Meet Our Instructors: Mike Daikubara


Mike Daikubara

Mike is an industrial designer and graphics designer working as the Director of Brand and Design development at Symmons Industries. He has over 20 years experience in the design industry, having worked in various fields ranging from fashion/cosmetics, consumer electronics, medical, juvenile/baby products and currently, plumbing products. He holds a B.A. from Sophia University in Tokyo (Japan), Bachelors of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in New York City, an MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee (Wisconsin). He is currently working on his Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Graphics Design from Academy of Arts in San Francisco/Online program.
He first started sketching in 2000 to be able to communicate better and faster at his design job and now 18 years later, sketching has become more of a passion and has become fully integrated into his lifestyle of learning to see, understand and to enjoy his everyday life.

To date, Mike has published 7 books on the topic of sketching, including his latest called Sketch NOW Think Later on which this workshop is based. WS 14: Sketch NOW Think Later


Sail Boston by Mike Daikubara


Boston Harbor by Mike Daikubara

Meet Our Instructors: Paul Ingold


Paul Ingold

Paul has a B.A. in Design (Visual Communications) and has been a User Experience/Visual designer in the corporate world for almost 19 years. Paul currently works within a design team that helps build web solutions used by many Fortune 500 companies. Like everyone else he first started out with crayons, an Etch A Sketch and a Magic Slate. He started taking oil painting lessons by the third grade. Since then, he has always been fascinated with both scientific and simple watercolor illustrations.

Around 2014, Paul stumbled upon a book called the Art of Urban Sketching by Gabriel Campanario. Shortly after, he Googled “Urban Sketchers Chicago.” He then met the USk Chicago group at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The rest is history. Today he focuses on honing his urban sketcher skills using micron pens and watercolor.

You can view more of Paul’s work on instagram @pabloingold.

In June, he will be the instructor for the workshop WS 15: Light & Shadow – Urban Sketching with Pen and Watercolor.


Old Coast Guard Station, by Paul Ingold


Field Museum Stegosaurus, by Paul Ingold

Meet Our Instructors: Mark Jones


Mark Jones

Mark is a Chicago architect who works at the firm HED. He has over 28 years of experience in various project types, primarily focused on affordable senior housing. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specification Institute.
Mark graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he learned his drawing and sketching skills through his architecture classes. The professors emphasized the importance of documenting the environment by requiring students to maintain an active sketchbook by filling it with ideas, inspirational quotes and designs, as well as using it as a journal. While in college, Mark spent his junior year studying abroad in Versailles, France. There he documented his travels through Europe in pencil sketches and watercolors, while gaining exposure and feedback from visiting professors on the art of sketching and documenting the environment. Mark was drawn to the medium of color pencils while working on his thesis project, and color pencils remain his predominant choice of sketching media.
Since 2015, Mark has volunteered with two different organizations, Mercy Housing and Thresholds, where he has led five different workshops for residents who are living in affordable housing. He introduced the residents to urban sketching and showed them the benefits of drawing on location.

At our seminar Mark will be teaching WS 13: It’s All in the Details: Expressing Architectural Details, Ornament, and Building Elements with Color Pencils.

See more of Marks work on Instagram @markjones4125

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Mercy Housing Argyle sketch by Mark Jones

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Sullivan Van Allen Clinton sketch by Mark Jones

Meet Our Instructors: Marc Holmes


Marc Holmes

Marc has been a correspondent for since 2009, and an art blogger at since 2006. He was inducted into the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolor in 2016. He has taught at 7 International USk symposia, and 4 sold-out USk workshops.
Marc is the author of the how-to book, The Urban Sketcher: Techniques for Seeing and Drawing on Location, from North Light Books, and its four companion DVDs and workbooks from ArtistsNetwork.TV. He has also led the online classes, Travel Sketching in Mixed Media and Sketching People in Motion, for
Urban Sketchers Chicago is happy to welcome Marc to Chicago to teach his workshop WS 12: Tea Milk and Honey – Seven Years Later: Latest thinking on expressive watercolor sketching.


