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The Key to the Infinite Village by Built4ever The Key to the Infinite Village by Built4ever
The Infinite Village is a grand design concept that stretches across a continent, a continuous village that is never more than a few hundred feet wide and is often only a road with houses and other small buildings on either side. Gates separate distinct regions from each other, and also from forest and wildlife preserves which line either side of the village. Each gate is a work of art in itself, incorporating stone, brick, wrought iron, terra cotta, and other details. Every adult has a key, and the key operates all the gates. When a child grows up, they receive a key in a special ceremony, and are thereby granted access to all the rest of the village outside of their own section, as well as forest preserves.

Crime is almost non-existent, since life is very good for all villagers, so safety is mostly related to walks in the forest and possible contact with animals. The village has fields with mixed crops, dairies, chicken coops, orchards, and other agriculture arranged all around it continuously. Food is plentiful. It is traditional along all parts of the Infinite Village to put baskets of easy to eat produce such as fruits and nuts out along the walking paths for locals and travelers to munch on as they walk.

Each distinct region has a unique architecture controlled by a grand master of architectural design, who is mature, wise, talented, considered a master builder, and hand chosen by a special council. He or she is in charge of designing many of the buildings, as well as appointing junior architects of merit to design some structures. The building style and construction materials is governed by availability of local materials, with limited use of anything non-regional, the climate in the region, and any special considerations needed for strength and safety, such as consideration of earthquakes, forest fires, storms, etc. Special emphasis is placed on "verticality" to achieve highly desirable visual beauty and optimum density. Most buildings should be between 2 to 4 stories tall, plus towers, steeples, etc.

Safe and peaceful travel experiences are paramount to the people of the Infinite Village. Special emphasis is placed on pedestrian travel, bike paths, and travel by horseback. Cars and trucks are considered a necessary evil and use of such is strictly limited. The village is built for people, not cars! Some segments of the village are deliberately primitive and feature obsolete transportation modes and other old-fashioned technology such as electric street cars for travel between regions, small steam engines pulling 5 to 10 cars, water wheels, wind mills, hot air balloons, etc.

As a piece of art, The Infinite Village is not only a grand architectural concept, but a test bed for my own skills as an artist, as it incorporates a number of themes that I've been tinkering with over the last year or so, including elaborate and detailed villages based mostly on Northern European town architecture but also borrowing bits and pieces of Asian, Scandinavian, fantasy, and other styles of architecture, steampunk and fantasy-inspired female fashions, beautiful mountain ranges, especially those of the American Southwest, dramatic skies and clouds, landscaping plants, trees and forests, domestic animals, and finally, still life scenes. As such, it represents an intense challenge to effectively blend all these disparate elements and weave them into a seamless whole, all the while expressing a complex architectural and social philosophy, and, hopefully, keeping things focused by not over-complicating the scene.

This drawing is quite small, on a 8 and half by 11 inch piece of paper, done mostly in very sharp lighter pencils such as H through 4H, with just a little bit of HB, especially in the foreground. All the architecture is fantasy, completely designed by me. The young ladies outfits are designed by me. The mountains are influenced by those found in New Mexico. The dogs are sketches of my own dogs, drawn just a wee bit smaller along side the young ladies than they actually are. The one to the left is a chocolate labrador retriever, the one to the right a mix, possibly boxer with Rhodesian ridgeback.

This is a work in progress and I might be updating this file in the future. It will get more detailed and shaded darker. Enjoy!

Note: File changed on Dec 27, 2012.
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Eleven013 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This really sounds like an interesting place to live! I'd love to travel through the different regions and walk the sunny paths in the forest and talk to the villagers. I'd travel all across the continent with my painting and drawing tools... What a wonderful life that could be..!
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NightElohim Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Very cool society concept!
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toppa23 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
fantastic.........very lovely
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thanks!
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LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
You have skill and passion, young padawan. :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Does that mean I'm a Jedi?
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:iconlancelotprice:
LancelotPrice Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Yes, yes it does. :D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
I love the concept and the picture! :D
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Thanks, glad you like!
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T-Gwen Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Wooh, that's awesome
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
You're not modeling this one MONSIEUR or c'est n'est pas finis dans 20 annee he he he...(my bad Francais!)... Joyeux Noel....
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T-Gwen Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hehe yeah, lots of work here... :P
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Pieatingninja Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
What a great concept! This is beautiful!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Thanks!
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rachhhhxo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Incredible concept, so captivating!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Thank you, that's nice...
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   General Artist
I love the concept, and the image is beautifully detailed!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Thanks, glad you like, I think it might get even more detail later...
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CanisLupusDingo Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012   General Artist
You're welcome!
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tlclark Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant concept. Love it.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Thanks!
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent in every way. :winner:
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Thank you sir! Hope you had a nice Xmas...I bet you played some xmas tunes on that keyboard...
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
You are most welcome, my friend. I played some holiday music on acoustic instruments. Lots of fun. Happy New Year. Salude! :beer::D
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Cheers!
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Impressive.. Most impressive..
I can sketch buildings, and still life, but people and animals, ummm.. I fail epically.. I take my hat off to you..
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Those are my dogs! They're bad models. They move too much. I'm glad you noticed that besides being a "grand concept" piece, it's also multi-dimensional art piece that has still life, skies, people, animals, plants, mountains, and of course, our favorite, architecture! I'm typing the description right now and updating, you might want to go back and read it in ten minutes Ed...
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
10 minutes and voila, description.. :D
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
I'm adding more!!! he he
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Ah, the verbal description is almost LEED like.. However, I volunteer to drive one of the steam engines.. It is my passion, and I do have a little bit of training/experience.

In 1994 I had to go to Warrington, England on business for 3 weeks. I found out locomotive engineer training was avalible on the Flying Scotsman while she was on the Llangollen Ry, in Wales (about an hour from where I was) and I was able to sign myself up for a slot. After a half day of instruction, the students were permitted to drive the locomotive up the railway line, and then be the fireman on the way back (or visa versa). There was still a licensed crew on the footplate keeping an eye on things. What an experience!
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Awesome! I love trains too. England had some of those cute lil' trains and locomotives. Perfect for the Infinite Village. I have to draw a train some day! Better yet, let's design a steampunk narrow gauge!
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
England is covered with shortline tourist railroads, almost all of them steam, and ranging from standard gauge all the way down to miniature 15" gauge rail lines. And they all seem to have a terminus that interchanges with British Rail.

I'm not familiar with steampunk, but a nice victorian narrow gauge steam railroad would suit perfectly.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Anything Victorian English and steam-powered is automatically steampunk.
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severnaya228 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
ever thought of doing neuschwanstein? :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
You mean just drawing it?
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severnaya228 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
yup!
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