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Cruising to Canterlot by Baron-Engel Cruising to Canterlot by Baron-Engel
This image is neither canon to official Hasbro storyline or to my own Equestria dreamscape although it does have a reoccurring character from my dreams. The Mare goes by the name of Cogs and she is the daughter of one of the local millers. This image is part of a continuing series of ponies on motorcycles.

One of the consistent aspects of my Equestria dreams is the vibrancy of the land. The realm is rich and saturated with life; even the light from the sun and moon seems to bath the land in glorious illumination. Therefore any art I did of the Royal Sisters realm would use a different color palette from what I normally use. Instead of using browns and neutral tones for my landscapes i would substitute purples, violets and pinks. If a green or earth tone was needed I would use most vibrants ones I could tastefully employ to help maintain this feeling of richness.

Also I had to remember how my dreams interpret the fantastical landscapes of the show. The geography is still very dramatic in spots especially around Canterlot where the mountains feel like the Colorado Rockies, with deciduous trees slowly replaced with conifers. These forests and scrub climb up the sides of slopes until they to end leaving only rough faces of granite. For this picture I decided it was early autumn afternoon as the Celestia's sun slowly begins its descent to the horizon.

To those motorcycle fans out there on DA, yes I know a rigid frame V-Twin chopper is not the best choice for riding on a macadam road, but Cogs figured if some pegasi mare could do it [link] so could she! I am very happy how the candy apple orange paint job came out on the bike and the chaps definitely flatter Cogs flanks. In fact the chaps are about the only place in the entire picture that I used any true black. Every thing else was mixtures of brown, violet, reds and greens. The piece is done in my usual mixture of color pencil, marker, technical pen and a small amount of gouache.

Finally to answer the question that might be some of my watchers minds I did set this up so you can use it as a wallpaper if you want. Just don't go a crop my signature or the legalese on the bottom of the image please. Enjoy.
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:iconmadkrayzypony:
madkrayzypony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's some amazing work you've done.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. I was rather happy how all the elements in this picture integrated with each other.  For the most part it has a very cohesive feel to it.
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:iconsethhm:
SethHM Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*whistles*
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cogs smiles at you and then motors on.
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:iconwait0wat:
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
You can't argue with a pony on a motorcycle.
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:iconthegtbx:
TheGTBX Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed.
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:iconmousse95:
Mousse95 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha so cool!!! :D :D ^^
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:iconstatic-dr0p:
Static-Dr0p Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconohmydayumplz:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like.
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:iconcarnival:
carnival Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow. 8'S effort~!
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:iconsupra80:
Supra80 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
I keep hearing Saxon's Wheels of Steel when I think of this pic.
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:iconhehasaheart:
HeHasAHeart Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Simply stunning work, mate! The coloring, the perspective, and how clean your work is. . . holy cow! :dummy:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Color pencil is a wonderful medium and with the solvent blending technique you can get some beautiful effects if you take the time to learn the medium.
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:icondustglow:
DustGLOW Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful! :D So much amazing detail and I especially love how you did the leather. Great piece!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I have several similar pieces in the planning. I hope to have some of them done this year.
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:iconoughtsix:
oughtsix Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Very Nice. Love the leather.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes they are very nice. Question how did you discover this piece? I am curious because I did post it to Crystal-Empire but it has gotten over a thousand views in less than twenty four hours, and that seems like an awful lot? Did you see it somewhere else?
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:iconoughtsix:
oughtsix Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
it got posted on /r/mlp(Reddit)
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:iconphoenix-the-eagle:
Phoenix-The-Eagle Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Howwwwww-DY! Hop on my Harley, baby! =P


