Travel journals in Abrantes #2

Travel journals in Abrantes #2

Meandering around the old town of Abrantes, you might come across a couple of contemporary architecture designs. The newly constructed medical center was designed by fellow local sketcher Pedro Costa - I didn't know that at the time I was sketching it, so it was a surprise for both of us when he leafed through my sketchbook and found his own work put to paper. I had to get an autograph from him of course! Passeando pela cidade antiga de Abrantes, poder-se-à encontrar um par de obras de arquitectura contemporânea. A recém-construida unidade de…Read more
Travel journals in Abrantes #1

Travel journals in Abrantes #1

For most of March and the whole of April, the António Botto Library in Abrantes is and will be all about travelling sketchbooks. An exhibition gathering the work of 30 travelling sketchers (myself included) features large prints and some of the original sketchbooks that accompanied the travelers around the world. The talented Javier de Blas, whose exhibited sketchbooks were object of envy and admiration by the rest of us, was invited for an artistic residency in Abrantes by the City Hall and the regional Guild of Architects representation. During a few days, he will be sketching…Read more
Sketching weekend in Portimão #2 / Fim-de-semana de desenho em Portimão #2

Sketching weekend in Portimão #2 / Fim-de-semana de desenho em Portimão #2

In a happy coincidence, Hélio Boto organized an Urban Sketchers Algarve sketch meeting in Portimão, with the cooperation of the city hall, on the same weekend that the sketching workshops at ISMAT were taking place. The weekend quickly became all about sketching! The theme of the sketch meeting was architectural heritage. There was, of course, a lot to sketch, as Portimão is an old industrial and fishing town, with its urban design deeply connected to the estuary of the Arade river. The city's culture councillor toured us around a few gems in the old town during the morning, and then…Read more
Sketching weekend in Portimão #1 / Fim-de-semana de desenho em Portimão #1

Sketching weekend in Portimão #1 / Fim-de-semana de desenho em Portimão #1

ISMAT, the local university in Portimão, organized an event to promote its next school year to new and old students. Based on the emphasis that the courses in architecture and design have in the university's portfolio, it seemed fit to include free sketching workshops as part of the event. I, together with expert sketchers Luís Frasco, Filipe Almeida and Hélio Boto, banded around 50 eager students and showed them some simple exercises that allowed them to explore and enhance their sketching experience. O ISMAT, uma das duas universidades em Portimão, organizou um evento de alguns dias…Read more
The trickster

The trickster

Mid-March, British trip-hop musician Tricky gave a concert at Aula Magna, in Lisboa. I didn't knew is music very well, but for the hardcore fans in my company it was a disappointment. While his album is loaded with featured artists, his stage, sadly, was not. Instead, their voices were heard through the magic of electronics. Three men occupied the cluttered stage. The lights were designed to obfuscate the spectator. The smoke hid the few sights that were to be seen. And if you could spot Tricky on stage, chances were he had his back turned…Read more