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Canterlot streets interpretation by josh-5410 Canterlot streets interpretation by josh-5410
Hey, guys. So do any of you remember that old summer project I promised you guys last year? I finally got around to it. It's only been, what? a year? It's all good. LOL
So.... yeah. This is my vision of the streets of Canterlot- if it were to be built by French architect ponies. I think it's the perfect compliment to Canterlot; the street cafes, cobblestone, even the little gargoyles/ statues are in the show. I had a lot of room for interpretations for this piece thanks to the ambiguity in the visual stylings of the show. Though I do feel I abused the liberty a bit, seeing how the only things that make this recognizable as Canterlot are the towers, the cafe seen in the S2 finale and "Sweet and Elite", and Pony Joe's. Meh, whatever. I'm still happy :D
This is actually the first piece in a looong time of which I am truly satisfied with the outcome. I've had so much fun drawing this, it's silly :la: I also found my .3 mechanical, which really helped a lot. You'd me surprised by how much of a difference of .2mm can make.. it's ridiculous!
Completion time~ 58 hours over 2 weeks. Crushed my old record!! It sure payed off in the end, I gotta say. I sure hope you like it as much as I do. :)
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There are many things here that work and a few that dont. It really is a case where the couple of things that are off are really noticable because so much of it works pretty well.
First off the overall impact of it is very pleasant, it is pretty clear that it is a street view and it has a very distinct style to it. Sort of idyllic urban paris with the maintained streets and small thin details.
There are a couple of major errors however. The shadows being cast by the trees and lampposts are very interesting but if they cast a shadow then everything in the scene should cast a shadow, this includes the buildings and things such as the tables sitting to the left of the image. In fact the lightsource is very undefined in this picture and appears to come from different directions to different objects. The complete lack of formshadow is very disorienting on the main buildings. The desaturated purple color and the value range is very pleasant as a whole and has a good impact, but the lack of distinct shadowed and light areas makes the image somewhat glaring, and in some areas it does not look shaded.
The castshadows from the trees/Lampposts on the street do not seem to go off at the same angle, which for a sunlit scene they should.

Perspective. The building on the left looks warped because the vertical beams of its corners seem to converge at the top with the two pony statues. Nothing suggests that it is the building designed to narrow towards the tip so it looks like an element of three point perspective in an image that is otherwise in two point.
The two pony statues appear to be drawn head-on as if they were turned down towards the viewer.
Consider if the city is to the scale that you envisioned. Assuming that the viewer is a pony of about one and a half meters in height the towers in the background appear to be in the excess of 100-150 meters in height (300-450 feet).

Thats about it. ^^
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Critique by artweak May 14, 2013, 5:35:23 AM
Wow! I really like everything I see here. For example, the perspective looks nice, may a little too clear at the end instead of fading and it bends, I think a bit too much. The details of the small street with the small squares are perfect and it's incredible how you dedicate your time on doing it with patience. I really like how it fades at the end. And the building it's just amazing! I really like the trees and how they react toward the sun. The tables look very realistic specially the reflection.

I really like street lights too. It makes want to be there. The reason why I'm critiquing your this great project is because I think this drawing deserved better ratings.
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Dana-Ulama Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014   Digital Artist
i can haz ponies?
reminds me of my holiday in Paris... BEAUTIFUL!

DrifterofSpaceTime Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Damn, this is amazing! It's like a cross between Disneyland Mainstreet and Fantasyland-well, actually, that is Disneyland, but that's a good thing! I love pictures with lots of detail in them and this is certainly one with plenty of it- from the shops to the french choice of architecture to the great castle reaching for the sky-its like I'm there! The choice of black and white and being drawn by pencil-for me, that's as original as you can get. I'm not sure why I think like that. I can just see myself strolling down these streets as dawn rises, I can feel myself there-and all because you conveyed the scene so well here. Well done. 
mouseanderson Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great lighting effects, perspective is Awesome. Really draws the eye. Great job! Thanks for sharing!
PonyMystic Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Weabb Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive, all those details and actually everything but one thing. Those tables doesn't seem to put any shadow, also the walls of the building on the very left should have been darker for there is no sunlight that would shine upon them. :)
cowlicks6546 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student General Artist
wow you are an amazing artsist
josh-5410 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha thanks :) I appreciate it!
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Beautiful, love the perspective and architecture of this. I'd probably go insane shading those roads. :P
josh-5410 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yee~ Thanks, man. I basically almost went insane with the cobblestones.. they were a patience gauntlet, that's for sure haha :XD:
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