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January 4th, 2017

The Strasbourg Astronomical Clock

Artist: Cristina Urdiales, Spain
Artist Statement: I sketched this piece during a summer holiday trip to Strasbourg in August, 2016. This clock is inside the cathedral. [Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Strasbourg, Alsace, France]. There are lots of people around and it only gets illuminated for five minutes now and then, so I had to work very fast.

I did the line work with a sepia marker without a pencil reference. Then, I did the shadows using sepia watercolors as well. Finally, I applied flat colors to the sketch. Since I had a lot of free space, I decided to fill it with the clock mechanisms, which are partially visible through glass panes. I chose to use a sanguine marker for this, so even though mechanisms are more elaborated than the clock, they still would appear as a background.

[Ed note: The main features of the clock, besides the hands, are a perpetual calendar and planetary dial, a display of the real position of the sun and the moon, and solar and lunar eclipses. The main attraction is the procession of the 18-inch high figures of Christ and the Apostles which occurs every day at half past midday while a life-size cock crows three times. Source: Wikipedia]

MEDIA: Markers (Faber-Castell Pitt sepia and sanguine) and watercolors
SURFACE: Gamma series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – Ivory – Medium Grain Finish

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Cristina Urdiales is a Spanish robotics engineer who enjoys travel sketching. Her sketchbooks cover more than 50 different countries. She only carries around a limited supply of easy to carry materials. She works mostly with waterproof markers and watercolors.
Instagram: @crisurdiales



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