXD1 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
This is absolutely beautiful. Been a fan of castles on mountains, like The Kingdom of Olympus in greek myth. The attention to detail is very good. To be fair, the world of equestria is inspired by the world of Middle-Earth. Man, J.R.R Tolkien left a huge mark on the world of imagination. God bless him for that.
McKay1606 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017

This. Is so. Amazing!

I've been looking for something like this on google, an expanded Canterlot City from top view.
I would have been happy with just something, anything at this point, and then I stumble across THIS.

I've actually had to LOOK AROUND. I counted the town squares, zoomed in on every detail, and now I think I'm in love with this picture.

The style is perfect for a scene like this and one really sees the work that went into it.
I can't tell you enough just how great this picture is. I think I'll have it printed :D
NuclearPoweredPony Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Duuuuuude! :O
DarkRBX Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Student Artist
That is insanely good and you got everything in great detail.
slavanap Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Is there PNG available? Very nice pic for wallpaper, to keep one kind at work :)
Plainoasis Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I did not do a PNG beacuse I was afraid it would result in a huge file (the PSD file is 760Mb)
slavanap Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017
Anyway, great work and great wallpaper!
slavanap Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017
FYI, PNG with same resolution as JPEG you posted will be 20-80 MB max. And I'm sure DeviantArt would compress it into jpeg for the preview.
Plainoasis Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the info!

Though if I may, can I ask why you would need a PNG file? Is it because it's generated from a lossless compression method? I always thought they were useful only when you want to preserve transparency...
slavanap Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017
Yes, you're right. It's because JPEG compression doesn't look great on hi-res displays. Just look at this for example:
It doesn't look clear as Telegram background, for example. IMHO, any vector-like graphics should be compressed in PNG at first. (And Deviant will recompress them into jpeg for preview.)
Jpeg tend to loss some details.
Your art is great, I just want to make it greater :)
Danifox Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Loving all the details!!!
Opticshy Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
Good work! Very detailed.
TheSunriseFalcoN Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
The best sight of Canterlot I've ever seen!
archonix Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LiamNeighson Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2017
This is really awesome and I would definitely like to see specific areas of the town done in vignettes or small landscapes of urban settings. The houses at the top most part of the mountain near the airships and the river interest me the most. I'd imagine these were the ultra-rich ponies. It would be cool to see what their houses look like!
Plainoasis Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I would also like to see more cityscapes down from the streets. I think after the movie people may post more Canterlot landscape based on the movie.
LiamNeighson Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
Yeah I took a look at the art book for the movie and they did some cool stuff for Canterlot but most of it was just open marketplace tents and stalls and the area where a stage was set up behind the castle. They didn't get down into the street levels and show permanent store fronts or residences. Definitely lots of room for creativity there still.
Fasdaff Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
And I thought the earlier version was good...this is stunning.
GlorysiaMelodyYT Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
DemonicClone Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
you should do close ups of the different parts of the city to show off detail.
this is an excellent view of Canterlot from the south
you should do a view from the lower North side of Canterlot.
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