Sketchbook Revealed 2014

One important thing when it comes to share urbansketching graphic diaries is to share it from beginning to end. This way you can have a much better understanding of the way it was being used. That said, every sketchbook is different in the sense that some are just full of drawings, others have drawings and everyday notes, and others have just notes. In this series of episodes, where I show you my urbansketching diaries, I will just share the drawings. You don’t have any interest in reading random everyday notes anyway…

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Serra de Arga

drawing of a lake in Serra de Arga, Portugal
Serra de Arga, Portugal, 19.08.2019

Serra De Arga (Caminha, Portugal) has really nice little corners. This one is near Mosteiro São João de Arga. A small stream of water passes on the west side of the Monastery, close to a stair way that goes to the main road. I had lunch, I catched some sun and did this drawing.

In the drawing you can read: “While I draw, I’m sleeping. I disconnect from the reality around me. Is it good? I don’t know… Sometimes I feel I miss somethings because I’m drawing. On the other and, I stop talking to myself.”

To draw is a kind of meditation. It relaxes the body and calms the mind. I think this happens because the practice of drawing, like many others, pushes you into this. There is no other way. You have to put your attention on the subject and do it. But there is a catch… It feels that, although your senses are more awake and sharp, you just can focus on one things at a time. That means the surroundings just fade away very easily and fast. Are we being taken, through drawing, to other states of consciousness? I think yes…


Ofir, Portugal, 11.08.2019

It is a great walk to this spot, in my home town. This is part of the West North Natural Parque of Portugal, where the river (Cávado), on the right, meets the sea, on the left. An amazing landscape. In this side, from where I’m drawing, is Ofir. The other, opposite, Esposende.