Throughout my life as an Urban sketcher I had several watercolor field kits, and every time I went out to draw, I felt the lack of a color, a pen or a pencil. And that was enough to condition the entire sketch production of the day. As soon as I got home, I added what I had been missing that day, but after a while my kit kept getting bigger, forcing me to carry extra weight, sometimes uselessly, and nobody wants to go out and draw with a heavy backpack, right? Today I believe I have reached the point of having a sketching kit that suits me perfectly. Drawing on the street requires a loose and fast drawing, however I like to take my time in the process, I appreciate the detail and the tricks to solve certain situations of glare, shadows and light, perspective and environment. My kit is not the most basic due to my way of designing and enjoying the process. Today I leave here registered the paraphernalia that accompany me in a simple drawing kit and in a watercolor box. I hope you too will enjoy the process when you go out to draw. Have fun.
I live in Oeiras, Oeiras is a Portuguese village, seat of the municipality of Oeiras located in the district and metropolitan area of Lisbon, being one of the first cities in the capital. It is on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and in the estuary of the Tagus River. Since prehistory, the mild climate, the abundance of water, the quality of the soils and the privileged geographical position offered by the riverside area of the Tagus estuary, allowed the subsistence of agro-pastoral villages for over 4000 years. In this way, Oeiras is an autonomous economic hub: it is one of the most developed and richest municipalities in the Iberian Peninsula and even in Europe.With the highest per capita income in Portugal, it is also the 2nd municipality with the highest purchasing power and the 2nd largest municipality to collect taxes in Portugal. The economic level is directly linked to the studies and this relationship shows that Oeiras is also the municipality in Portugal with the highest concentration of population with higher education and the area in Portugal with the lowest rate of population without education. I have been living here for 40 years and I only left Oeiras for a period of 5 years when I lived in Lisbon- Bairro Alto. today I thought that would be a good idea present some sketches I made at Oeiras. Hope you like it.Continue reading “The Village where I live in sketches”
Today I went close to this building and as always it causes a feeling of strangeness in me. It is a museum for the artistic work of a great Portuguese painter based in England-Paula Rego. It is at least a strange architecture by architect Eduardo Souto Moura and I have no idea what stories the two artists told each other for him to come up with this building.
Its color changes all the time with the sun light. Today was a mixt of caput mortuum with burnt sienna. I sketched it to answer the challenge of @nina_sketching and @penstore. #wnchallegenina_sketching # wnforeverymoment # watercolourchallenge
The challenge was to sketch for 30 minutes and use only winsor&newton watercolors. That’s my sketch. #wn #winsornewtonwatercolour # sketching #sketchofteday
I started a new Stillman &Birn sketchbook last week . I love this Beta Series , Dry and wet Media, watercolor and Ink paper. It’s 270gsm cold press surface and it’s wonderful for sketching on the go. Pens run like butter on this paper and it still have a good grip for pencils, or pastels. I’ve tried a lot of other brands of sketchbooks and this is my preference right now. Let me say that I don’t have any business relationship with the company, im not payed or receiving goods from them, I’m just saying about my experience with this sketchbook brand to anyone interested.
Sorry about the shaking. I had too much coffee today.
Hope you like it.
Two days ago I saw #nina_sketching and #artofalvin live sketching session. Was great fun and I had the chance of sketching with them and listening their storyes while doing it. They are great sketchers and I love their sketches. Was such fun sketching from Nina’s photo reference of a car cemitery at Sweden. I’m still looking for other sketchers who participated on this event to see what they did.
Here’s my sketch from #nina_sketching photo reference
( Namiki falcon pen on Beta seriespremium sketchbook Stillman & birn. Winsor and Newton pro watercolors
last Sunday i watched a conversation on YouTube with #Pedromacloureiro and #nina_sketching about sketching. They gave fantastic tips and launched a challenge: drawing the path we take at home with a cup of coffee in hand. I loved the idea and this drawing came out. To better mark the path I used the color only on the coffee mug and the rest of the drawing was black and white. Despite having used arrows to show the way, there is no need to do it with this technique of highlighting the main character, which in this case is the coffee mug.
Everyone should watch the YouTube video https://youtube.com/watch?v=EnFloEvrlys&feature=share and get to know the fantastic work of these two great sketchers. Pedro macloureiro is Portuguese and nina_sketching is Swedish, and I really like their work. They are really engaged on sketching and everyone can watch their sketching vídeos no YouTube . I invite you to discover these two. Enjoy
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Even I can’t go out, I steel have a lot to sketch partcipating in different challenges around the world of URban sketchers associations. Here goes my sketches made confined at home.
The three next sketches are the challenge of #Uskmilano , in the beguining of the week, where we draw what we see from our windows.
Than I was challenged by Uskportugal on their challenge #quarentenadesenhada that means #sketchedquarantine and did these next two sketches
This above, was sketched after I found a box at my pantry with some art materials from the 80’s and 90’s ! That box was there closed for 18 years. Since I moved from Lisbon to where I live now. I had to sketch them because they are 30 and 40 years hold! How come I became Vintage too?
Still on the #quarentenadesenhada I sketched myself after I made a huge mistake, cutting my hair with my dog’s hair trimmer. It sounded a good idea 💡… Strange things we do when in confinement. Now I have a bald area on the back of my neck.
Above, portuguese confort food on an uncomfortable confinement. “Feijoada” is red beans , pork meat , chourizo and carots.
Finally another challenge from #uskportugal to sketch the sky in three different day time.
This is all for today. Hope you like it and share. Thanks
I stop sketching for a month and I felt miserable about it. Today even the weather is not bright I took the train to the Lisbon old Aquarium just to sketch.
#10 anos dos USKPortugal