Topic: Fremont Troll
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September 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM
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.
October 19, 2011 at 7:14 PM
Sketched Oct. 18, 4:21 p.m.
Any time I’m around Fremont I make a point to check in with our beloved Troll. Earlier this week, I found him surrounded by scaffolding and construction equipment. A couple of WSDOT workers I talked to said that the Aurora Bridge columns are undergoing seismic upgrades and are being wrapped in fiber (here’s the official word on that at WSDOT’s website.)
Did the Troll mind all the work going on around him? Of course not. He’s Seattle’s most stoic resident. Like usual, he was being photographed by passersby. I wonder if they noticed the red tagging painted around his only eye. The poor Troll. He goes through a lot inside that dark cave.
Next Halloween marks his 21-year anniversary. I will miss that party but, if you are in the area, make sure to wish him a happy birthday from Sketcher.
Click over to my Facebook page to see the coloring process I followed for this sketch.
November 26, 2010 at 7:26 PM
Sketched Nov. 23, 2:14 p.m. [Click sketch to view larger]
The Fremont Troll may look like a grumpy old man, but he is barely out of his teens. Next week marks the 20th anniversary of what’s arguably the most visited public art project in the city. Even on a frigid day this week, tourists were here snapping pictures while I hurried to sketch before my watercolors froze.
Thanks to the Troll, the space under the Aurora Bridge is far from the dump it used to be. Back in 1990, you would find mattresses and beer cans laying around, said lead artist Steve Badanes. But even today the sculpture still gets vandalized.
A neighborhood group’s proposal to improve the “Troll’s Knoll” is among 15 community-generated initiatives vying for money from the Parks and Green Spaces Levy. If approved, the project could break ground in 2011.
Badanes supports the initiative but said it shouldn’t be a “themed Troll park.”
“You don’t want it to be too cute,” he said.
Sketch-worthy Seattle. Where should I take my sketchpad next? Do you know of a good sketch story waiting to be drawn? I’d love to learn about it. You can send me your suggestions to email@example.com or via Facebook or Twitter. Have a great weekend!
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