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
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