Joana’s travel bug #1: Sydney

I have been looking at some of my old travel pictures and stumbled across some snaps from Down Under.

I went there a few years ago, just after new years, and fell completely in love with it. What a gorgeous city! The people are friendly (and breathtakingly beautiful!), the weather was incredible and the food was great. I remember that I consciously decided not to go into any museums or art galleries (very unlike me) and just spent the days walking around town and enjoying the sun.

This is what I saw:

I totally recommend it as a place to visit. It’s far away and a bit of a pain to get to (from Europe at least), but it’s so worth it! I had a few stop overs on the way there, (Singapore and Brisbane) and stayed a few nights in each place. This made a huge difference and I was able to recover from jet lag and get into the new time zone a lot quicker.

I took very few pictures during this holiday. I didn’t have a very good camera and wasn’t really motivated to click away. Sydney is irresistible, though. I couldn’t help it in the end.

Loved every second of it.

Les cafés de Paris

I am so excited about my latest drawing! I couldn’t wait to share it here.

Over the weekend, I illustrated a map of my favorite cafes in Paris for They Draw and Travel.

Here is the final piece:

Here are a few close-ups:

It’s not your usual map, I know, but if you look closely, all the vital information is there: the street name, the metro station, the river Seine and finally, the cafes: Les deux Magots, Leon, Café de Flore and Brasserie Lipp. I recommend each one of them. They are lovely.

This was such a joy to draw. It made me miss Paris like crazy.

Don’t forget to check out the other maps on They Draw and Travel. There are some really stunning illustrations there!

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Painting Event

♥ Hello lovelies,

I have been away on holiday these past few days. A friend of mine was here from Brazil and we went to London and Paris together. I am exhausted but very happy, as you can imagine. – London and Paris are definitely my two favorite cities in the world!

I am sorting through my pictures and will post them here very soon. Watch this space. :)

So, what’s new on the illustration front?

Quite a few things actually. Let’s start with a painting event I took part.

Before I went on holiday, I was invited to paint the menu of one of the coolest restaurants in Lisbon. It’s a fantastic bistro called Tosca, and the owner is a good friend of mine (we used to work together in the same advertising agency a few years ago).

Every Friday he invites an artist or designer to paint his special Friday menu and I was one of the chosen ones. Yay! Check out the pictures:

And finally… the finished piece!

This is a great initiative and I had a brilliant time!

Physically, the menu was huge and I sort of made a mess of the lettering (I blame the mojitos I was drinking whilst writing, though, they are definitely the ones to blame!), but overall I was very proud of the finished piece. I managed to make it work with my own drawing style and I later heard that there were loads of locals and tourists snapping pictures of it throughout the day, which made me very happy.

The restaurant is really amazing and I recommend it. The menu is classic Portuguese and the wine selection is pretty special. Check out the website here: www.tabernatosca.com, and don’t forget to try the mojitos if you ever go there during happy hour. They are delicious!

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