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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: Community
June 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Long wait for new bridge is over, South Park to party


Sketched June, 24, 2014

Four years ago, the South Park neighborhood lost an important link to the rest of Seattle when its aging bridge over the Duwamish River was closed for safety reasons. Residents were angry and business owners worried about their future: “Please, don’t let the bridge close,” read a big sign of protest that I sketched back then.


Comments | More in Community, Construction | Topics: South Park

March 7, 2014 at 7:06 PM

The pain of neighborhood change reflected in the lyrics of hip-hop artist Draze


Sketched Feb. 27, 2014

Every time I go to South Seattle and the Central District, I see more and more homes being renovated and new apartment buildings under construction. This city changes fast.

But homegrown hip-hop artist Dumi Maraire, best known as Draze, sees something my eyes have missed: The forces of gentrification are uprooting the black community.


Comments | More in Community, Portraits | Topics: Central District

January 10, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Queen Anne Library to turn page on century of memories


Sketched Jan. 2, 2014

Some of my happiest childhood memories are of the hours reading and drawing at my neighborhood library in Spain. There I amused myself copying characters from my favorite comic books.

I experienced a bit of that creative feeling a few days ago at the Queen Anne Library. Only, instead of drawing cartoons, I sketched an interesting exhibit of period clothing that included the stiff morning suit you see in my sketch. The attire contrasted with the casual sportswear worn by a man who was browsing his digital reader. (Thank goodness for fashion evolution!)

The garments from the Goodwill Vintage Fashion Collection add to the historic atmosphere of the branch, which is hosting a 100th anniversary party Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. During the event, assistant branch manager Jennifer Force will share a scrapbook of memories that patrons are submitting in person and by email to

I had never been to the cozy old library before, but I hope this column can qualify for the memory book.


Comments | More in Buildings, Community, History | Topics: Queen Anne

June 21, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Mount Baker viewpoint lets you find your place in the universe

The Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint is built over a sloping terrain that used to be off-limits and covered with blackberries and trees, said David Berger, a longtime neighbor who rallied the community to preserve the view for future generations. —ooo— Sketched June 12, 2013 I’ve yet to visit a Seattle location that says so much about our longing for…


Comments | More in Community, Parks, Skylines | Topics: Mount Baker

May 31, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Playful event planned for Central Area delivers a serious message

Sketched May 28, 2013 Several weeks ago, there was a double-shooting in front of this colorful convenience store at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Jackson Street. But there are more things happening in the Central Area than the crime that often makes the headlines. Today, you can try hopscotching for a change. From…


Comments | More in Businesses, Community | Topics: Central District

January 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Check out (really) these tools

Sketched Dec. 19 and 27, 2012 The shelves are filled with circular saws, power drills and more types of hammers than I ever knew existed. But this is no hardware store. I’m in North Ravenna at the city’s newest tool library, where members will be able to check out tools for free after it opens…


Comments | More in Community, Portraits | Topics: Ravenna

November 23, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Mini-libraries have curb appeal

Sketched Nov. 14 and 15, 2012 The home of Josh and Cameron Larios in the Lake City neighborhood has unique curb appeal. A recycled newspaper box that they customized and placed by the sidewalk invites passers-by to “Take a book. Return a book.” The “Little Free Library” is one of nearly 50 that have popped up…


Comments | More in Community, Portraits

August 31, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Gardeners savor season atop Seattle Center garage

Sketched Aug. 21, 2012 [Click on sketches to see larger versions] The Mercer Garage rooftop P-Patch, which opened in early June, is starting to yield some crops. I tasted a tomatillo from Stephanie Krimmel and Craig Moore’s plot and it was pretty sweet. Who knew you could garden in a few feet of soil laid…


Comments | More in Community, P-Patches and gardens | Topics: Queen Anne, Seattle Center