11 Nov 2020
I’m cool, it doesn’t bother me at all. I never thought someone would want to see them, but I like it! I usually don’t share them that much, not even with friends.
Pencils, rubbers and paper mostly. Pencils with different grades, especially the soft ones like 7B and 8B so I can take full advantage of my darker traces. I also use multiple size rubbers and paper. I usually use my paper on notebook format but I also like to draw on big size A3 and A4 notepads.
It’s an essential in my life. It sounds cliché but they are always with me. I constantly travel with them, even if I’m just getting out of the house for some random chore. I tend to grab my notebook faster than a book when I am travelling too.
Júlio Dolbeth, Professor at Fine Arts Faculty of Porto University
Yes, even if I don’t necessarily want to come back to them, I never get rid of them. I have around forty notebooks around the house since I began drawing. Going back to them it’s always a little bit strange, as you can see a lot of early on experiments. It’s also nice because I can recognize an enormous evolution in them.
My notebooks are like an anchor to me. They give me a lot of confidence in my work because when I am running out of ideas, I can always find them when I grab a pencil and paper. It’s something very magical and at the same time very natural that happens between those two things. When things are grabbed out of context, they usually make a lot more sense. Regardless of what stage my thoughts are in, I always come back to them.
Plain definitely. Even though I am really enjoying mishmash’s dotted pages at the moment. When I’m drawing I always prefer a blank page. It has to be a smooth paper though, I don’t like a textured paper that much, and I gravitate to a more natural coloured paper. Winsor & Newton in 220 gsm is my favourite really!
Not at all, be my guest, I love it! My nephews always ask me if they can draw in my notebooks and I always let them. I don’t mind that at all.
Not secretive, I can share it with anyone!
I was much more in favour of paper-only in past years, to be honest. I didn’t like digital at all when I was just starting, but I guess things also improved a lot in that sense. Nonetheless, I always need paper. Even right now when I am starting to think of jumping into the iPad Pro bandwagon I am guessing I will always need my paper. I have changed my view from a paper purist over the years to looking at digital tools as a complement of my practice too.