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Reunion Beneath Canterlot by harwicks-art Reunion Beneath Canterlot by harwicks-art
This one's an odd mix of styles and methods relying heavily on references and such, but after the amount of time spent on it I definitely needed to post it and move on.

I've wondered in the past whether Twilight's obsession with schedules might have had something to do with the company she kept during the formative years of her education. I mean, the two most important figures in her life during that time were a seemingly immortal Princess and an assistant who was part of a race that takes century long naps. How messed up would you be about maximizing your time if your lifespan was practically a blink of the eye compared to that of those around you? Especially if you had the potential in you to accomplish great things in your field of study, yet it was physically impossible to live long enough to learn all that your mentor had learned? "Clock is ticking..." indeed.

Of course, perhaps if one gets that "Princess" title, the clock will stop. We really don't know... Are all Princesses able to live more than 1000 years like Celestia, or are she and her sister special? Did she last that long simply because she wasn't going to move on until she had her sister returned to her? And now that she has her little sister back, could she be setting up her replacements?

Wherever things may go, I really did like the design of "Spikezilla" when we got to see him go on a hell of a growth spurt. I'd like to think that he could reach that size some day without having to be a greedy monster in the process. Not that I'd begrudge him a proper horde to munch on after a long nap...
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GeorgeToy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015
smaug- I mean Spike really let him self go.
icyfrostcats Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely amazing! Stunning work!
Feuerwelle Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015
Reminds me of Smaug...
EcliptorCalrissian Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2015
On the awesomeness scale of one to ten... we need to invent some new numbers. If you aren't already, you should be a professional artist.
Hart-Fort Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
The awesomeness of this art here matches that I seen with your Shining Armor and Cadence fighting that Hydra. Truly awesome how much detail are in this environment and how huge the dragons appear to be.
blackhellcat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Gad, all these details! :omfg:
Scholar57 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

Everything is so detailed.  Those weathered columns, those glossy crystals, those dimly lit arches, those sparkling gems, and those SCALES!  Everything is properly shaded and has perfect lighting!  Great balance from left to right.  The warm entrance to the cave and the overall coolness of the chamber fit so well.

What a scene this would be.  Twilight, still young after all these years, coming to visit her old Number One Assistant.  And Celestia's here too.  Look at her mane and tail; they're practically glowing!

What a piece!  Thank you for creating it and keep up your work!  Your style is amazing!
LezliDax Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Stunning work! That must have taken you ages!
DoubleBlaze Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
yay spike look awesome , he need more role in the show
Ether101 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
That's really good question about Celestia's immortality. If she was just waiting for Luna's return then it does make sense that there's so many new royals/leaders. We've seen the rise of Cadance and Shinning Armor, the ascension of Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Shimmer's redemption. There's the apparent growth of the Elements of Harmony as well. If she where to leave the kingdom would be able to survive.
sjnibbe Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Amazing concept. I spent a lot of time looking at this and dreaming up story lines. I love that this image made my mind wander so much.
RantingArtist Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is what I imagine some of the scenes from the Book Fallout Equestria and Fallout Equestria: Project Horizons when LittlePip and BlackJack finally get to meet Spike
RaCailum Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gotta grow up someday!
DarthDingus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014
Twilight not only helped hatched Spike but practically raised him. I've always thought Spike considered Twilight to be his mother. A legendary bond between a pony Alicorn princess and a arcane-type Dragon (aka a wingless dragon breed with considerable arcane powers).
Marco-the-Scorpion Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This artwork reminds me of the Hobbit O.O
ZidayaZenovka Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This makes me sad yet happy, too. I've seen a lot of great pieces of  dragon art in my life, and this is one of the more awesome ones. I'd put your Spike dragon up there with the best of Larry Elmore & Kieth Parkinson's stuff. Fantastic work, and feels. Thanks for creating & sharing this.
TheNextAlicorn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I want spike to grow sooo much!
BenCooneyTheGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Oh, shoot.
StreaksPsyche Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
Well, I think the new Alicorn Princesses (Cadence and Twilight) will have the choice to choose, be immortal or mortal.

Of course to be immortal will have consequences. Probably barrenness. Can't be having kids of royal birth all throughout your immortal life. And will your kids be immortal too or will you watch each and everyone of them (and their kids and their kids and so on and so forth) die off one by one?

To be mortal means, well the opposite. Probably Cadence already chosen, but will they (Cadence and S. Armor) have kids?
MarikElricXIII Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
HeartinaThePony Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Geminice Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Spike looks...EPIC!
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All those details... those scales... those jewels... how long did you take to finish this?!?! :wow: :wow: :wow:
Anywho, I love this pic!!! It's kind of sad but really epic, too!!! :cry: :XD: :cry: :XD:
luis-GAH Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
so much small details, it should took a eternity to finish… :icontwilightclapplz: 
phantomrobin80jet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Very cool, I do hope spike grows up to be giant but still spike.
GrandMoffPony Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Moll-Sherdan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is amazing!! 
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool, and Spike really does look awesome here and it's quite funny because he kinda reminds me a bit of Smaug due to all of those treasures, but with the difference that he has crystals and not gold.
Phage-Marrowice Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Love it. Particularly how Twilight looks so excited. Cute.
UltraPredAlien Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
The title "Reunion Beneath Canterlot" means this is the artist's idea of where Spike may live in future. A location near Ponies, Twilight more specificity and a good amount of food. The Crystal Caves beneath Canterlot. I love it, seems so logical. So believable. Fav'd ^^
Animal983 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
"spike do u remember??"
Diamonion Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
After watching Rarity grow old and die, Spike's heart grew cold...
WaterLillyHearts Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This one too! I saw it a long time ago and finally found it again so pretty XwX
ScotchNvl Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A Pony's Tale: The Desolation of Spike
shisarakage Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
So... much... win... :iconrdsoawesomeplz:
EmoRaverGirl Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully Spike can get rarity now XD
ninllot Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
StoneHot316 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
warriorcats303 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
DenisDB Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Шикарный рисунок! спасибо!

DenisDB Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Classy design! Thank you!
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice look, Spike!
SzafaLesiaka Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Student Writer
My God... This is amazing! :o
kidkunlover88 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013 im speachless
VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a drabong with no wing, LOSER!
super-baka Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like to think that even though Twilight got a new set of wings, it doesn't make her a "true" Alicorn like Celestia and Luna. I think she'd live just as long as everypony else, and I like the theory that ponies could live a couple centuries. The idea that Twilight will age normally is kind of supported by how we see that Cadence seemed to age normally.

Beautiful work, too! I especially love Spike's hoard!
DracoDei Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have a folder for General Pony stuff that has at least several hundred items in it.

This didn't go there.

It went in my "Fanfic Research" folder, since this makes sense as his napping spot. The other option is the cave from Dragonshy. In either case there would need to be a smoke scrubbing spell in place probably.

I would say that Shining and her parents might have been more important to her than Spike, at least for her earlier years.

We have word from one of the show staff that "Twilight will not outlive her friends"... that could mean she didn't add any more years, or that her friends are also destined for immortality.

Personally I ignore all that and say that Twilight gained the mentality of an immortal towards losing friends at the same moment she gained her wings, even if she doesn't know it yet.

It is up to the individual viewer for now (IE until and unless others of the Mane Six start going Alicorn or whatever on the show itself).
MissJoneru Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you think so much about the easily overlooked things in MLP. It really adds depth to your already gorgeous artwork. :)
DanLi69 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Man! This is one those arts that I can really call MAGNIFICENT!!! O_o
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