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Take a visual stroll around Portugal through the Urban Sketches of Mireia Gubianas using the gouache sketching technique.

Mireia Gubianas

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Hello! My name is Mireia Gubianas, I work as an actress and acting coach based in Barcelona. Travel is one of my greatest passions, I grab my suitcase and go out into the world whenever I get a chance. My other love is drawing. I started Urban Sketching in 2016, a practice based on live drawing to capture your surroundings in real time. 

I actively participate in the sketching community of my city, going out to draw as often as my acting work allows me. Currently, I'm also curating a cycle of Urban Sketching exhibitions at Theater La Villarroel in Barcelona. Starting in April and up to June, the exhibit will feature some of the sketches included in the book.

Praça do Comercio. LISBOA
Praça do Comercio. LISBOA

On the summer of 2018 I had the opportunity to be a part of the International Urban Sketching Symposium in Porto. That experience, as well as my interest in developing the gouache sketching technique, both led me to cross one of the items off my bucket list: to travel throughout Portugal for five weeks. 

As a result, I made over fifty sketches, and I'd like to self-publish a book with a selection of them, including drawings of my favourite locations and landscapes in Portugal. I hope you'll enjoy it!

Why a crowdfunding?

This is my first book, and so far I've learned that the process of drawing, designing and printing a publication is both expensive and highly time consuming. This is why I'm asking for your collaboration. By joining this campaign, you will support the time that I have invested in illustrating the pages and make it possible to finance the cost of printing and distributing the book, as well as the rewards.

This book wouldn't be possible without your help, so please, join it! If you can't contribute financially, you'll help a lot just by sharing the project amongst your friends, acquaintances and social networks. Any support will be more than welcome, and of invaluable help. Thank you so much for your interest in this wonderful and wild idea.

What are the rewards?

By financing the project, you'll get the book for a lower price than it's oficial cost (once it's out, it will be 20€) because it will be almost intermediary-free. It will go straight from my house to yours through the mail. If you're based in Barcelona, you'll be able to pick it up at any of the designated spots, or I can even bring it to your doorstep with my bike if you prefer!

Provisional book sampler.
Provisional book sampler.

The rewards

You'll find different options for rewards besides the book itself, like postcards, prints of some of the illustrations, and some bonus options like boundles or original artworks. You can also combine different rewards. 
Postcard: signed print from one of the stops on the trip (4x6 inches)
Book: signed paperback binded copy
Book + Unique Illustrated Raffle: print from one of the stops on the trip with original artwork added with gouache, waxes and drawing pencils (5x12 inches) Limited to 50 copies
Book + Printed Illustration: print from one of the stops on the trip (5x12 inches)
Pack 4 Postcards: prints from different stops on the trip (4x6 inches)
Book + Pack 4 Postcards: prints from different stops on the trip (4x6 inches)
Pack 2 Books + 2 Potcards: two signed paperback binded copies of the book + two prints from different stops on the trip (4x6 inches)
Book Premium: special edition, numbered and signed copy in hardback
Limited to 50 copies
Pack Premium: book premium (special edition, numbered and signed copy in hardback) + Pack 4 postcards prints from different stops on the trip (4x6 inches) + 2 illustration large print from one of the stops on the trip (5x12 inches) Choose your copy from prints options. Limited to 25 copies
Book Premium + Personalized Original Illustration: book premium (special edition, numbered and signed copy in hardback) + one-off, signed, hand-drawn, illustration choosed by you (size approx A4) Limited to 10 copies
Pack Institutional Donors: 20 books paperback binded copies in a personalized edition. Languages availables: English, Portuguese, Spanish and catalan. Ask for other languages.

Praça de Bocage. SETÚBAL
Praça de Bocage. SETÚBAL

Book specifications

The book includes 24 illustrations of my favourite spots in Portugal: buildings, landscapes and urban scenes, accompanied by commentaries from my personal experience during the trip. It features an introduction by Nelson Paciencia, President of Urban Sketching Portugal.

Closed size: 15 x 21 cm 
Open size: 15 x 42 cm 
48 pages
Printed CYMK-Digital Offset HP Indigo High Quality
Paper Offset-Natural Old Mill by Fedrigoni (150 grams)
Binding: paperback binded with seen thread + sash
Language: English
Weight: 110 grams
Weight Premium Edition (Hardback): 250 gramos

Rewards specifications

Postcard: Size 3x5 inches. High Quility Printing. Paper Old Mill Premium White by Fedrigoni (300 grams)

Print Illustration: Size 5x12 inches. High Quility Printing. Paper Old Mill Premium White by Fedrigoni (300 grams)

Choose your print from these options:

OPTION #1. Ponte Dom Luis. PORTO
OPTION #1. Ponte Dom Luis. PORTO

OPTION #2. Cais dos Botirôes. AVEIRO
OPTION #2. Cais dos Botirôes. AVEIRO

OPTION #3. Praça Gomes Teixeira. PORTO
OPTION #3. Praça Gomes Teixeira. PORTO

OPTION #4. Bairro do Alfama. LISBOA
OPTION #4. Bairro do Alfama. LISBOA

Personalized Original Illustration: Size approx. A4. I'll draw an original hand-on sketch in Mix Media tecnique. Paper Old Mill Premium White by Fedrigoni (300 grams)

What will your contribution be destined to?

