Tag: urbansketcher

Primo classificato - Receiving the certificate

Primo classificato (176)

29/05/2016, Avellino, Italy 🇮🇹 I guess this is the closing post related to the urban sketchers contest organised by the FAI (Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano) in Avellino. Here are all the previous entries: In today’s pictures you can see how the prints were set up inside the auditorium used as a showroom. I didn’t really do much: all the prints were A3 modules so I stuck one under the other with tape, and then hung each column made by 5 drawings each with two clips from above. However, the result was quite nice: an organic and at the same structured composition, with a lot of colours and contrasts. Among all those drawings I can see many stories related to the time and place where each of them was made. The last picture shows the moment when I received the certificate for winning the 1st place in the competition. I also remember the heat of blushing because I had to give a little speech to the public 😅 But tell me dear reader… Should I rebuild that drawing wall digitally?Do you like to give speeches in front of an audience? Good night 🎤🎙️ NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

19,35 m2 of dreams 02

19.35 m2 of dreams (175)

02/06/2016, Salerno, Italy 🇮🇹 In yesterday’s story I talked about the exhibition in Avellino. Today I show you what the prints looked like when they were all together: a 19,35 m2 (13,02 x 1,485 m) collection of drawings made in Italy in the period 2011-2016. Among those drawings I can clearly see my evolution: the first shy doodles when I took off from Cordoba airport on 14 July 2011, crying like a baby for having achieved what I considered a miracle ([Story 41 , Story 42]). The drawings of 2012 show another Lucas, more confident and thirsty for knowledge, with gestures capturing more and more details of reality. In 2013 and 2014 I was already making very wide and pronounced perspectives (which ended up leading me to spherical perspectives), with strong contrasts and a more established technique. 2015 and 2016 were years with explorations that began to combine physical reality and my surreal dreams. This language led me to new mixed compositions that come out of reality and connect with a more dreamlike, whimsical world… But tell me dear reader… Would you have space to hang these drawings at home?What has been the miracle you have achieved in your life? Good evening 🪽✈️ NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻here 👈🏻

Originals and copies

Originals and copies (174)

04/06/2016, Salerno, Italy 🇮🇹 2016 was the year I started doing public exhibitions with my drawings. One of these presentations was in Avellino, after the competition for urban sketchers that I have mentioned before here and here. The theme of the exhibition was the celebration of the 5 years since my first trip to Italy, and the trips I made within Italy once I moved in 2013. So, I proposed an exhibition with (almost) all my drawings from Italy between 2011 and 2016. However, I did not have all my sketchbooks from 2011 and 2012 because some of them were stolen during my stay in Paraguay. For that reason – and also to unify the sizes of all drawings – I made prints with which I covered the two main walls of the exhibition hall. But a problem arose when I saw the prints and compared them with the originals: the colours were totally different! This happened due to two things (mainly) 1 – the printer converted the colour palette, killing the original settings; and 2 – the scans follow the drawings as they were originally, but the watercolours lose saturation with time… However… after looking at the result a couple of more times… I think they weren’t that bad after all…. But tell me dear reader… Do you prefer the original or the copy?Should I scan my drawings, matching the original colours, or do I have to tune it as I like? Good evening 📠💬 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻here 👈🏻

A coffee in Amsterdam (II) - 01

A coffee in Amsterdam II (168)

22/12/2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 🇳🇱 . You may remember that coffee in Amsterdam I had before going to Leiden [link to 61]. It was the same trip where I drew a selfie and had a Christmas night with a happy ending [link to 81] 👀 Today’s drawing is another chapter of that trip. It’s actually the first drawing I made after stepping on the streets of Amsterdam. I remember being very tired, but the cold and fresh atmosphere were perfect for a walk in the city… I went to the hostel, left my backpack and got lost in the narrow alleys of Amsterdam. Around midday I got hungry, and I popped into a café for a piece of cake and a hot coffee. I felt super cosy and inspired, so I started to sketch what I was seeing… The result was this very light sketch that, in my eyes, represents that quiet pre-Christmas atmosphere, the whole world entering a limbo to travel back home… At the end of that journey, I sent this drawing as a gift to a Spanish friend, A. But tell me dear reader… What do you prefer to eat when you are cold?Do you like to send and receive postcards? Good night 🍰☕️ NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

Intensity IV: A microphone for the Queen

Intensity IV: A microphone for the Queen (167)

04/05/2015, London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧 This is another episode of the trip to London, Paris and Milan that I made in 2015. Here are the previous stories: Today’s drawing seems a bit funny to me. I was trying to portray the ridiculous hat of the famous Royal Guard. Don’t you think the guards look like a microphone in the distance? I think so… otherwise I would never have drawn a picture of the Queen’s guards (what for?). Anyway, more than “curiosities” about these guards, I remember something more special from that day: I was in the crowd with my parents, waiting for the changing of the guards (things we do as a family and we never do alone!) and suddenly I met a girl who was staring at me… She was a few metres away, “on the other side” of the street. She smiled and I blushed, but I couldn’t help looking at her. I plucked up my courage, and when I tried to cross the street I was pushed back by the crowd: the changing of the guards had started. I could no longer see her or find her… But tell me dear reader… Do you remember any love story that wasn’t even a story?Do you think the guards dress up as giant microphones for (the) Queen? Good night 🥁💂🏻 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

