Ponte Sao Luis - Porto, Portugal

Ponte Sao Luis - Porto, Portugal

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Progression - NY view

Step1: rough sketch

Step 2: defined lines, drawing complete

Step 3: Color

Progression - Flamingo

Progression in NY

Continuing the exercise described before...

St. Patrick's Cathedral, NY

Rockefeller Center

Progression - the purpose

Last Month the Urban Sketchers blog from Portugal sent out a Challenge which was to show the progression of each drawing, usually in two steps: before and after adding color.

I actually usually do them in three steps:
1 - very rough drawing, almost only a sugestion, because they are made "on the go", without any support and in a hurry going somewhere (with a ink gel pen)
2 - in a table (with firm hand), finish and compose the drawing
3 - color (watercolor)

Here is an example of a building roof-top in NY:

 When the drawing is already "pretty" after step 1, I jump step 2. Here is an example in a Starbucks in Orlando.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Porto, Portugal

3 years ago I moved from Lisbon, my hometown, to Porto, a beautifull city in the North of Portugal. It grows near the Douro river, on his arrival to the Atlantic sea. At the other side of the Douro River is the city of Gaia, both connected by several bridges, the most beautifull of which is the Bridge D. Luis.
In this picture you can see, at the left side, Porto, a burgoise city headed by the Cathedral, and at the right side Gaia, with the beautifull Monastery of Serra do Pilar.

In the 1800s, long before this bridge was built, the connection between both sides of his river was made by several boats, all berth toghether, so that people would jump from one to another, and another, and another, until they reached the other side of the river. When the french invasions arrived to the north of Portugal, several people tried to escape through this "boad bridge", and the boats drowned. Several people died.
One of them, they say, was Luisa Todi, the most well known portuguese opera singer, that sang in the court of Gatherine the Great, in Russia, and earned beautifull, expesive and soberb jewels as gifts from that queen. All of them drowned with her, and no one ever found them... Some say they are still in the bottom of the Douro River...

Bulhão Market - the most beautifull and tipical fresh market in Porto, full of colors and people speaking with the funny closed and round accent from the region.Fresh fish, beautifull flowers, colorfull fruits... spices, seeds, live birds, cickens and rabbits, everything can be found here.

A bakery right accross the street of the Bulhão Market main gate.

The roofs of the Bulhão Market, just a detail of its marvelous architecture.

One of the Bulhão Market citizens, one of those that know everybody and roams nowhere in the middle of the market.

This is a view of the neibourghood of the Porto Catheral.

Porto by night, from the roof top of the Porto Palace hotel.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Barcelona 2006

We were in 2006 and me and two girl friends - Kika and Sunta - picked up the car (brand new) and drove to Barcelona.
It was a memorable week.
La Seu Catedral - Gaudi

Monument to Christopher Columbus

A street

A roof top, in Calle Pelai

George Orwell Square

Another roof top, in Passeig de la Grazia

La Rambla de Santo Mónica


Another beautifull building, in Passeig de la Grazia

Catholic Church of Santa Maria del Mar

Another Street

And another funny building in Barri Gotic

Nono Bar, a great, good, fancy, modern and minimal bar

More Gaudi - Barcelona

Parc Guel and his funny shaped houses

Lizzards, round shapes and imaginary...
Sit down in this dragon's dorsal spine and see the city of Barcelona lying down at our feet... everybody knows how special this Parc Guell is :)

More Parc Guell...

Roof top of the Milá House

Headed chimneys, also in the roof top of the Milá House.

Palau de las Artes, Barcelona

When in Barcelona, we 3 girls went to see a beautiful Carmen in the Palau de las Artes. It was great, and, of course, earing the Toreador in Spain is always more meaningful :)

Comtemporary Art Museum - Barcelona, 2006

The entrance of the MAC - Barcelona

A funny chair, exhibited inside, wrapped in a green strap.