W6: Small is Beautiful



Saturday morning

Gabi Campanario


This workshop is aimed at sketchers who want to capture their travel experience using a small sketchbook and very few tools.

No need to bring a portable stool or folding chair. To embrace this minimalistic sketching lifestyle you need to travel light so you can whip out your sketchbook at any given moment. You need to learn to draw while standing up, leaning up against a wall or in any unforeseeable circumstance.

The workshop will cover a range of useful drawing tips to help participants develop a sustainable, fun and uncomplicated sketching practice.

Be ready for moderate walking as we wander around making small and beautiful drawings in Edmonds’ charming downtown.

Learning goals:

  • How to hold the sketchbook and draw standing up
  • Sight measuring tips to make big scenes fit across a spread
  • How to flesh out your line drawings with an ink wash
  • Storytelling: Adding notes and writing

Supply list:

  • Small, pocket-size sketchbook (3.5” by 5.5” or A6)
  • H2 pencil, 3B pencil
  • Waterproof ink pen of your choice (Micron PN or Uniball); or just a Bic ballpoint pen
  • Higgins black or blue waterproof ink 1 oz
  • Pentel Aquash Water brush (large tip)
  • Small rag or paper towel
  • Two binder clips
  • Water bottle to stay hydrated!

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Event Details

Date: July 20, 2024

Start time: 09:00 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.

Directions: Graphite Arts Center. 202a Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Sketcher Fest Artist

Gabriel “Gabi” Campanario is best known for his storytelling sketches of the Seattle area —which appeared weekly in The Seattle Times between 2009 and 2021; and for his role as the founder of Urban Sketchers, a global organization of artists who aim to “show the world, one drawing at a time” through on-location sketching and reportage. He is the author of Seattle Sketcher: An Illustrated Journal, and The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around the World. In 2022, Campanario launched Sketcher Press and On the Spot to amplify the work of urban sketchers and reportage artists.

IG: @gabicampanario. Website: gabicampanario.com. Substack: On the Spot