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Town Hall Complete Plan by Built4ever Town Hall Complete Plan by Built4ever
Finally! I had to work at this plan a little at a time for the last three weeks because of other obligations, but I wanted to take my time and try something different by combining the perspective drawing with some internal structural sketches of the roof trusses. As usual, all these drawings are done by hand on paper 8 and a half by 11 inches, usually with sharp pencils in the lighter range, H, 2H, and 4H. I scan them, darken a bit, and tweak the color to sepia.

Usually, with perspective drawings. I draw them completely free-hand, no references, no computer help. HOWEVER, with this one, I had available to me a nicely done 3D computer model by T. Lebret [link] , so I asked him for some views, chose the best one, printed it out, and then I put some tracing vellum over it and traced the major outlines only, mostly roof ridges, bottoms of walls, dormer outlines, etc. I knew I would essentially be re-drawings almost everything, especially the "shaped" sculptural details and other complicated stuff that a computer model can't capture very well. Once I had most of it sketched, I went back into the roof structure and laid out the spacing of the trusses lightly, and began to sketch them in from a 2D rough elevation sketch of a single truss, (not pictured here.) I also sketched in the rear roof structure with slightly less-spectacular trusses.

The main trusses are visible, of course, from the ground floor and the second floor balcony/arcade that runs on either side of the interior of the main hall. Coupled with the high elongated rows of side dormers and the tiny upper dormers, the lighting effects on the trusses and other interior details would be spectacular indeed, similar to a gothic cathedral on a smaller scale. I wouldn't be opposed to some stained glass windows either!

From a design perspective, the point of this exercise was to push the limit with creative sculptural components, spectacular roof truss design, and medieval-inspired design components such as corbels, steep roofs, mixed materials, polychrome brickwork, slate roofs with colored ceramic tile accents, "fortified" turrets, and other medieval design devices. This building could have been built 300 years ago, or, it could be built now, with modern materials in some locations, an insulating layer in the roof, modern heating and cooling, plumbing and electrical, and use of modern structural materials where advantageous such as reinforced concrete.

Special emphasis was placed on the front wall. A symmetric design, it features a balanced composition of harmoniously combined sculptural elements, with beautiful front entry arches and a balcony for the town leaders to address the people. As always, proportion is key, and I always mix materials, in this case, primarily a smooth creamy-white stucco with some stone accents and a strip of half-timbering at the second floor level.

Enjoy!
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7dromproject Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
<3
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Avielsusej Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gosh! it's so pretty!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
Thanks!
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Amazing! :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Thanks Colin...
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Colin-Bentham Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
your welcome :)
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T-Gwen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Well that's a great job as usual ;) The transparency effect looks awesome !
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Merci beaucoup, hope you like. You can see that I did substantial re-draw of sculptural details like the corbels and the side turret, plus I've added some new stuff. Drawing those timber trusses by hand is tricky... Are you doing anything right now with Darkmichael?
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T-Gwen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I saw you changed some details! I could do even more hehe :P
For now I'm searching an intership which takes a lot of time, much more than I expected actually xD plus the whole traditional university stuff... don't have time for a lot of things, unfortunatly :(
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
OHHHH what are you studying at the university?
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:icont-gwen:
T-Gwen Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Audiovisual, kinda specialised in visual effects :)
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:iconroskvape:
Roskvape Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I love seeing your designs modeled, although nothing quite beats the aesthetic of the hand-drawn sketch. :)
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
I would almost like to combine them, like use my 2D drawing as a wall paper glued to a 3D model. Or? I dunno...
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:iconroskvape:
Roskvape Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That could be cool. Hand-drawn texture maps for a 3D model.

