Great job! I love the detail on back street and how the arch frames the image nicely. But the only thing that I think would help this be better is the poses the 2 ponies are in. They look very similar and maybe some jewelry or clothing would help. But it's up to you. Overall this is a great piece, the colors are nice and seeing a different view of Canterlot is nice as well.
Well, I hope you keep ding it because you did a fine job "winging it" (or however you want to phrase it). It instantly reminded me of my time traipsing around the Old City of Jerusalem many years ago: Under an archway, some sign or bill posted and a mix of cracks to show stone through the old plaster. I love the little cafe and other buildings all the way up the winding path, beyond to the view of the connected towers.
Ponies with snouts in the air are a total win too. I hope you're inspired to design places that are too good for them but just right for the modest residents. Anyway, it's a pity that you don't enjoy it, but hopefully you'll get to do a lot of travel and it'll grow on you. It would be a great boon to your watchers.
The sad thing is, it's not my time nor place to give the world a tour right now, as much as I want to. My designs are limited to what I've come across in this little city I reside, and from the internet. Notice how all the building are drawn with a cookie cutter.
I'm glad that you liked it though, I just wish I can keep my stuff fresh.
You'd be surprised how "cookie cutter" a lot of architectural styles can be, from the inside all the way to city planning. So don't worry too much about that when doing backgrounds – which it sounds like you're not that interested in anyway so no big. Also, being a self-described hobbyist I can't blame you for focusing more on what you like.
Of course, should you decide to expand on buildings and scenery beyond the show's designs then there are plenty of books simply describing architectural styles. (I have a great little one that's simple enough to identify things ... before going to Wikipedia if necessary. ) There are also architecture and landscape clubs on dA, plus I even have an "architecture of interest gallery of my own that goes well beyond real-life. (Oh! This picture was added to that gallery too.)
Sadly (putting it mildly) I somehow lost my binder of negatives from all my world and cross-country trips, friends and events – everything a while back. Besides the heartbreak of losing the memories, I also miss the fact that there was such an incredible amount of stuff to draw on. At least in the digital age you'll be able to make backups copies and store them on-line, etc., when you do start taking journeys, going on life-changing adventures.
As for keeping it fresh, if you want I'll be a little extra hard on you if you want. By the way, though you only have two pictures, it is nice to see that someone else has a taste for the industrial.
6_9 How do I respond to such an intelligent and well thought out comment.
As a matter of fact, I do enjoy doing backgrounds more than characters, with an unbridled freedom for expression unlike characters. Sad truth is MLP is a character centred show and backgrounds just don't get all that much love. It just really is high time for me to start focusing on life and set aside some hobbies. For the next month, at least.
And thank you! I'm honoured! And my commiserations for those photos I know how hard it is to lose great memories.
As for being more hard on my art, give me all ya got
Real life is serious business and the hobbies are mostly to help us good to relax or get some added fulfillment. Tough to put in a box for long periods, but I've seen people go the other direction and literally ruin their entire adult lives.
So when you do get time, you'll be doing cityscapes and landscapes of non-pony things? (I'd recommend a new show that puts a lot of work into their backgrounds, but then other people would dogpile on with their favorite shows without even reading the part about you taking time off. [Just in case. ] And it's not like you can't find hundreds already. )