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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: Sketchbook
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.


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July 16, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Sketchbook memories from Highway 101 road trip

The number of amazing scenic locations along the Pacific coast between Seattle and San Francisco is too many to count. How do you even start planning a road trip?

For our week-long vacation, my wife, Michelle, and I decided to make stops in Newport, Ore., and McKinleyville, Calif., before arriving to our destination, a hotel facing the ocean in Pacifica, south of San Francisco. We had stayed there 12 years ago, before we got married, and loved it. Why not repeat?

Except Pacifica and San Francisco, the rest of the trip was a new experience for us and for our two kids. We visited the aquarium in Newport, got our feet wet in desolate beaches along the coast, admired the majestic redwoods in Humboldt County and saw a colony of sea lions from a bluff in Moss Beach, Calif.

Though I don’t feel like drawing as much as I used to on my time off — I already sketch for my job! — I could not keep my hands away from the sketchbook to record some of those precious moments. If you have recommendations for a future coastal trip, perhaps closer to home, I’m all ears!

Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Newport, Oregon.


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December 7, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Drawing You Drawing Me at Drawing Jam

Last Saturday was the 13th Annual Drawing Jam at Gage Academy of Art, a top art school in Seattle where they are very rigorous about drawing from life — a principle I practice religiously! Hundreds of people show up for the Jam, where you can draw your heart out painting a cadre of models. Picture Benjamin Franklin, the Seafair Pirates, musicians, theater performers, you name them.


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