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Surf Sketch Tour - João Catarino

Urban Sketchers - Surf - João Catarino by Suhita Shirodkar
Photo: Suhita Shirodkar
Photo: Suhita Shirodkar

João Catarino lives in the city where he grew up, Carcavelos, very close to the sea and the beach where surfing gained popularity among the Portuguese. With illustration as one of his main activities, as well as his profession, surfing and drawing turned out to be an inevitable combination. 

He was pleased that, as an Urban Sketcher, he became the host and guide of Californian Suhita Shirodkar during the stage of the Sketch Tour Portugal that featured surfing. The desire to show the best waves of the Portuguese coast was an enriching experience and an opportunity to revisit places from a new perspective, letting himself be infected by the fascination and by the close and always interested attention of Suhita.

"With the diversity and contrasting landscapes that switch between Mediterranean and Atlantic features, which we see changing within a few kilometres when crossing a mountain range or an estuary, Portugal, being a relatively small country, seems to have a broader dimension, given the variety that is perfect for this type of itinerary. (…)Sometimes it is through the experience and the vision felt by someone who’s visiting us that we are better able to perceive what a privilege it is to be able to live and travel in Portugal.” 

Praia dos Coxos, Ericeira

João Catarino - Praia dos Coxos

Praia de Santa Cruz, Torres Vedras
João Catarino - Praia de Santa Cruz, Torres Vedras

Praia Supertubos, Peniche
João Catarino - Praia Supertubos, Peniche

Praia do Baleal, Peniche
João Catarino - Praia do Baleal, Peniche

Nazaré
João Catarino - Nazaré

Alcácer do Sal
João Catarino - Alcácer do Sal

Praia do Carvalhal, Windmills
João Catarino - Praia do Carvalhal

Praia da Galé
João Catarino - Praia da Galé

Praia de São Torpes, Sines
João Catarino - Praia de São Torpes

Porto Covo
João Catarino - Porto Covo

Vila Nova de Milfontes
João Catarino - Vila Nova de Milfontes

Praia da Costa da Caparica
João Catarino - Costa da Caparica


João Catarino has a degree in communication design from the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lisbon (FBAUL), where he teaches illustration in the free courses of the Centre for Research and Studies in Fine Arts. He also teaches illustration and communication design at the  Caldas da Rainha College of Art and Design, part of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. He was a drawing student at the Centre for Art and Visual Communication (AR.CO), where he became a drawing teacher in 1995.  

His working life has been spent in illustration, and his work has been published in the leading Portuguese media, particularly the press and television.

He has been a trainer in several Urban Sketchers’ international symposiums and his work in travel notebooks has been presented several times in secondary schools, universities and other institutions. It can be seen in some national and international publications in this area.

Blog: www.desenhosdodia.blogspot.com


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