Sketch by Marc Holmes


Sketches by Marc Holmes

Meet Our Instructors: Lisa Flahive

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Lisa Flahive

Lisa Flahive is most widely known for her expressive drawings and watercolors of jazz musicians created live, in the moment, on the bandstand. This allows her to improvise, react, and communicate with the musicians. She chooses watermedia because it reflects the life of the music and must be created boldly, in the moment. Lisa has a B.F.A. in painting from Michigan State University, but has recently become far more interested in drawing. She recently returned to school to study classical figure drawing at Studio Escalier in Paris for the last three winters. This has dramatically changed the direction and focus of her work.
She paints and draws what inspires her, such as cafes or chefs in the kitchen. She also loves to capture the energy of a city in her vibrant street scenes, and paints many en plein air, at night. Artist in residence for Chateau Chantal Winery in Traverse City, Michigan, Lisa paints live on the bandstand every Thursday during their popular Jazz at Sunset summer series. This season, her artwork will be featured on several wine labels, as well as the cover for the 25th anniversary Jazz at Sunset CD, to be released in May, 2018.
Lisa will share her energy in her workshop WS 11: Capturing Chicago’s Rhythm and Energy.

Demo 3-2

by Lisa Flahive

Demo 2-2

by Lisa Flahive

Meet Our Instructors: Kordt Larsen


Kordt Larsen

Kordt Larsen is a multi-disciplinary artist. Aside from Urban Sketching, he works as an independent writer/producer/director, and is a contributing songwriter/music producer for the FoxTV show, Empire. He teaches through his company, Workshops By Kordt, and writes and produces music through his company, Kordtunes.
Kordt graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Music Composition, with Honors, from Roosevelt University, Chicago, in 1982. He began his career writing music for commercials, worked for many years as a copywriter, creative director and producer in advertising agencies including BBDO, Foote Cone & Belding and A. Eicoff & Co. For the past 20 years, Kordt has been an independent writer/producer/director/composer, creating everything from websites to TV commercials to music for commercials and television. He has worked for TV networks, ad and digital agencies, production companies and corporate clients directly.
Kordt has been involved in Urban Sketching since 2014. He has created videos documenting the Urban Sketcher’s annual Chicago Sketch Seminars in 2014 and 2015. These videos have been viewed thousands of times in over 70 countries around the world. Kordt often volunteers to photograph sketches and sketchers at the monthly Chicago sketch crawls, and has a library of hundreds of sketches and sketchers from these events. Kordt will teach you how to show your sketches in their best light in the workshop WS 10: Photographing & Promoting Your Sketches.

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Photo by Kordt Larsen

USkChi 2-2

Photo by Kordt Larsen

Meet Our Instructors: Joel Berman


Joel Berman

Joel Berman is the founder and president of Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd., a Chicago architecture firm specializing in adaptive reuse and heritage restoration for restaurant, hospitality, institutional and residential development. Project work includes the award-winning preservation and renovation of a 1920s White Castle Hamburger building, and conversion of a 1906 Chicago fire station into a major video production and editing facility.

Joel is a registered architect, and he is a member of the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA). He is certified as an Accredited Professional in Building Construction and Design by the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-AP BD+C). He is designated by the City of Chicago as a Self-Certified Architect. Joel emphasizes the use of clear and fast sketching as part of the design process, ideating perspective ideas to clients through the art of freehand sketching and concepting branded environments in front of clients and business owners.

He has extensive experience as a teacher of architectural sketching at Columbia College Chicago, Urban Sketchers Chicago, The Chicago Architecture Foundation, and The Ontario Association of Architects. Joel was also an Artist in Residence at Cliff Dwellers, a private arts-focused club in Chicago. Join Joel in the all-day workshop WS 09: How to Sketch Like an Architect