Selfie in Amsterdam

Selfie in Amsterdam (165)

22/12/2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 🇳🇱 If you ever see me waiting in an airport or at a bus station you will most likely see me either drawing or reading. I can’t be in activities that involve permanently fixing my eyes on a screen, like watching a movie, I just don’t feel comfortable. I’ve tried to find out why, and I think it’s because I have this idea that I need to be alert. Watching a film involves covering my ears and fixing my point of view, so I lose the ability to monitor the advertisements or things going on around me. I did today’s drawing while waiting for the train to Amsterdam city centre at Schiphol airport, the start of this journey [link to 61]. A few minutes ago A. had written: “send a selfie!”, and so I did, but in an unusual way… Well, maybe it was more usual centuries ago… But tell me dear reader… How many selfies do you take and then delete?Do you know how much (in %) your image measures in a mirror? Good night 🤳🏻🪞 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻 here 👈🏻

A world of perspectives II

A world of perspectives II (164)

13/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Last Sunday I talked about how well the markets are going. Well, to continue this tailwind, yesterday I received an invitation to make a new market. So today I met up with two friends who helped me define my real chances of accepting or not. Because yes, I can’t do it alone. And because yes, it doesn’t hurt to have help. And because yes, joining forces can be very beneficial for everyone! For all these reasons, I spent 3 hours in a cafe with my friends, defining, asking their opinion, letting them organise me better. At the end of the meeting we had our brains fried (almost literally)…. we exchanged a lot of information! However, now I have a clearer picture: we already know what the next steps are going to be, who is going to be in charge of each of the next markets and what we have to invest to get everything ready. So now there is only one thing left to do: to do what we scheduled 😅. Let’s see how much comes true in the exercise of materialising our ideas… But tell me dear reader… Do you like brain storming?What products/prints/sizes would you add to my stand? Good evening 🦄🍪 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻here 👈🏻

intensity III

Intensity III: The Tower of London (163)

03/05/2015, London, United Kingdom 🇬🇧 This is the 3rd sketch from the trip I made to London in 2015 (1st [link to 153], 2nd [link to 154]). Today’s scene portraits a spot of the city where the old and the modern architecture meet: The Tower of London. The Tower of London served as a castle, prison, fortress, royal palace and many other things. In medieval times it was said that “no one escapes from the Tower of London”. However, on August 1, 1323, Roger Mortimer did escape, thus taking refuge in France and becoming the lover of the English Queen Isabella of France, married to Edward II. This escape and the story of love with Isabella was one of the strongest ingredients for the beginning of the 100 years war between England and France. Everything is thoroughly described in the 5th and 6th books of “The Cursed Kings” by Maurice Druon. When I made this trip I was reading (actually, re-reading) The Cursed Kings (you can see in the background of the picture the 2nd book “The Strangled Queen” – in Spanish “La Reina Estrangulada”). The seven books of this series traveled with me during those days, as I found them the perfect complement to visit France and England. But tell me dear reader… Which books would you bring for travelling through France and England?What do you think about this meetings of medieval and modern architecture? Good evening 🌚 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻here 👈🏻

A world of perspectives (162)

11/06/2023, Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪 Salue, chère lectrice! Another amazing day at the Mauerpark is over. Today’s experience has filled me with great numbers and feedback from my customers. I have sold out of several motifs and drawing sizes, so this week I will need to replenish my stock quite urgently. At some point during the day I was thinking: how glad I am to have as my “job” an activity where I am not told what to do, I am not criticised or envied (or at least not openly 😂), where the “colleagues” I have around are great and kind to me… and where everything goes smoothly… During the last part of the market, a friend came over and helped me with the selling and packing. She really got into the role and after a few customers she was already explaining and interacting with them very naturally. At some point I also had the lovely visit from I., who came by to greet me with her bright smile. All in all, a splendid day! But tell me dear reader… How was Sunday?What do you think about the distribution of the stand? Good evening 🦉🛸 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻here 👈🏻

And if I become very tiny?

And if I become very tiny? (159)

Ink and pencils 11/03/2016, Salerno, Italy 🇮🇹 Do you remember, dear reader, those days when I used to teach drawing in Italy? [link to 068]. Today’s drawing is another exercise I used to give. In this case, the focus was to think of everyday things as something different. With that aim, I used to invite students to use their own phone and to draw it several times, changing the point of view and making compositions as if they were buildings of a city. The game was to see something as familiar as their phone and see it as an ant would see it. By changing the point of view, students are likely to better understand the relationship between the external morphology of a building (e.g. when viewed from a taller building), and the quality of the interior space (i.e. when they enter and experience the building as human beings). I used to do these kind of explorations since I was very young: I remember making drawings of my parents’ house as if I were seeing it from a bird’s perspective, and then switching to a very low viewpoint, as a child would see the same house. But tell me dear reader… With what daily element would you like to create a city?How will you call a sunrise with a rising apple? Applerise? Good evening 🥰🫶🏻🍹 NFT You can collect this post as NFT using Lens, check it out 👉🏻here 👈🏻