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School of Canterlot - High Res V2.0 by Vectorshy School of Canterlot - High Res V2.0 by Vectorshy
"The girls brought a few of the items from their lessons on friendship with them to Canterlot. Can you find them all?"

Title: School of Canterlot
Tools: Adobe Illustrator CS5
Time: I prefer not to think about it. Probably about 200 hours in total as I vectored everything myself.
Wallpaper resolution link - [link]

This work is loosely based on the Renaissance work "The School of Athens" by Raphael.

I'm really not much of an artist, so a few of the poses are direct vectors from screenshots I took of the show and few are compilations of poses in order to achieve the one I needed, with some modifications to make everything fit.

I made this image for the express purpose of sharing it with the community in hopes that others might enjoy it. So you are free to download this image and use it however you like. Just don't resell it without permission.

AI CS5 file link (v2.0) - [link]
SVG Link (v1.0) - [link]
SVG file conversion courtesy of the wonderful and helpful ~RainbowFridge42 !

My Little Pony copyright :iconhasbroplz: and :iconfyre-flye: . Thanks to both of them for making such a great show!

(Not-so-interesting facts! I used over 1,000 reference screenshots and used over 50,000 nodes, most of which were individually placed!)

There are many hidden objects in this image, and one secret pony! Roseluck is somewhere in the image, but you'll need to look really really close to find her!

Version 2.0 - In preparing some of the ponies to be individually uploaded I made some updates and corrections throughout the image. In total there are about 200 minor updates and fixes. Most of them are very small, but together I think they make a large update. Remember, the high res is meant for posters/printing. Check out the wallpaper res (linked above) for computer use!
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SapphireGamgee Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Art Nerd art is best art! :D
Lilbob2000 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
I don't get it
scarandsimbafight Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
can you make a luna vector
XxWing-SzexX Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
MinecrafterPony123 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
My school in a nutshell. XD
Skittle141 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, that's awesome. :D
ZombieRaccoon5 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
now i'm not a fan of ponies at all,
i would have been disappointed if i had searched "School of Athens" and NOT find a mlp version.
so thank you for filling a necessary niche.

and good work ;)
AleuTheSilverWolf Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Tell me....I've seen a picture like this with all the philosophers in my history book XD
aadsit22cps Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Is rose luck the pony in the background with green eyes next to cadence?
YofordPants Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
high res is right :p
Mariangela28 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
That was too easy, finding the hidden Roseluck.

