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Castle-Village #4, Enchanta, First Sketch by Built4ever Castle-Village #4, Enchanta, First Sketch by Built4ever
This particular castle and village was built on the ruins of at least three previous civilizations. There are remains of medieval architecture, including several Gothic-like structures similar to large churches and such, as well as some typical castle ruins and fortifications. Some of the later structures were built on top of ruins, sometimes to the side if it was partially collapsed. These ruins date hundreds of years back in time. The next older ruins came from an obscure "Classical"-like civilization from several thousands of years before. Finally, the oldest ruins date back at least ten thousand years. They are monumental in scale, and cover the whole site, similar to the great pyramids at Giza or the ruins at Teotihuacan, Mexico. They are also not, technically, architectural ruins, but ruins of an ancient technological device from an ancient science that evolved differently from our sciences, and not understood by the present-day inhabitants of the site. These ruins are arranged in a giant circle, the center of which is roughly, the largest, highest towers of the castle. The ribbed structures in the foreground radiate from the center. Some are in ruins, and some have been built upon.

The technology is at least roughly understood as some sort of giant resonating device, perhaps used to generate power. It is also understood that this ancient science had, at it's disposal, a set of laws and formulas which allowed the users to control gravity through harmonic resonance. Elders who live in the village devote much time to studying the ancient ruins and trying to re-develop the unknown theories.

The current civilization, of course, harnesses power through hydro-power and geothermal sources. The central castle structure is actually on an island surrounded by cascading waterfalls, and the village is surrounded by small and large streams, rivers, and various waterfalls. There is a reservoir upstream which provides water for drinking and irrigation. The agricultural fields are to the right. There are numerous hot springs in the area due to the volcanic geology, and some of these are tapped for power.

The oldest civilization may have been destroyed by an enormous and unimaginable disaster spawned from the heavens, a cosmic calamity, also misunderstood, but spoken of vaguely in legends and ancient scripts. The nearby planets drop hints at what may have happened, but no one knows for sure.

Technical Description: Drawn in pencil on 8 and a half by 11 inch paper, scanned, cleaned up, and gently color-toned.
Architectural styles and various influences include: North European medieval and Gothic town architecture, European hill towns, the monumental architecture of the world's most ancient sites, such as Giza and Teotihuacan, tiny bits of classical architecture, a little bit of retro-futurism, the fantasy architecture of video game culture, and of course, World War Two battleships!! Mixed into the stew is my own evolving fantasy style with bizarre roof shapes and giant A-frames, such as the building which the biggest bridge to the left connects to, on the left. I may do additional detail work later, but I present it "as-is". The paper is completely worn out in some places, so I can't work on this much more without destroying the paper!
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:icondarkmousyrulezall:
DarkMousyRulezAll Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow- great concept- amazing hand! Such eye for details! 
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Drawlight Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Marvelous tecnique!
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:icondrawlight:
Drawlight Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I know, but the hand is awesome!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Thanks! Just a pencil on paper.
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:iconlierventiska:
LIERVENTISKA Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
amazing
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:iconwindklang:
Windklang Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! Great sketch skill you have though... I envy you :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Thanks!
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:iconwindklang:
Windklang Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconignatz20xx:
Ignatz20xx Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Quite awesome I must admit!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Thanks!
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:iconignatz20xx:
Ignatz20xx Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Anytime!
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:iconnosh0r:
Nosh0r Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
How come I haven't seen this before?!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2013
I dunno!
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:iconscribe1969:
Scribe1969 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutly fantastic i bow to your imagination and skill.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconstayinwonderland:
stayinwonderland Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Incredible stuff. I wonder if you could share any specific tips for building up such a mental library of buildings?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Holy cow! A couple decades of studying, photography, travel, and drawing old buildings? I rarely look at any reference any more. But, yes, like a professional musician who knows three thousand songs, you just build on the basics, roof shapes, building types, architectural styles, construction methods, etc. Travel, take photos, or collect from internet now, draw old buildings, learn differences between different regions of Europe, American archetypes, traditional styles of the world, etc...
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:iconstayinwonderland:
stayinwonderland Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the reply! I appreciate the time it takes. I want to get more into drawing period architecture rather than just modelling & rendering it. Then I'd like to do stylised drawings. But at the moment, while I can 3d my way into a nice piece, I can't draw it for toffee! :p
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow amazing :love:
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:iconpagodacomics:
PagodaComics Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Woah, I love it! Those graceful, elegant towers, they are so pretty! *,*
And we see the plantes even, haha.
I love that you don't only do technical things required by your profession but even play around and let your imagination go wild! :D
You really seem like LIVE your profession (and passion) and it's great to see. It is also very inspiring! Thank you! :hug:
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MonikaDomaszewska Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
especially good one :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Thank you my dear. When you have something new, be sure to send it to Classic-Architecture group...
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:iconrejvaik:
Rejvaik Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
You sir, are an inspiration!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Hopefully sending positive vibes to fellow creators!
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:iconaoi-nekomata:
Aoi-Nekomata Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is sooo awesome! Everytime I look at your works I get a bit jealous XDD haha
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Don't get jealous. Get better.
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:iconaoi-nekomata:
Aoi-Nekomata Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
haha yeah of course! I'm trying^^
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:iconadri-sol:
Adri-Sol Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
This is amazing! ^^
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconadri-sol:
Adri-Sol Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
You're welcome ^^
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:iconmred301:
MrEd301 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You always capture my imagination..
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
I'm working on a detail study of one of the houses in the middle of the village, so more coming. Thanks, Ed, kind words for sure. Hey Ed, any interest in wood working equipment? A friend has a shop full he's selling...
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:iconmred301:
MrEd301 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Oh, tempt me with woodworking tools.. I wish my shop was bigger..
OK, my arm is twisted, what does he have that I really need?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
If you give me your regular email I'll send you the catalog.
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:iconmred301:
MrEd301 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Sent you a note...
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Okay...
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:iconbobbart:
Bobbart Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Awesome!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Thanks!
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Anastasia122 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Or, wowsers!
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:iconanastasia122:
Anastasia122 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes
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:iconvhalko:
Vhalko Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
so beautiful... really
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Thanks, glad you like...
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner May 17, 2013   General Artist
I love how you created a story to go along with this castle/village. It really adds a sense of mystery and story to the picture itself. Beautiful drawing, as usual!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Thanks, yes, I might try to dream up small stories for some of these fantasies...
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner May 18, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconfreyaferen:
FreyaFeren Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooooh! This is really grand! I'd love to visit the place, check every alleyway . =D
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
As I do when I visit French villages he he...
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