Eleanor Doughty is an illustrator originally from Virginia, now based in the Pacific Northwest. Eleanor has a studio practice at Common Area Maintenance community art studios in Seattle and has worked as a full-time freelancer since 2017.


Follow her sketching correspondence on the Seattle Urban Sketchers blog. And sign up for the mailing list for news, upcoming shows & workshops, and coupons.

Education: Virginia Commonwealth University, B.F.A. 2013

Selected clients: Boston Globe Magazine, Downtown Seattle Association, Hilton, Hong Kong Living, Indiewalls, Kroger, Lion’s Roar Magazine, Marriott, Microsoft, Penguin/Random House, Rappaport, VICE, west elm

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public projects mapped on Wescover
Selected Press / Published

• Urban Sketchers: Drawing Attention. Wooden Pens & Scooters – Eleanor Doughty Talks About Her Life as an Urban Sketcher. April 2020
• The Urban Sketching Handbook: 101 Tips For Sketching by Stephanie Bower. Published Nov. 2019.
• DestinAsian Magazine, Sketchbook feature. March 2019
• Superstition Review (ASU online literary magainze): Issue 22. December 2018
• The Sun Gazette: Artists Putting Finishing Touches on Scenic Mural in Vienna. November 2018
• Capitol Hill Tool Library: Eleanor Doughty profile & interview. July 2018
• CBS19: New mural highlights Charlottesville's diversity and beauty. June 2018
• Vienna Patch: Stunning Mural to Beautify Vienna, VA Shopping Center. May 2018

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are your dream projects?
A: working on backgrounds/environmental visual development for games or animations! Also more murals! and live drawing events.

Q: Will you paint me a picture?
A: me!

Q: what is “urban sketching”?
A: the practice of drawing from life, recording authentically what’s in front of you. merging journalism and visual art. drawing in groups and alone, and sharing online what we make.

Q: who/what are some of your influences?
A: Big fan of: Japanese animation, especially Studio Ghibli films, Science SARU, Tekkonkinkreet. French animation and comics! And mid-century American/European illustration and printmaking. 
I’m also a big fan of Amazonian cultures’ woven baskets, pre-Columbian South American figurative sculpture, Japanese traditional woodblock printing, and the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
Oh, and the work of Egon Schiele.

Q: what pen do you use?
A: drawing is more about composition and line quality than “magic tools”...but I really like using parallel pens (sometimes modified) and other kinds of tools that make chunky lines.

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