Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario
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Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario

Gabriel Campanario illustrates life in the Puget Sound region. He has been living and drawing in Seattle since 2006. He's a Seattle Times artist, founder of Urban Sketchers nonprofit, Spaniard, husband and father.

Century-old outfitter in Sodo scales up for new era

Sketched July 15, 2015 A computer monitor displayed a production goal of 125 bags and a pace of 95.1 percent as workers pressed pedals and moved leather pieces through sewing machines. For a moment, I felt transported to an assembly line in a faraway land. But this was real manufacturing happening in our own backyard...

Mowed down by changing habits

Sketched July 15, 2015 Gordon Kirkpatrick is servicing one of the last machines he’ll ever fix at Aurora Lawnmower, the landscaping-equipment and repair shop at the corner of Winona Avenue North and Highway 99 near Green Lake. He is not retiring any time soon, but the shop, a neighborhood fixture since 1969, is going out...

Waterfront waves visitors in with reopened piers, shops

Sketched July 7, 2015 Bertha. The seawall construction. No place to park. If you want to avoid the waterfront, it’s easy to find an excuse. But you should at least know what you are missing. Following nine months of major seawall construction, access to several piers returned last week, and shops and restaurants have reopened...

Everett’s star-spangled manor

Sketched June 30, 2015 Judging by the faded glory of the paint job, it’s been a perpetual Fourth of July celebration for years at this little Everett house. Red and white stripes cover the clapboard facade from side to side, and stars brighten the concrete porch. Other signs that a patriot lived here are everywhere:...

SketcherCasting the first U.S. Open in the Pacific Northwest

Last week's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay Golf Course will go down in history for many reasons: the dramatic ending with Dustin Johnson's three-putt on the 18th hole; the controversy about greens that some players compared to broccoli; the victory by 21-year-old Jordan Spieth, the youngest player to win the championship since 1923; and one...

Think your commute is rough? This guy kayaks, runs and bikes

Sketched June 9, 2015 Forget the traffic on the floating bridges. When the good weather rolls around, you may consider Kirkland resident Doug Ichikawa’s unique “triathlon commute.” He kayaks, runs and bikes between his home near Juanita Bay and his office in the U-District. The commute time is about an hour each way and breaks...

Cruise ship’s crew keeps it all afloat

Sketched June 1, 2015 With 192 cruises scheduled out of Seattle this year, a scene similar to what I saw recently at Pier 91 repeats almost daily throughout the summer. Cruise ship baker Allan Isuela and his crew were rushing to make hundreds of bread rolls down in the galleys and casino manager Stoyan Stefanov...

Bonding over English lessons at Atlantic Street Family Center

Sketched May 20, 2015 Newspaper columnists sometimes get a lot of grief from unhappy readers. Not me! I can hardly complain. After I shared the sketches from my naturalization ceremony earlier in the month, my inbox filled up with warm congratulatory messages from both American and foreign-born readers. To all of you, thank you for...