Shapes of reality part #2

António Procópio, FASVS, workshop, Amoreiras, Lisboa, Portugal

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 o espaço entre duas árvores. A moldura teria de ser cheia com as formas do que lá se encontrasse.

 

António Procópio, FASVS, workshop, Amoreiras, Lisboa, Portugal

The third exercise was the opposite: one had to start with a central shape, and draw every shape adjacent to it in an outwardly movement.

O terceiro exercício consistia em fazer o oposto: começar com uma forma central, e desenhar todas as formas adjacentes que lhe eram adjacentes, num movimento de expansão.

António Procópio, FASVS, workshop, Amoreiras, Lisboa, Portugal

Shapes of reality part #1

António Procópio, FASVS, workshop, Amoreiras, Lisboa, Portugal

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 or a void.

António Procópio, FASVS, workshop, Amoreiras, Lisboa, Portugal

A oficina do António Procópio na FASVS trouxe-nos a todos de volta à base. Ele mostrou-nos uma técnica simples para passar para o papel a simplicidade do que vemos, ao invés da complexidade categorizada do que a nossa mente vê. A realidade, diz o António, pode ser decomposta em formas simples bi-dimensionais. Como exercício de aquecimento, de entre a diversidade de planos, objectos e pontos de vista que o Jardim das Amoreiras tem para oferecer, tivemos de encher um spread dos nossos cadernos com formas desconexas umas das outras. Apenas formas que representassem uma unidade de um plano, de uma cor, de um objecto ou de um vazio.

António Procópio, FASVS, workshop, Amoreiras, Lisboa, Portugal

 

A year of sketching for the future

Eduardo Salavisa, Jardim das Amoreiras, Casa Museu Vieira da Silva, workshop, sketching

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).

Eduardo Salavisa, Jardim das Amoreiras, Casa Museu Vieira da Silva, workshop, sketching

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.Eduardo Salavisa, Jardim das Amoreiras, Casa Museu Vieira da Silva, workshop, sketching

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.Eduardo Salavisa, Jardim das Amoreiras, Casa Museu Vieira da Silva, workshop, sketching

Lisbon sketching tour

sketching, workshop, students, S. Domingos, St Domenick, church, dominican, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

A couple of friends traveled all the way from Istanbul with their multi-national art class, for a few days’ field trip to Lisboa. I was honored to be invited as an instructor in a 3-hour sketching workshop/tour around the old squares of the capital’s downtown. It was one of those rainy April days, and neither one of the sketching stops I had planned were sheltered. I had to resort to a sketchy (pun intended) plan B. We took shelter wherever we could and altered the route just enough so that we’d be a little bit more comfortable. The workshop took us to Terreiro do Paço, Largo Camões and Largo de S. Domingos, city squares with different atmospheres and historical backgrounds. I didn’t have much time to sketch myself as I was trying to go through the sketching activity of the talented young ones.

fado, Bairro Alto, Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal, show, guitar, music

After a brief respite, we all went to a fado show in an auditorium in Bairro Alto. The singers started off slow, but got a hold on the crowd soon after. He whose dedication never waned was the man playing portuguese guitar. His strong but intricate fingering of the strings was what was keeping the show in pace!

dinner, Cervejaria Trindade, Trindade, Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal, food

The afternoon ended in the only semi-traditional semi-touristic restaurant that was large enough to fit the entire crew of talented young artists and their talented not-so-young teachers. I was most happy and proud to join them in this short journey across my adopted home town.

 

Freedom Revolution Workshop with Marina Grechanik

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Largo do Carmo

This saturday, we had the privilege of having Marina Grechanik from Tel Aviv, in Lisboa, for a Freedom Revolution Workshop. The motto was to sketch the revolution by telling the story of its heroes: the people. We used her favored materials and techniques, and I was deep outside my comfort zone, except in the first warmup sketch.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Largo do Carmo, expressions

The first challenge was to capture emotions in people’s faces, with a quick gesture, with line or with a combination of wash and line. The sketches with less detail seem to be the most successful in conveying the basic emotions people were showing. Can you spot the instructor?

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Rossio, postures

We came down to Rossio train station, because of the rain, for the next challenge: to sketch action. To capture basic stances and gestures, body postures of people doing small actions, with line or with a color wash. Near the end of the challenge, I sat next to Paula Cabral, who was kind enough to let me use her ecoline-filled waterbrush – a very efficient tool! And works marvels in combination with the colored pencil and Paula’s wax crayons.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, lunch, lottery

During lunch, I sketched a panorama of our table, and to avoid further conflicts or complications, the portrayed ladies made a lottery to decide who would keep the sketch. Teresa, the winner, portrayed on the far right side of the sketch, was happy.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Terreiro do Paço

The afternoon challenge was longer in time. We took over the Terreiro do Paço, the administrative plaza of the capital, turned tourist attraction in the latest years, and more populated that day especially because it was one of the major sites of the actions that led to the ’74 revolution. The site is naturally charged with a political energy and, as Walter Rossa put it in a conference I attended recently, “it is meant to be inhospitable”. Will all the tourist and leisure life that exists here now soon come to an end? Wouldn’t we want it to come to an end?

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Terreiro do Paço

The challenge was divided into two parts. Number one: to sketch a story of a single place, using only a line tool, gathering information about the actions, the characters and the interactions that happen in that particular spot. Number two: same as number one, but with washes and colors.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Terreiro do Paço, music

The stories I captured in line weren’t so successful, so I hurried to get to do some more washes. My education in washes began in the Lisbon Urban Sketchers Symposium in 2011, in Cathy Gatland and Isabel Fiadeiro‘s Urban portraits. Now with Marina, this technique awoke from the ashes and, hopefully, is in me to stay.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, Terreiro do Paço, music

The musicians in the previous story were performing under the archways of the Terreiro, surrounded by some Banco de Partilha Social and around a couple hundreds of school kids going about their diverse kid’s businesses. Somewhere along the way, one of the girls borrowed a guitar and a high school band immediately and spontaneously formed and performed three songs with enough vigor and power to attract a small mob.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, skateboard, Terreiro do Paço

Some skaters improvised an obstacle from a sunshade support. Soon afterwards, the light drizzle had turned to a more proper rain. We took shelter under the archways, Marina wrapped up the workshop and we moved along the Baixa to drink some tea and some moscatel, to warm up our bodies and lift up our spirits.

Freedom Revolution Workshop, Marina Grechanik, workshop, Lisbon, Lisboa, sketching, Urban Sketchers, Urban Sketchers Portugal, 25 de abril, tea, moscatel, Baixa