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The Seattle Sketcher

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

December 17, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Behind the scenes at Accoutrements

My visit to Accoutrements (that’s the name of Archie McPhee’s wholesale business) for last Saturday’s post was quite intense. From the moment “Director of Awesome” David Wahl welcomed me into the building, I felt an urge to draw every novelty toy on sight. Crazy horse mask that appears in countless YouTube videos, check! Still-life of weird holiday gifts, check!

But who could keep up? The toys were everywhere! I missed drawing many cool gag gifts like the shushing action figure inspired by Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl or the patron saint of the Internet figurine filed away in a box labeled “Tiny Religious.”

Still, it was a productive time for me. In about four hours and a half, I made seven drawings, some of them with partial coloring, and talked to six interesting fellows whose creativity I admire. Shown in the photo, from left to right, are some of the artists you may recognize from my post: Jim Koch, Curt Hanks and Scott Heffernan. I’m the guy wearing the red shirt and holding an 11″ x 14″ Canson Mixed Media sketchbook.

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