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Once upon a time in Equestria by Devinian Once upon a time in Equestria by Devinian
Yup! Pre-Canterlot Equestria? Thats my concept of The Ancient castle of the Royal sisters or whatever it was called :D
This idea hit me when I was re-watching FiM pilot for no parent reason whatsoever. I'm guessing Everfree forest wasn't that big back then or the ruins were actually on the other side of it. It was just my silly guessing. I will be very unhappy if they show this castle fully intact in season 4.
Lots of happy colours in this one. Even my *.psd file was actually named colorfulland!
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RandomPedestrian114 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  New Deviant
Is that derby hooves on the fence looking at the waterwheel?
Shanabiv Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehehe *Walks inside painting and Steps on celestia* YES!!!! I AM HAPPY NOW!!!!! MY LIFE HAPPY!!!!!
Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
I love colorful art the most :D
Gorgeous artwork and concept ^^ Going for pre-G4 ponies such as Surprise and Firefly was such a cool idea too! :D
Wow that castle... o.o The architecture is magnificent! I'm interested, by which culture, era or country was the design of this catle inspired from, if any?
CelestialPony Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This composition is beautiful, and the scenery is breathtaking. There are so many small little details inputted to make this artwork fairly realistic and special. Great job!
Boogie-Hooves Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
What a beautiful rendition of the old castle!
rvrwalker Featured By Owner May 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
i like what you did
CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
very impressive
TheDiamondMudkip Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
dis good.
eglj3333 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
its amazing :D
sparkyler Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
I just went through most of your painting such as this one and I must say, these are just ABSOLUTELY beautiful. I love how you portray the magnitude of Equestria with the mountains in the background. I didnt realize till now that I had quite a few of your painting in my collection. for future reference, if I may ask, do you take commissions?
AcidAir03 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Awesome I think I've fainted. 
JaaRyX13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
I love the color selection and the breathtaking scenery.
AstroLion Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
that princess is Celestia, or Faust Lauren?
sjnibbe Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Can you just stop being so awesome?! Every painting I've seen from you is phenomenal! DON'T. EVER. STOP.
kayarei Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this! You should do one with Luna in the bat pony civilisation. Also, am i the only one to have noticed the time travelling Docter Whooves and Derpy? And is that Screwball? I can't be sure...

Also, love that Celestia, Firefly and Surprise!
FoxOfAutumn Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
My mind has been officially blown, couldn't even comprehend how to get started on an amazing work of art!!!  
Job (Enter word) Well done!  (lol, couldn't even think of an awesome word to describe how amazing this drawing is) :D
Applejack-1982 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can see Firefly and Surprise!!!:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) Heart 
chinodoll Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014
so awesome!
ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Awesomeness :D
The-Capricious-Clown Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wow. you have amazing art!
Kaishanborn Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, this is beautiful! I love the atmospheric affects! 
DeFreezer Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014   Digital Artist
I love the Derpy and Dr. Hooves.
RainbowTwilight29 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
This is really cool
JheregAssassin Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Do my eyes spy some of the G1 My Little Pony Characters ( at least Firefly and Surprise). This is a truly amazing picture and very detailed as well. The clouds look like sheep's wool or cotton to me.
Devinian Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
cotton wool couuds are the best type of clouds. There's also Wisteria and some big brother pony... honestly I forgot all the names by now :D
DYLZAL Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2014
Hope you don't mind, but I used this art as an album cover for a pony song I wrote, hope you don't mind
zaks0512 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Surprise!! LOL
PonyUniverse Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
xox945 Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Student Artist
Valkyrie-pl Featured By Owner May 13, 2014
I completely forgot about the Royal Sisters castle and was convinced that it's Canterlot somehow. Therefore my first thought was "the castle was the first, then they built the mountain". Genius.
AeliosZero Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey guess what? It looks like your head cannon is correct and also they showed the castle intact partially in season 4 :P
TwilightShadowArt Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's fantastic!
Ashoof Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
 just wanted to say this is some really wonderful art! 
ShunketsunoPoni Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Sugarush13 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, nice picture. I loved the- wait. Waitwaitwait is that..!? *Zoom in* NO way it cant possibly be! *Zoom in more* SWEET CELESTIA ITS DERPY
WaffleBerry Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Sweet Celestia the colors!

You sure know how to blend colors together and create texture to the surfaces <3 bravo!
Ruaken Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
You sir, are like... The Thomas Kinkade of Pony.
IceStormy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
...this is haven for me...
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HeartlessSpartan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014

A friend and I are carefully collaborating a story to be posted on and fanfiction. The story is about the founding of Equestria's kingdoms, and specifically the Kingdom of Evefree, I was curious to know if you would allow me to use your art as the cover art for the story for which you will be credited. However I do have one concern is that your art may not fit the vertical shape in which case we would have to clip it to just the castle. 

 Do love the fact that you made Celestia with solid pink hair, that fits perfectly and I agree with it one hundred percent, also love the doctor whooves easter egg in there.

rachloveszim Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love this, but why's Derpy there? Isn't she young?? lol just a thought. Its gorgeous as always! ^_^ 
TheBamas Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
I can see it Good Wallner Size and also useful to use in mlp geames 
jtfroh Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Generally, the fanon I hear is that, after Celestia sent Luna to the Moon, the residual magic from Luna's transformation left powerful dark magic in the area, causing the nearby forest to expand quickly. Either because of the forest, the terrible memories, or the fact that the castle was in ruins, Celestia and the citizens of the city relocated from there to Canterlot.

Either way, this is incredible. The detail you have is amazing.

Also, the comments below suggesting Doctor Whooves... not a terrible idea...
ShootingFeather Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Lol! :lol: Derpy and Doctor Whooves!
aemeyer Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
You should've put Dr. Whooves and a little blue box over on the right, by the windmill house, tucked away in the background. Great work, I like how you've portrayed the rural-ness right next to the castle.
xargos32 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Lovely take on the way Equestria may have once looked. It seems sensible enough and came out beautifully.
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This sure is a quite peaceful place to live :)

And very beautiful, too :love:

BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Equestria - circa 1500 years before the present. 
Konrax Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Student General Artist
OH man, they showed the castle in season 4 part 2 of the start of the season. U mad about it? you shouldn't cause you were pretty close on what it looked like
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