[Guest post by Pedro Loureiro and Pedro Alves in Lisbon, Portugal]
Roque Gameiro (1864-1935) was a talented Portuguese watercolourist who moved from his native town of Minde to the capital Lisbon to study and work. He arrived in the capital in a time of industrial and technological progress. A series of changes were happening around him that shocked his perception of the cityscape.
(Top image: Encarnação convent - Pedro Alves)
|Rua da Mouraria - Pedro Loureiro|
Being the artist that he was, and, much like an urban sketcher of old, having an acute awareness of his surroundings, he decided that he wanted to immortalize the Lisbon that he never wanted to fade. For that purpose, he went to the streets of the most traditional districts of the capital and sketched and painted them in watercolour, full of life and history as they were. He later compiled all those works in a single book called Lisboa Velha (Old Lisbon).
|Arco escuro - Pedro Alves|
|Beco do Castelo - Pedro Loureiro|
|Rua de São Pedro Mártir - Pedro Alves|
As we're nearing the end of the challenge, we realize just how rewarding it was to go out and force ourselves to capture these sights, interpret Roque Gameiro's view of the city and develop our skills in sketching quickly, accurately, all the while trying to master the tough perspectives of narrow streets and the deep tints and shades of the crooked, picturesque buildings.
|Largo da Achada - Pedro Loureiro|
Pedro Alves and Pedro Loureiro are both architects and working together in the same company as architecture illustrators in Lisbon, Portugal. They're both members of Urban Sketchers Portugal. You can see more of Pedro Alves' and Pedro Loureiro's work on their blogs here and here or on Instagram here and here.