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Ponyville Library study. by Baron-Engel Ponyville Library study. by Baron-Engel
Now for I go any further I want to make a couple statements. One architecture is not my strong point. Two trees are also not area I feel I do my best work in. Therefore combining buildings and trees into one subject really pushes the limits of my drawing skills, but pushing oneself is the only way you grow.

In the past I have posted several drawings and sketches related to landmarks I have seen in my Equestria dreamscape. [link] [link] [link] [link] Since the first place Petina and I stayed at upon arriving in Ponyville was the town library I decided to do a B/W study of it.

I have not gotten a clear story about the origin of the library yet. Even Twilight seems to be uncertain about the facts surrounding it. Some ponies say that the tree was grown specifically to become the library. Others say the tree was already there and simply adapted to the task. Sometime I should ask either Celestia or Granny Smith for their take on it.

One thing that is for certain is that the tree has some very strong earth magic connected to it. Although it is technically a deciduous tree it seems to keep most of its foliage year round. Even during the cold freeze that occur every year in the winter.

Another unusual aspect about the tree is that is a small spring directly under it that provides water for both the tree and the occupants of the library. Also an ingenious, or insane, pony figured out how to connect it to the town sewer and gas lines some time in the last decade or so.

Finally the tree seems to be bigger on the inside than its outside dimensions allow for. Also it must have some of the deepest roots around since the is a basement under the library and the tree seems to none the worse for it?
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somercet Featured By Owner 2 days ago

Baron, this is super astonishing and gorgeously detailed. I love it.
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it and thanks for the watch!
Orca19904 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Funny how this image is now a historical record given what happened in the season 4 finale. How close is your dreamscape to the events that led to this structure being destroyed?
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I am not quite into season three yet in my dreamscape so I'll tell you when I get there. That being said so pretty heavy stuff has happened since the Royal Wedding.
Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Books! Books! I love books!

Dear Princess Celestia. I am so alone.

But I don't care. I have my dawn awesome tree library.

By the way, I didn't thought about the tree keeping teh leaves the whole year. Hummmm....
SynCallio Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Concerning the tree and its roots, I would imagine that the roots could serve as rafters and supports for the basement rooms, and then would spread out beyond them. Also, tree roots often spread out far wider than the tree, keeping near the surface (which is why they crack pavement), so they wouldn't interfere with the basement much.

Anyway, this is a beautiful render!
LiimLsan Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student Filmographer
I've always wondered - they're horses, and the library staircase is so damn wide...
If all the houses are like five stories tall, then how much room do the stairs take up? 0~0
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah but I am still befuddled by the fact that the inside of library seems to be larger than the outside?
LiimLsan Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Filmographer
That part blows me, too. The ponies seem to be larger at the front door than on the balconies. Hmmm...
kingofraggedy Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
I'd have to guess that there is some sort of magic helping the tree to sustain. The plant biology side of my brain is setting off some alarms and I'm just amazed as to how they were able to construct such a large-scale house/library inside. (especially that lower balcony on the left side, it seems to be just jutting out of the tree abnormally: a definite sign of growth magic, if you ask me)
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