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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More or less a newer version of this: [link]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.
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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:
Tangerineblast Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Can I use this in a background of something?
PixellaVanillahorn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is simply divine.
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.
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?
cookiejoe1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
very beautiful
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.
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.
reaverclan Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
so awesome.
lzsmith88 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
magic castle is magic. awesome!
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