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A View of Ponyville by Hellswolfeh A View of Ponyville by Hellswolfeh
I did it, I finally finished this huge vector that's been eating away at my time for god knows how long.

I'm pretty happy with the overall result, although there are more than a few things that I'd like to correct due to the screenshot getting so fuzzy at the end I was basically guessing what half the houses looked like.

Critiques are, as always, welcome, but I'd rather they be about how to refine my skills with this sort of thing rather than picking out some of the (many) inaccuracies in the vector. I'd like to improve in the future, as opposed to correcting this for the next month.

Here's the reference for anybody curious: [link]
As well as the higher resolution reference I used for around the town hall: [link]

And here's the Illustrator (AI) file: [link]
As well as the SVG file: [link]

MLP:FIM Hasbro

Edit: Seems a lot of people are messaging me asking for permission to use this in their various projects. Sorry if I didn't make it clear enough, but I did make this as a resource and you can use it how you like so long as you credit back to me (It'd be nice to tell me where you're using it too, in a note or comment, but that's not necessary).
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:iconauskeldeomlp:
AusKeldeoMLP Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconxiestman:
xiestman Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
used for my tumblr: mlpfim-fanart.tumblr.com/
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:iconcomric:
ComRic Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Student Filmographer
I used it here: youtu.be/esRoZ8Bvem0
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:icontemplarhappy:
Templarhappy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student
used it here There is a holl 
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:icontemplarhappy:
Templarhappy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student
used it here There Is A Holl 1 and here There Is A Holl 2 
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:iconelectric-television:
Electric-Television Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
can i use this picture for make a animation? if you say yes i put in the description your name and its made for you C:
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:iconthe-thrashy-one:
The-Thrashy-One Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:icontemplarhappy:
Templarhappy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Student
used it here A New World 
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:icontemplarhappy:
Templarhappy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student
used it here 1 Guard 
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:icontemplarhappy:
Templarhappy Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student
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:icontemplarhappy:
Templarhappy Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Student
used it here Last 1 Of The Day 
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:icondjdavid98:
DJDavid98 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just a heads up, the SVG download is not working ATM.
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:iconkremant:
Kremant Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
It has been used in: kremant.deviantart.com/art/The…
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:iconkidapult:
Kidapult Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hellswolfeh,

Your background was used in my Youtube video, History of the Alicorns: A Response to Ink Rose. It takes Ink Rose's headcanon and adds more lore and fixes small issues with the original. The title of this and your name was listed in the credits, and a link to a gallery of all the photos used in History of the Alicorns is in the description.

Here's a link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvgTQ7…

Thanks for making this background,
Kidapult
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:iconaelioszero:
AeliosZero Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:iconzero-guru:
zero-guru Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm using your artwork in a loader and part of the feature graphic for an app I've been writing
 
sta.sh/0nhzgb6hder and sta.sh/010vsyujrxje

Hope you're okay with that :)
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014

"... there had been considerable confusion over the exactly when Ponyville was found and the origins of much of its well known cultural activities - an example is Winter Wrap Up, which had been practiced by earth-ponies for centuries, despite the fact that modern Ponyville was founded a mere century ago...

... It was then clarified, based upon extensive archaeological and archival research, which shows that there had been, in fact, THREE Ponyvilles in the area, each found, destroyed and then re-found successively in three different time periods...

 

...The land which Ponyville is situated was first settled thousands of years ago, when the Three Tribes first migrated to Equestria during and after the Windigo Crisis and the Winter Exodus. Back then, the wild, untamed land was under the ownership of one of the tribes of the Forest Folk, the indigenous and enigmatic deer inhabitants that originally lived on this land...

... The area around Ponyville was the site of many battles and skirmishes between the Equestrian legionnaires and the tribal warriors of the Forest Folk... from the Founding Period to the rise of the Classical Age Equestrian Republic. Despite considerable resistance, the ponies' systematic campaign of conquest and settlement eventually led to the expulsion/extermination of the Forest Folk from their homeland and their disappearance into the dark forests...

 

... The first Ponyville in that area was called Colonia Caballio, or ‘Pony Colony’, and was found by Empress Maiestas, better known “Majesty the Great”, during the mid classical age Equestrian Empire as one of the many new colonies built for Equestrian legionnaires retiring from military service...

 

... Why it was named merely as ‘Pony Colony’ was a source of some confusion among local historical experts, though records suggests that there had been disputes over the naming that nearly led to the schism among the ponies in the town, and thus ‘Pony’ town was given as a temporary, and later permanent name, which would eventually lead to later towns to be called ‘Ponyville’. Thanks to the fertile farmland in the area, the colony flourished into a major local agricultural and trading hub well into the late Imperial era...

