I have been playing Minecraft for nearly 9 years now, and I've come to the realization that I don't really know how to build in any styles other than medieval (kinda). I love looking at all the different building styles on Hermitcraft, but how do I actually learn to build in these different styles? I would love to learn to build in a Victorian era style. Any tips?
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here's my best advice for anyone trying to get better at building in a new style:
1: get as much inspiration as you can and put it into pictures, take screenshots from youtube videos, find movie posters, just look at something that looks like what you wanna build while you build, you'll find inspiration in it whether you copy it or not.
2: don't forget everything you already learned, using colour well, interesting shapes, all that is just as important from one style to the next.
3: just keep building. If you really hate what you're making right now, just build something else. As you build more and more you'll pick up little tricks and get a better feel for the style as you go.
4: remember, you're just building, not training for the olympics. just chill out and enjoy learning
There are build tutorials out there for things like modern houses (Keralis has some) but also, like others have said: look at something and try to recreate it. Don't be discouraged if you aren't able to get it on the first try. It can take several tries to get something to look right.
do your research, and to be frank there's an obnoxiously large amount of it. It's probably fastest to start with a list of architectural styles and going on from there, but in order to understand the discussion you'll probably also want some basic/foundational knowledge as well:
types of building-parts (roofs, rooms, windows, walls, etc)
Things that will also be good to dip into might be:
drawing/art theory (ie, how to break down complex shapes into simple ones)
Things that are relevantly interesting but largely optional would be historical accountings.