Lisbon Illustrated

Lisbon is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but I guess everyone will tell you that of their own city.

Anyways, I’m building up this ongoing album with details of city spots seen from unusual angles.


The Rua Augusta Arch is a Triumphal Arch-like monument, and it was built to commemorate the city reconstruction after the huge earthquake-tsunami-fire of 1755.

It took more than a hundred years to build but since 1873, and along with the Commerce Square, it’s one of Lisbon’s most important landmarks.


The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, aka Estrela Basilica, was built in the late Baroque and neoclassical styles by appointment of Queen Mary I of Portugal as a token for the birth of her son, Prince Joseph of Brazil.

Construction started in 1779 and ended in 1790. Although Joseph’s death by smallpox in 1788.

This is a detail of the huge dome on the back of the building which can be seen from a long distance — at Basílica da Estrela.


The Ribeiro da Cunha Mansion is a Neo-Arabic 19th century Portuguese Romantic Revival style (confusing?).

Built by Jose Ribeiro da Cunha, a rich merchant in 1877, was the residence of three more families until 1980 when this amazing building was rented to the New University of Lisbon.

The family kept the top floor and lived alongside the academic community until the mid-90s.

The Humongous Spiderdude

Here’s a small token to one of the comic characters that made me dream of doing super things.

My parents, taught me to differentiate between bad and good, just and unjust and other abstract concepts essential to a healthy living in society but comics gave me everyday hints, remembering all that stuff.

I will never forget the phrase “With great power comes great responsibility” in context it can be applied to many everyday situations.

Ok. Maybe I’m exaggerating but I had to write something to introduce the illustration…


The project of a life time (at least for me!)

In 2013 I was commissioned thirty illustrations for a book.

For 3 months I dedicated my day (and night) to this “one in a lifetime” job.

Publisher Planeta Manuscrito, a subsidiary of Planeta Publishing Company, invited UNESCO journalism award winner António Mateus and me to work on a book about major planetary human rights fighter Nelson Mandela.

The book just got to its third edition in the Portuguese market. Never expected that I tell ya!

Here’s a sneak pick of the first rough draws.


(only in Portuguese. For now… 🙂

Get a room on Bauhaus for just $47 a day

New project reopens former German art school as a hotel. Guided tours show guests the daily routine of several notable professors like Franz Ehrlich, Marcel Breuer, Alfred Arndt and Hannes Meyer.

As a way of revitalising the deactivated Bauhaus Art School, Bauhaus Dassau Foundation made available travellers and art enthusiasts to rent a room at the Studio Building from $47/day. In Dassau, Germany, this particular building was an art student’s dorm. This Modernist School revolutionised 20th century artistic and architectural thinking.

90 years later, this project re-enacts the life of the “bauhauslers”, the name given to this institution’s former students, like the artist Joseph Albers, photographer Walter Peterhans and designers Herbert Bayer and Joost Schmidt.

Revamped with the help of photos from that time, this building still keeps the original furniture in the dorm and social areas.

Source: (Brasilian Portuguese)


Little Clarkey came from another planet in a capsule and ended up in a small town a few kilometres from a major fictional city to where he moved when he felt old enough.

As soon as he could he got a job as a reporter, and despite never getting any work done and look like an idiot, he got the hottest broad in the premises and married her.

Has a hobby he likes to get into phone booths, change is clothes to something more colourful and tight and acting as “Super Dad”, defending Earth from menaces both foreign and domestic.

His biggest enemy is a bald guy who knows he’s allergic to Pistachio…image

1950s: Past and Future Through my Father’s Eyes

My father also had a passion for drawing. He never practised professionally, and the fact he was born in the late ’30s didn’t stop him from dreaming about the future and the sci-fi universe at the same time he illustrated everyday life in his home city Coimbra.
Last week I stumbled on a huge box with hundreds of sketches, illustrations, and doodles I’ve never seen before and I wanted to share some of it with you.

A font for Dyslexics

Christian Boer is a Dutch designer and created Dyslexie in 2008 while he was majoring in graphic design at the University of Twente. After struggling with dyslexia for much of his life, he decided to design a typeface that would make it easier for people with dyslexia to read.

In an interview, Boer stated that he came up with the typeface after a hard final he was studying for. Its creation was an attempt to keep the characters from appearing to spin around, a symptom often reported in dyslexics. Boer related this to the way most people think in words: dyslexics cannot stop seeing letters differently just as non-dyslexic people cannot stop thinking in words.

Dyslexie uses a heavier line thickness to emphasise the bottom of most characters. This is to try and ‘anchor’ the letters since some people with dyslexia may see letters either moving or in three dimensions. Since dyslexics tend to get b, d, p, and q mixed up, it also emphasises a slight slant downwards on the curvature of the letters. Letters such as “c” or “e” may gape slightly more, or slump slightly in one direction. Also, in letters such as n or h, the font slightly elongates or diminishes the stem on the letters. So the letter h would have a longer line, and n would have a lower line. In addition, the font also thickens or bold capital letters and punctuations, so that it is easier to identify when a sentence starts or ends.

Source: Wikipedia.

Check what Dyslexia is here
Check Dislexie Font website here