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Entwine by Alessio-Scalerandi Entwine by Alessio-Scalerandi
This is certainly the most complicated scene I've even drawn, and technically it counts as MLP fan art too. :-] It's a commission for Sharpfang of the city of Entwine, the capital of the zebra kingdom in the setting of his pony stories. The story, upon which this is based can be found here:

Entwine is built in a deep long canyon in the desert, but centuries of careful gardening, rock carving and harnessing of the few native vine species have allowed the zebras to create a lush city with a moist environment and lots of plants and gardens. A giant, very strong and slow growing vine known as Iron Ivy forms the skeleton for bridges and other supports, while other varieties of vines grow on and around it providing fruits and forming a canopy which shelters the city from the harsh sunlight and winds of the desert above.
In fact only slums occupy the land above the canyon, while most of the city proper is carved into the canyon walls and the bottom is occupied by public buildings, parks and luxury homes.

It was quite fun to design the city given the specifications, I started thinking of Mesa Verde but as I looked for ideas I stumbled upon many other weird cities carved in stone which are found around the world, especially in Turkey... humans live in really weird places sometimes. o_0

By the way Princess Celestia is currently visiting the city, and can be spotted if you look really carefully...

EDIT: Holy crystal ponies Batman, a Daily Deviation! Thank you so much! X-D
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-02-20
Entwine by ~Rangifer is a picture of extreme detail that tells a number of stories. No detail is without significance. The hollowed out dead stalk of Iron Ivy, currently a shrine. Mix of architectures of houses of the richest elites of Entwine in the bottom of the valley. Enjoy this beautiful art for all it has to offer! ( Suggested by Sharpfang and Featured by KovoWolf )
Carbon-Vanilla Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
WOW, what a view... there's so much going on in this picture; and that background is amazing!! :meow:
Kooskia Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
Uuuuh ma mi era sfuggita!!! Seriamente... dovrebbero pensare a fare qualcosa del genere per le prossime serie... xD
(poi però dovresti farti sentire ! XD)
Alessio-Scalerandi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
In ogni caso spero che prima o poi si vedrà qualcosa sulla terra d'origine delle zebre. X-D
Psithyrus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
How, did i miss this wonderful piece, incredible detail, color and perspective :):):):):)
vivekrevi Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic work .. amazing .. :)
xelianthought Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This is such a creative, and brilliantly drawn pic, and so very original! I love it!
zebrapoe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the Zebrica! Yes, I knew it!
Congrats with Daily Deviation!
Sassycat2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very beautiful and intricate. I love the details, this must've taken forever :D
Alessio-Scalerandi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
About a month I think, most of it for the coloring step. :P
Nobodyspatzy Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very much a beautiful work, and DAT DETAIL!!!

Amazing work, well-deserved Daily Deviation!
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