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The Seattle Sketcher

An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

October 5, 2011 at 11:10 AM

This guy brings a taste of the South to the Northwest

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Sketched Oct. 4, 3:10 p.m.
Do you ever wonder who your fellow bus commuters are, where they work or where they are from. I do.
Those are not questions easy to ask for no particular reason, at least for me — I’m not a natural-born chatter. But my sketchbook helps me overcome my shyness. On Tuesday, I showed it to a fellow bus rider and asked him if he’d mind been sketched.
The guy, named David Clayborn, was really friendly. In the short time I was on the bus, just about 10 minutes, Clayborn told me about his job as labor negotiator for King County and his side business T-CE’s BBQ Sauce and Catering, “a taste of the South in the Northwest.”
Clayborn said he grew up in Tri-Cities but has lived in Seattle for 24 years. He said he rides Metro bus 70 to his job at the King County offices every day. “I don’t want to have to pay $400 a year to park downtown.”
See other previous portraits of commuters:
Jim Hanson on Metro bus 17.
Ryan on Metro bus 41.
Carole Galuska on South Lake Union Light Rail.
Melissa Military on Metro bus 70.
David on Metro Bus 5.
Wai Wong on Metro Bus 17.
About the sketch: Drawn with Lamy Safari fountain pen filled with waterproof Noodler’s black ink on 9″ x 6″ (22.86 cm x 15.24 cm) spiral-bound 93 lb. Super Deluxe Heavyweight Drawing Paper Aquabee sketchbook by Bee Paper.

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