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Monday, October 13, 2014

Quick impression of São Paulo

Unlike in Rio, where I documented my 35-hour stay over three sketchbook spreads, in São Paulo I only managed to fill one over a similar window of time —I landed Monday night and left Wednesday morning. The city doesn't come with the sweeping panoramas and colorful beaches of its northern neighbor, but my impression of it was just as fulfilling. The time I spent sketching in the median of Avenida Paulista probably has something to do with that. A passerby took some photos of me while I sketched and emailed them to me within hours. How nice is that! That gesture from a complete stranger left me with a great memory of my short passing through São Paulo.

Photo by Gustavo daRosa

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm ready to sign some books!

This fall is bringing lots of book-signing events for me. The nice folks at Quarry Books just sent me to the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association trade show in Tacoma to promote the Urban Sketching Handbook.

And this Saturday, Oct. 11, I'm excited to come to the University Book Store in Seattle to sign copies of my Seattle Times book. The event is a "launch party" and I'm told there may even be drinks and snacks! Here are more details and a map.

Later in the season, I'll be doing a few more signings for "Seattle Sketcher." Here are some confirmed locations and dates:

—Museum of History and Industry (Thursday, Nov. 6, 11 a.m.)
—Elliott Bay Book Company (Sunday, Nov. 9, 3 p.m. )

If you are in the area, I would love to see you at any of these events. (Bring your sketchbook, too!)

You can order "Seattle Sketcher" online through the Seattle Times' publishing partner, Pediment Publishing. Or purchase your copy locally from these retailers: Barnes & Noble, Bartell Drugs, Elliott Bay Book Company, MOHAI Gift Shop, Seattle Art Museum Gift Shop and the University Book Store.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Nightly doodles

This is the kind of stuff that comes out of my head when I start doodling. I think it represents very much who I am, a 9-year-old at heart.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sketch of Pacific Northwest painter Henry Stinson

Henry Stinson is a well-known Pacific Northwest figurative painter based in Pullman, WA. Back in April I was teaching a sketching workshop there and I met him by chance at a coffee shop. Truth is, I didn't know who he was, but his wife, who was sitting next to him, quickly brought me up to speed. Stinson knew my Seattle Sketcher work and complimented (and autographed!) my sketch of him. As you can imagine, that made my day, especially coming from an artist of his caliber. I hope we'll cross paths again. In the meantime, I follow his work on his Facebook page. Go check it out and be inspired.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Suffering from "picture books" fever

Every now and then my artist soul suffers from a strong case of "picture books" fever, a burning desire to concentrate all my drawing abilities into creating fun children's books. I get the bug from a number of illustrators I admire, such as J. Otto Seibold, Richard Scarry or, lately, Miroslav Sasek.

Sasek, a Czech-born artist, was trained as an architect and made a career in children's literature with books that depict city life around the world. Being an urban sketcher, it's impossible not to find Sasek's charming renditions of buildings, cars and city dwellers totally inspiring.

According to the fan site "This is M. Sasek" screengrabbed above, the true owner of the rights to Sasek's pictures is unknown.

"Mr Sasek's publisher at W.H. Allen has been trying to find the true owner of the copyright for years. His search is ongoing. In the meantime, the royalities from the reissues are bieng held in a special fund until the copyright owner has been identified."

That may be why I have found no official site for the author. But copies of his reissued books, fortunately, are available.