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The Seattle Sketcher

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

February 7, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Seahawks score with a non-football fan

Sketched Feb. 5, 2014

If you had told me last August that on Super Bowl Sunday I’d be jumping off my couch with excitement, I wouldn’t have believed you. But there I was, every Seahawks touchdown bringing out my inner soccer fan. “Gooooooal,” I yelled, making my kids laugh.

You see, in my 15 years of living in the U.S. (California, Virginia and now Seattle) I have to admit that this sport never captured my imagination. Players wearing helmets and tight pants? Referees who speak through microphones? I didn’t get it.


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January 31, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Museum stands out in a park of attractions


Sketched Jan. 28, 2014

The Seattle Asian Art Museum location in Volunteer Park may be both a curse and a blessing.

Its splendid art deco building is a perfect match for its setting high on Capitol Hill. But the grounds are so beautiful that you may lose track of time climbing up the Water Tower or peeking through Isamu Noguchi’s “Black Sun” sculpture before you go into the museum.


0 Comments | More in Buildings, History, Museums | Topics: Capitol Hill

January 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

Dick’s stands pat, celebrates 60 years of flipping simple, beloved burgers


Sketched Jan. 16, 2014

The highlight of my first visit to a Dick’s Drive-In five years ago was meeting restaurant founder, Dick Spady, who is now 90. The low point was realizing that Dick’s burgers don’t come with my favorite ingredient: A slice of tomato.

Dick’s no-tomato policy doesn’t have much to do with tomatoes per se. Adding any extra ingredients would be a huge change, marketing director Jasmine Donovan told me recently as I drew Dick’s crew members in action at the restaurant’s original location in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood.


0 Comments | More in Food and restaurants, History, Portraits | Topics: Dick's Drive-In, Wallingford

January 17, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Divided by football, but still united in love

Rivalries aside, football means “family time” for Mollie Martin. “I love the football season because it’s the only time we all get to hang out in the same room.”

Sketched Jan. 14-16, 2014

I got a pretty good idea of how much some Seahawk fans despise the 49ers when I sketched Gary Buchanan’s “Hawk One” tailgating motor home at the beginning of the season. Lift the toilet seat inside the vehicle’s restroom and guess what you see down there: a San Francisco 49ers bumper sticker to aid as a target.

In the postseason, though, I’ve come across an opposite reality. Love and understanding between Seahawks and 49ers fans is still possible, even when they live under the same roof.

Jason Martin has been married to a die-hard 49er’s fan for 18 years. “We couldn’t handle political differences,” he said, but football is OK. It helps to have three TV screens to watch the multiple games at once during the regular season, added Martin.


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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.


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December 13, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Dickens Carolers put lots of effort into making it look easy

Tenor Nathan Rodda, right, shared a little-known fact about the Dickens Carolers of Seattle: The soprano and the tenor always wear red, and the alto and bass, green. The other carolers, from left to right, are John Huddlestun, Shoshauna Mohlman and Maggie Tisdale. —ooo— Sketched Dec. 10, 2013 So far this holiday season, this quartet of Dickens Carolers has…


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December 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

Old city bathhouses stage comeback

Sketched Nov. 18, 2013 Talk about an interesting transformation. Back in the early 70s, when people stopped using the city’s historic bathhouses as places to change into their swimwear, the little brick buildings were repurposed as art centers. Currently, Seward Park’s is a ceramic studio, Madrona Beach’s hosts a dance company, and…


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