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City of Urna, Architectural Monuments by Built4ever City of Urna, Architectural Monuments by Built4ever
The Spectacular City of Urna, population 1 million, located in a huge grassy plain next to a monumentally steep cliffside. City is at the termination point of a shallow river system which was diverted on the outskirts of the city to an underground water system which then flows through various outlets hundreds of feet down the cliffs, creating a spectacular set of waterfalls, best viewed from the Conclave Tower. The old city center is depicted, built during "classical" times and laid out on a primary axis. Outer sections of city are typically medieval/gothic architecture, not shown here, but the Conclave Tower was also built in the later Gothic style.

Part of a commission project for Andrew Cooper, city was described verbally only and I took it from there. There is also a bird's eye view of the overall city and surrounding lands, which I might post separately. This is all part of a detailed RPG rules system/world developed by Andrew and colleagues, and these illustrations will go on the cover of his personally published guides for the various players.
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um0000mu Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marvelous! I like this.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018
Thanks!
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Hillfighter Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018
Interesting tower design.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018
Thanks, yes, client wanted specifically a very different type of architecture for the tower vs the dome, built at different times.
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PlayfulMalice Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017   General Artist
Extreme structural spire!  I can imagine riding up the clamp scaffold with center crane working daily!  Extreme construction at its finest!  No idea on stone dimensions or density, but talking some big crane counter weights and a very large door to remove it from center of tower!  Just like in ancient construction!  Unless of course we are talking a porous stone, then a much smaller granite counter weight of course!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017
We'll build one out of Sculpee putty first, just for fun, maybe 2' tall.
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PlayfulMalice Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017   General Artist
Could always do it in glass...  sand is cheap....  especially in the desert...  trick is getting clay and refractory materials onsite cheap...  go full scale...  buy up a ghost town made of redwood...  😂  just get artistic and creative with it...  just stupid zoning laws...  i hate them people...  they can't even build bookshelves...  but basically a nice block style wood frame with inset thick glass panels would be epic!  Could build it like that under $5 million in material...  but if i had that amount, i'd be all over building a 60,000 squarefoot 5 spire palace in water...  sigh...  dare to dream...
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PlayfulMalice Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2017   General Artist
Fun would be auto cad it 6' tall and make moulds from cad...  cast it in colored mortar blocks...  build it on a custom pallet...  then cast it in large pieces with epoxies...  i do gotta hide a wood furnace pipe in this house...  i was thinking a tibeten enclave waterfall deal with small pond opposite fireplace...   do it in mix of real and casted stone...  fun deal 
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PlayfulMalice Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017   General Artist
Just wouldn't be the same...  
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grantenier Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you do eye view commissions?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2017
I do commissions, sure. What do you have in mind?
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grantenier Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i have a wild west town to build i did the outline but i havent done the eye view detailing.
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nachtmahr2 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017
The temple is a masterpiece. But i miss some more classic details like the front has :D Otherwise, it's impressive though.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017
Yeah I just sketched and hinted at the two angled sides, sometimes architectural sketches look better when certain things are lightly drawn instead of over-detailed, which makes the drawing very busy. It's a "sweet spot" I stop at when the sketch "says what it needs to say." Thanks!
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nachtmahr2 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
I understand, it would've looked overcrowded if you had continued on the details. 
I thought it was the style of the architecture :D
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2017
Well it MIGHT indeed be, more massive or severe looking on sides in contrast to the center grand entry with columns, not sure! I just like the sketch as-is and decided to stop before it got too busy. Heck, who wants to draw too many columns any ways? he he he
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kwbunyap Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Is that your own font or is that commercially available? Beautiful rendition!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2017
Thanks! It's a special font but I don't reveal it. Helps keep my stuff identifiable.
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kwbunyap Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
If it is one you created, I'd love to know the program you used. I'm working on my own font creation, as you'll see from my examples.
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DawnoftheBlueMoon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is amazing the scale! the detail! have you taken any courses in architecture?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
No, I'm self-taught for drawing and architecture. Most schools don't teach this stuff the way I do it.
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DawnoftheBlueMoon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome! if thats the case what is your main source of inspiration when working with these cities?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
20 yrs of doodling, reading, traveling etc., too much to list. Life time of experience goes into it really! 
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DawnoftheBlueMoon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
impressive! keep on making awesome art!
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FrancescaBaerald Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic work!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017
Thanks!
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Thomas-Rey Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Pretty cool layout and you've got such great style !
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Thanks, yes, doing more and more city designs now, very tricky.
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NeuronPlectrum Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing detail.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017
Thanks!
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galapogosian Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
This is so pretty. Do you sell prints? I'd buy this on a nice faux parchment.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
Well, I don't really sell prints as a business YET but duly noted. What size would you want? I have a special guy that does one-off archival prints. Give me a price range you'd pay too. Let's check with the boss man above too make sure it's okay, it's also his project. Thanks galapogosian!
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agsickle Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017

   This is Andrew Cooper, for whom the above picture was made.  I am amazed at Francois’ ability to take a handful of descriptions from the lore of my game world and come up with such a wonder. This depiction of Urna and its architecture make the city seem real in a way my descriptions to my players never could.  Even if I did use 1000 words, as the saying goes.

   The different world views of the organizations these two buildings typify is central to the themes in the games I run.  It’s amazing how I can now see that conflict in these two monuments, so close in space but so different in style.

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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
Absolutely! typical of many cities too, built in different time periods, different methods and materials. Thanks for the kind words, pleasure working with you sir. Let me know if you need more work.
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Palchinski Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
this is super cool.  I would love to see the other images.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2017
I might post the overall view, but not for at least a few days. 
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Palchinski Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet.   I will not rush you.  Just wanted to let you know there was interest! :)
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