From November 2015 until February 2016, I was the resident artist of PARADISE AiR , in the city of Matsudo, Japan.
The LONG Stay Program gave me the opportunity to produce a large scale artwork based in the city of Matsudo while living and engaging with the local community.
My modus operandi was very simple. Explore, draw & exhibit.
A fun experiment with MOM books.
96 pages filled with my drawings for you to color, complete, obssese & enjoy!
Produce within the Walk&Talk Festival in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.
An urban installation in big format (8x3m).
Using paste up technique of a large print of two different drawings overlapping swatches in a reference to Rorschach’s famous psychological test.
The public approaches the artwork from a far, only reading its main shape and as it comes closer new stories and details become clear.
A fictional view of New York City riverside.
A architectural capriccio where it possible to see depicted the Brooklyn Bridge, the Freedom Tower, the New Museum, the Beekman Towers and some more of the city's highlights. This image was used in all sort of media by the Festival campaign.
A series of illustrations for the Critics Section in The New Yorker magazine.
Another challenge proposed by Chris, the art director. I started focused on some cultural buildings in NYC but quickly evolved to different graphical representation of the city. A city of facades, a folded city and some tongue-in-cheek billboards.
From 2012 to 2013, each month a new drawing was featured on the magazine.
Kind of a dream commission. For these series, I was asked not to illustrate a specific article but rather to occupy the spread with something that drew the reader in.
The drawing is the article.
The starting point for this series was a commission for The New Yorker that led to a personal investigation in depicting this specific urban environment.
Drawing mostly by memory and random visual references, a distorted, personal and strange new city appears. It's the New York I have inside my mind.
Cover illustration of the Sunday Arts & Style section of of the Washington Post.
The commission was is to illustrate a story analyzing the portrayal of Washington, D.C. in contemporary film and television.
Pen on paper. Aprox. 1300 x 4000 mm
A very special private commission.
A 4 meter long drawing based in the city of Genova, Italy done in 74 days. It's basically my interpretation of Genova, where the client is from.
Aiming to convey the feel of Genova focusing on some elements like the port, the old town, the incredible infrastructures and highways that are part of the city.
A really fun editorial illustration for Wired Magazine on a feature story about the overwhelming size and growth of Facebook.
Starting from few ideas on zeppelins, spaceships, robots and airplanes resulted on a "F" extrusion deformed into a spaceship-like-machine made of screens and antennas with a touch of colour in watercolour. Also did a secondary image and a little animation of the primary drawing for the iPad edition.
A drawing about Australia’s mining frenzy for the amazing UNCUBE magazine.
Each day, one drawing. Nothing fancy, I call them test-drawings.
They tell a bit of my research on motifs and shapes. And they are all about the fun of drawing. In 2012 for 136 days I draw one of these each day. On a A5 size high quality paper sheet with my faithfull Staedtler 0.1 mm pen. I stil continue to add to the challenge but now with a more irregular pace. See them all at blog.mistermourao.com
Reskate recollects abandoned boards which once reshaped are delivered to either acclaimed or novel illustrators to create a one of a kind piece.
Here's a selection of book or magazine covers that featured some of my drawings.
Illustration for 11 meter wall at the Bar Armazém do Chá in Oporto, Portugal.
I went for a continuos drawing depicting various buildings of the city and because of the placement in the room, choose to maintain an horizont so while you move in the space it still makes sense. At the end the original drawing was blown up and printed in vynil. I was told that drunk people really enjoy looking at it!
ACURA, one of the sponsors of the New Yorker Festival asked me to create two original drawings for their event within the Festival. Departing from the Manhattan skyline. One of Midtown and other of the Financial district. Including the statute of Liberty!
Loosely inspired in Hayao Miyazaki's walking castle, these have been a staple in my work. Usually every few months, one more pops up. For myself or for client commissions it's always a pleasure to draw these, even tought I think I never quite nailed it...