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
Desenho cru with self performances

Desenho cru with self performances

The june session of Desenho Cru didn't have performers. Or better still, the sketchers present acted as performers, each posing for ten minutes for their counterparts. Each had to bring an object and pose with it, but only a couple of tonight's performers had actually brought them. The warm summery spring night favored an outdoors session, in the nice patio that the studio has just outside the usual sketching room. Keeping the colors right was a challenge, because of the outdoor lights. The yellows and greens tended to vanish under them. The sketching itch had to…Read more
Short theater plays in shipping containers

Short theater plays in shipping containers

Short theater plays are not a tradition in Portugal. They are more common in the anglo-saxon world, where short stories are more prevalent. That didn't stop the people at Buzico! from organizing a night of short plays, taking advantage of the innovative architectural layout of the Village Underground Lisbon, in Alcântara, in an event they called Mostra de Teatro Breve em Contentores (Short theater plays showcase in containers). I was fortunate to be invited to watch the press rehearsals and later, the actual shows of the three short plays that the Mostra was showcasing -…Read more
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