A morning in Clérigos

A morning in Clérigos

Porto, or how foreigners say it, Oporto, is the second largest city in Portugal. Although Lisboa's known as the city of the seven hills (a rip-off from Rome?), Porto is way much hillier. Sitting in the north bank of the winding Douro river, the city pours down along the slopes of dark granite though tight streets, archways and a few ruins. Urban Sketchers Portugal Norte organized a few routes across the city for a sketch meeting - cross sections of Porto's best. Our journey started in the Largo dos Leões, looking the tower of…Read more
Shapes of reality part #2

Shapes of reality part #2

The second exercise of António Procópio's workshop at FASVS was to use our skill capturing shapes of reality, as in the previous exercise, and set a scenary where we would frame the sketch with an outer shape, like the void of an arch or between two trees. That frame had to be filled with the shapes of whatever stuff we could see through it. O segundo exercício da oficina do António Procópio na FASVS era montar um cenário, usando a perícia adquirida no exercício anterior, onde um vazio serviria de moldura, um arco ou…Read more
Shapes of reality part #1

Shapes of reality part #1

António Procópio's workshop in FASVS brought us all back to basics. He showed us a simple technique to commit to paper the simplicity of what we see, rather that the categorized complexity of what our brain sees. Reality, António told us, can be decomposed in simple bi-dimensional shapes. As a warm up exercise, in the diversity of planes, objects and points of view that the Amoreiras park had to offer, we had to fill a spread of our sketchbooks with disconnected shapes. Just shapes, that represented a unity of a plane, a color, an object…Read more
Celebrating biodiversity

Celebrating biodiversity

The 23rd of May was a day to celebrate biodiversity in the grounds of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, a lush park in the heart of Lisboa. Designed by landscape architect Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles in the late sixties, around an iconic building complex, the park holds several flora and fauna species, as well as a few sculptures, an amphitheater and a central pond. Two art museums and other art and cultural infrastructures are connected by several paths through the park, in a carefully designed and intricate network of art, leisure and nature. During the warmer weekends, Lisboetas…Read more
A year of sketching for the future

A year of sketching for the future

Eduardo Salavisa is a monthly instructor in the year-long program of sketching workshops organized by the Casa-Museu Vieira da Silva (Historic House Museum of artist Vieira da Silva). His workshops endeavor to map the area around Amoreiras public park. In the february workshop, he challenged us to sketch the same subject three times in a row, using different levels of detail. The first sketch had to be done in 2 to 3 minutes. The second one in 10 minutes. And the last one in half an hour. Most of the color was added indoors, afterwards.Read more
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