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The Seattle Sketcher

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

May 22, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Riding Metro bus 358 along Aurora Avenue

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Sketched May 21, 2012
Sarah Haije saw me holding my sketchbook and asked if I was an artist. We were both waiting for the 358 bus at Aurora Avenue and North 130th Street, right across the pedestrian bridge where I sketched neighborhood activist Richard Dyksterhuis a few years ago.
Haije said she was an artist too and we quickly started talking about the type of art we like and showed each other drawings from our sketchbooks. Her pencil drawings of fantastic images drawn from imagination very really good.
Haije, who was kind to let me do this sketch of her, said she takes the 358 every day to get to Ingraham High School, like many other kids who showed up as a pack to get on the bus a few minutes later.
I have only taken the 358 to get to some sketching locations in this area a few times, so I don’t know well who the usual riders, but it seemed to me that many may not be taking the bus by choice, like me, but because they don’t have a car or a driving license.
Haije said she’s seen “drug fights” break out between passengers. “It’s a pretty dangerous bus.”

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