A stroll through the village

A stroll through the village

It is said of Alfredo Roque Gameiro that he painted in watercolor like others paint in oil. These illustrations for Júlio Dinis' novel As Pupilas do Senhor Reitor attest to that statement. For this set, Roque Gameiro went on to find the town which best fit the narrative in the novel. He found that the landscape in and around Santo Tirso was a perfect match. He even went to the point of buying the period's clothes and hiring models to pose for him in different settings around the town.Read more
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
Festival Med #4

Festival Med #4

One concert I was personally eager to watch - especially after getting to know the artists in the afternoon - was Capicua. She has written some of the best and most relevant lyrics that has been sung in the past years, and the play with words in a northern accent is a delight to listen to, as befits a hip-hop artist from Porto. Capicua brings with her one hell of a crew which includes the energetic backup singer Marta Bateira, best known in Youtube by her character Beatriz Gosta. The surprise of the show was that each song was being…Read more
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