Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #3

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #3

The sharp angles of the Forte da Graça create high contrast shadows and defined planes, excellent setting for beginner and intermediate sketchers that want to study shading in their work. Os ângulos agudos do Forte da Graça criam sombras de alto contraste e planos definidos, um cenário excelente para desenhadores estreantes e intermédios que pretendam estudar sombras no seu trabalho. In fact, most of the town of Elvas is such a setting. The buildings are mostly utilitarian - grain mills, star forts and simple Alentejo popular architecture. The fort overlooks on the road…Read more
Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #2

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #2

Traço '16, Elvas drawing festival's clever logo, designed by João Sequeira, manages to communicate both Portuguese and Spanish writing of the word traço (meaning line stroke, pronounced «trasso»), aiming for an Iberian audience. The four-day festival, that aims to become annual, successfully managed to gather sketchers, artists, illustrators, comic book authors, architects and designers, form both Portugal and Spain, in the picturesque UNESCO World Heritage site Forte da Graça. O logótipo do Traço '16, Festival de desenho de Elvas, criado por João Sequeira, consegue comunicar tanto a grafia Portuguesa como a Espanhola da palavra traço, apontando…Read more
Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #1

Traç/zo 16 – an Iberian affair #1

The Graça Fort is a unique military architecture structure, built in the second half of the 18th century, under the Count of Lippe, as a means to secure the highest ground in the region, just north of the town. The strategic relevance of the Graça hill, where the fort was built, became evident about a century before, during the Restoration War, when the Spanish army bombarded the town of Elvas from the vantage point, some 60 meters above the town's castle. Its ramparts, moats and bastions are organized according to the star fort dutch model.…Read more
A morning down the Aliados

A morning down the Aliados

Almeida Garrett gazes upon Avenida dos Aliados and, beyond the Palácio das Cardosas, the Cathedral of Porto. The Sunday morning route of the Urban Sketchers meeting took the sketchers down the Aliados from Trindade, through São Bento and the Rua das Flores, straight to the gathering point for our second lunch together in the Jardim do Infante. Almeida Garrett contempla a Avenida dos Aliados e, para lá do Palácio das Cardosas, a Sé do Porto. O percurso da manhã do domingo do Encontro Nacional de Urban Sketchers levou os desenhadores a descer os…Read more
An evening of lectures in Gaia

An evening of lectures in Gaia

Tiago Cruz is a natural speaker and teacher. After a wine tasting session on the south bank of the Douro, the Urban Sketchers Portugal Norte sketch meeting proceeded inside the Porto wine cellar Calem for a couple of lectures, the first being Tiago's "O Nós e os Cadernos: o diário em ‘Diário Gráfico". The thought-provoking themes we were discussing earlier across the bridge, were now tossed to the public realm, stirring a debate on the private and public nature of the graphic journal, on the secret and exhibitionist aspects of our drawings and…Read more
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