Or, you could just building the whole thing out of paper and draw/paint directly on it. Because I'm sure you have tons of free time for stuff like that.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
I'm working in the shop til 10 at night last night, tonight, tomorrow fer sure he he he...free time???
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:iconroskvape:
Roskvape Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Exactly! Between 10pm and morning = free time! :lol:
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Z time!
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Simbaro Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Wonderful pencil work here! Also the use of 3D modelling, what software?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Ask deviant t-gwen. Thanks!
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:iconweequays:
Weequays Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing :D
The design and the illustration are incredible.
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thanks weequays!
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:iconmarie-authoress:
Marie-Authoress Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
O.o this is amazing! I love the design!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thanks!
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:iconmbnaveed:
MBNaveed Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Do I have to say it?
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Go ahead. MAKE MY DAY. You space architect!
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:iconmbnaveed:
MBNaveed Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Its Awesome. I really have to find other words for awesome lol
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
What about awesomesauce? You only used that once so far.
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:iconmbnaveed:
MBNaveed Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
still has awesome in it =P
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Very, very nicely done!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Thanks Ed!
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:iconmred301:
MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I love the hammer beam trusses. I used them in a house I designed a few years back for the great room. The rest of the house was conventional framing.
[link]
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
I was waiting to see who would comment on the trusses! Did I blow it? You think they will stand up to engineering analysis with maybe 8x12 doug fir for the main components? They're not as strong as a simple kingpost truss. I design these buildings as exercises, just a bit of fantasy and letting loose, but I am dead serious about the truss design. Let's build a model!
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
My best grades in College, and when I got registered was in structural design.
No, you did not blow the truss design, and I like how you've incorporated kickers into the ridge beam (first thing I noticed!) I have seen this type of truss used before, or at least a similar design.
Give me a truss elevation, and I could model it using scale lumber.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Don't tempt me. I already have the rough sketch of the truss, but I didn't post it. I wanted to draw it in maybe 1/8" scale. You build something like this with balsa or basswood?
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MrEd301 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Basswood. My preference is 1/4" scale, my eyes are not as good as they used to be, and 1/8" scale is a little rough..
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
One of these days, if I could find the time, I'd try a model of one of my designs...
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fireytika Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing~ i love your artwork,it is inspired me :D
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Good to hear, thanks!
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:iconartfx-9:
artfx-9 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome. Have you thought of designing a circular plan house in the same style you do? Would be interesting to see that.
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I know someone who worked for a company not far from here that did circular houses. Those are difficult to design, even more so to build. Do you have a traditional type of house in mind, or modern? Mud huts can be circular, for example. You have to think of it this way: All modern construction materials are subject to what I call a geometric process (circular saw cuts a straight line,) so they are available to us in a rectilinear format. That means it is difficult to build a rounded wall or roof for example. Try hanging a picture on a rounded wall, putting a refrigerator on a rounded wall, building cabinets on a rounded wall. I prefer to use rounded walls for "bump-outs" in a floor plan, or a corner tower, but not the whole house, not as a "real" house plan. One of my very first construction projects involved building a quarter circle wall (for a Starbucks!). We spent five times as much time on that as a straight run. I asked other builders and they estimated that a rounded wall should cost five times as much, AT LEAST!!
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artfx-9 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No, I meant the planing being more or less circular, that means having straight walls is ok if the shape is octagonal for instance, also towers used to be of circular planing in medieval times. It was just an idea that could be fun for a fantasy themed house design, anyway, thanks for the reply, I totally agree on the points you provided about round walls being not as functional for use.
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MayuriK12 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Have you ever decided to draw/design an entire village?
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Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
I'm in progress right now as a commission, see my gallery and find stuff for "The Clove" town. It's a long term project, maybe 50 storefronts. Yes, my main project in life is to design entire towns!
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MayuriK12 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll take a look at it!
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sicmap Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Great work!
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thanks!
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JMagnus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
This is incredible! Thank you so much for sharing! It will make my art better. ^_^
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Good! I like to hear that...
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slowdog294 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awesome. :winner:
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:iconbuilt4ever:
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Thanks slowdog...as always...
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