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

September 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Fremont Troll captivates Texas artist

Artist Joshua Boulet sketches me at the Fremont Coffee Company while I’m doing the same: drawing him.

You can never sketch the Fremont Troll enough. More here.

(Four-color BIC pen on 5.5″ by 8.5″ Stillman And Birn Gamma Series sketchbook.)


I’m hardly a lonesome sketcher in Seattle, and that makes me really happy. Every third Sunday of the month I can go sketching with the Seattle Urban Sketchers. And every other month —or so it seems— sketchers from other cities come to visit. Hello, Tommy Kane, Marty Harris and Jim Bumgarner.

Seattle is such a sketch-friendly city that if you move here temporarily, as Joshua Boulet did last fall, you may find it very hard to leave.

Boulet, 35, is a comic book artist, illustrator and sketcher originally from Texas whose work I just discovered a few months ago. I was particularly captivated by his book, Draw Occupy Wall Street, an engaging visual account he inked while living at Zuccoti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy movement in New York City.

Draw Occupy Wall Street, by Joshua Boulet


Recently, Boulet illustrated the ‘Best of Seattle‘ issue of Seattle Weekly with lively ink drawings that captured the pulse of the city. They showed politicians clapping during the unveiling of Bertha, the waterfront tunneling machine, live music performances by the best local singers and patrons lining up at the city’s favorite bakery.

After some exchanges online, Boulet and I finally had a “sketching date” this morning. And as you would expect from two guys crazy about drawing from life, we talked non-stop on the matter. I told him I’ve been experimenting with Bic pen and watercolor, as you can see from the drawings at the top of this post. Then he showed me his tricked-out Pilot Pen that he fills with Dr. Ph. Martin Black India ink. This is the kind of stuff that makes sketchers bond. We drew each other at the Fremont Coffee Company and then we headed to sketch the Fremont Troll. You can never sketch the troll enough!

Boulet recalled the first time he saw the Troll. He stumbled upon it by accident, he said, and took that as a sign that he made the right decision to move to Seattle. I can relate to that. An introduction to the Fremont Troll will make any artist feel welcomed to this city.

Now, let’s hope Boulet will stick around. Seattle needs to see more of his talent.

Boulet holds up a spread of his sketchbook showing a recent sketch done in Portland.

I can now say I’ve been sketched by Boulet!

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