Clube “Arte em Acção” da Escola do Caniço

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Oct 15, 2008 in TV and Newspapers


Não me lembro se já tinha dito que o pessoal da Escola do Caniço, sob a iniciativa da Professora Paula Lemos convidou-me a falar de BD na Escola do Caniço.

Aqui está o apontamento que saiu no Diário de Notícias de ontem:


Para ler a notícia completa basta clicar AQUI.

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Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Jul 27, 2008 in Art

Sometimes, is hard to create, arrange, organize something. Sometimes, is hard to help a friend. Sometimes, we have to deal with envious people. And sometimes, we have to deal with sick people. And sometimes, we even have to deal with mentally deranged people. But that’s not their fault.

Sometimes is difficult, sometimes is annoying, but in the end, is always FUN.

We managed to gather for a nice collective installation a group of talented young people, that devoted themselves to illustrate their favorite books. On t-shirts.

A nice, fresh, interesting view at the “summer reading suggestions” concept.

Here are some (small) samples of the work produced:

I am really excited about this project, that actually was born out of a interesting conversation with some friends, about the “best sellers” of all bookstores full of “summer reading lists” that were composed (mostly) by chick-lit and self-help books.
Where is the good literature? I ask. Why choose “The Secret” or “The Secret of the Secret” over “The Island of Doctor Moreau” or Asimov’s “Foundation saga?
I have no idea.
And that’s what inspired us to do this interesting installation on the Mouraria – Galeria de Arte. That opens this thursday July 29th.


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Sketchbook dump: Watercolor stuff based on Michelangelo

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Jul 14, 2008 in Art

Well… this weekend I continued my studying of Michelangelo, while feeling the stinging pain from the stitches.

As I am not in a talkative mood today (or a typative mood, for that matter), here is a sketchbook dump of all my watercolored Michelangelo stuff. Still based on the same sketches I talked about here and here.

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And for something completely different, here are the results of a Personality Test, from a link Colleen Doran recommended, and it gave me curious, yet predictable results: 90% Anti-authority, 83% Sexuality, 90% Artistic and 90% need to dominate. Curious.

Advanced Global Personality Test Results

Extraversion |||||||||||| 50%
Stability |||||||||||| 46%
Orderliness |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Accommodation |||||||||| 34%
Interdependence || 10%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||||| 74%
Mystical |||||||||||| 50%
Artistic |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Religious |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Hedonism |||||||||| 36%
Materialism |||||||||||||||| 70%
Narcissism |||||||||||||||| 63%
Adventurousness |||||||||||| 50%
Work ethic |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Humanitarian |||||||||||||||| 70%
Conflict seeking |||||||||||||| 56%
Need to dominate |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Romantic |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Avoidant |||||| 30%
Anti-authority |||||||||||||||||||| 90%
Wealth |||||||||| 36%
Dependency |||||| 23%
Change averse |||||||||||| 50%
Cautiousness |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Individuality |||||||||||||||| 63%
Sexuality |||||||||||||||||||| 83%
Peter pan complex |||||| 23%
Family drive |||||| 30%
Physical Fitness |||||||||||||||||||| %
Histrionic |||||||||||||||| 63%
Paranoia |||||| 30%
Vanity |||||||||||||| 56%
Honor |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Thriftiness |||||||||||||| 56%

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The purpose of this blog … and the internet grey matter

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Jul 10, 2008 in Rants

For a while, things have been silent around here.

I guess I started to think about this blog, about its purpose and contents. Asking myself “Is this really relevant?“, “Am I contributing to the internet grey matter?” “Creating useful, valuable Fotografia 59.jpgcontent (as I remember Colleen Doran and Warren Ellis mentioning on their blogs some time ago)?”

Probably not.

So, I sat, thinking about the main reason of existence of this blog, that had deviated from its original purpose. Initially it intended to be a sketch blog, then, some rants and quotes and diverse texts started: some book commentaries, some links and stuff I found on the internet and suddenly, it was just a pointless mess, quoting from books and quoting from sites – and showing some drawings from time to time. Most of the posts except the one regarding my father – were not really that interesting, now that I reread them.

What were the drawings for? Showing off? Bah.

There was nothing really to show off. Most of this stuff is amateurish and part of my process of learning how to draw. Being an “internet curator” (not even a good one) and quoting and showing stuff I like is not really “original content” – it is sort of pointless, actually. Shouldn’t I be trying to do something more productive with my valuable time? it is my most precious resource, after all.

No duh.

So, yet again, I decided to try something different. Yay! Let’s change direction in the middle of the trip (it was wandering without a specific destination, anyway) – so, I decided to stop and think about an objective, a guideline for this blog. After all, if this is being written for the internet, shouldn’t it have some relevant content and some reason behind it – just more than the eventual ranting thing. Something that could help someone who accidentally stumbles on its content?

So, right now, I have a concern, a purpose, an objective. Something that can be used as a guideline for the future posts of this blog: my attempts to learn now to draw. And paint. Properly. After all, how many people are out there curious about strategies and techniques and tricks and the painful learning process of trying to improve one’s drawings. Maybe that could be the direction this blog was needing.

Because practice is not enough. It was a hard, self-taught lesson.

Not even close to enough.

Practice with a method, with orientation. Maybe that’s it.

So, from now on, let’s see what happens.

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Watercolor Practice: Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Posted by Roberto Macedo Alves on Jun 21, 2008 in Art

Vivaldi had a medical problem that he called the tightening of the chest (probably some form of asthma). His medical problem, however, did not prevent him from learning to play the violin, composing, or taking part in many musical activities. However, he could not play wind instruments due to his lack of breath. At the age of 15 (1693), he began studying to become a priest. In 1703, at the age of 25, Vivaldi was ordained a priest and was soon nicknamed il Prete Rosso,The Red Priest“, probably because of his red hair.”

(Source: Wikipedia)

So, for today watercolor practice, I decided to do that: Vivaldi, il Prete Rosso – I was not sure if I was going to draw him with a wig, or with the natural red hair, but here was the initial quick sketch:


Meh. Not really great. Slightly stiff, but I decided to try and color it anyway. Here was the result:


Then, I realized I should have done a better sketch. The shadow balance is not right, the pose is too awkward and the bow doesn’t have enough highlight. ButI sort of liked the color scheme. So, I think that probably tomorrow, Vivaldi will be redone in a new drawing, and I will try to do a new watercolor of the Red Priest.

Here is the new initial sketch, this time, with a Vivaldi more concentrated on his playing, a more dynamic composition than the boring initial one:


I think I like this one. Let’s see tomorrow how it ends up as a colored version.

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