My favorite thing about it: The sketches appear much larger and sharper than in newsprint, and many include the marginal notes and color splashes that I usually remove before publication. That's one aspect about the book noted in this wonderful review by fellow Seattle urban sketcher Tina Koyama (Cheers, Tina!)
My Lamy Safari fountain pen gives a sense of the size of the book, which is 11 by 8.5 inches. It's hardbound, with a matte cover and has 112 pages of sketching goodness inside!
The content is a selection of my newspaper columns. It is organized in four sections. Below are sample spreads from each:
Seeking History in a New City: Alki Beach, the birthplace of modern Seattle
Communities Come Together: Old Rides Club in Columbia City
Secret Spots Revealed: The fish ladder at the Ballard Locks
Changing Landscapes: The historic Troy Laundry building in South Lake Union
You'll also find full reproductions of sketchbook pages in four gallery chapters that separate each section. They cover unique aspects of Seattle such as aviation, boats, public art and the sporting events that keep us entertained year round. Go Hawks!
To purchase a copy of "Seattle Sketcher" for yourself or a special someone, you may order online through The Seattle Times Store or Pediment Books. It is also available at a number of local retailers and institutions, including the University Book Store, Elliott Bay Book Company, Bartell's, the Museum of History and Industry and the Seattle Art Museum.
I hope you enjoy the book. If you'd like to get an autographed copy, I still have two more book signings coming up:
• Bartell's University Village (Tuesday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m.)
• Bothell Public Library (Saturday, Feb. 7, 2 p.m.)