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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.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Bald Eagle


Ink and watercolor on 5.5" x 8.5" Alpha Series Stillman & Birn hardbound sketchbook