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January 5th, 2015

On the Avenida Paulista, São Paulo

This past summer’s Urban Sketchers Symposium took place in the historic Brazilian town of Paraty, giving participating artists the chance to visit the nearby city of São Paulo. Swedish designer and Urban Sketchers’ correspondent Nina Johansson sent us the following drawing and report from her visit:

“This sketch is from Avenida Paulista in São Paulo. I had not expected to ever go to Brazil in my life, but there I was, grateful to have been part of the Urban Sketchers symposium in Paraty. I had seen the amazing sights of Rio de Janeiro before the event, and was on my way home to Sweden after only one night in São Paulo. I had heard slightly scary things about SP, how you always have to watch out, be careful, don´t travel around alone… But here I was, drawing along the busy Avenida Paulista, an avenue of a scale that is quite comparable to anything in Stockholm, together with a bunch of friends from three different continents. This moment made São Paulo a place I would love to come back to and see more of. It made me feel so clearly how every big bustling city is still mostly consisting of people, and when some of them are your friends, you are in a good place.”

This is the link to Nina Johansson’s blog: http://www.ninajohansson.se/ and this is the link to info about her acclaimed book drawings of Barcelona, “Drawing Around Sagrada Familia”:
http://amzn.to/14bRVhT (US)
http://amzn.to/14bS6cU (Europe)

MEDIA: Ink and watercolor
SURFACE: Alpha Series – Heavyweight – 150 gsm – White – Medium Grain Finish

Avenue Paulista

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