Cities of the World: St. Petersburg

Cities of the World: St. Petersburg
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So since I couldn’t illustrate a sunny city two days in a row, St. Petersburg, Russia was destined to come next. And by now you all know of my affinity for snow and winter enough that I had to include at least ONE cool weather city! I had to laugh at those of you who suggested illustrating a city from every content EXCEPT Antarctica! Hehe. :) I have to agree with Jocelyn that parkas covering the children’s faces with penguins all around would be awful cute! Not sure Antarctica will be on the list as there are SOOoo many to choose from… but its not scratched off the list yet.

I had an affinity for Russia as a kid. In, it had to be, the 6th grade or so, that I wrote a report on Russia. I was intrigued by the czars and czarinas (tsaritsas) of days of old. It seemed to be a very unique type of monarchy. Plus, most of us probably have heard the tale of Anastasia. I so wanted to be her! And then to really sound intelligent, I loved the movie The Saint (and still do). I also happened to love Val Kilmer who starred in it. But I really loved that it took place in Russia. (I’m using the word “love” way too much.)

So anyways, here are our two little snow bunnies outside of the gorgeous Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ (also known as Church of the Savior on Blood). I’ve always thought that it looked a little like a church with soft-serve ice cream swirled on top! So fabulous! Don’t you love how colorful it is?! Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory….Construction began in 1883 under Alexander III, as a memorial to his father, Alexander II. Work progressed slowly and was finally completed during the reign ofNicholas II in 1907. Funding was provided by the Imperial family with the support of many private donors….Architecturally, the Cathedral differs from St. Petersburg’s other structures. The city’s architecture is predominantly Baroque and Neoclassical, but the Savior on Blood harks back to medieval Russian architecture in the spirit of romantic nationalism. It intentionally resembles the 17th-century Yaroslavl churches and the celebrated St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow…The Church contains over 7500 square metres of mosaics—according to its restorers, more than any other church in the world… In the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, the church was ransacked and looted, badly damaging its interior… During the Second World War when many people were starving due to theSiege of Leningrad by hostile Nazi German military forces, the church was used as a temporary storage site for the corpses of those who died both in combat and of starvation and illness. It suffered significant damage. After the war, it was used as awarehouse for vegetables, leading to the sardonic name of Savior on Potatoes… It was reopened in August 1997, after 27 years of restoration, but has not beenreconsecrated and does not function as a full-time place of worship; it is a Museum of Mosaic.

I could spend the majority of my day reading stuff like this. I love history.

Anyways, I am going to wrap this up with a question that Lizzy had on Monday. I did not have a good answer for her, but thought one of you might! I’ll let her ask it:

“i have a question for you-i’m no illustrator, but i create birthday/name prints for all my nieces and nephews for their blessings after they are born. up to this point i’ve just printed them at kinkos, but i’d love to be able to give them a nicer print. do you know-is there a place that non-professionals can do that? get nice (press?) printed illustrations on a nice thick art-type paper?”

Does anyone know where to get these printed for a reasonable price as an actual art print on nice paper? Something like a giclee print of sorts? Anyone? I have never done the research myself, but maybe one of you have. I’m sure many of us (including me) would love some advice here!

Thanks ladies and gentlemen! Oohmoonies! (Hope you don’t mind this title… it’s said endearingly).

Katie

4 Comments to “Cities of the World: St. Petersburg”

  • Laetizia says:

    I love the coulourful bulbs/roofs of your illustration!

    We planned (my husband and I) for a while to visit St Petersburg, and then forgot it with the birth of our baby, … and your drawing reminds me this nice project … thank you

  • Angie says:

    Perfect! I had a few classmates from this area when I was at Bible school in Minneapolis and one of my best friends went to St. Petersburg on a trip. My husband and I have so much traveling to do when the kids grow up! ;)

    Good question, Lizzy! I don’t have an answer for that. For printing photographs, I like to use mpix.com (very reasonable and I can put my “signature” on the back).

    I do have a couple questions for you. My husband keeps asking me what program you use to create your illustrations and also how long it takes you to do one? I told him each illustration probably varies in the amount of time it takes…depending on how simple/complicated you make the design. :)

  • Emily says:

    I still have an affinity for Russia. And for Egypt (THAT would be an awesome illustration!) and for India…and most of the world, actually. We live on an awesome planet.

  • Nina says:

    Ah I love it! as I did yesterday’s. (have you not taken your boys to see Rio? My 3 year old loved it as he is slightly obsessed with angry birds and could not wait to see it).

    I, too, love Anastacia as a child…in fact if I had a daughter that was going to be her name – with the nickname of Taci. When I went to Germany there was a very popular song – Rasputin – rah rah rasputin lover of the russian queen – that was played over and over (we might have also bought the record) and it still runs through my mind! :)

    Egypt WOULD be cool too! have you ever read Elizabeth Peters’ Amelia Peabody series? best ever books!

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