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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 there 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 Dec 18, 2014
HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME!

Baron, this is super astonishing and gorgeously detailed. I love it.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it and thanks for the watch!
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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?
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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.
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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....
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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!
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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
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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?
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:iconliimlsan:
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...
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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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somekindahatebreeder Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist
wow...
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YiorYeosa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If I'd knew that I'd live a few centuries I'd start this as an arborsculpture project.
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CassandraLCanady Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
For being weak in both areas it looks wonderful. Like the shading on the trunk the best.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is probably the strongest part of the piece. Leaves, leaves give me trouble.
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Orca19904 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
From what I can tell, it seems like that structure has 4 'floors', not counting basement levels? Also, is there any access into the structure from the upper balcony, or is there just as a 'helipad' for visiting pegasi?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No there is a swing down ladder that allows Twilight access to the top platform. She likes to use that for her astronomy studies.
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didou4u Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Elle est à louée?? ;-)
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Rongal Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Quite amazing... I have a weird feeling this is a mirror image of the actual, Ponyville Library (could be wrong), but that's not really any issue and the drawing looks really good. Kudos.
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Rae-22 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it looks amazing!
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Tadakatsukaw Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That's... quite an amazing tree.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah at some point I need to do some interior sketches of it to; although it does seem to be bigger on the inside than on the outside. I have not run a tape around it but it just feels that way.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I wouldn't discount it actually being bigger on the inside than the outside because of magic, but it might just be a clever illusion too, tricking the brain into thinking it bigger. You should ask Twilight of the volume of the rooms inside, and for the volume of the tree itself :P Or, at least, the trunk.
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DrawingSpyro Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What the.. O_O How.. <3_<3
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
"What the". Please explain Mongo confused.
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DrawingSpyro Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It means I love it, it's a wounderful artwork. Just woundering how to make so good drawings..
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Well I have been drawing almost every day for 45 years so that probably helps. Also I went to art school and have done professional illustration and concept design work. Finally I work in an art store so I am immersed in art materials fives day a week.
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DrawingSpyro Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice :)
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TheFurryFan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Clearly it's a library tree. They've been cultivated for hundrets of years just for that kind of use. :)
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xxCreepyLemonxx Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Words can't even describe how good this is!! ^^;
I would love to live there!!! :D
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it.
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ArtisAmaXIng07 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
waaaahh! it's so COOL!! XD
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks. But it's just sketch done with a mechanical pencil in my sketchbook; I am fascinated by how much people are talking about picture. I did it just as a study for color piece I want to do some day.
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this is freakin awesome :)
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. I hope to do all of the major locales in Ponyville eventually.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In my opinion, this is really superb work, Baron! :clap:

If it were up to me, I'd use this as a definitive vision of the library. Should I ever need to describe it.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah your more than welcome to do that. In future in my infinite spare time I would like to try and drawings of most of Ponyville including certain famous landmarks from multiple angles as I have walked around many of them. Also I want to aerial views of and Canterlot if I can get my perspective drawing strong enough.
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ColonelYeo Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That, would be awesome to see. :nod:
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Sky Brush's abilities can certainly help with that.
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Woa! direct to favorite
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Caerdwyn Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Species: Quercus Tardis (Tardis Oak)
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Tardis Oak. "Who" could've possibly known but you Caerdwyn?
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Beware of wardrobes with greater that expected capacity?
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
impressive detailing here.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Maybe the earth magic you noted is helping support its weight? The hollowed-out trunk (if it is hollow and not just some sort of magical access) would need it.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is possible.
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DameonRaeth Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have heard some refer to it as 'Golden Oaks Library' or 'Books and Branches'. Does it have such a name in your dreamscape, or is it simply the library?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I have not heard it referred to in any official title, just as the town library. Or until recently Rainbow Dash called it "The place of unbearable boredom!" Now that she's a reader her opinion has changed of the place. Although she still thinks it has too many stuffy books in it.
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
For not being very skilled at trees or buildings you still turned out a pretty nice picture!

Wouldn't surprise me if a tree that large and old has a pretty impressive root system. There exists in our own non-magical world some root systems of incredible size. Take this one for instance: [link]

Doubt the library tree is part of a root system like that though as it seems to be the only tree of it's kind in Ponyville.
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