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B ehind the A rts Behind the Arts A secret revealed!


Interview with a famous sculptor “To be born in a very small village doesn’t help!” Paulo Brites

SOFTWARE to work in advertising

Street Art

Face painting Find the best tips! LEARN HOW TO DO A CARICATURE

€ 3,60 | Number 25 | March 2011

An Artistic Walk into Stª Catarina



Welcome to “Behind the Arts”! Why “Behind the arts”? Well, this name was chosen because our intention is to provide the maximum of information about art to our readers, tell them a little about how art is made and not only show the final product. In this magazine our readers can find articles about painting, sculpture, live art and a lot more… Our magazine wants to reach to art lovers and who knows inspire someone to do their own art, to be different because you see art doesn’t have to be always the same and to let them know that is never too late to start. So enjoy this “trip” into the art world. Believe when we say that you won’t regret it an you will be surprised.

Index TRUE STORY Dog Painter Interview with PAULA FERREIRA Face Painting - Cat Face Painting Interview with JORGE FREIRE TRUE STORY Sculpting a Dream TRUE STORY Theatrical Experience SOFTWARE to work in advertising STREET ART An Artistic Walk into StÂŞ Catarina Interview with PAULO BRITES How to do a Caricature TRUE STORY Talented Homeless

Dog "It's not just a dog, is a canine artist, a creative partner…"

Quico, is a small dog with breed undefined, born in a small village called Merouços, near Porto. He is only 2 years old and he is a fantastic pet. Quico was adopted by Silva family and his owner is Maria, a little child who cares for him. From the beginning, Quico proved to be a different dog. He was restless, rascal and very playful. With only 8 months, he learned to get the ball and return it to Maria. Laura, Maria’s mother said that It was fantastic to see the dog interact with people and see

how quickly he learned to do what he was asked. Quico runs, jokes, licks Maria to show his affection for her…He isn’t only a dog, he is part of the Silva family. In the course of time, he had nothing further to do or learn, so he began to sit next to Maria and followed with his eyes what she was doing. He still does that every day. According to Laura, he looked like he'd need to innovate and learn something new. At that time, Maria’s

activities were drawing and painting, so Quico only saw that. For the human being it’s impossible to think that an animal can learn to perform such tasks, that’s why Maria didn’t gave much thought about it. He grew more and more focused and he spent more time with her. In those moments, he didn’t play with anything, he seemed to be another dog.

Painter One day, when Maria was painting a picture, Quico started to smell the materials that she was using and suddenly he stole one of paintbrushes and began to crawl across the floor painting lines. He was very pleased with what he had done…he barked and jumped to show his joy. Quico had learned to paint, or rather, learned to scribble. For an animal is a great thing, but was it just that? With each passing day, his paintings were getting funnier. Maria bought new materials and he experimented other ways of painting. Laura thought it was absurd - “A dog painter? It is impossible!” Certain is that he had tried. Maria began to give him canvases to paint because she wanted to show her friends. They all loved it, especially those that were

painted with his paws. Quicos’s paints were a success so Marias’s plastic arts teacher gave her a brilliant idea – “Why not expose his work?” The idea went ahead, but a problem arose. Ok, Quico painted well but they couldn’t forget that he was just a dog, that painted when he wanted and what he wanted. An exposure was something serious; he needed to do more work. Could that be possible?

Well, a dog is a dog and dogs do love to eat. Maria tried to use this technique: She showed him the food but she didn’t give it to him. She put the food near the paintbrushes to obligate Quico understand that the food was a reward. Oddly enough, he understood.

They started to exhibit his work in her school but quickly expanded to local museums. Everyone wanted to know who the famous dog was. Maria started to be invited for art events. Silva family didn’t want to believe that but they were all satisfied, after all, not all families have an artistic dog. Nowadays, Maria’s dog is a recognized artist and he signs on behalf of himself, or better, he signs with his paw in each painting. Quico isn’t just a dog, is a canine artist, a creative partner and a living proof that everyone can make art!

Quico’s arts can be found in the museum of Merouços and in “S.Rosendo” School. Besides that, you can visit the Quico’s Website: Cláudia Oliveira

Your pulse want me!


