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The Seattle Sketcher

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

November 29, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Sketching field notes: Researching little free libraries

You may wonder how I found the locations of those little free libraries I sketched for last Saturday’s column?

I didn’t just stumbled upon them. I looked them up on this Google map at littlefreelibrary.org. Easy, huh? (You, too, can find some near you and go sketch them!)

The map allowed me to select a few libraries and contact their owners. I chose libraries that caught my eye from the start.

I’ve been in the newspaper business since 1992, how could I not sketch Josh Larios’ recycled P-I news-rack? I remember drawing those right around the time the newspaper closed.

Margaret Opalka’s library had a touch of color and whimsy that made it really appealing to draw. It was built by Daniel Maguire, a carpenter from the Columbia City neighborhood.

And how about Vernon Winters’ little library? His was the works. It even has a built-in light, which comes in handy to browse books after dark.

Where am I going with all this? Doing research in advance pays off when you are looking for sketch-worthy story ideas.

That’s an 11″ x 14″ Canson Mix Media sketchbook on all of these photos.

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