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Design Sketch for House #152 by Built4ever Design Sketch for House #152 by Built4ever
Watercolor sketch for an early design idea based on simple "French Country" vernacular architecture, perhaps from middle to Northern France, but with a barrel tile roof more common in Southern France. The chimney might be more English with flat roof tiles covering the angled roof-like portions of the part that projects out from the wall. The shed dormer with the three windows is also more 20th century I would say, not exactly typical French. Simplicity and rustic appeal is key to this charming home. Leave your cares and pretensions behind as you sit in the shade and enjoy the wine and cheese produced just a short distance away!

Technical: Drawn on tan paper about 8 inches by 5 inches. Very limited watercolor palette with emphasis on grey and brown, keeps color harmony maximized and allows architecture to be the focus. Highlights and details in brown ink "Micron" pen. Borders around edge drawn/painted onto original sketch.
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ChiBurbs Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely --looks like it should have involved flower and herb gardens about it.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Yup, that's fine with me. You are in a Chi-town Suburb?
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ChiBurbs Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, in NW Indiana currently. I keep circling the city.
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Daandric Apr 10, 2014  Student General Artist
aw man...this is so boss and useful!
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:iconnnq2603:
Very nice house :thumbsup:

Do you study design project for your class in university (architect?)? Or you just personally make these house for another purpose?... Great!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
I am self-taught as an architectural designer, no formal education, in architecture at least. (My degree is in art history with some pre-engineering background.) This watercolor is just a study for leisure, but many things I post here are actual paid projects, both design and construction. Mostly, I design custom homes for a living!
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:iconmadamvondoom:
This reminds me of Belle's house in Beauty and the Beast. Lovely =]
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Thanks, glad you like...
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HusseinHorack Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that's very similar to a country house i saw today in the Polesden Lacey grounds (UK national trust park/estate), very nice!
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:iconnebride7:
Oh, this is beautiful!  It has such a solid, homey look to it - as if it would last through many generations.
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