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The Seattle Sketcher

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

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August 30, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Proud to be a Husky

Sketched Aug. 29, 2013 While all eyes are on the new Husky Stadium, let me draw attention to a small, but familiar, piece of the upgraded complex: the 360-pound bronze husky sculpture that has welcomed fans since 1995 and is now the centerpiece of the Dawg Pack Entrance. Did you know “Husky Spirit” is related to…

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September 7, 2012 at 8:20 PM

All dressed up for the wrecking ball

Sketched Aug. 29, 2012 Since the Tubs Sun Salon closed five years ago, its empty shell has become an eye-stopping display of graffiti in the middle of Seattle’s U District. The collective artwork, however, didn’t happen spontaneously. Taggers can thank Eric Sun, who bought the property in 2007, and his artist friends D.K. Pan and NKO…

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April 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Quiet retreat on UW campus

Sketched April 10, 2012 Oh, spring at the U-Dub! The best thing about it is that you don’t have to pay tuition to enjoy it. Anyone can wander through campus, and there’s much more to see than the striking, but fleeting cherry blossoms in the Quad. This year, with the UW celebrating its 150th Anniversary (“HuskyFest” event…

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November 4, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Neptune sails on as concert hall

Sketched Nov. 2 The U-District’s 90-year-old Neptune Theatre, which reopened as a concert and arts venue last summer, looks much the same now as it did when it was a movie house. You can still buy popcorn at the boat-shaped concession stand and admire the nautically-themed décor that includes portholes, tridents and mermaids. Once “the finest…

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January 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

A giant in pen and ink cartooning

Sketched Jan 5, 2011, 11:30 a.m. Don’t expect Jim Woodring to start drawing on an iPad any time soon. The renowned Seattle cartoonist, whose hand-drawn, painstakingly inked comics are read by cult followers around the world, is taking old-fashioned pen-and-ink to new heights. Literally. Over the past year, Woodring has worked with local engravers, jewelers…

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