Paula Ferreira is a sculptor she is 41 years old and her career began 11 years ago we talked to her and she explained to us her path.

Interviewer: When did you realize that you had talent to paint? Paula Ferreira: I was very young, however I didn’t have the financial conditions to dedicate myself to it full time. Interviewer: What is your training in this area? Paula Ferreira: I don’t have any because like I said before I didn’t have money to invest, however since I turned 30 and reached some financial stability I started to attend private classes from a painting master so that I could improve my technique. Interviewer: What kind of painting do you prefer? Paula Ferreira: The abstract is definitely my favorite but every since I started to meliorate my technique I really started to enjoy figurative painting (landscapes, portraits) among other things. Interviewer: Have you ever exposed your artwork somewhere? Paula Ferreira: Yes, I have participated in handicraft fairs and cultural weeks also I exhibited my artwork in a private exposition in the city hall of Paços de Ferreira. Interviewer: Have you ever received any award? Paula Ferreira: No, I never participated in any competition. My work is based on small orders and my atelier is at home.

Interviewer: Where do you get your inspiration from? Paula Ferreira: The stars and everything that involves the atmosphere and the sea. Interviewer: How long do you take to paint a screen painting? Paula Ferreira: Depends on my mood and the scale of the painting, it can take two days or two months. Many times I repaint over the same screen when what I'm doing does not satisfy me.

Interviewer: When is your next exposition? Paula Ferreira: At this moment I don’t have anything scheduled, however I’m in contact with several city hall’s to future expositions. Interviewer: Do you work on another area besides painting? Paula Ferreira: Yes, although painting is my favorite thing to do, unfortunately it is a area that doesn’t sell much. And considering the economic situation that our society is facing right now I have to do something else so I started to work in handicraft. Sara Lopes

Face painting Surely you’ve already thought about creating something fun for your children, so that he could go to a party and make success... Face Painting is an art that can be successful, you only have to learn a few basic tricks and feed the imagination. Imagine how it would be good for your children to be in a birthday party and be able to paint his face. We can assure you that there isn’t nothing more fun for a child than to be able to dress like his idol. Now we are going to teach you how to make a cat face painting, this kind of face painting is definitely one of the most popular among the kids. Yes it is necessary to use a good set of special paints and different colors. Also you may need to use some glitter because it gives a special touch.

Cat Face Painting Phase 1 Spread the white makeup with a sponge. If you want the makeup to last longer you have to hydrate the child’s face first.

Phase 2 Choose a different color for the borders. In this case we used blue. To mix both color you can use a sponge or your fingers.

Phase 3 Draw the eyes of the cat with a slender brush. Pull the ends of the outer corners to the hair. Internal corners should lead to the nose.

Phase 4 Continue using the slender brush to draw the mouth and the black nose.

Phase 5 To do this flashes you can use a sponge from the outside to the inside. We are going to use a blue color you can use other colors as long as it gives depth.

Phase 6 Use a slender brush to draw the whiskers. You can also use a black pen if you think it’s easier.

Phase 7 Now you just have to give some shine to help provide an outline, you can apply with your fingers... We have our kitten!

Elodie Mendes

How would your life be without color?



INTERVIEW WITH Jorge Freire is a famous director of advertising, his is graduated in architecture by the university of Shieffield He started to work in advertising in 1982. Interviewer: First of all I would like to ask what do you consider your profession to be? (photographer, advertiser or director) Jorge Freire: Director of advertising. Interviewer: What are the most essential characteristics in an advertising professional? Jorge Freire: The ability of realizing the diversity of products and costumers that they face. Interviewer: In your personal case which are the characteristics that makes you so recognized and requested? Jorge Freire: Adaptation and response to what they ask and see a challenge in each new Project, even if it looks repeated. Interviewer: According to your curriculum you’re not graduated in any specific area of advertising. Do you think that affected you somehow? Jorge Freire: I am graduated in photography and cinema, means of communication and expression. Advertising is communication of something. Interviewer: How far do you consider advertising academic formation is important and which are the requirements you consider important to have?

