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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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madkrayzypony Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's some amazing work you've done.
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.
SethHM Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Cogs smiles at you and then motors on.
Wait0wat Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
You can't argue with a pony on a motorcycle.
TheGTBX Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mousse95 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
haha so cool!!! :D :D ^^
Static-Dr0p Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like.
carnival Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow. 8'S effort~!
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