 

... Following the collapse of the old Empire, the Age of Chaos, the rebuilding and resettling of Equestria under the Alicorn Princesses, a second town was rebuilt from the ruins of the old colony by earthpony farmers and re-founded as Ponyville, under its first mayor Soup Sandwich. Soup Sandwich, an eccentric individual known for weird habits such as wearing his own lower garments on his head like a hat, was responsible for many of the town’s famous social events, among them Winter Wrap Up, Running of the Leaves and the Summer Harvest Parade (And the mentioned festivals were the very few of those events that were not abandoned after Soup Sandwich’s passing)...

 

... The second Ponyville was devastated in the carnage and chaos of the Nightmare War, one thousand years ago; during the civil conflict a famine occurred as a result of the erratic Day-Night circle as the Alicorn sisters fought for the control of day and night. A major decisive battle was fought near the town between armies loyal to Princess Celestia and armies under Princess Luna/Nightmare Moon during that time. Ironically, although Princess Celestia explicitly ordered to protect the ponies in the area from the conflict, the town was ironically pillaged and destroyed by soldiers who were deserting from her own armies...

 

... After the war the ruins of the town were deserted and left to be reclaimed by nature. The area became crown territory, under the possession of Princess Celestia, and remained so for nearly 900 years until it was sold off to the Apple clan, then travelling seed-selling pilgrims, who settled in the area unaware of its local history. The third Ponyville’s foundation was facilitated by the Apple clan when one of the clan mares, Apple Smith, discovered and planted Zap Apples, an exotic new fruit which attracted new settlers into the area who eventually build a new town, which would become modern Ponyville. Though it was only much later that they rediscovered the local history and gave it the name of old Ponyville, as well as resurrecting many of its old customs and adding new ones, such as Nightmare Night, Sisterhoove Social, Hearts and Hooves day...”

 

--- Ponyland - A Guide to the Principality of Equestria, Edition VI, Chronicle Publishing Inc, Manehatten.

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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Hot damn, that's some nice history!!
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Thanks. Notice how even a pleasant town like Ponyville wasn't exempt from some of the worst horrors that occur throughout history, such as being found on imperialism and ethnic destruction of the locals, and being destroyed not once, but TWICE by wars and supernatural disasters. 
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Yep. Of course, the town(s) was a product of its own time--most of those nasty bits were either considered normal back in the day (conquest of the Forest Folk), or inevitable (Nightmare War).
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I wonder how would :iconalexwarlorn: or :icontrooper924: take on the history of Ponyville...?
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:icontrooper924:
Trooper924 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Well, since you're asking: an idea I've been meaning to use in a story sometime was that there have previously been multiple Ponyvilles throughout the history of Equestria--all of which have suffered horrific disasters that wiped them all off the map. This has lead some to believe that the name 'Ponyville' itself is jinxed and that it's only a matter of time before the current Ponyville suffers a similar fate. And given the number of close calls, there are even some native Ponyvillians who believe they may be right.

I also believe that the original Ponyville was a version of the Gen 3 Ponyville that existed during the pre-Hearthwarming era as an extremely isolated earth pony commune.
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014
Interesting...
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:iconsomerandomminion:
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Given DA's Mention notification, we may find out soon. :)
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Not likely; I shouldn't had baited him. Now, as the response shows, he's angry at me. 
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:iconbrutalityinc:
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
That wasn't my intention... (;) (Wink)) . But sure, it will be interesting.
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
I just go with that Granny Smith is even older than she looks. 
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:iconalexwarlorn:
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Now I'm not sure I will now that I know I've been baited. 
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:icong-master-artist:
g-master-artist Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the backdrop man.. that really nice and helpful
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migueruchan Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty awesome!
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homfrog Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i never quite understood, but is sweet apple acres on a hill?
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:iconpokefangirl491:
Pokefangirl491 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Student General Artist
I plan to use this image as part of a background for a commission of mine. I'll make sure to credit you. Your skill at creating this vector will certainly improve the piece I'm working on.
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videogamehunter Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
Hey guys what's new
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MisterKaos Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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sHAAkurAs Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i used here :D

[ this :3 ]

thanks for share vector image .
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Lex-the-Gallade Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
The city of townsville
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Princess-Cavea Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Used here: pigtheamazing.deviantart.com/a…
Thanks for the wonderful stock! ^^
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kiwii-marshmallow Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Student General Artist
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Kikuri-Tan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Thank you! used here fav.me/d6xy6s5
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:iconlionponyharvestking:
lionponyharvestking Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student
Hello. I don't quite know if they stole it but I feel that this is stolen... I may be wrong but....


It seems they just added their own watermark and said it was theirs...


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:iconlionponyharvestking:
lionponyharvestking Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student
Nevermind, I am mistaken, sorry for bothering you
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Cyndergirl211 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
it is stolen
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SteffyO1992 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used this background in a pony trading card kickstarter video: youtu.be/1cq3KkXHrqE :3
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Mario-McFly Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
I've got one question: Where's Twilight's library?! I don't see it anywhere! It's not like she lives at the edge of the Everfree Forest! (Fluttershy does, but not Twilight.)

I don't blame you for the above said problem, it's Hasbro's fault, actually.
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shaynelleLPS Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
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Tehwatever Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
faved!
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