Awesome picture. Great work.
TomFraggle Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Amazing!  Looks great!  :+favlove:
LizzysMind Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You have no idea how much I love this picture. I’m working on my own story that takes place in Celestia’s school and this is so inspirational.
PenWonder22 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
I see Colgate! X) Cute! Heart  this picture!
mrhato Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
I found Roseluck XD
I love how hidden she is
Oh my god, this is the greatest crossover ever! My two biggest loves are philosophy (and I'm particularly fond of Plato within that) and ponies. And this has both, and all of it and it is amazing! The second I saw it I recognised it as 'The School of Athens' with Plato and Aristotle replaced by Celestia and Luna. You have done a fantastic job and made my day. And, fellow analyst, Whammy's day also it would seem :P
wynterwolf101 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
must have it!
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
I want this on my wall. Like, now. I'm not even kidding.
SugarNSpice222 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Whammyman5 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Hey, I've been thinking about doing a blog for analyzing the series and all that (aka share random thoughts on stuff) and was wondering if I could use this to make a banner? Sadly would probably need to crop part of it due to banner size....or maybe not...*shrug*.
Vectorshy Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Apologies on the late reply. I've been out of town. Yes, you may use it for anything you like!
Whammyman5 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Excellent! And it seems with EQG on the way I might have a lot of stuff to analyse and talk about...
EclipsePhysic Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is it ok If make this into a paint tool sai base?
I dont mind if you say no :B
Vectorshy Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I'm sorry about replying so late. Yes, you may use this for anything you like.
elr79655 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I can see:
The Prized Pony Award behind Applejack
A pamphlet for advertising Iron Will
Cheerliee's veil on one of the statues and the hat she gave to Spike
Two tickets for the Grand Galloping Gala
A cider mug with beverage
The "Battleship" game
Spike's jewel-laced bowtie
The flute used by Pinkie in Swarm of the Century
A rainbow umbrella hat
A nest from Winter Wrap Up with a Phoenix egg in it
A can of sneezing powder
Madame Le Flour
Opal's basket
A sweater from the Rainbow Dash Fan Club
Madame Pinkie's crystal ball
A flight helmet from Hurricane Fluttershy
Posters for the Sisterhooves Social, the Ponyville Talent Show, and the Masked Mare-Do-Well a la Batman: The Animated Series
The Cake twin's toys
An apple fritter
A topiary from Look Before You Sleep
Smarty Pants
A slice of cake
Fluttershy's first hat from Suited for Success
A microphone from the same episode
Twilight's book from the very first episode
The cart which held Spike when he was an egg
A drink from the Gala
A foam finger from Sonic Rainboom
A jar of Zap Apple Jam
and the fake turtle from Griffon the Brush Off
How did I do?
boeingboeing2 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
it would be funny if i flew a jet in to the school entrance and exit
saturdaymorningproj Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
haha great parody of the Raphael's painting, absolutely love it :)
Botboy41 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Awesomly Amazingly EPIC, Brilliant Work I LOVE IT
Mrv365 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
StEbAnRoPeRo Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
:iconfeellikeasir: You sir, have combine one of the most precious pieces of the Florentineīs Pictures: Platonīs Academy, with one of the must popular and faved series of this year. My greetings
PokeMarioFan14 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
steph-physarum Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012
I already commented on the wallpaper version, but I'll have to say it again...
this picture is definitely one of the best existing fanarts.
SailorRayearth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesome wallpaper, thanks for allowing a free use
DokFox Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I won't be able to convert version 2 to a accurate SVG file; after examining the version 2 AI, I see that you used double clipping masks for the eyes, which is perfectly fine. However, when Illy saves the file as SVG and you attempt to open the SVG in Inkscape or Illy, the clipping masks break, resulting in deformed eyes. Also, Inkscape can open AI files, so there's really no need for the SVG.
InkyLove34 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cuteycindyhoney Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
That is simply wonderful work! I have to find someone able to make a large scale printout so i can hang it up. Don't worry. Just one copy, for my own enjoyment!
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I see the Queen! :iconchrysalisawesomeplz:
VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
adamlhumphreys Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
She’s right between Cadence and Celestia. She’s in the background taking Colgate’s form, but her eyes give her away. Silly Crissy! :XD:
VictorReisSobreira Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks,now i see.:)
Arthuurs Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
KadenJahusk Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done. I like the character placement similarities between this and the fresco.
Fatalityguy Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
loooking at this I don't know if discord is the blue balloon that supports pinkie or it's inside the statue with the cool sunglasses :3
BTW, it's the most perfect thing that i've seen with vectors, keep being so awesome /)^3^(\
Trintellasie Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
I found Roseluck. (:
Libby-Mouse Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like a search and find! :'D
NTICompass Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
15000x8438! SO MUCH PONY!
EmbersAtDawn Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, totally mind bogglingly amazing! :D
DaringDashie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome work!

I love the CMCs, Cherilee, Dash and Twi in the bottom corner and I'm going to have to go back and look at all the details when I'm not so tired :)

(I hate to say this, but, Octavia's cutie mark is mirrored or at least its the wrong way around for a treble clef - sorry if I'm wrong :S)
Vectorshy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
I believe it should be correct to the show. In the screen shot I found the small tail of the treble faced towards her head, and I believe cutie marks are typically mirrored on each side (for example Rainbow Dash's lightning bolt is always pointing towards her tail regardless of the side it is on) I could also be wrong however and I'm certainly not a music expert. It would make sense for hers to be always right reading as it is something that is read a certain way, like a letter and not a symbol that can be flipped.
DaringDashie Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It seems that pony logic beats real world logic in this case. To be honest, I did forget about the cutie mark mirroring (lesson: don't post when you can barely stay awake!).

Given the fantastic level of detail in this picture I shouldn't have questioned your research though :)
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