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I needed some practice with perspective and size, plus I really wanted to do my own rendition of the Royal Canterlot Library, and here it is.

Definitely Full-View this
All that detail deserves it. *cradles aching hand*

In terms of architecture, I took inspiration from two of the world's most iconic and awe-inspiring libraries; The Trinity College Old Library in Dublin, and the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., and then placed it all in an Equestrian setting.

I daresay though, that the whole thing ended up looking rather Byzantine in appearance, which was entirely unintentional. I was going for more of the Library of Congress's Romanesque feel, but what the hay, it works. XD

Ten hours or so, Illustrator CS4


Should I change this so she's a filly? I had someone say it would look better that way, not sure. What do ya'll think?
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Dragons9987 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Interface Designer
My reaction to this: "Someone please bring me there!!!! Must read every book!!!!" ( all my friends call me a book worm I have about 35-40 books alone.) PLEASE I WANT TO READ THOSE BOOKIES TAKE ME WITH YOU TWILIGHT PLEASE!!!! After I figure out she won't take me: TT.TT
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So...much...awesome!!!

 

I wish my local library looked like this.

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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
( - Neural Overload Detected. Emergency Shutdown Protocols In Effect. - )
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MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
And what was in those shelves upon shelves upon shelves of ancient tombs?

Porn. Ancient, Triple X intense Equestrian porn.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
.....:lol:
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
"But be careful, there's some sexy barnyard stuff in those books that is NOT for everyone; a pony could get in a lot of trouble. If you do decide to check it out you need to make sure you hide your identity thoroughly. You may need to burn your finger prints before touching those books. I'm telling you, you've gotta be a freaking ghost when you're checking this stuff out. If you think you're being too cautious, you're not. They will take you to jail."
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
...:lol:
Sage advice!
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
:rofl:
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:iconmagicman001:
MagicMan001 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
"But be careful, there's some sexy barnyard stuff in those books that is NOT for everyone; a pony could get in a lot of trouble. If you do decide to check it out you need to make sure you hide your identity thoroughly. You may need to burn your finger prints before touching those books. I'm telling you, you've gotta be a freaking ghost when you're checking this stuff out. If you think you're being too cautious, you're not. They will take you to jail."
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Winged-Stone Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
[TwilightSparkle.exe has stopped working.]
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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IHaveALolly Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
WOW that place is BIG. walking there is like a museum; lots of things
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:iconchocolate-muffinz:
Chocolate-muffinz Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
IT'S BOOKLANDIA
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PokeMarioFan14 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013
Twilight's like, "So many books. Must...READ 'EM ALL!!!"
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Matsky Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
In my opinion, it looks like the archives in the Jedi temple*.

* a refreance to Star Wars.
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:iconraluca05:
raluca05 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
so many books i can't read them all
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Ibeatganon4fun Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
>mfw when I go to the Library of Congress
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Oiyaki Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
holy shit waffles, look at the details! D8
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Supuhstar Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL I can see this happening in the show XD
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Tajarnia Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was at the Trinity library only a few weeks ago. The weight of all that history is tangible. Incredible work on this!
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Icaron Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? I must say, I am extraordinarily envious of you. To visit that library in particular is a bit of a dream of mine. ^^
Alas, someday soon I shall visit, when I'm no longer a broke college student. XD

Thanks! I was rather pleased with the way this one came out, glad you like it. =D
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KairaAethericBeast Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
That's what it probably would look like in the show. Don't you think? :3
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Sodatsu61 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
I would really hate to be the person who has to restock the shelves, although I would like the chance to work in a library that large. :reading:
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Icaron Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've worked in fairly large libraries before, but nothing quite this big. Though I think I'd personally like it. (I'm rather partial to books, you see, especially in large quantities XD )
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Super-Zombie Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
The trinity college library, no wonder it looked familiar... I had seen a pic of that one before.
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:iconicaron:
Icaron Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed, it's a marvelous place, I'd love to peruse their shelves but alas! They won't even let students there touch the books. XD
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Super-Zombie Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Whats so special about the books in the library itself?
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Icaron Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a repository of sorts for rare and old books, most of them on the shelves are pre-1850, some of them even older. Unless I'm mistaken they also have 17th and 18th century manuscripts and some incunabula as well. Therefor they have good reason to keep people from browsing the shelves and damaging the materials.

(The most important book though, is the Book of Kells, an exquisite illuminated monastic manuscript dating from the 9th century. You can see that one though, they have it in a case separate from the shelves)
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Super-Zombie Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
So lots and lots of old books?
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PlutoEmmaLoo Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Tis the jedi archives.
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Foxy-Noxy Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Twilight is in such awe. Love it. :)
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Wildstar222 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY CRAP!!! Thats amazing! I like the little Yin Yang thing goinon back there with princess Celestia and princess Luna
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Icaron Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I was rather pleased with how that came out. ^^

Say, can I ask a question? I'm trying to figure out where people are finding my works from so that I can better know how to spread my art. Did you find me through a group, a search, or something else?
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Wildstar222 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Umm....I think I was looking through someones Faved pictures and I saw your comment or something like that ^^" Then I went to your page and BAM! awesome-ness :D
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Herp-Teh-MUFFINZ Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Looks like the Jedi archives!
LOL! She would have a field day there!
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:iconicaron:
Icaron Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, it's based off of the same library the jedi archives are based off of, though I didn't know that when I was making it. XD
Indeed she would. :dummy:

Say, can I ask a question? I'm trying to figure out where people are finding my works from so that I can better know how to spread my art. Did you find me through a group, a search, or something else?
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Herp-Teh-MUFFINZ Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Student General Artist
I think I found your picture in an update from #Best-Of-MLP-FiM group. You could also try submitting to Equestria Daily as well. Hope I helped!
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Emkay-MLP Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!
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fireSPARKl3 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ERMAGAHD BOOKZ!!!!!!!
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BiodegradableBox Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your attention to detail is bordering on insane (in a good way, of course). Nice work! I wish I had the attention span and organization to make a scene that complex.
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Icaron Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well thank you! ^^

That's really all there is to it, just patience. If you can draw at all, all you need do to produce a complex drawing is, well, spend hours and hours on it. XD
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Joakaha Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm... which should I read first. :)
Nice! ^^
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stickman00 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Im surprise Twilight hasn't exploded twice of bliss
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:iconicaron:
Icaron Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Give her time ;)
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Argofinkal Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
She has stars in her eyes! I can totally see a scene like this in the show.

Also, filly, mare, it doesn't matter! She'll react the same way whenever she's 7 or 70.
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Icaron Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course she does, so many books. *drool*

You make a good point. XD
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Raryn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
Excuse me, I was wondering if it would be ok for me to use this picture as cover image for a story that I am working on.
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Icaron Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Go right ahead, just be sure credit me somewhere. ^^

I'd also love to see the story, so send me a link if you would. =D
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Raryn Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
I will do so when I get it up. I should have some of it done before the end of the month.

And thank you for allowing me to use the picture.
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Kamari-Akuma Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
so. many. :iconletter-bplz::iconletter-oplz::iconletter-oplz::iconletter-kplz::iconletter-splz:

Twilight is in heaven right now.

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