Sketchers quorum

Sketchers quorum

Urban Sketchers Portugal general assembly convened on April 1st. The official annual meeting had a moderate crowd, almost like a family gathering, except that it had powerpoints and spreadsheets. There was time to talk about the past, time to imagine the future, and time for a silent auction of sketches. A assembleia geral dos USkP reuniu-se no primeiro de Abril. O evento anual teve uma plateia moderada, quase como uma reunião familiar, mas com powerpoints e folhas de cálculo. Houve tempo para números, para falar do passado e para imaginar o futuro, e…Read more
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
Rua do Século (antiga Rua Formosa)

Rua do Século (antiga Rua Formosa)

From the Alto da Cotovia, many stories have rolled down the hill - a cleptomaniac arsonist, doomed construction sites, an underground water reservoir that still exists to this date, with an unconspicuous underground path to São Pedro de Alcântara and branching out in all directions of the hill of the Jesuits. All these stories are already better told that I could ever tell them, right here. Our story is a much simpler one to tell: having depleted the Roque Gameiro sites in our jurisdiction (those which our lunchtime allows), Pedro Alves, Tomás Reis and…Read more
Road to the USk Symposium #2

Road to the USk Symposium #2

USk Manchester Symposium day -3 / Simpósio USk em Manchester dia -3 No trains run between Edge Hill and Lime Street on Sunday, but the walk is a mere half an hour long. Walking besides the University of Liverpool grounds, one ends up straight in the Walker Art Gallery, a free access museum with a varied collection of paintings from the middle ages onward to the early 20th century. With many apologies to art scholars everywhere, I must confess that my favorite thing about ancient art museums is searching for weird stories for the characters…Read more