One of the highlights of my time in Porto was the 9.30-11.30pm sketching session which we had inside Livraria Lello – a beautiful bookstore which is famous for inspiring JK Rowling. Since 2015 the bookstore has charged for admission and normally there are 200-300 people inside at the one time. Whoa! way too crowded. We had the place to ourselves! By ‘we’ I mean less than fifty USK Instructors/Board members.
The interior of the bookstore is gorgeous with lots of elaborate Gothic-revival timber details but it’s the staircase which is the main highlight.
Once inside I decided to do the ground floor view of the staircase first. I did this quickly without any set out lines.
Oh ah! this stair is tricky!
I had a lot of fun doing this and chatting non-stop to my great friend Matt Brehm at the same time. You can see his version here – which is more accurate than mine. Thankfully for him, he did all the pencil work before I arrived to distract him!
Oh! this stair is so amazing.
A huge thanks to the local USK committee for organising this. It was such an amazing experience. Thank you!!!