The return of the prodigal sun

The return of the prodigal sun

After several weeks in preparation, the sketches done during the six-month challenge by Pedro Cabral to the Urban Sketchers Portugal has, at last, seen the daylight! Alfredo Roque Gameiro left Minde to work, sketch and paint in the streets of Lisboa in the early 20th century. Last saturday, nearly a hundred sketches, done by over fifty authors, revisiting the original hundred locations depicted by the notorious watercolorist settled in his native town to pay him homage. Depois de várias semanas de preparação, os desenhos feitos durante o desafio de seis meses proposto pelo Pedro Cabral aos Urban Sketchers Portugal viu, finalmente a…Read more
10 years x 10 classes

10 years x 10 classes

In late 2016, I was surprised and honored to be invited by Mário Linhares, the director of the Urban Sketchers Education Committee, to be an instructor in the coming program 10 years x 10 classes, the first long-term education project organized by Urban Sketchers, that celebrates the movement's 10 year anniversary. No final de 2016, fiquei surpreendido e honrado por ser convidado pelo Mário Linhares, o director do Comité de Educação dos Urban Sketchers, para ser formador no futuro programa 10 anos x 10 aulas, o primeiro projecto educativo de longo prazo organizado pelos Urban Sketchers, que…Read more
The Zambujal stories

The Zambujal stories

The exhibition in Museu Leonel Trindade about the Castro do Zambujal, was the perfect excuse to visit the city of Torres Vedras, last December. It had been years since the last time I was there, and there's a lot of talented sketchers and watercolorists in the region, worth getting to know. I couldn't imagine a better way to spend a slow Saturday on the weekend before Christmas. A exposição no Museu Leonel Trindade sobre o Castro do Zambujal foi a desculpa perfeita para finalmente visitar Torres Vedras, em Dezembro. Passaram-se anos deste a última vez que…Read more
The year of the rooster

The year of the rooster

As part of the 54th Worldwide Sketchcrawl, Portuguese Urban Sketchers met in the most international square in Lisboa to join and sketch the Chinese New Year celebrations. There is no formal Chinatown in Lisboa, as opposed to many other cities in the western world where the Sketchcrawl will take place. But the Martim Moniz square is doubtlessly where the Chinese community is most present in the country. What stops it from becoming a proper Chinatown is that many more immigrant communities share the square as a hub, and they all add to the cultural…Read more
A Baixa vista do Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara

A Baixa vista do Jardim de S. Pedro de Alcântara

A strange and sunny day had hit the city when Pedro Alves and I decided it was time to face the mighty challenge of sketching the crown jewel of Roque Gameiro's portfolio. Beforehand, we had the minor challenge of having to climb half way up the São Roque hill. We've been avoiding this because of its time-consuming potential, but an unusually long break from work had blessed us. From the vantage point, with the whole downtown at our feet, we could pinpoint almost all of the sites where we had sketched in the footsteps…Read more