Lecture 1: Drawing for Publication: The Triumphs and Tribulations of a Newspaper Sketch-Columnist

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Speaker: Gabriel Campanario (USA)

Location: National Design Centre – Auditorium

In this talk, I’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at the planning and editing process I follow to draw and write my weekly Seattle Times column, Seattle Sketcher (http://seattletimes.com/seattlesketcher). For example, I keep a spreadsheet with hundreds of contacts I have accumulated since I started the column five years ago. I also follow many neighborhood blogs and local Twitter accounts to find ideas of people and places to sketch.

Dealing with public relations “flacks” and press officers is also necessary to gain access to locations where the public is not allowed. To remain an independent observer and avoid becoming a simple channel for their publicity, I never promise to write or draw something that I may later regret having published.

Sketching for publication also requires working with editors and meeting deadlines. It’s not the care-free sketching I used to do, but it has given me a renewed sense of purpose as an urban sketcher. And the satisfaction of seeing my work in print never gets old!

Whether you are interested in finding publishing outlets for your work or just want to hear about my sketching adventures in Seattle, I hope you’ll come away from this talk with a new appreciation for the storytelling power of urban sketching.