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Sketching Lisbon: Artists’ Interpretations of the City


USK-LISBOA-02, Alvaro Carnicero, 2002

Now that the weather is starting to get nicer in Lisbon, there are quite a few people out with sketchpads and easels. So we collected some artist renderings of Lisbon for a dose of inspiration.

Many of these drawings were done in conjunction with the group Urban Sketchers, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the art of on-location drawing. Members of the group frequently sketch together on location, indoors or out. Recently, on International Poetry Day, March 22, some of the USkPortugal sketchers met in Parque dos Poetas, in Oeiras.

Praça Comércio, Artist Unknown, 2011

Are you inspired yet? Good. Their next meet-up in Lisbon will be on the 25th of April, which will commemorate the 41st anniversary of the Carnation Revolution. There will be two sessions, one at 10:30-13:30 at Largo do Carmo, and another at 15h-18h at Terreiro do Paço.

For more information on registration fees, required materials, and to sign up, click here. Not an artist? Don’t worry! You can support the arts in other ways. It’s quick and easy to donate to Urban Sketchers to ensure their pens keep scribbling around the world.

Click on the images to be directed to the artist’s collections. There are lots more lovely renderings in their individual portfolios, and not just of Lisbon.

Elevador Gloria, Eduardo Salavisa, 2014
Green Connection Walk to Monsanto, João Catarino, 2015
Cafe A Brasileira, Gérard Michel, 2012
Croquis Aquarellé: Lisbonne, Portugal, Guy Moll, 2007
Circus Tents in Alcochete, Pedro Cabral, 2014
Chiado: Lisbon, Portugal, Frank Ching, 2015
Rua Sao Paulo and Anchieta, Flaff, 2007
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