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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tacoma Westcoast Sketch Crawl

I started the sketch crawl on Friday since I would not be able to stay for Sunday.  I arrived in Tacoma before noon and before the end of the week traffic heated up.  I wanted to hang around the port of Tacoma and sketch the industrial side of Tacoma.
I found a look-out platform next to the Port of Tacoma's office, which had a great view and shade to beat the heat.  I was able to do a couple sketches and even shared them with the receptionist and marketing graphic designer (and got to uses their restroom too).  Thanks!!

Cranes and Container Ship

Port of Tacoma

Tacoma Dome from McKinley Hill

Quick sketch before heading to the Friday evening dinner with the rest of the sketchers.

Museum of Glass

In the morning I turned my attention to the Museum District.

Another view of Tacoma Dome under the 21st Street Bridge

I continued to look for shady venues to beat the heat on Saturday, but also I wanted to pick some different views of the city.  The end of the Foss Waterway had trains, large storm sewer pipes and the Dome. 
Elks Lodge Hotel

A couple of more sketches after lunch down in the Theatre District.  I wanted to capture the Spanish Steps, but when I saw the Elks Lodge Hotel, it reminded me of a grand palazzo from Rome.  I was also able to get some of the balustrade from the stairs too.

Old City Hall and Commerce Street
 One last sketch while waiting for the street car before heading back for the afternoon meet up (so I had to sketch fast, because they come every 12 minutes).

After the meet-up I was finished for the weekend, both physically and mentally.  Great job of organizing by the Tacoma Urban Sketchers.  Thanks!!


  1. Wow, what a prolific weekend of great sketches!


  2. Agreed... so many wonderful sketches. And the Elks Lodge is going to be a McMenamins!

  3. I love the port sketches especially! Beautiful work!!!

  4. Thanks all, I had a lovely couple of days in Tacoma. So much more there to sketch.

  5. WOW, just really really beautiful work, David!!!!! You are amazing!!!!

  6. WOW, just really really beautiful work, David!!!!! You are amazing!!!!