This postcard represents the Spittelmarkt located in Berlin with a fine whyte frame.
It’s not an image from Amsterdam or Hamburg! (like people said to me often) 😉
But this illustration shows the quarter of the old Berlin.
I drew this urban sketch on the 8th of April 2010 directly at the location in Berlin-Mitte.
As artistic tools I used for this illustration:
– my sketch book « Montval » (Watercolour Paper, Format A4 -8 1/8″ x 11 3/4″-, 300g/m2 -140 lb-)
– my calligraphic pen (« Pilot Parallel Pen »- 2.4 mm)
– 2 paint brushes (fine and medium)
For this image I needed 1 hour. I was sitting on a bank in front of the old tabacco factory. It was very comfortable with the beginning of spring. A nice atmosphere.
On the left we see an historical lantern from the 19th century. On the right there are multicolored flags from an Indian restaurant and after that an old tobacco factory. Both are not yet renovated as a cultural place which is typical for Berlin.
This illustration is also on my blog « Traversée d’Encres » (« Through The Inks »).
On the « Postcard Spittelmarkt », we see the bridge between the Island Fischerinsel on the left and the Märkisches Ufer on the right side of the canal. The name of the bridge is « Inselstraße » (« Island Street »).
Fischerinsel, or Fisher Island, is the southern part of the island in the River Spree which was formerly the location of the city of Cölln and is now part of central Berlin. The northern part of the island is known as Museumsinsel (Museum Island). Fischerinsel is normally said to extend south from Gertraudenstraße and is named after a fishermen’s settlement on this southern end of the island. Until the mid-twentieth-century it was a well-preserved pre-industrial neighbourhood, and most of the buildings survived World War II, but in the 1960s and 1970s within the German Democratic Republic it was levelled and replaced by a development of residential tower blocks.
Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fischerinsel