Hi from Dnipropetrovsk!
Dnipropetrovsk is a city situated in the center of Ukraine. When it was founded in the second half of 18th century, it was named Ekaterinoslav.
It's the city I really love, because of its beauty (the big Dnipro river and the long embankment near it) its nature (lots of parks and squares) its wide avenues, and, of course, the beautiful old buildings. There are a lot of old buildings but not all of them are noticeable at once. Unfortunately, some of them are not in the best condition.
This building is an example. It was created in Renaissance style with rich moldings and the sculptural decoration of facades. It used to serve as the city hall of Ekaterinoslav. It was also used as a clinic during the years of the Soviet Union. Today it sits empty due to its bad condition. Much needed restoration is unlikely to happen.
The day I sketched it was sunny but still a little bit cold outside, so I went to Eniki-Beniki, a cafe across the street, and tried to captured it from there. I always like the process of sketching, especially studying the details and their complexity. I used Schneider Xpress pen and markers – Touch, Copic, Kuretake, Marvy and Faber-Castell artist pens on a Moleskine notebook.
The current situation in our country is not easy. This is definitely the main topic of people conversations. It’s hard to not think about it. A few days ago was the 200th anniversary of the birth of the most famous Ukrainian writer Taras Shevchenko (I have the same surname, it’s just common.) His works embodies the belief in better changes for the country. I hope the worst is behind us and a bright future lies ahead. And I hope someday you will visit our country and see its beauty and hospitality.
Editor's note: This is a guest post by Ludmila Shevchenko, an urban sketcher from Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. As the tensions between Russia and Ukraine continue to escalate (a referendum on the status of Crimea is scheduled to be held Sunday), we are looking for contributions from sketchers who live there or have ties to the region. Contact: Gabriel Campanario, USk Editorial Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.