Trip 2011: USK Lisbon Symposium Day 3 - Part 1

August 19, 2011 | Leave your thoughts

Day 3 of Symposium – a HUGE day of sketching, 12 spreads in my sketchbook and 2 sketches for the USK auction…..

So I’m going to divide the day into two posts (as I have a heap of photos too!)

My summary page is full of words today…. on the left I have tried to write as many little details as I can. On the right are very precious words which I have really enjoyed re-reading as I have finished these pages tonight.
The two small sketches are print outs of the two auction pieces that I did. A silent auction was organised to raise funds for next years scholarship. The only time I had to do these was early morning…

Here are my two sketches of Rossio station done in the morning on the last day. Having this time to sketch on my own was SO important and special. It gave me time to absorb so of the previous days activity and ideas and I had a couple of lightbulb-application moments. This is one of the things that I love so much about sketching… I am able to do so much thinking while I scribble away.

I didn’t enjoy the overall sketch as the building facade was so flat(but I had the quality thinking time then) however I got myself into a real buzz doing the detail of the entry door.

Contrastes Workshop

The final session – Contrastes with Asnee and Joao in an amazing steep street with wonderful contrasts of shadow and line.

 We were to not worry about perspective but just light and shadow. I thought I would do the exercises…but I was really hankering after doing an overall “liz-sketch’ as I missed out on the day before doing architecture type sketching…so my attempts at the exercises were half-hearted. But still good for me!

Ok.. here is the overall sketch.

Was in very good company…sketching alongside Eduardo Bajzek from Brazil. He was having a nice conversation with a local boy about how rowdy the crowd had been the night before…. there was more than a single bottle(as shown in my sketch) on the street!

10_Fri23 04 Contrastes Rua da Bica more view
I was in the mood for a lot of sketching…indeed I found the 3 hour sessions plenty of time to do a lot of sketching and a lot of talking (what is surprising…I hear you say!) and some sharing of sketching of sketchbooks (sadly I didn’t see enough of everyone else work…but thankfully can do so now!) I was having a bad morning with keeping my brush clean…not sure what was going on ….

10_Fri23 05 Contrastes Washing Line
One more at the Rua de Bica…..(I just can’t stop!!)

Joao in action – inma’s earing!

Miguel’s magnetic bookmark

BB loves having his photo taken

and meeting new friends…

And here I am in a photo!

And another – there was a lot of photo taking at the end of the workshop


A great lunch…sadly for Josu and Luis there was a mix up with their meals so we all lost track of time and missed the afternoon lectures! Oops!!!
BTW I discovered that ripping my placemat as soon as I sit down and sticking on my page was a great way to get collage and texture on the page.

We had a lot of fun – and even more photos were taken!

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