Lessons from Portimão

Lessons from Portimão

Whenever I teach in a sketching workshop I end up teaching myself something in the process. Either I manage to sum up my latest work processes and experiments, drawing some unforeseen wisdom off of it, or I remind myself of practices and techniques I hadn't used in long. Ao ensinar numa oficina de desenho, acabo sempre por aprender algo no processo. Ou faço uma revisão dos meus processos de trabalho e experiências, recolhendo alguma sabedoria imprevista, ou relembro práticas e técnicas que já não uso há muito. In mine and Pedro Alves' workshop in…Read more
BM xmas party

BM xmas party

Broadway Malyan architecture firm is located right between Restauradores and Rossio. Though I'm there every day, seldom do I sketch this privileged view over the bustling squares. The December weather was warm enough to leave the windows open, while the snacks and the drinks were set. BM used the King's Room, where the king used to wait for the train in Rossio station, to hold its info evening - a wrap-up of the work the company had during the previous year, a few personal experiences and research from co-workers, and a glimpse of the…Read more
Chafariz do Largo de S. Paulo

Chafariz do Largo de S. Paulo

Little has changed in the century that spans between these two images. The São Paulo square remains pretty much the same since the time of Roque Gameiro. The late 18th century style architecture that characterized the post-earthquake reconstruction prevails. The 19th century fountain is still in the center of the square. A few noteworthy changes: the trees have grown enough to cover the austere building façades; people still gather in the square to drink, but the fountain's water has been replaced with beer and gin and tonics from the nearby bars. (to be…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
Evening and dawn in Campanhã

Evening and dawn in Campanhã

Late, tired and a work's week on the shoulders - yet our arrival in Porto had to be celebrated! With a fino! Dare ask for an imperial in the north, and you'll get sent packing across the Arrábida bridge, with a warm northern smile, of course! A late night snack bar in Campanhã gave us the comfort we needed before getting to bed at a nearby inn. Atrasados, cansados e com uma semana de trabalho sobre os ombros - mas a nossa chegada ao Porto tinha de ser celebrada! Com um fino! Atrevam-se a pedir…Read more