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Original Design for a Hilltop Village by Built4ever Original Design for a Hilltop Village by Built4ever
I went back in my sketch collection and found a nice sketch of an Italian village, done on toned Canson paper with touches of white and reddish/terra cotta, done from an old black and white photo. I found a new piece of the same paper, did a quick 5 minute re-sketch of the basic forms, and took it from there. This one is much more elaborate, and quite different. Only the "spirit" of the first sketch remains.

Part of the "Infinite Village" project, this segment of the village goes through a warm climate zone with significant hills and mesas. I imagined all the roof material is the same color to unify the roofscape. Exteriors have some stucco finishes, in white and tan, and maybe a little brick and stone. There's a public plaza to the right with a fountain. Small streams and waterfalls can be found throughout.

Technique: A rare pencil sketch on toned paper! I don't do them enough anymore. I use Canson paper and cut it to size to fit in a binder easily. Pencils include 2H to 2B. I used white and terra cotta red watercolor to add accents. This kind of limited palette gives a nice effect, emphasizing the beautiful and varied roofscape. Finally, I added a few details and accents with a Micron brown ink pen with a very fine tip.
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:iconhk4ever:
hk4ever Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It looks so serene and detailed. I love it.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Yes. Not exactly New York City.
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GroudonMcL Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   General Artist
I love this!!! Reminds me of a place I visited in Portugal :3
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I haven't been there yet, but I did Southern Spain...
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:iconarsheesh:
arsheesh Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is lovely!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
Thanks!
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:iconhayzy:
hayzy Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! :wave:

You beautiful work is featured  here hayzy.deviantart.com/journal/R…

Have a nice day!:sun:
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DameBadgeress Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi there, I love this village and would like to use the layout in a book I am writing (or trying to) would you consider me using the layout?  Thanks it is an awesome picture.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I'm sure it's not a problem. Digital book or are you aiming for a printed book? 
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DameBadgeress Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hoping for printed I am old fashioned that way :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Yup me too, love books, and make my own...
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:iconkaliannameyron:
kaliannameyron Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Oh, beautiful.  I think the white watercolor accents are perfect, just enough to draw the eye across the piece.
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:iconcaosontinh:
caosontinh Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow
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:iconjailgurdnegative:
jailgurdnegative Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist
awesome, such a peaceful scene
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Yes! I like that, peaceful, that's what I intend...
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:iconichbastele:
ichbastele Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous  :)
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:icontherisen13:
TheRisen13 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
rossano
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:iconsupercj:
SuperCJ Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Are you familiar with the Metéora monasteries in Greece? Your mountain there reminded me of them.
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:iconstorm3510:
storm3510 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the details are so elaborate....................................... how... the hell...... :icontardplz:
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:iconblue2blood:
Blue2Blood Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Nice paper, I want some
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Easy to find at art supply places here in U.S., just Canson paper.
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:iconblue2blood:
Blue2Blood Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Im not from the US, what is Canson paper? is it a brand?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Yes, it's a French brand of heavy drawing paper. It comes in many different color tones. Usually I buy it in large sheets, maybe 22" x 30" I think?
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:iconthanam84:
ThanaM84 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Amazing!
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:icondonkas:
DonkaS Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Ohh, it is amazing!
Nice, great and wow...
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:iconfishfoo:
Fishfoo Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome job! I would like to visit that town
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:iconbilly851:
billy851 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really would put this as wallpaper if there is larger resolution :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
The original is very small, so a typical computer screen is bigger than the original drawing size.
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:iconpaty-longbottom21:
Paty-Longbottom21 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
Lovely, great and spiring as always!
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:iconrejvaik:
Rejvaik Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
As always the finished product is amazing!!! And so inspiring. Could you do more tutorials? I would really love to see them.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
I've been asked a few times recently. I have to discipline myself to scan the art work 4 times or so during process. Then I can explain each step.
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:iconrejvaik:
Rejvaik Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
I will be looking forward to it very much. Thank You!!
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:iconkaelhiar:
Kaelhiar Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love it very much! :heart:
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:iconsalgadoow:
Salgadoow Featured By Owner May 25, 2013
It's so beautiful
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Thank you.
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:iconsalgadoow:
Salgadoow Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
you're welcome
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gokhanproject Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Wonderfull work.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Thanks.
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:iconjssthegreat:
JssTheGreat Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
OMG. I love anything about architectural since i am was kid. and it's very amazing you know...
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Our highest art form as a species.
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:iconmaggi174:
Maggi174 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I wish I was there! Stunning work.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Thank you!
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:iconkangtengri:
KangTengri Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Photographer
Great beautiful style
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Thanks. Keeping color palette simple adds rather than subtracts.
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:iconkangtengri:
KangTengri Featured By Owner May 25, 2013   Photographer
sure a nice result :)
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:iconcolin-bentham:
Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love it. It would be great to visit :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Just give me a few years to find a developer. I have to build that mountain too.
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:iconcolin-bentham:
Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
would be great though. :)
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:iconhackpth:
Hackpth Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Wow, a really technical landscape sketch.
You have good draftsmanship. I really respect
and encourage your art.

Have you ever seen Indian architectures of stupas?
Are you going to draw villages in each different climate/landscape?

I'm pretty impressed..
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Yes, of course, but I'm no expert on it. There's some excellent architecture out there. Maybe I should do a village scene with an Indian theme?
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