Jorge Freire Jorge Freire: It’s important to have a graduation in communication. . Knowing how to communicate and be creative, it is necessary to develop these aspects in the mean of communication that we express ourselves better. Interviewer: What are the obstacles that an advertiser faces within a company? Jorge Freire: There are always obstacles and we never know where they may be coming from. We have to be prepared and we need to believe in what we are proposing. Learn to listen to others opinions and use what’s good for each project. Interviewer: Can you suggest books, movies and software’s that you consider important to an advertising student be able to progress? Jorge Freire: The Internet is an inexhaustible source as well as libraries, bookstores, magazines, paintings, museums… Interviewer: What are your advises to future advertisers? During their period of studies and in the beginning of their career? Jorge Freire: Be curious, listen, be aware of trends but know that they are just it… ephemeral. And advertising is just a vehicle nothing more.

Cláudia Oliveira

Sculpting Sofia, 23 years old newly licensed in economy was unemployed. One day she was alone at home and she doing anything so she decided to live and take a walk. As she was walking in the street she saw this art gallery which raised her curiosity therefore she decided to come in and take a look. As she walked in she saw that is one exposition of handicraft and when she saw all that she was amazed, suddenly her eyes started to shine like they haven’t for a long time because she remembered that the dream of her life was to have a graduation in a course art related, but her parents wouldn’t allow it. She continued to walk through the gallery and remembering all those little things that she used to do when she was a child. Suddenly she had the desire to restart working on her art, the one that has always loved, sculpture. But she knew that it was going to be hard



because she didn’t have the financial means to invest so she decided to gather some money first that’s why she began doing some handicraft like bijous to sell she was so successful that she was able to put together the money that she needed to invest in her training so she went back to school but this time to study what she really loved. A little while after she graduated she exhibited for the first time her work and it was a huge success she sold some of her sculptures she was very happy and doing

exactly what she was born to do. Five years later she took her dream further and opened up her own art gallery and it still is very successful. Is never too late to go after our dreams as long as we fight they might come true.

Daniela Batista

Theatrical Experience One of the things that I love to do the most is theater. I started when I was younger had around 14/15 years old and I loved it right away. The fact that I could experience new sides of life was very exciting and somehow made me see life from other perspectives, because I could imagine what other people who were or had been through hard life experiences would feel like. I was a part of an amateur group and with low experience. Nevertheless as the time passed and the will that we had to experience new adventures we extended our group and we started to work with as lot of people that already had lots of experience in theater. In my opinion we started by doing the most important thing a course not very extensive but one that would allow us understand some bases of theater and so that we could be the first ones to realize where we went wrong. I remember the various genres that we played, among them are comedy – “Médico à Força”,

tragedy – “Via Sacra”, plays of entertainment – “Libelinha perna Fina”. I can relate to you as an actress what gave me more enthusiasm to do was the play of “ Libelinha perna fina”, it was a play specially directed to the children and seeing in their little faces amazement and the magic that make that happened made me very happy. However and considering our society, when it came the moment to choose a carrer, I didn’t choose theater. I think our society is not ready to receive the theater world in a major scale, because they don’t watch it very much I don’t give any importance at all. So while this change of mentality does not happen I will keep being an amateur actress and I’ll keep making other people smiling/ crying with my performances. Because theater is that, leading other people to find emotions that are hidden in the deepest of their soul and make them discover that the world is a lot more than they can foresee. Sara Lopes

Have you always wanted to edit your pictures? Give them a new look?? Well now you can this article will help you choose the best software on image editing. a close look and then make your own choice and make your pictures the best in the world.

