Senhor Tocas

Senhor Tocas - Designer

Lisboa, Portugal

Hello, I’m a Book Cover Designer and Illustrator with 15 years´experience, worked with several Book Publishers in Europe and USA.

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Overview

I´ve worked authors like Tony Bellotto, Adam Smyer or Thomas Rydahl. My professional life outside the publishing world was as an Art Director, having worked for many of the multinational advertising agencies. I also have experience and training as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator.

Even so, I realized that creating book covers was the job of my dreams. I get the briefing, work on 2 or 3 cover-ideas. The author chooses 1 and creatively I develop the front, back, and spine of the book and the artwork.
I work in all genres of fiction or nonfiction, but what I like is to create, create and create!
Fiction
African American fiction
Classics
Historical Fiction
Poetry
Romance
Short Story
Women's Fiction
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs

Work experience

Book cover designer

Self-employed
June, 2005 – Present (over 15 years)

Freelance Book Cover Designer

Self-employed
May, 2001 – Present (over 19 years)

• Currently I´m a Freelance Design Consultant / Digital Nomad based in Lisboa/Portugal - using all communication tools I´ve developed in my career.

• in 2018 in response to a major gastronomic editorial project I specialized as a Food Illustrator.

• in 2017 with all the background gained in my career in editorial and advertising business I decided to position myself as a Content Creator for the media (digital and also offline content).

• In 2016 start working a new communication segment as a Wine Label Designer and develop projects as an Illustrator and Book Cover Designer.

• I developed in 2014, with the experience I had with students my own Creativity Workshop Play, Play and Play for individuals and companies.
Workshop that consists of a series of practical exercises designed to explore individual creativity.

• Spicy/Pérola Negra Group/Luanda - 2013/2014
(concept creator + brand manager - 3 cosmetics brands in Luanda/Angola).
I was invited to coordinate the major brands of cosmetics of the Pérola Negra Group, responsible for the communication of the brands Paris, Ginga and Cacho Dourado, provide training to the sales force, overseeing all communication of these brands in several media and being direct accessor of the Administration.

• Prime Lisboa/Luanda - 2008/2009
(concept creator)

• Lowe Lisboa - 2005/2008
(creative supervisor)

• Bates Group/Touch Me Red Cell - 2003/2005
(creative supervisor)

• I started in J. Walter Thompson, went to McCann-Erickson/Hora, BBDO Portugal, W/Portugal, TBWA/EPG Portugal and Publicis Portugal as an art director and creative supervisor.

Portfolio (16 selected works)

Black Lotus 2: The Vow

K'wan

After helping to solve a cold case involving a murdered child which exposed the high-ranking city officials who tried to cover it up, Kahllah, a.k.a. the Black Lotus, has decided to take some much-needed time off and focus on her true passion: Real Talk, a magazine she and her best friend from college, Audrey, cofounded.The young women are invited to cover the grand opening of a new Midtown cl... read more

After helping to solve a cold case involving a murdered child which exposed the high-ranking city officials who tried to cover it up, Kahllah, a.k.a. the Black Lotus, has decided to take some much-needed time off and focus on her true passion: Real Talk, a magazine she and her best friend from college, Audrey, cofounded.The young women are invited to cover the grand opening of a new Midtown cl... read more

Echoes from the Rock of Eternal Torment: A Collection of Wisdom Poems and Prose

Kykosa Kajangu

Echoes of the Rock of Eternal Torment is about wisdom. It presents a collection of poems and prose woven around proverbs, which the sages of all time and clime create to assist us in keeping our cool in the storm's eye, in cracking the codes of creativity, and in upholding moral understandings and spiritual commitments to bring the best out of others.In this work, Kyko-K breathes new life into... read more

Echoes of the Rock of Eternal Torment is about wisdom. It presents a collection of poems and prose woven around proverbs, which the sages of all time and clime create to assist us in keeping our cool in the storm's eye, in cracking the codes of creativity, and in upholding moral understandings and spiritual commitments to bring the best out of others.In this work, Kyko-K breathes new life into... read more

Godspeed: A Fellow Sojourner's Hope for Wholeness

Ryan Pottle

This book is a reflective journey into the pursuit of the spiritual needs of human beings. It is not based on any religion or ideology, but it has been influenced by many of them. It focuses on the core needs that are found in most spiritual practices and gives an introduction to each need. From Love to Uncertainty to Significance, the reader encounters each fundamental need from a supportive ... read more

