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Town Plan for Second Life by Built4ever Town Plan for Second Life by Built4ever
Alright folks, here's a big ambitious one in progress: This is a commercial town center or town plan I'm doing as a commission for two young beautiful ladies on the other side of the planet from me! The name of the town is "The Clove," and there is a spice theme running throughout the town. They commissioned me to design an entire town center with hmmm maybe 30 or more shops, cafes, a few bigger stores, and a grocery store, for Second Life. It's based primarily on the hill towns of Tuscany, with minor influences also from Southern France, Spain, American Spanish Colonial Architecture (especially projecting second floor balconies,) and cute European storefronts in general.

They provided the initial concept sketch (near the bottom) and we both contributed some photo ideas. I took it from there, re-drew the town center, and started to number the groups of buildings and draw them each in detail. Group One is farthest along as you can see. They, in turn, are doing the 3D modeling to eventually turn this into a town for Second Life. As we go along, they throw ideas at me, and I try to interpret them as best as I can. Meanwhile, I am giving them a tutorial in so many ways in architectural design, including learning about porches, walls, columns, beams, roof designs, shutters, and lots more. There are numerous details to model so this is, of course, extremely ambitious! We are looking at one month, maybe two of designing the town, if all goes well, which I typically do some work on every morning right now. Yes, it's a major commission! Thank you ladies for the opportunity to serve you, I hope you are pleased with the end result!

Viewers and watchers, feel free to throw a few more ideas at us. If you are participating in Second Life, then maybe you will be able to visit this some time next year. Major design concepts we are using so far include the idea of informal, organic, sinuous streets and plazas with courtyards, arches, etc to divide them, elevation changes similar to a real hill town, one grand entrance (not designed yet,) names for the plazas based on spices, as well as color choices, and plenty of plants, landscaping, lamp posts, a few monuments, lots of steps, fountains, a couple of small streams through the town, foot bridges, and more. Thanks for viewing! The link for the "owners" of this town: [link]

Technique: as usual, all these drawings are completely hand-drawn in small scale. I do the perspective scenes free hand and the elevations and plans are hand drawn on slightly transparent vellum over graph paper, usually in scale 1/16"=one foot, details are bigger scales. I scan the plans and "tweak" the color to sepia tone, and then I clean them and label them.
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kevsterman Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How are the girls getting on with your model? No update for 18 months now. Did they finish it? I've just started modelling your 'Group 3' buildings in 3D (hope you don't mind) I'm off work and just getting back into the whole 3D after a break of about 4 years! Wink/Razz 
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
They abandoned it I think, maybe too complicated, also, some scaling issues that have to do with Second Life game and other technical issues involving adaptation to Second Life.
They DID do the Group 3 buildings. I don't mind at all. go for it. Send me link. I play with 3D from time to time.
kevsterman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's a shame :( I know nothing about Second Life though but I imagine modelling for it would be a highly technical business. I'll definitely send you the link when I'm done. I'm getting easily distracted at the moment though; I start a model then move onto a new one. I think I've got about 4 or 5 of your houses started lol :)
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Yeah? Which ones?
kevsterman Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So far I've started house 335, house 309, Group 3 buildings from the Clove town centre, house 323 and house 325. I'm good at starting a project, not so good at completing it. I seem to have 'roof dyslexia', I just cannot get my head around rooflines, even when I'm modelling in 3D which should make it easy. Eventually I might actually get a model finished :)
Built4ever Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Even practicing architects blow it with their roof designs. Don't feel bad. Definitely interested in seeing those homes, nobody has ever done them. 323 is basically scheduled for construction in Texas, different plan, but front looks the same. I may personally model that one. 
un-angel-llora Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wooww!!! sugoi!! magnific!!!
ohmai-faise Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't begin to tell you how many bajillion times how much honor it is to work with you! Your work is fantastic and you've been amazing to correspond with, thank you so much yet again!
I hope our modeling will do you justice :)
Built4ever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
My pleasure my friends, the modeling looks better than I ever expected, especially when I see the effort you put into small details like the wrought iron railing on the balcony. I know you're taking a lot of time to do this. Keep it going because I think we have a chance to create something very special, that's never been seen before, that could get some serious attention, not only for its intended purpose but for others also. These are potentially "real" buildings, so this model will have appeal to a lot of people!
jesusmarvelite3 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is seriously amazing work.
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