A Baixa vista do Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara

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A strange and sunny day had hit the city when Pedro Alves and I decided it was time to face the mighty challenge of sketching the crown jewel of Roque Gameiro’s portfolio. Beforehand, we had the minor challenge of having to climb half way up the São Roque hill. We’ve been avoiding this because of its time-consuming potential, but an unusually long break from work had blessed us.

From the vantage point, with the whole downtown at our feet, we could pinpoint almost all of the sites where we had sketched in the footsteps of Roque Gameiro through the old town of Lisboa. It was the perfect afternoon to look back on our learning curve while dealing with this challenge and to think about all the good things it has brought us. One final thank you to Pedro Cabral is owed, who challenged the Portuguese sketchers to discover this trail of art.

Um dia estranho e solarengo atingiu a cidade quando o Pedro Alves e eu decidimos que era tempo de enfrentar o desafio de desenhar a jóia da coroa do portfolio de Roque Gameiro. Antes, tivemos o desafio menor de subir meia colina de São Roque. Andávamos a fugir a este desenho por causa do seu potencial consumo de tempo, mas fomos afortunados por um intervalo inesperadamente comprido no trabalho.

Do patamar elevado, com a baixa inteira aos nossos pés, conseguiamos apontar quase todos os locais onde tinhamos desenhado no trilho de Roque Gameiro pela Lisboa Velha. Foi a tarde perfeita para considerar a curva de aprendizagem que haviamos percorrido ao lidar com este desafio e para relembrar tudo o que este exercício nos trouxe. É devido um agradecimento final ao Pedro Cabral, que desafiou os desenhadores Portugueses a desbravar este trilho artístico.

A Baixa vista do Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara by / por Roque Gameiro

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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