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October 29, 2008

Meet the correspondents: SEATTLE > Gabi Campanario



"I was a teenager when I became really interested in drawing. At 16, I did a series of sketches at my parents' hometown near Seville in southern Spain — drawings of the crumbling castle and the whitewashed houses in the village — that I was particularly proud of.

You'd think I would have gone to art school in college to further my passion for art, but I went to journalism school instead to satisfy the news junkie in me.

A lot of years passed without drawing on location very often. But since moving to Seattle a couple of years ago I seem to have found the way to that intersection where journalism and art meet.

This is a city of both tough fishermen and coffee connoisseurs, Boeing machinists and Microsoft programmers. Its unique geographic setting with water and mountains east and west creates an interesting backdrop to the urban landscape. I try to capture all of that in my sketchbooks, drawing every day on the bus, during lunch breaks or on weekend outings to the beautiful places of the Pacific Northwest. Labeling things and writing observations around the drawings is the type of journalism that suits me."

• Gabi's blog.
• Gabi's blog at The Seattle Times: Seattle Sketcher.
• Gabi's art on Flickr.

16 comments :

Rob Carey said...

So glad you returned to sketching, Gabi. Thanks for the inspiration to get back to "lunchtime" sketching, a joy now regained!

Alvaro Carnicero said...

Thanks for this blog, Gabi. It´s a very good idea!

caseytoussaint said...

what an inspiring project! I've really enjoyed looking through all the different artists profiles - some of whom I already knew, and some I was excited to discover. I'll definitely bookmark this site!

Stephen Gardner said...

Thanks Gabi, this is going to be fun.

Tommy Kane said...

You've done a great job Gabi.

free[k]hand said...

Thank you Gabi, look what you've done and it's not even started!

gabi campanario said...

i know, i've gotten myself in big trouble! thanks folks!

Lok said...

The man himself! Good to see a face - looking forward to your sketches man.

cheers,

Lok

Frida said...

Hi, Gabi! How wonderful it is to finally "meet" you! You have done a fantastic job putting together US. Thank you for letting me be a part of US!

Wil Freeborn said...

good to see you, looking forward to this starting.
cheers for getting us all together!

matthew_c said...

What a terrific idea this is Gabi. Looking forward to being inspired.

gabi campanario said...

thanks guys, i'm looking forward to it myself, it should be fun

szaza said...

Hi Gabi!
Thank you for this fabulous group.
This is going to be really fun.

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Teresa Giménez Pous said...

Feliz aniversario. Seguiros es una verdadera gozada.

Elizabeth Goh said...

I am in awe of your ability to sketch on a bus in Seattle! I commute from the Ballard area to downtown Seattle each workday and with the potholes and "unpredictable" drivers I've never been able to hold my sketchbook, let alone pen, still long enough to make any sort of recognizable marks. I wish I could - what a delightful way to pass the time on my daily commute!