Born in 1986 in Almada, Portugal, Lúcia Martins has been drawing as a hobby ever since she was a little girl. Heavily influenced by Japanese animation and the music that’s been a part of her life for almost 25 years.
Currently striving to become a self-taught illustrator within the Manga style. Her specialty: manga portraits of her music heroes. Her artwork received praise from Adrian Erlandsson (At The Gates/The Haunted/The Lurking Fear/ ex-Vallenfyre/ex-Paradise Lost/ex-Cradle Of Filth), Peter Hook (ex-Joy Division/ex-New Order/ Peter Hook and The Light) and Kevin “Nivek Ogre” Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy/ohGr). Love for the arts is what drives her, and all her works carry a piece of her heart. Labor of emotion at all times.
Weapons of choice: COPIC markers, graphite pencils and Sakura Pigma Micron liners/Pigma brush pen.
Alvito is a Village and a municipality in Beja District in Portugal.
The Alvito region has been inhabited since the Neolithic, and during the period of Roman domination several villae were established nearby, later occupied by Visigoths and Moors. During the Reconquista, Alvito was conquered by the Portuguese in 1234, being later (1251) donated by King Afonso III to Estêvão Anes, chancellor of the kingdom, who promoted the settlement of the area.
The village gained a foral (letter of feudal rights) in 1280, confirmed by King Dinis I in 1283. In 1296 an annual fair was established, attesting the rapid development of the region. In 1387, King John I donated Alvito to knight Diogo Lobo in exchange for his services in the decisive Battle of Aljubarrota (1385), and in 1475 the title of Baron was granted to the rulers of Alvito.
The 15th and 16th centuries were a time of strong economic and populational development of Alvito, which reached 1700 inhabitants in 1527. The Castle of Alvito was rebuilt between 1494 and 1504, and its architecture and decoration show an interesting mix of Manueline (Portuguese late Gothic) and Mudéjar (Arab-influenced) styles, typical of the Alentejo region. Also the main church (matriz) of Alvito, in a mix of Manueline and early Renaissance styles, dates from the early 16th century.
“Ermida de S. Sebastião”
“Ermida de S. Sebastião” fits in Manueline-Mudéjar style, being very similar, although more humble, to the Ermidas of S. Brás de Évora and Santo André of Beja.
It is a building of longitudinal plant, formed by a rectangular nave and a chancel. The vault of the nave, as well as that of the main chapel, are lined with fresco paintings composed of musician angels, attributed to José de Escobar’s workshop.
The castle was built under D. Afonso V reign in 1481, the first Baron of Alvito, in a slight soil elevation next to Praça da República square. It has a rectangular plan and tower-shaped vertexes. The squared keep rises from northwest in the middle of the wall with its thick walls and grid windows. Its palace-like features are given by Manueline style windows with double horseshoe arches in lacing tile and white marble pillars. Alvito Castle has been recently recovered and converted into a Pousada.
This church was built in the end of the 15th century, combining several styles, from Gothic to Baroque, from Manueline to Renaissance and Mannerism. It has an interesting Renaissance portal and big buttresses with conic tower endings and battlements on top. In the south wing rises the clock tower with its marble sun clock. 17th century tiles, mainly yellow over a white background, predominantly cover the interior. The main chapel dates back to the 15th century, preceded by an arch framed by pilasters made of typical Alentejo stone. Thirty coffers divided in six rows split the cradle vault.
My name is Diana Silva. I am a self-taught artist from Braga, in the North of Portugal.
My artwork is mainly influenced by music and life itself. I also love to observe and feel all the different aspects of nature and all the general presentations of everything that is why my artwork is so extensive over details.
Sacrilegion, Hanged Ghost, Ruach Raah, Dead End and Barbaric Horde were bands I had the pleasure to contact and work with.
I also do some personalized artwork when requested. Concerning the ordering from public I mostly develop tattoo designs and portraits.
I´ve worked for some countries, besides Portugal, like Switzerland, Mexico or Germany.
I’m Sienna Sally, I’m portuguese. I love music, I love singing. I adore animals. My family and my friends are very important to me. I studied arts and started drawing tattoos. I am honest with those who relate to me, so they always know what i’m all about. In what I can I always try to help those who I love. I like being around people that I love. But I also like to be alone.
My passion is music since I was young. But I started to dedicate myself to this when I was 17 years old. My first band was Darkside Of Innocence. I was the female vocals and I recorded 2 albuns, the first one named “Infernum Liberus Est” and the second one “Xenogenesis”; I have been there for 2 years . After that I made a project called Glitcherry. It was a solo project without any clearcut style of music. Also, along with some friends I created a band called Past Undone we released 2 EP’s “Time Lapse” and “See You Tomorrow”. I did a collaboration on the album “The Coldest Sun” with The Autist and now I’m vocalist of Aura’s Seers.
Obscurena: What bands inspires you ?
Sienna Sally: At the moment the bands inspires me are, Opeth, Antimatter, James Blake, Sigur Ros, Epica, Anathema…
Obscurena: What do you intend in the future as an artist?
Sienna Sally: My intention is touch the hearts of those who listen to me, always leave a positive message. Who knows …Maybe I will help someone with a simple music.
Obscurena: Have you ever thought about modeling career?
Sienna Sally: I never thought of becoming a model, but I really like photography It’s a hobby … but we never know what to expect tomorrow.
Photo: Pedro Tita Reis Organization: Ana Luar Vaz Model: Sienna Sally Make Up: Andreia Carvalhais Store: Dark Desire Fatima Santos e Rui Almeida.
Photo: Rui Crispim Model: Sienna Sally Event: Gothic Soul Organization: Ana Luar Vaz Make Up Andreia Carvalhais Store/clothes: Darkdesire. (Fatima Santos)
Initially designed as a small convent for 13 monks, Mafra’s project suffered successive changes, ending in a huge building of approximately 40.00 m2, with all the facilities for 300 Franciscans monks.
The King ensured the support of the convent by paying all the expenses from his own “pocket”. Monks were given fees twice a year, at Christmas and at St. John’s day. The fees consisted of tobacco, paper, linen and burel cloth for the habits. Each brother received two habits that he had to wash and mend himself. 120 wine barrels, 70 olive oil barrels or 600 cows, for instance, were spent each year in the Convent.
Built in limestone from the region – Sintra, Pêro Pinheiro and Mafra – the Basilica has the form of a Latin cross and is 58.5 m long and 43 m wide. The dome is 65m high, with a 13m diameter. It was the first dome ever built in Portugal.
In the main chapel a painting by Francesco Trevisani represents the Virgin, Jesus and St. Anthony, to whom the church is dedicated. The marble retables of the side chapels, Holy Family (south) and Blessed Sacrament (north) and the six collateral chapels are attributed to Alessandro Giusti from the Mafra school of sculpture, and his disciples.
Nearby was the fence garden, with an orchard, several water tanks and four ballgame fields for the monks’ recreation, one for the ring game and two to play a traditional game called “laranjinha”. In the early 19th century, during the Peninsular War, the convent was occupied by French troops and later by British allied troops. With the extinction of religious orders in Portugal, on 30th May 1834, the convent was and has been, until the present day, successively occupied by several military regiments. Since 1890 it is occupied by the army and is today the headquaters of the School of the Arms.
Falconry at Palace Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 15 p.m.