A hell of a couple of performances

sketchers, Dsenho Cru, raw sketching, Martim Moniz, Lisboa, Portugal, Kina Karvel

sketchers, Dsenho Cru, raw sketching, Martim Moniz, Lisboa, Portugal

A room full of sketchers eagerly awaited the two performers of the Desenho Cru session of March. Some of them had heard that they were in for a special surprise. Warm up took some time as one of the performers couldn’t make it. A substitute had to be found.

Viktorija Tumaite, make-up, Lithuania, sketchers, Dsenho Cru, raw sketching, Martim Moniz, Lisboa, Portugal

Viktorija came to the rescue. The make-up artist from Lithuania turned into her own model and demonstrated on herself the transformation of make-up. She showed the long process women go through privately or in pairs, in bathrooms, languidly and meticulously, sipping red wine and enhancing her red lips, in front of 20-something sketchers. All the while, in the backstage, a different make-up strategy was taking place.

sketchers, Dsenho Cru, raw sketching, Martim Moniz, Lisboa, Portugal, Kina Karvel

Suddenly, and after headlamps were distributed, the lights were out! A chilling, shrieking, spooky song started in the background. A horned silhouette approach from the outside. It came to the center of the stage, dark robes absorbed all the light. Its red eyes gleamed as the demonic figure threatened to impale all of the sketchers to their seats with a blood-stained pike. Pens and pencils were in awe of the imposing and macabre visage of Kina Karvel, demon-performer of the night.

sketchers, Dsenho Cru, raw sketching, Martim Moniz, Lisboa, Portugal, Kina Karvel

After the music was over, suspension of disbelief was broken, as the demon started speaking in an unexpectedly high-pitched voice, and proceeded to strike a few poses during the following hour or so.

sketchers, Dsenho Cru, raw sketching, Martim Moniz, Lisboa, Portugal, Kina Karvel

It was some impressing minutes, those of Kina Karvel’s performance. Hard to picture them in a sketchbook.

Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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