This book is a reflective journey into the pursuit of the spiritual needs of human beings. It is not based on any religion or ideology, but it has been influenced by many of them. It focuses on the core needs that are found in most spiritual practices and gives an introduction to each need. From Love to Uncertainty to Significance, the reader encounters each fundamental need from a supportive ... read more

Bellini and the Sphinx

Tony Belloto

Included in CrimeReads's list of February's Best International Crime FictionIncluded in Chicago Review of Books's list of Winter's Best Thrillers"Bellini and the Sphinx is the American debut for the wildly popular Sao Paulo-based crime series written by Bellotto, the celebrated Brazilian guitarist and writer. His private eye, Remo Bellini, is a conscious homage to Philip Marlowe and the classi... read more

Included in CrimeReads's list of February's Best International Crime FictionIncluded in Chicago Review of Books's list of Winter's Best Thrillers"Bellini and the Sphinx is the American debut for the wildly popular Sao Paulo-based crime series written by Bellotto, the celebrated Brazilian guitarist and writer. His private eye, Remo Bellini, is a conscious homage to Philip Marlowe and the classi... read more

Knucklehead

Adam Smyer

Knucklehead is the only title shortlisted for the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence!"By setting his novel in the '90s, Smyer, who lives in Oakland, has crafted some brutal deja vu. As [protagonist] Marcus reflects on Rodney King, the Million Man March and the Oklahoma City bombing, we think of Freddie Gray, Black Lives Matter and school shootings that have become a way of lif... read more

Knucklehead is the only title shortlisted for the 2018 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence!"By setting his novel in the '90s, Smyer, who lives in Oakland, has crafted some brutal deja vu. As [protagonist] Marcus reflects on Rodney King, the Million Man March and the Oklahoma City bombing, we think of Freddie Gray, Black Lives Matter and school shootings that have become a way of lif... read more

The Pajama Effect

Bobbe Baggio

The 21st century workplace values creativity, self-assessment, reflection, high performance and virtual connection. The facts are 40% of the workforce could, and 28% of the workforce does for virtually at least two days a week. Over fifty million people work virtually. The online world has little respect for time, space and place. The 9-to-5 day no longer applies in a 24/7/365 world. It is dif... read more

The 21st century workplace values creativity, self-assessment, reflection, high performance and virtual connection. The facts are 40% of the workforce could, and 28% of the workforce does for virtually at least two days a week. Over fifty million people work virtually. The online world has little respect for time, space and place. The 9-to-5 day no longer applies in a 24/7/365 world. It is dif... read more

2009-2049: Forty Years on a Roller Coaster

Rui Zambujal

When I had my eighteen or nineteen, at the beginning of the eighties, I subscribed to Newsweek, which I read every week with considerable interest, even if only to improve my English. And one day Newsweek, in a tone of great excitement, announced that it would, from that issue, do something that would be the fulfilment of one of my most persistent concerns: it would do a weekly update of resea... read more

When I had my eighteen or nineteen, at the beginning of the eighties, I subscribed to Newsweek, which I read every week with considerable interest, even if only to improve my English. And one day Newsweek, in a tone of great excitement, announced that it would, from that issue, do something that would be the fulfilment of one of my most persistent concerns: it would do a weekly update of resea... read more

Eremitten

Thomas Rydahl

Den gamle eneboer Erhard mangler en finger. Desuden hører han stemmer og drikker for meget lumumba. Men det stemmerne siger, er værd at lytte til, og den manglende finger peger på en modbydelig sag om en død dreng, som Erhard bliver tvunget til at opklare. "Eremitten" er en hårdkogt og hjertegribende spændingsroman, der allerede inden sin udgivelse i Danmark blev solgt til udgivelse i 10 lande... read more

Den gamle eneboer Erhard mangler en finger. Desuden hører han stemmer og drikker for meget lumumba. Men det stemmerne siger, er værd at lytte til, og den manglende finger peger på en modbydelig sag om en død dreng, som Erhard bliver tvunget til at opklare. "Eremitten" er en hårdkogt og hjertegribende spændingsroman, der allerede inden sin udgivelse i Danmark blev solgt til udgivelse i 10 lande... read more

Sorri... Jesus Está ao Teu Lado! (Portuguese Edition)

Carla Santos Alves

«Não tenham medo de ser católicos, e mostrem que somos felizes. Um católico triste não faz sentido. Sobretudo, não tenham medo e sejam felizes.» «Há pessoas que só gostam de ir à igreja quando não está lá ninguém... na igreja também somos humanos, fazemos disparates, também os padres fazem disparates, são pessoas, precisam que rezemos por eles.» «As pessoas têm de estar recetivas. Há pessoas q... read more