Printing and binding the book (a minimum amount of 100 copies)
Shipping and packaging costs
Taxes (5% Verkami tax + 21% IVA + 1,35% bank tax)

If we exceed the goal amount I'm considering editing more copies, perhaps printing a hardcover premium edition, and also covering the design and layout costs, which I'm assuming by myself at the moment.

Cais dos Botirôes. AVEIRO
Cais dos Botirôes. AVEIRO

Scheduled calendar

We are in the pre-production and layout phase at the moment. Our goal is to take the book to the press by the end of March or beginning of April 2019, so it can be distributed by April 23rd, International Book Day (Sant Jordi in Catalonia).


It's my first experience in a crowdfunding project, but I'm really fortunate to count on Ignasi López's support, from the company La Bibliogràfica, who is in charge of graphic design and production for the book.

The fabulous team completes with Raquel Maes Photopgraphy as video maker and Serena Altair translating to english.

More Information

Instagram: @mireiasketches 
Instagram: @la_bibliografica
Facebook: @mireiagubianas
Twitter: @nenamuda


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  • Mina Jassans

    Mina Jassans

    over 4 years

    Desitjant molt recollir-lo en mà!

  • Meritxell


    over 4 years

    Felicitats mireia! Un exit mes!

  • jrtorres


    over 4 years


  • Miguel Piccini

    Miguel Piccini

    over 4 years

    ¡Éxitos, Mireia querida!

  • Helena Forrellat

    Helena Forrellat

    over 4 years

    Hola Mireia! Visca els artistes!! Segur que ho aconsegueixes!!!!

  • Gabriel


    over 4 years

    Bonic projecte! Bona sort!

  • Annett


    over 4 years

    Petonets i molta sort Mireia!!

  • isaiasfanlo


    over 4 years

    Molta merda amb el projecte!

  • Mireia Gubianas

    Mireia Gubianas

    over 4 years

    Moltes gràcies mecenes!!! Més de 400€ en 24h!! A veure si entre totes ho aconseguim!!!

  • jordi estrada

    jordi estrada

    over 4 years

    Endavant amb l'Urban Sketching!!!


Muchas Gracias por tu colaboración! Hemos conseguido llegar a la cifra deseada y publicar el libro SKETCHING PORTUGAL. A GOUACHE TOUR by Mireia Gubianas!!!

En breve recibirás un correo para informarte de como recoger o recibir tu recompensa. Pero ya te avanzo que el próximo 23 de abril - Sant Jordi (Día Mundial del Libro) si estás en BARCELONA podrás venir a buscar tu ejemplar ya que estaré firmando libros:

De 10h a 17h en CASA PIERA, Carrer Pintor Fortuny, 21 - Barcelona

De 18h a 21h en LLIBRERIA CALDERS, Passatge Pere Calders, 9 - Barcelona

Si estás en SABADELL podrás recogerlo de 18h a 20h en el STAND ÒMNIUM CULTURAL de la Feria del Libro en el Passeig de la Plaça Major de Sabadell.

En ambos casos te agradeceré que me lo comuniques para poder hacer un cálculo de los libros entregados. Podrás informarme a través del mensaje que recibirás o contactándome directamente.


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Hola Mecenas!

En primer lugar agradeceros de corazón vuestra participación. En estas semanas hemos llegado al 72% de recaudación! Entramos a las 2 ÚLTIMAS SEMANAS, así que si queréis ayudarme a difundir, esperamos llegar a la cifra final muy pronto!

Y otra gran notícia: HOY HEMOS MANDADO EL LIBRO A IMPRENTA!! Y para celebrarlo, os mandamos una pequeña muestra del libro. Espero que os guste!!


Hi Supporters!

First of all, thank you so much for your participation. In these weeks we have reached 72% of the goal! We start the 2 LAST WEEKS, so if you want to help me spreading the word, I really appreciate it, we hope to get soon the final amount!

And another great new: TODAY WE HAVE SENT THE BOOK TO PRINT!! And to celebrate it, we send you a small sample of the book. I hope you like it!!

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