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City of Gardens by Built4ever City of Gardens by Built4ever
A beautiful peaceful place, unfortified, and built into a lush gentle valley between mountain ranges. Inhabitants put special emphasis on beautiful architecture, which I based on classical motifs, gently pitched gable and hipped roofs, and some domed buildings for large, important structures/functions. City is rather flat, with an emphasis on the horizontal. So unlike many of my typical castles and villages, this one spreads out horizontally, blending into gardens, orchards, light forest, and more. City's guiding philosophy and emphasis is on cultivated plant life, including orchards, gardens, arboretums, greenhouses, terraced agriculture, and anything related. Primary large structures may include: botanical gardens, a seed bank, nature library, outdoor market, and many pavilions dedicated to trees, plant types, gardens, and such. 

Original sketch was a concept art for a series of novels, but I am slowly re-working it. This version has significant additions and a lot more added to the outskirts.

Technique: Simple pencil sketch on 8"x11" (A4) paper.
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:iconsereida-arts:
Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2018  Student General Artist
This is gorgeous! So detailed and elaborate, I can't imagine how much time this took :D
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2018
HMMM not sure, maybe not too much total time. Might guess 20 hours.
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Sereida-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2018  Student General Artist
Wow that's a lot, nice work :D
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astudyinimagination Featured By Owner May 23, 2018  Professional General Artist
The level of detail here is breathtaking!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 23, 2018
Might re-do it bigger and more detailed.
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DwarfJonas Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2018
I like this a lot! It looks very idyllic and beautiful. I think I would like to live there. Carry on!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 3, 2018
Sounds good, let's move in.
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Mann-of-LaMancha Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very idyllic. Have you been reading my mind on a city with cultivated plant life? Hardly original of me; I read a graphic novel (Gilgamesh II) by Jim Starlin with a similar theme, that I believe was based, in part, on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. I love the presence of the aerostats.

If only we could live in a world designed by artists...
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
I try to tell people about the Epic of Gilgamesh, pre-dates Bible.
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:iconeyth:
Eyth Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
Wow.  Wish I could see the original, this is fantastic. Hard to believe you provided so much character and detail on . . . letter size paper? You have a future in brain surgery.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
Well, that IS the original, just added more stuff, more buildings...
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:iconeyth:
Eyth Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I meant in person. Something about a digi/jpeg image that doesn't quite match holding an original in your hands. Great work.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2018
OHHHH the ORIGINAL original...Yes! Nice work too, I saw yer stuff earlier...
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mockingbirdontree Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
What a great work! So many little details and all is so good depicted. Super artwork!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
Thanks!
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Realmwright Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a beautiful design!

I love the idea of a fantasy village having a central, domed structure that is a library or opera house instead of an open fighting pit or poncy lord's palace.

It's sad to think it gets buried, but at the same time it greatly appeals to the archaeologist in me.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Ah the joy! Bury it, then dig it up again! Now it's an antiquity. Yes, the central structure could be anything. I like peaceful civilized purposes too... 
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roundtower Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014   Traditional Artist
* ¡Fantástico trabajo! Lo hemos destacado dentro de la carpeta "Featured nº5 o Destacados nº 5" en Special-Groups. (Es la carpeta donde se exhiben los mejores trabajos del grupo).
¡Por favor, queremos ver más trabajos tuyos en el grupo! 

:artist: Trophy Emote 2  :create: 

* Fantastic work! Featured in Special-Groups in folder Featured nº 5. (Best works of the group). 
Please, We want to see more works in the group of you!
the self portrait Gold Medal Emote :painting: 
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014
Gracias, many thanks! More stuff coming in future...
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:iconroundtower:
roundtower Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Huggle! 
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Rejvaik Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
very inspiring! Now I have an idea for a city, thank you!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
You're building a city?

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:iconrejvaik:
Rejvaik Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
trying, im still putting the pieces of togeather
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Random-Highjinx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
This is beautiful. You just amaze me.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Thanks my dear, glad you like...
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:iconrandom-highjinx:
Random-Highjinx Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
I really do!
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randomsketchfactory Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Would you colour this in? I certainly hope so ^^
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I doubt it. I thought about semi-colored though, maybe terracotta roofs on tan paper background.
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Fun!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
That's right. Some people ride rollercoasters. I design fantasy cities. he he...
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cogwurx Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Ha! Love it!
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
What a beautiful place and setting!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Thanks Nebride! Building a house?
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Not building a new house at the moment.  I'm working on furnishing the interior of my current one right now.  Had to take a break for holiday expenses and then I'll get back at it.  I really enjoy working with miniature baseboards, trim, moulding, etc.  It's a lot of fun.  Hope you had a great holiday!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Real crown mold and trim can be a pain in the rear, especially when the house is not "true." Corners aren't perfect 90 degree angles, drywall is not straight, etc. I wonder if YOUR house is "true" he he...
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
lol  You asked if my house was "true" or not.... well, in miniatures even 1/16th of an inch can really show.  So... yes, my house is fairly true, with the exception of the ceilings where I had some sag and slant problems.  But the corners of rooms were put in place using a triangle so they turned out pretty good.  *griins*
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
'zactly, just like building a real one, if the room is out of square, your trim will not be pleasant to attach. Believe me, even new ones can be "out" by a tiny bit.
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Aletheiya Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Awesome work :butterfly:
I love it :heart:
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WolfSecret Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful!
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FlurryTheBear Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
It looks super awesome! Thanks! :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
No problem, glad you like. We'll do some more nice work soon, number two, Ursus, on the way...
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artweak Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
What a wonderful design! And it was worth the time you've spent on it. Keep it up my friend! :)
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!!! This is super epic.  Love the amount of detail. How long did the drawing take to make? I like the possibility of exploring this concept much closer.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Maybe ten hours?
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ArtbyGloriaColom Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The time and love is super evident!!! :heart:
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