«Não tenham medo de ser católicos, e mostrem que somos felizes. Um católico triste não faz sentido. Sobretudo, não tenham medo e sejam felizes.» «Há pessoas que só gostam de ir à igreja quando não está lá ninguém... na igreja também somos humanos, fazemos disparates, também os padres fazem disparates, são pessoas, precisam que rezemos por eles.» «As pessoas têm de estar recetivas. Há pessoas q... read more

Auto do Cruzeiro do Inferno (Portuguese Edition)

Isabel Zambujal

Será que nos dias de hoje ainda há fidalgos, alcoviteiras e judeus com o mesmo comportamento das personagens de Gil Vicente no seu Auto da Barca do Inferno? Isabel Zambujal descobriu-os em pleno século XXI e seguiu-lhes os passos até ao Cais. Cinco séculos depois, os defeitos e as virtudes dos passageiros mantiveram-se. Relendo a genialidade de Gil Vicente, a autora não resistiu a abusar do hu... read more

Será que nos dias de hoje ainda há fidalgos, alcoviteiras e judeus com o mesmo comportamento das personagens de Gil Vicente no seu Auto da Barca do Inferno? Isabel Zambujal descobriu-os em pleno século XXI e seguiu-lhes os passos até ao Cais. Cinco séculos depois, os defeitos e as virtudes dos passageiros mantiveram-se. Relendo a genialidade de Gil Vicente, a autora não resistiu a abusar do hu... read more

Português Sem Filtro Uma Antologia (Portuguese Edition)

onesimo

Portugal, os portugueses, a América, os americanos, os luso-americanos e os Açores acabam fundindo-se osmoticamente nestas páginas, porque nelas inscrevi o quotidiano dos mundos que habito, as personagens que encontrei, as minhas ou as nossas dúvidas e interrogações, as agruras e os prazeres da vida, mais a graça e as ironias com que ela gosta de nos brindar se estamos atentos. A unidade delas... read more

Portugal, os portugueses, a América, os americanos, os luso-americanos e os Açores acabam fundindo-se osmoticamente nestas páginas, porque nelas inscrevi o quotidiano dos mundos que habito, as personagens que encontrei, as minhas ou as nossas dúvidas e interrogações, as agruras e os prazeres da vida, mais a graça e as ironias com que ela gosta de nos brindar se estamos atentos. A unidade delas... read more

Virtual Touchpoints

Bobbe Baggio

Virtual work is desirable. It improves the quality of life and allows for work-life balance and autonomy. It cuts cost for both the employee and the employer and it increases employee satisfaction and retention, and broadens recruiting circles. The tools currently available and coming make virtual work more accessible to more people. The tools are getting better but a company’s ability to prov... read more

Virtual work is desirable. It improves the quality of life and allows for work-life balance and autonomy. It cuts cost for both the employee and the employer and it increases employee satisfaction and retention, and broadens recruiting circles. The tools currently available and coming make virtual work more accessible to more people. The tools are getting better but a company’s ability to prov... read more

Senhor has 4 reviews

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Elaine Kim
Senhor was great to work with! He was very communicative and created an eye-catching image for my book. Wonderful artist and collaborator, with a unique vision!!!

Elaine Kim, September 2020

Senhor Tocas
Thank you so much. It was an intense and awesome creative process between us and the cover was beautiful. I wish you all the luck in the world 😜

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Cécile Crassous
Senhor est un artiste. Il sait ce qu'il veut, et propose un travail qui lui est propre. Ses créations reflètent une vision très personnelle, qui ne ressemblent à personne d'autre.

Cécile Crassous, June 2020

Senhor Tocas
Félicitations à Cécile pour sa persévérance et son talent pour la réalisation de ses projets. J'espère continuer à collaborer avec elle à l'avenir, car la rue de Beaumonts a beaucoup plus de portes...
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Kykosa Kajangu
Senhor was a godsend for my project, and he has delivered! I am grateful for all he has done to help me in this process.

Kykosa Kajangu, January 2020

Senhor Tocas
It was very inspiring to work with you on this project that will surely succeed. I hope to continue this partnership for the future.

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Ryan Pottle
Senhor Tocas did a great job. The went above and beyond in every way. Love the product and the whole process. Can’t go wrong here.

Ryan Pottle, December 2019

Senhor Tocas
It was a pleasure to make this cover. Wishing you all the best in your future ;)

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