How do you draw realistic and detailed farms?

Posted by zhenkang on 5 December 2018 in English (English)

While still building up the rural areas of Antigo, I need this question so at least I cam design nice farms by myself. (Honestly there should be a guide on this; this is very important.)

Comment from Jesus Antonio on 5 December 2018 at 12:30

I do make farms having the shape of an hybrid rectangle or square, then add some minor houses in it.

However, I think the best inspiration for big farms should be USA or Ukraine

For small farms: Holland and Belgium.

As by drawing realistic farms: you should consider how many big the farms are in your country, next draw up some farms, I recommend that per 2 farms, 1 tree plantations and per 10 farms, 1 communitarian garden, that are my recomendations, however this is up to you.

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Comment from histor on 5 December 2018 at 13:38

How look a farm? Very different from country to country. So I think it is not easy, to write a tutorial about farms and farmland. Look at OSM in "real world" about vegetation and landscape for realistic farm-design. And too, that there always is a historical componend, how a farm in a special area is designed or "has to be".

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Comment from zhenkang on 6 December 2018 at 00:37

I want a step by step approach though. I am looking for a more Soviet style of farms, and yeah I take the suggestion of Ukraine.

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Comment from LemonKing on 7 December 2018 at 17:12

I think basic questions to start with should include:

  1. How big is a typical single farm of your country? Is it a family business, a multi-family community or an industrial megafarm?

  2. Where do farmers typically live: a detached house few meters from tractor and cows, a large dormitory or a suburban community nearby?

  3. If farms form villages, are houses of a village concentrated within walking distance (example: France) or scattered around a larger area with fields in between (Example:Finland?

  4. How large is a typical field area? Why so big/small, geographically and historically explained?

  5. What is a typical form of a single field area? Narrow rectangular stripes (Like this area in Ukraine), a more square-like form or one with natural boundaries following rivers and hillsides?


Not that I have made much systematic farm mapping, these are just thoughts. Bloregian mapping imitates mostly Nordic style with scattered single-family farms.

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Comment from zhenkang on 8 December 2018 at 01:45

In Antigo, much of the farms are state-owned. (Merged together over the years) Most of the farms are quite large. The farmers, most of them, they are a privileged enough, they will get to live in dormitories. The farms technically go along rivers and hills.

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