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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.

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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.

I followed the map and had no trouble ending up on Avenue dos Aliados which led directly to the monumental city hall edifice where all 800 Sketchers were to gather together in a few hours for the end -of-symposium group photograph. Along the route were hundreds of Sketchers scattered around doing their thing. This was the last sketchwalk, Sketchwalk 6. The tourists were taking pictures of the sketchers. We were a Thing. I found a bolted down chair under a tree and sketched the Sketchers in front of me. Later, I moved closer to city hall and sketched them as they started walking toward me or stopping to socialize on the way. A few of them were sketched while waiting by the steps.

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.

Sketchwalk 5 was over and I heard people asking if it was necessary to go back to Alfândega before the next and final Sketchwalk. I dreaded the idea of repeating the killer climb from the morning. I had obtained a detailed paper map the other day and brought it to the Sketchwalk volunteer who, with gestures and my pen, showed me exactly how to get there. No chance to get lost everyone assured me. Only one minor hill at the beginning. Ok. My decision was made. I noticed the Virtudes outdoor cafe was doing a good business, and I had loads of time, so I settled on a stone wall and filled my page with people, two of them Sketchers.

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.

The climb up to Virtudes, Sketchwalk 5, was a killer. Well, it almost killed me until I received an offer to carry the tote bag that contained my stool and markers. It was worth the effort. A beautiful view of Porto in one direction, turn around and there was a bustling indoor/outdoor cafe and funky street art. At one point when I was pretty much finished with this spread a man came out. He said he was occupying the building, that his grandfather had been born inside and “they” want to take it and do whatever to it. I showed him my journal and that I had attributed the original artists – Costah and dasior_tattoo – which turned out to be him.

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.

Sketchwalk 4, a nice easy walk from Sé Cathedral, was to São Bento Railway Station. Goody. Commuters. It is famous for its decorative tiles but I only had eyes for the trains right in front of me discharging and accepting riders. The walls inside this part of the station were nonexistent from some point up to the ceiling and afforded a magnificent view, on both sides, of the jumbled chaos of buildings climbing the steep hills. Close up and right there. I opened my stool and stationed myself so I had a good view of the ticket vending machines where confused travelers stood and tried to get a ticket. Perfect.

#16 is the third drawing I did in this station. I had a sudden idea on how to obliterate the awful sketch (it was haunting me with it’s awfulness) done earlier at the Cathedral. I took out a Higgins Black Magic Chisel Marker and sketched big black Commuters over the whole thing. Instant happiness. The acrylic markers were added later in my hotel room.

I would occasionally get up from the stool and walk around. The station was filled with hundreds of Sketchers lining every wall, in nooks and crannies and even in the center of the action. As I walked around I examined the reason for being there – the tiles.

On a separate piece of mixed media paper I sketched some people waiting for their train. I donated this drawing for the USK Symposium silent auction that would be held the next evening.

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; Higgins Black Magic Chisel Marker.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper

After sketching all day at Ribeira Square we made our way to Alfândega Porto where we were meeting up with other NYC Urban Sketchers for a pre-symposium opening dinner just down the road. Of course dinner included sketching.

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.

The next day, one day before the USK 9th International Symposium was scheduled to begin, Benedicte and I spent the day under a tree looking across the Rio Douro. I won’t bore you with repetition, the whole day there was documented in a blog post from July 18 where you all already saw the third drawing (which has now been properly scanned) in this post.

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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.