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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

July 30, 2009 at 2:35 PM

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Seattleites react to the heat

Posted by Gabriel Campanario

With temperatures in the 100s on Wednesday and near triple digits today, my wife insisted via Twitter that I shouldn't go out to sketch: "Don't do it! Stay inside!! Draw your shoes!" she wrote. I normally follow everything she says, but not this time. In addition to drawing the PEMCO clock, here are some other drawings I did.

constructionworkers072909m.jpg[July 29, 12:20 p.m.]

Construction workers Domonique, Tony and Mike were cooling off in a bench a block away from the construction site at 8th and Virginia where they work. Mike said they'd let me sketch as long as the drawing wouldn't appear in the comics section. Then everyone started laughing, picturing themselves as big-headed cartoon characters. I assured them that wouldn't happen and proceeded to draw and ask them about the heat. Tony explained that they were lucky to be working in the basement part of the mega-office building, where is cooler. But none of them were pleased with the unusual temperature. "It makes me sleepy," Domonique said.

artistbywestlake072909m.jpg[July 29, 12:50 p.m.]

Stanley Glover was drawing pictures of people outside Westlake Center. How could I resist drawing a fellow sketcher? His theory about the heat: "Every time we have a very cold winter we also have a very hot summer."

sunlover072909m.jpg[July 30, 2:07 p.m.]

I was surprised not to find people actually enjoying the sun yesterday. Isn't that what Seattleites long for all year? But then I met Karen Leimback this afternoon. She was taking a break from work outside the Metropolitan Park East Tower and had deliberately chosen a sunny spot to relax. "I love being in the sun," she said. "We quickly forget how weather gets the rest of the year."

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