I haven’t gone to Figure al Fresco much this year but one time I was lucky to happen upon Sofia, it was her first time modeling for us, and I enjoyed sketching her very much.

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Larger Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

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Small Moleskine
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

Small Moleskine
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

Small Moleskine
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

A restless night worker on her break.

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Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen, collaged paper towel drawings.

After lunch and my sketch i walked down to Ribeira. Yes. My last sketches in Porto were not going to involve any unnecessary hills and I was going to hang out someplace that has given me pleasure and is fun to sketch. These were the last empty spaces in the sketchbook – the left half and the inside back cover. Finished. All done. For dinner I had gelato across from the hotel and in my room a glass of port and a croissant. Remember, I had a proper, healthy lunch. The End

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen.

I left S. Bento train station and walked to the right side of it and looked up the side street. The jumble of buildings were what I saw while in the station. The other day Lois and I ate lunch at the last little outdoor cafe down the block on the side of the station. My chair faced this view and I longed to sketch it. On this last day in Porto I stood across the narrow street from S. Bento, leaned on a building and Used the traffic sign to sort of keep my sketch in some kind of realistic order. The street twisted and bent and steeply climbed. I saw on the map that this was an alternate route to my hotel. I’m glad I found a less steep route.

When I finished I walked across The the large traffic filled road looking for a place to sit for awhile. I ended up having an omelette with the works at an outdoor place in the middle of tourist mayhem. To my surprise it turned out to have a nice air of serenity to it and the waitstaff were very nice. I ate and filled the remaining lower right corner of my sketchbook page. A sketcher from Israel, I met her last evening while on Ribeira, spotted me and sat for while sketching and having a coffee.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen.

I spent the first part of the next day in Estação S. Bento. I had planned on sketching other things but the little frozen yogurt truck parked almost on the train platform called to me.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen; if there is color it will be from Molotow and/or Posca acrylic paint markers.

I walked around for a bit and then settled against a wall with another view of the restaurants on Ribeira and a sliver of the bridge. A few Sketchers were also hugging the wall. Danna from NYC Urban Sketchers sat down next to me and painted the very colorful building behind what I was sketching. I left around 7pm and made my way up the somewhat steep hills to my hotel, outrageously proud that I didn’t get lost.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen; if there is color it will be from Molotow and/or Posca acrylic paint markers.

What fun this one was. After I had climbed down all those stairs, ended up under the bridge, I explored the views in the “other” direction before finally ending up in my usual spot under the neverending shadow of the lone tree on Ribeira. This time I sat with my back to the river and sketched the restaurant action. It was Sunday and there was a constant flow of people passing by in both directions. I was sitting on a bench squeezed between others – the whole atmosphere was festive, kinda Times Square crowded. At one point I had an audience surrounding me, watching, commenting to each other. One lady, part of a very large family, demanded to be shown every page of my sketchbook. I had turned into a Sketching Busker.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen; if there is color it will be from Molotow and/or Posca acrylic paint markers.