#OneWeek100People2017

#OneWeek100People2017

Last week, Liz Steel and Marc Taro Holmes challenged sketchers worldwide to spend a workweek sketching one hundred people. Sketching people is definitely my thing. Whenever I venture out of it, I feel outside my comfort area. Lately I've been focusing mostly on urbanscapes, for work or work practice purposes, so the prospect of hunting down figures, faces and silhouettes for five days felt like holidays. Na semana passada. a Liz Steel e o Marc Taro Holmes desafiaram os desenhadores do mundo a passar uma semana de cinco dias a desenhar 100 pessoas. Desenhar pessoas é a minha cena. Quando me…Read more
Bué da Fish

Bué da Fish

The odd name chosen for the sketching workshop held last week at Giv Lowe gallery, in the bowels of Lisboa, has to do with the crossover between pop culture and popular traditions that illustrator and comic book artist Nuno Saraiva so often portrays in his work. O estranho nome da oficina de desenho dada na semana passada na galeria Giv Lowe, nas entranhas de Lisboa, teve a ver com o cruzamento entre cultura pop e tradições populares em que o ilustrador e autor de banda desenhada Nuno Saraiva tão frequentemente retrata no seu…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
The human puxada

The human puxada

Puxada is a Portuguese word that means "pulled". It also used to describe the incredible entanglements of power and communication cables fixed on the façades of most buildings in Portugal. Some puxadas are true works of art, testaments to the improvisation capability of our tech people. Whether you're changing your internet provider, or you're upgrading your switchboard, another layer is added to your puxada in a process that will allow future electronic archaeologists to know exactly what were your options in terms of commodities. A few years ago, I challenged the Urban Sketchers Portugal community to…Read more
Adventures in technicolor

Adventures in technicolor

It's been a month now since Marina Grechanik's workshop in Lisboa and it's still kicking in. I've been experimenting a lot with ecolines, waterwashes as sketching base, big contrasts and form simplification. There's actually not much story about these two spreads. Just a bunch of people I don't know from the subway, the tram and the street. And a bunch of people I do know, in a bar. In a mixture of techniques very unlike me. Oh, and a couple dancing lindy hop. Or jitterbug. I keep forgetting which. Have a colorful weekend everyone!  Read more