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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and Bamboo Paper app


Got myself a Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2 and this is my first test on my iPad Mini. To get full advantage of the tool's possibilities you have to synch it with Wacom apps like Bamboo Paper. That activates "pressure points" on the tip of the pen that give you more control of your lines and shading. I hope getting this Stylus finally motivates me to do some more digital sketching.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Seattle Sketcher, in book form

Here's a peek inside my Seattle Times book, in case you don't have your own copy yet.

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.)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans among us



"Breaking news: there are Veterans among us!" When my friend Sean posted that on Facebook this morning, I was immediately reminded that every November 11 in the U.S. is Veterans Day. The holiday honors people who have served in the armed forces, and is not to be mistaken with Memorial Day, a day to remember those who died while serving.

Sean, who is 35, served in the U.S. Navy in his mid twenties. He was stationed in Norfolk, Va., and got to see a few ports, from Montenegro to Dubai and other places in between, while deployed on the USS Anzio, a guided-missile cruiser.

Since he works at Amazon just a block away from The Seattle Times, we met for lunch to make the day feel a bit more special (Did I say this is still a working holiday for most people?) Sean was wearing one of his old U.S. Navy blue shirts and I took the opportunity to do a sketch. I think it helps illustrate his own message: Here's a real veteran among us.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Day and night, In-N-Out



A recent vacation in Southern California included a day hike in Joshua Tree National Park and an evening dinner at In-N-Out Burgers. These are very familiar locations for me. They are near Palm Springs, where I lived in the late 90s and met my wife, Michelle. This time it was fun to make new memories with our kids. My daughter threw sand all over my sketch at the park so it would have "the DNA of the place," as I like to say when rain falls over my sketchbook in Seattle. My son loved the burgers and milkshakes at In-N-Out. It's too bad the chain doesn't have any restaurants in Washington state.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Supermajority

I always enjoy creating spot illustrations for The Seattle Times opinion pages. This one ran today with an article where the writer makes a case for a supermajority vote on tax increases.