Random notes and sketches by newspaper artist and Urban Sketchers founder Gabriel Campanario.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Seattle Sketcher book is on the way!

People sometimes ask me: Do you have a book with your Seattle sketches? Now I can finally say yes! The Seattle Times is publishing a book with a selection of my columns this fall. It's a "limited edition, collector's item," so hurry to get your copy! You can get the discounted price if you pre-order now.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sweet Father's Day at Frost

Frost, a locally-owned doughnut shop that opened in my neighborhood five years ago, may be one of the best of its kind in the world. It bills itself as “the destination for dessert” and aspires to make the “best doughnuts anyone has ever tasted.”

The menu includes mouthwatering creations such as Banana Crème & Walnut Bismarck, Strawberry Champagne Fritter and Root Beer Float Bismarck. Who knew such a simple dessert could come in so many different flavors?

On a day like today, when American families celebrated Father’s Day, the lines at Frost’s new location at the Mill Creek Town Center were longer than usual. And, unfortunately, the bakery had run out of the kind of doughnut my family likes the most: Old Fashioned Salted Caramel.

But the visit was more than worth it, and I’m sure we’ll keep coming back for more sweet treats on birthdays and special occasions. It’s a family tradition now.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Watercolor selfie

We live in the age of the "selfie." Smartphone in hand, we snap self portraits and share them on social media in an instant. A sketched selfie can be done fast, too. I drew this one in less than 10 minutes. I was just playing with the reverse camera option in my iPhone when I got the idea of trying this. Instead of taking the photo, I just held the phone in my left hand as if it was a mirror, while drawing with the other hand.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Trompe l'oeil catches my eye

I'm a sucker for "trompe l'oeil" art, especially in public spaces. Sure, it can be gimmicky, but it never fails to catch my eye. This example is from a little public plaza near where I live.

(Note to self: Start a Flickr group for photos of these if there isn't one already!)

More about trompe l'oeil: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trompe-l'œil

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I see you

Drawing from imagination is like playing god. You can create anything you want.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Sketching on the go

10-minute sketch during my bus commute. Bic pen on mini Moleskine notebook.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Ronald Ginther's watercolors of the Depression

Ronald Ginther's watercolors are a rare visual document of the Depression years in the Seattle area. Ginther painted events he experienced in jails, homeless camps and demonstrations. I'm not sure how much he drew on the spot, but his works sure carry a level of emotion only a witness could convey. They remind me a little bit of Goya's Disasters of War.

Read more about Ginther's work here and see the full collection of his work on the Washington State Historical Society website.

(Tip of the hat to my sketcher pal in Spokane, Don Walls, for introducing me to Ginther's work.)