Seriously, this artwork is EPIC beyond imagination!!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cogs smiles and revs her bike. "But I already have a nice bike." The she thinks for a moment. "But I'll race you to Canterlot, loser buys the first round."
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:iconphoenix-the-eagle:
Phoenix-The-Eagle Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Then how 'bout I saddle up behind her instead. >:3
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:icona3kitsune:
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Nice.
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:iconturbosolid:
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply amazing,
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:iconsunnycat17:
Sunnycat17 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This just happened.
I love this.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like. I hope to do some more work with Cogs in the future.
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:iconcursive-spill:
Cursive-Spill Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have done an amazing job. The colours and emotions that I get from this piece are just... wow. On to the Mare. I would love to see more Cogs riding on her bike.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
There will be more Cogs in the future. I'm glad that seem to have gotten the emotion I was attempting to convey in the picture.
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:iconthejps1997:
thejps1997 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
so nice
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:iconshanawolf01:
Shanawolf01 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Truly Magnificent!
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:icongoldwing93:
Goldwing93 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this image! It's perfect!
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:iconsketchl:
Sketchl Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have very vivid dreams!

I can barely remember conversations in my dream, let alone geography and rich colours! I'm kinda jealous.

Very nice drawing, by the way!
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:icondd2111:
DD2111 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
You should practice lucid dreaming then.Theres this traditional Amazonian herbal tea called Guayusa that can cause very vivid lucid dreams even at the first try.And,if you drink it in the morning after you wake up,you can remember the whole dream you just had plus previous ones.I havent tried it myself but i heard its great.Heres a video about it --> [link]
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:iconphr16384:
PHR16384 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like her. And I like her ride. Hell, I like everything about this.
:iconiheartitplz:
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:icongreat-5:
Great-5 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How can she operate a motorcycle with just hooves? Well I'm one to judge, since I draw ponies with guns all the time and you technically can't operate a firearm with hooves either!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Gecko hooves. It is all about gecko hooves.
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:icongreat-5:
Great-5 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And that's a nice bike :iconbadassplz:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah a sweet ride.
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:icongreat-5:
Great-5 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your character too. She's pretty.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah Cogs is a neat character.
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:iconfiretronthehedgehog:
FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn, she's hot.
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:iconnfsxmlp:
NFSXMLP Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
[link]
it that awesome
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:iconbelvarius:
Belvarius Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Nicely done sir! Cogs looks fantastic on her bike!
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:iconcharlesdeleroy:
Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
*Stares*

Dat flank...

*Jiraya-sama nose-bleed*
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:iconfriendshipocalypse:
friendshipocalypse Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
so warm
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:iconjoakaha:
Joakaha Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe cool! :D
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:iconhazzdawg:
Hazzdawg Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, the lucid dreaming artist. You're one of the few whose art I thought of specifically when I lost my harddrive, but all I could remember is that your work wasn't hosted on my usual art sites and I haven't been able to find you since. Very happy to be able to stalk you again.

Will you be uploading your comics? I fondly remember one of Petina(?) trying to teach someone how to fly off the barn roof. (Forgive me if that wasn't you.)

Keep up the amazing work, and thank you for sharing.
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The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Stunning work sir. Capitol. I must say, you've got the whole chrome effect down pat, and the leather looks equally sensational. I could never get the old colored pencils to cooperate that well myself, so I've resorted to watercolor for all my prismatic needs. That is quite an impressive mix of mediums you have there.
The only thing I would critique composition-wise would be the line of trees in the lower left by the hills. The way they get progressively larger as they recede into the distance creates a bit of conflict with the perspective, and has a misleading affect on the eyes. I might also say that the sky looks too desaturated, but there's no sense in picking nits. Besides, if the sky were, say, a bright blue, then it might distract from the center-of-interest. Over all, very excellent work.

Oh, one other thing, what sort of paper did you draw this on, and what size?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the constructive feedback. The treeline on the left was one of the weakest facets in the background. The sky is indicative of the colors you'll find at that time of the day. I think one of the things that make it look a bit desaturated is that scanner had some troubles picking out the colors in it. Once again thanks for the critique!
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:iconthe-wizard-of-art:
The-Wizard-of-Art Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
At your service sah.
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:iconartizay:
Artizay Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... I was expecting people to say "DAT FLANK" or something. Guess I was wrong xD
This is a beautiful picture btw. You've got some talent dude. Or girl.

Whatever.
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