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The Seattle Sketcher

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

Category: Sketching field notes

Sketching tips and other observations on the art of making sketches

February 10, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Lineless in Seattle: Trying pure watercolor sketches

My sketches always come with lines, but I’m trying to broaden my skill set by doing watercolor sketches with no lines at all. It’s a painterly approach to sketching that I’m looking forward to trying more often. It feels like hanging on a trapeze with no net! To get better at this, I’m taking a watercolor class from Tom Hoffmann at Gage Academy of Art. If I have the patience to stick with this approach, you may see more lineless sketches here in the future. I drew this one at a Panera Bread cafe this morning.


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August 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Meet fellow courtroom artist Peter Millett

I made this sketch while we waited for the proceedings to start one morning. —ooo— A personal highlight of sketching the Bales sentencing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week was meeting Peter Millett. To most news outlets covering the story, he was the go-to courtroom artist. But Millett is also an accomplished sculptor, painter and…


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October 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Sketching field notes: Visual context matters

It’s unusual that a sketching assignment yields more drawings than I would want to include in a blog post. The extra material I’m talking about is the equivalent of what photographers would call “outtakes,” those many shots that are discarded in the editing process, sometimes because they lack quality, other times because they duplicate what…


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