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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Extremadura via iPad

I made these sketches just a couple of weeks ago while visiting family in Spain. They show the 900-year-old ruins of a castle in Montemolin, a tiny village in Extremadura where my parents were born and returned to after decades living in Barcelona. I used the Procreate app and a Wacom Intuos Stylus on an iPad mini.

Since meeting iPad sketcher extraordinaire Rob Sketcherman in Singapore, my interest in digital urban sketching has raised a notch. I always like trying new things, so why not? I'm also intrigued by the possibilities of creating drawings on the go and sharing them right away from the tablet, without the limitations of having to take a photo.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Live from the ballpark

In this day and age of high-tech, instant tweets and Facebook posts, does sharing sketches live matter?

Last night, I typed this post from the stands at Safeco Field, where the Seattle Mariners were winning 7-1 against the Angels in the top of the ninth inning. I used binoculars to make the sketch so I could see the player better, then I took a photo with my iPhone, cropped it and sharpened in my Photoshop Express app and shared it on the Urban Sketchers blog with the Blogger app, also from my iPhone.

Live sketching and posting is a bit of a rush. I did it recently when I covered the U.S. Open for the Seattle Times. But is it worth the hustle? How much value does it add? Do readers/viewers care as much as they do from from watching live events on TV or getting live updates on social media?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Matt Pritchett on cartooning at The Telegraph

Sir Quentin Blake is not the only artist who likes his drawings to look spontaneous. Listen to Matt Pritchett, The Telegraph's cartoonist, in this other inspiring 3-minute video. "I like my drawings to look like I just sort of dashed this off," he says. His tiny drawings also pack big laughs. They have been delighting readers for more than 25 years.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

For today's column in The Seattle Times, I sketched a house where it's been Fourth of July for years. Check it out: Everett's star-spangled manor.