SOFTWARE to work in Advertising

CorelDRAW Photoshop CorelDRAW The software Photoshop is the market leader in image processing. Designed by Thomas Knoll, it’s last issue is the Adobe Photoshop CS5, the twelfth edition since its launch in 1996. This software works with the Operating Systems Mac OS X, Microsoft Window and Linux. It has several tools: Blur Tool, Color Sampler Tool, Magic Eraser Tool, Magic Wand Tool, Slice Tool, etc; By it’s use easy, many professional image editors recommend this software. Beyond this, in the Internet there are numerous tutorials and tips to help to learn the functions of this program. Photoshop can be found in computer stores by the price of 909€.

is software little known. It’s a dimensional vector drawing program for graphic design developed by Corel Corporation. This software went out on the market in 2001 and this software works with the operating system Microsoft Windows. This software includes several tools: Photo Zoom Pro 2,Image Adjustment Lab, PhotoTouch-up, Histogram Feedback, Spot Color Channels, Cut Out Lab. Besides these tools Corel Draw also includes: Corel Draw X5, Corel Photo-Paint X5,Corel Power Trace X5, Corel Connect, Corel Draw ConceptShare. It is a software less used that Photoshop but it is also simple to use, you can find tips on how to use Corel draw online and you will be able to improve your skills in image editing. Corel Draw can be found in computer stores by the price of 639€.

This were the first two software’s that we brought to you trough “Behind the Arts” in the next month issue we will be bringing you two more software’s on image editing. Stay


Cláudia Oliveira

Street Art

their not worth it but truth is they are and maybe some of them are not doing that because is the only way for them to survive but to show that they can be good and they are and they don’t need art critics to tell them if they are good or not. It’s just to for

Santa Catarina Street is well known for it live art and as we said before we can find different types of art. As we walk through the street we find different people doing different things to entertain the audience that stops to watch them and that same audience can make a contribution because that is the way that so many of those artists survive. A long the street you can find all different kinds of art from people who unfortunately don’t have financial means to have their

fun to entertain and truth is they do it every day because that is not a single person who walks by that street that doesn’t stop to watch them and is not mesmerized by their talent. Truly artists that’s what they are every day they go to that street so the audience can learn a little bit more about them and their art. Man and women who sing, dance, do live theater with marionettes and that somehow

An Artistic Walk own art gallery and their also not invited so

while they are there they forget how

exhibit their work because to some people

complicated their life is they just care about entertain.

Santa Catarina Street, is placed in Porto downtown, is emblematic for its commerce and also for its live art – musicians, jugglers, marionettes, live theater among other things. In this month’s issue of “Behind the arts”, we’ll let you know one of the most attractive streets to watch the live art and somehow invite you to know or remember this street. It will be a way to keep this street’s tradition alive, because there appear rare treasures that we don’t seen much in the society of XXI century. Other than talented their also the ones that

the year when our country receives the

convey emotions to the audience that

largest number of tourists and they all go

watch’s them takes them to another

there and take pictures or film what they

dimension for a few minutes they don’t

are seeing and take back to their country’s

think about their jobs or all those little

a piece of the amazing art that we can see

things that we worry all the time that are

and enjoy in Sta Catarina street.

not that important after all and as long as

Curiosity- Carlos is a young musician-

they watch those artists and don’t think

homeless- that is always playing at the

about how stressful their lives are everyone

entrance of Via Catarina the mall of the

in that street shares the same world the art

street. He has a great voice and around him


there are always people filming his

In that street art does not have a limit and

performances and putting them online on

into Stª Catarina covers all types of audience, all kinds of

youtube. H e is one of the most famous and

age and social classes

probably the favorite artist of the large

Also the tourists visit Stª Catarina street

audience that every day watches live art in

specially in the summer that is the time of

Stª Catarina street.

So, if you love art an specially live art well than why not take a look into Sta Catarinas’s street art?

Elodie Mendes

INTERVIEW WITH Paulo Brites is a young sculptor only 34 years old born in the small village of Sonim county Valpaços

Paulo Brites

Interviewer: When did you realize that you had talent to do sculptures? Paulo Brites: I was around 16 years old. One of my teachers realized that I could be good at it so he decided to enroll me in a national competition and I ranked 2nd place. Interviewer: What’s your training? Paulo Brites: I have a technical arts course in granite, level III that had the duration of three years obtained in “Escola Profissional de Economia Social” in Porto. I finished it in 1999 also I have a teaching course of 2nd cycle variant of Visual and Technological Education, I finished it in 2004. I’m a self taught sculptor. Interviewer: How long does it take for you to finish a sculpture? Paulo Brites: Well that depends on my mood and the size of the piece. It could take a month or an hour. Interviewer: Have you ever exposed your work? Paulo Brites: Yes I have already several times, not only on my county Valpaços but also in Chaves, Vila Real, Bragança and Oliveira do Hospital. Interviewer: What about awards have you ever received any? Paulo Brites: Yes I received an award from the ”Fundação NORTECOOP” Porto, another one from ”Juventude e Defesa

