April 14th, 2015

Peterskirche (St. Peter’s Church)

Artist: Wolfgang Krisai, Austria
Artist Statement: This is a drawing of Vienna’s Peterskirsche, a church built in the Baroque style in the 18th century. It is situated in The Graben, one of the most famous streets in Vienna’s First District, the city center. The church was built in a very compact form, revealing a much larger interior space then would appear possible from its facade. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful churches in Vienna.

Urban sketching is the most important branch of my art. I draw sketches of buildings, landscapes or people in Austria, where I live, as well as abroad on my travels. For me it is a way of more intensely absorbing the beauties of a town or a country than I could by taking photographs. When I walk through a town I always see compositions for drawings, and whenever I have time I make it become real.

Currently I use a Sillman & Birn Alpha Series sketchbook. Sometimes I draw the outlines with pencil to fix the proportions, then I draw the linear part with Faber Castell PITT Artist pen F black, erase the pencil an do the coloring with Caran d’Ache Pablo colored pencils. A colored drawing of 1 page takes me about half an hour, depending on the complexity of the subject.

I use color pencils to save time, as there is no messing about with brushes, watercolors and water. As I only take with me about 20 different colors (my own, not the standard choice) it is a nice challenge to mix the colors to get the shade I need.

MEDIA: Pencil, Ink, Colored Pencil
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish



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