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Canterlot Halls by josh-5410 Canterlot Halls by josh-5410
Hey, guys! I'm back :)
So this is inside Canterlot, where the Elements of Harmony are housed (most notable in the season 2 premiere). As I was collecting references from the show, I realized that the original was somewhat influenced by the interior of a cathedral. So I gave the whole thing a renaissance architecture feel, or at least tried to.. could have turned out better, but oh well.
Speaking of which, some parts are kind of messy and ambiguous, and less refined in terms of realism. I admit, I am a bit rusty, haha ^^; Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of things though soon enough! But I must say, it feels great to start drawing again :D
This was an absolute monster to finish, though. Due to a metric crap tonne of trial and error from being bed sore from the pencil, completion time was 38 hours on and off for over a week~ new record! :la: Done on 11x14 inch paper.
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Antojo-Pony Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Wow this is beautiful. I don't mean to hinder you but may I ask for your permission to use this as a cover image for story I'm writing? I'll credit you as the artist and link to your work. 
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Motherfucking awesomeness like an awesome boss of awesomeness-fucking awesomeness.
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The-Awesome-Blossom Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful 
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PonyMystic Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. In. Credible.
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GalacticArtz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Bro, Very awesome job you've made! May we collab in the future someday? I really need a background artist for the upcoming MLP movie.
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MLP movie?? WHAAAAT :D Sounds awesome! But also seems very demanding.. so I don't know.. I don't have much time to myself these days, and chances are I won't I'll be able to keep up with you guys. Sorry, man. Besides, I'm sure there are more competent artists out there that you can find, haha. Good luck!
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GalacticArtz Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks for the help :D Will credit you in, if I use one of your backgrounds.
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kitsinu Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Great! This even has the stained glass windows. I have always been interested in what is on those windows, so this is a big bonus to the piece.
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:iconjosh-5410:
josh-5410 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Those windows took a lot of effort, so I'm glad you appreciate them :)
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AbsolutelySourKiwi Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Nice! Check this [link]
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TheSarcasticBrony Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
The medieval flair is fantastic!
This really gives such a feeling of grandeur and age to the Palace not even British castles have :D
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it :)
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:iconchibijoshua:
Chibijoshua Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Your killing me here!!


I'm dying from the beauty!!
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:iconjosh-5410:
josh-5410 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'M SORRY I DIDN'T MEAN TO, I SWEAR :ohnoes:
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Chibijoshua Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Tell my family... I love them... and that you murdered m... ..... :icondeadbodyplz:
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:iconmissflight:
MissFlight Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
This is a great study of the Cantertlot Halls, well done! :) I especially love the detailed marble pillars...oh, and how could I forget the banners!
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:iconjosh-5410:
josh-5410 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha thanks! I appreciate it~ The pillars took a lot of trial and error to get it right.. glad you like it :)
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benjaminpotter Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
beutiful work well done its like im actualy there.
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:iconjosh-5410:
josh-5410 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I appreciate it; it's what I go for. ;)
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benjaminpotter Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
good work and i look forward to favoriting more in the future
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vest Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Seriously man, huuuuuge ups to this image right here. I just love how this one turned out! So much amazing texture and perspective detail in this, I am just in awe! In awe! In absolute awe!

Whew man, all sorts of fantastic here man. Great job!
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:iconjosh-5410:
josh-5410 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha thanks! I really appreciate it. :D Glad you like my stuff!
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fabthemiller86 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
Ponies are great architects.
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You bet they are! What with their fancy magic and whatnot, haha
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RusReality Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
How much time?
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:iconjosh-5410:
josh-5410 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Time spent drawing this? 38 hours over a week or so :dead:
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MrPhresh Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
I can imagine Walking through there, The cool marble under my feet.
Beautifull.
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:iconjosh-5410:
josh-5410 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like the realism I attempted :D
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Werewolfnate Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd say that the construction appears to be late Romanesque with elements of early Gothic architecture, with it's use of stone ribbed groin vaulting and single story structure, along with the tall stained glass windows.

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FRIKIN' ART HISTORY >:(
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know your stuff, sir! lol
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Werewolfnate Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Student General Artist
XD I may be wrong
It might be english gothic.
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attack193 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
WOW =O
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol thanks :)
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attack193 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
No, thank YOU for gracing my eyes with such splendor!! XD (I'm only half joking!)
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Rettro Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you're back man. I love your works, especially from an architectural standpoint. Speaking of which...

"gave the whole thing a renaissance architecture feel, or at least tried to..."

*puts on architecture student hat*
- Main columns are monolithic. Renaissance columns tended to be multi-parted, attempting to appear as if tiny columns held up huge weights.
+ Columns are inset from the edges, meaning that the roof vault is separate from the actual walls. Good.
~ Columns support pointed arches, ending in clearstory windows. That's more European Christian than renaissance, but you can get away with it. They were technically the same time period.
+ Windows and arches all end in pointed arches. Good.
+ Uniformly sized vaulted ceiling with entrailed edges. Also good.

So, three +s, a ~, and a -. That brings you out as +2. I say successful.
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah ha, just the architect I have been waiting for! I was waiting for this comment, since I actually drew this with you in mind. ;) I'm glad it turned out successful. For the -, I was maintaining integrity in the original from the show. Changing it would have been too drastic of a change, if you ask me. Other than that, the terms you use are almost all foreign to me :XD: But man, you sure know your stuff, and I'm glad you think it worked out in the end :D
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Rettro Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I'm usually on every other day, but I've got midterms coming up next week and it's killing me. Just typed up 50 pages of notes for a class where the midterm on Thursday is worth 50% of my grade.

*sigh

but Friday starts spring break. I can't say I have big plans, but I do have plans, and you lot will see them.

Back on topic... I love it when people think so highly of my opinion like this :) I try to be a Jack (of all trades, since most people don't know the shorthand), but architecture is something I'm actually studying. For this image, you've gotten about as renaissance as you can get without changing things from the show. And you're right, Canterlot is a very renaissance town. Cloudsdale is Greek, and Ponyville is western midcentury surf. No technical term for that last one, and I don't feel like finding one since it's actually changing. If you look, the show starts with most of the buildings being white with wood crossbeams in the front and thatched roofs, but as the show goes on the buildings in the background become more and more unique and individual, even when unimportant. I love that. In fact, if you're looking for a next project, I've been kinda fascinated with the townscape behind... oh hell I forget who it was... but they were walking through Ponyville with all these decorations and tents put up everywhere... Eh, if you want me to I can find the actual episode number and whatnot, but the key take-away idea is the animators seem to care more about the background!
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The-Dark-Lord-Link Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Epic detailing, truly amazing how you managed to bring out all the small details with pencil!
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! It's too bad I couldn't find my .3 mechanical for this.. oh well ;)
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The-Dark-Lord-Link Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm sure if you did that, my graphic's card would give a puff and refuse to work anymore. Lol!
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
That's one heck of a drawing
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha yup! :)
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BruinsBrony216 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooo..High Gothic architecture. I approve. The cathedral feeling is quite fitting.
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, man! I'm glad you think so. :D
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RainDeimos Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student
Wow! Mad skills man! This is amazing!
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, man! Glad you like it. :D
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DrawingSpyro Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O
Can't find any words for how fantastic this is..
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josh-5410 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol thanks :) Then you can always use emoticons! lol
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DrawingSpyro Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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1Jade2 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my!!!! This is so amazing!!!!
Love the grayscale and all the details are so well made!!! :dance:
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