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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:
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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 )
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Carbon-Vanilla Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW, what a view... there's so much going on in this picture; and that background is amazing!! :meow:
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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)
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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
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Psithyrus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
How, did i miss this wonderful piece, incredible detail, color and perspective :):):):):)
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vivekrevi Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
fantastic work .. amazing .. :)
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This is such a creative, and brilliantly drawn pic, and so very original! I love it!
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zebrapoe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's the Zebrica! Yes, I knew it!
Congrats with Daily Deviation!
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Sassycat2 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Very beautiful and intricate. I love the details, this must've taken forever :D
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Alessio-Scalerandi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013   Traditional Artist
About a month I think, most of it for the coloring step. :P
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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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Arcolm Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Zebra homeland. Cool. This would be awsome to see as cannon. Minus the Zebra statue's *ahem* sence its a kids show to some extent.
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Gamibrii Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Congratz by the DD,I loved all the details"!!
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Congrats on the DD! 7@=e
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spring-sky Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome .You should provide this as a jigsaw puzzle .

Congrats for the DD
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Nisaqshima Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Photographer
Love it!!!
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MSKM2001 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
great work
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Abeer-Kasiri Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
princess is cutie <3 jasmine version lol
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Abeer-Kasiri Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marty-land :D
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IndigoMystiere Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Wow... this is... to great for words...
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:icongumdrops-are-falling:
Aww cute :)
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QAtheAuthoress Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Awesome. I think I see her. :D
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
This is so amazing and epic! Well done! Oh, I see Princess Celestia! She's near the bridge.
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KikiLynnhedgehog Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Cool O.O
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HarborJack Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   Digital Artist
I'm not a MLP fan, but that is beautiful.
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Dreaming-in-Green Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Did you dream of this place?
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Alessio-Scalerandi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
Unfortuntely I never remember dreams. :-/ I love documentaries and reading about ancient and exotic cultures though, that's where I got the visual ideas.
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Dreaming-in-Green Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Wow...I remember nearly ALL my dreams. Everyone's inspiration is different though. I like ancient culture too.
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The-M-Man Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Are those tits underneath the horse?
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8loodyrain Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It can't be a DD without tits.
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TheInvertedTower Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Beautiful aren't they?

Not sure what they were thinking though...
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The-M-Man Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm guessing the sculptor was a bit drunk and hella horny.
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Dixcord Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooor... it represents fertility ._.
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The-M-Man Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
We don't take too kindly t' yer logic-usin', reasonable kind 'round these here parts.
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Dixcord Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
\_/ <--- this is my fucks cup. you better stare at it

\_/ <---notice it's empty


\_/ <---notice it doesn't fill. AT ALL
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The-M-Man Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
-----the joke---->



Your (. .) head.
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Dixcord Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconfacepalmplz: blame my Asperger. its a bitch and I have ahard time getting jokes. specially when written. I basically think everyone is serious, unless I know them a bit better to know whether they are koing or not ._.
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SecndLogic Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
So beautiful! And it's a rare sight to see MLP fan art in traditional media! Is that oil? Acryllic? Watercolors? A mix? It's amazing!
The best part is the depth of culture you've put in here: sculptures, architectural designs, religion, economics, etc. One would think they'd lived here for centuries! The love you put into this speaks well of the story that inspired it. I don't usually read MLP fanfics, but I think I'll give this one a try.

Congratulations on the DD!
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Alessio-Scalerandi Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
It's an oil painting (on oil paper). Thank you for the kind words! I hardly ever do fanart but getting this commission gave me a lot of cool visual ideas about zebra culture.
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Skylanth Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooh, how pretty! I'd love to like there! Very nice work.
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Miouwwww Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's magical :) A wonderful world.

*speechless*

This kind of art is what I dream of doing.
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Twinimation Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013   Filmographer
This is adorable!
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Lemmy-koopaling Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice! ;)
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8loodyrain Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Two mlp DD in one day again! First your TV then your Internet and soon THE WORLD!
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Ask-Cat-Green Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
:stare: NO!
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8loodyrain Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes
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Ask-Cat-Green Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
NO!!
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Sharpfang Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
You've got to admit it would be a better world than the one we have now.
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Gamibrii Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Agreed.
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Ask-Cat-Green Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
No it would suck ass
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