VSW: Cathedral of Christ Savior, Moscow

I’ve not had much time
to sketch but so love the
images from our Virtual Sketchwalk in Moscow
I finally started very
late on a weekend night.

Magical images with
turrets and bubbling
rooftops created fairy-tale
building imagery that is
so so different from our
buildings in the USA.

I was intimidated by them…
and surprised at that!

The building is the Cathedral of Christ Savior,
which is the seat of the Orthodox Patriarchy in Moscow..

I started by blocking the building in pencil —
I am sorry I didn’t take a picture of that for you but if I get to do another I will.
then I began in the center with detail, moving outward,
inking with a Platinum Carbon fountain pen in Platinum Carbon Waterproof ink.

I drew it a bit to big so it sort of floats on the paper —
I meant to give it context to the buildings around it and the street below,
because it is not plopped down on the street level — there are stairs.

Watercolor took much less time, and I may do the next one in a
fantasy manner, adding magical colors as if the building is a fairy building,
as they sort of lend themselves to bright color!

Image provided by Aniko Szedlak.

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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2 Responses to VSW: Cathedral of Christ Savior, Moscow

  1. esefesco says:

    I really loved this sketch when I saw it on the Facebook group. I’m often intimidated with complex scenes or in this case, buildings, so I often avoid them. This is really lovely. Thanks for sharing your process.


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