Nacional de Lisboa ” and the last one I received was an honorable mention from the “IV Amostra de escultura INATEL de Vila Real”. Interviewer: What is your inspiration? Paulo Brites: I have no inspiration in concrete, when I’m doing a sculpture inspiration comes out naturally, I guess my inspiration depends on the type of sculpture that I’m doing. Interviewer: The fact that you were born in a very small village jeopardize somehow your work? Paulo Brites: Yes, being born in a very small village doesn’t really help people who work in art because there are very few people investing in this area. Interviewer: Have you ever had an invitation to do some relevant job? Paulo Brites: Yes, S. Pedro Velho parish order me a stone statue of the “Santo Soldado” and Vilarandelo parish order me the image of “Nossa Senhora de Fátima e dos três pastorinhos”. Interviewer: Besides sculpture do you work in another area? Paulo Brites: Yes, I am a teacher of 2nd cycle and I teach Visual and Technological Education. Interviewer: What is your next exposition? Paulo Brites: At this moment I don’t have anything scheduled.

Daniela Batista

Have you seen a caricature yet? Surely you have and have you wanted to do one of some of your friends? Well here’s your chance take a look at this article and then try it yourself and then surprise your friends with their caricatures made by yourself.

HOW TO DO A You will need Paper; Pencil; An old photograph or magazine picture of someone's face; Black felt pen.

CARICATURE Cut the picture in half, and move the bottom half to one side.

Replace the bottom half with an exaggerated drawing of the person's features! Use the bottom half of the photo to help you. Pay particular attention to chins and mouths as they can really change the shape of the person's face. When you've finished, try to match the colours as closely as you can to the original picture. If you draw a black felt pen line around the whole thing when you've finished, it'll bring the picture together. You could do a caricature of the person's top half instead.

Try it yourself! Or even cut the picture out vertically and do a side by side caricature! Daniela Batista

Talented Homeless Leonor



homeless for a long time of her life, her parents abandoned her while she was still a little baby so she was sent to an orphanage and around the age of 5 she was sent to a foster home but they didn´t really take care of her. After that she was

sent to another three foster homes but unfortunately she wasn’t happy in any of them.

The only way that she had to express herself was trough painting everything that she felt she showed it trough her artwork. She was 16 and sick of the life that she had that she decided to run away, she would rather live on the streets than spend time with those who were supposed to take care of her. She had some money that she was able to gather so she took that money and caught the first bus that was living the bus station. She left with no direction at all. She arrived to Lisbon and had nothing only a few cents left for some food and her artwork all the drawings that she gathered during her life. The moments of happiness, sadness were all registered in a piece of paper. Her dream life was to be able to show her drawings to the world but she was afraid of what other people could say about her art so she was the only one who had access to them and she felt like that it was the way it was meant to be because she had been alone her entire life so it should stay only with her but she still kept dreaming.

When she turned 17 she was still leaving in the streets she survived with the help of people that passed by her and she kept painting with material that she caught from dustbins everyday she looked for new material to keep on painting. One day she woke up and wasn’t afraid anymore and she started to expose on the floor all her artwork every person who walked by her stopped and was amazed by her talent, a man talked to her and asked where she had learned to do all that and she answered that everything that she knew was all from her head. Turns out that man owned a boarding school of art so he offered her a full scholarship at first she

refused because she thought it was a prank but then he showed the newspaper of that day that had an article about him and his boarding school and that’s when she accepted the offer she moved in that same day and in the next she started attending the classes, that was the moment when her life changed forever. She graduated as one of the best students in school and left for the US with another scholarship to continue her training. Nowadays she’s 26 years old still leaves in the US and has her own gallery called Talented Homeless and she is happier now than she ever was.

Sometimes we need to pass our fear and believe in ourselves because it can change our lives forever. Elodie Mendes

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