Meet our Instructors: Keelan Kaiser

keelan-photoKeelan has always loved to draw; he started young with imaginary cars and robots. His parents never discouraged him from drawing, probably they should have, because he was often in trouble in school because he drew a lot and didn’t read or do his math. He made his way from engineering to architecture as a major after stumbling through the first year of chemistry and material science and seeing how much fun the architects were having. He learned to draw like an architect in college at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln where he completed the M.Arch. with a specialty in representation and design.

He enjoys travel drawing, mostly the travel and gastronomical parts, but also the drawing. Most recently his drawing and painting has sought to hybridize an airy drawing technique, inspired loosely by the drawings of John Singer Sargent and Alberto Giacometti; with the Velasquez Palette of Burnt Siena, Ultramarine Blue, and Yellow Ochre, common to architectural watercolorists; as well as the rich and deep technique present in Chinese watercolor. Architectural watercolor artists Moh’d Bilbeisi, Douglas Lew, and Huck Scarry are also influential. While a professor of architecture at Judson University, he is largely a student.

At the seminar this summer Keelan will be teaching Workshop 10: Sketching Architecture with Velasquez Palette

Area of specialty in sketching (pen&ink, watercolor, people, architecture, etc). Pencil, Pen&Ink, Watercolor

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We’re always glad to have Keelan come sketch with us, but we’re also hoping that his lovely assistant will return again for this great workshop!

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Meet our Instructors: Deb Donnelly

Deb_introDeb Donnelly is the owner of Giggles Caricatures by Deb and Tailtoons Pet Caricatures along with an online store where she has been creating caricatures of pets and people for the last seven years.

Headquartered in the Western Suburbs Deb does commissioned caricatures from photos as well as providing live entertainment with whimsical humorous drawings at a variety of events that include corporate functions, private parties and special events.

Her work has been featured in The Daily Herald, The Naperville Sun and other local publications. Her artwork hangs in private homes across the country.

In addition to operating a business as a full time artist Deb has extensive experience in graphic design. She has instructed a Watercolor Journaling class at a community college as well as an online class.

Deb has always kept a sketchbook and a journal but it was not until combining the two that it became a passion.

Deb is skilled in a various artist expressions including scrimshaw, life portraits, murals, commercial art and children’s book illustration.

At the seminar this summer she will teach Workshop 9: Enhanced Sketching – Mingling Watercolor with Words

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Deb may be the first caricature artist we’ve had in Usk Chicago – watch out for a great rendering  if you get paired up with her for portraits!

See more of Deb’s work online:

Giggles Caricatures by Deb Donnelly

Tailtoon Pet Caricature Portraits on Facebook

The Caricature Shoppe on Etsy

Meet our Instructors: Andrew Banks

banks-headshot-for-web1Andrew Banks is an artist and freelance illustrator. Andrew works with watercolor, pen and ink and graphite and his subject of choice is architecture, architectural landscapes and city scapes.

Andrew has always enjoyed sketching, but it wasn’t until a 6 week study abroad trip to Europe in 2008 that solidified his passion for on location sketching. Visiting cities like Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Copenhagen, and Stockholm, Andrew was inspired by the ancient architecture, urban fabric and vibrant city life. For the duration of his trip, Andrew captured these experiences in sketchbooks, illustrating architecture and recording sights, sounds and smells of each new location.

Andrew started following the Urban Sketchers movement in 2008 and has been a member of USk Chicago since 2013. Andrew is a contributor to the USk Chicago Blog, one of the group’s administrators and an active contributor to the group’s social media accounts.

At the seminar this summer Andrew will be teaching Workshop 8: Perspective, Proportion, and Value for the Urban Sketcher.

Area of specialty

sketching architecture and architectural landscapes in pen and ink, graphite and watercolor.

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Andrew is a Correspondent on the Usk Chicago blog and an admin on our Facebook group. His dedication and creative drive have been of great benefit to this group –we’re so glad he sticks around with us!

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Meet our Instructors: Don Colley

don-at-whole-foods-1-18-2014Don graduated with a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin. His illustrations have appeared in Inc. magazine, Playboy magazine, eCFO magazine, Andante Records, Faber-Castell USA, Inc. catalogs, as well as other publications. He taught drawing at Drexel University, Philadelphia PA. Don has exhibited regularly since 1983, and he currently shows with Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago. He tours the country lecturing and presenting demonstrations on behalf of Faber-Castell USA, Inc.

Prior to attending his first Urban Sketchers Symposium in Portland in 2010, Don had kept a regular practice of documenting the urban scene for 30 years. Don has been sketching with USk Chicago since 2012.

At the seminar this summer Don will teach Workshop 7: Creating a Rich Drawing.

Area of specialty in sketching: people, architecture, and landscapes in pen & ink and watercolor

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Just watching Don and work can yield all sorts of tips for other sketchers. We’re so glad he’s offering his course again at the seminar this summer!

See more of Don’s work at:


Meet our Instructors: Mark Jones

Mark-headshotMark is a licensed architect in Chicago working with the firm of Harley Ellis Devereaux. He has over 25 years of experience in a various project types, primarily focused on affordable senior housing. Mark graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago and learned his drawing and sketching skills through those architecture classes. The instructors emphasized the importance of documenting the environment by requiring students to maintain an active sketchbook. Filling it with ideas, inspirational quotes and designs as well as using it as a journal. While in school, Mark participated in a nine month study abroad program based in Versailles, France documenting his travels through Europe in pencil sketches and watercolors. Mark was drawn to the medium of color pencils while working on his thesis project and has used it predominantly since.

He has continued keeping active sketchbooks filled with conceptual drawings, urban sketches, journaling and anything else that inspires him. He routinely utilizes freehand drawing to develop project designs and details in his work and always encourages younger architectural staff to draw by hand.

Mark is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specification Institute and resides on the northwest side of Chicago.

At the Seminar this summer Mark will be teaching Workshop 6: Urban Sketching with Color Pencils.

Area of specialty in sketching Color pencil with pen and pencil

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We love seeing the motion in Mark’s work and are looking forward to seeing him in action this summer!

See more of Mark’s work online:

Instagram: markjones4125

Meet our instructors: Angie Hauch

Angie_introAngie Hauch is a freelance animator/illustrator. She migrates between Chicago, Detroit, and the tiny town of Sawyer in southwest MI. She loves the long commutes, and spends almost every meditative mile lost in a sketch.

Angie graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with a BFA in animation and made her film festival debut in 2011 with the short film, Cuckoo for Two. She is a volunteer at Facets Film Camp and serves on the jury during the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Angie is a design consultant for the University of Chicago’s Ci3 Program, where she works with youth providing technical training in art production for game design. She is an editor and facilitator of digital storytelling workshops at Storyographers. During her previous position as an associate producer at Woodlawn Avenue Productions, she worked on multiple social justice documentaries.

It is not an exaggeration to say that Angie spends every possible second she can at the beach. After a lifetime of rock collecting she started designing beachglass jewelry, vending at craft shows, and selling on Etsy.

At the seminar this summer she’ll be teaching Workshop 5: Capturing People in Motion

Area of specialty in sketching:
Preferred mediums: Pen & ink, watercolor
Preferred subjects: people, waterscapes

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Angie joined the Urban Sketchers movement in 2014, and she can… not… stop… We are ever so glad she has joined the Chicago Usk group and look forward to learning from her this summer!

See more of Angie’s work on these sites:

Meet our Instructors: Ted Gordon

Ted-headshotTed Gordon is a professional artist and animator. He has created the motions for humans, monsters, and animals for videogames played on consoles, PCs, and Arcade machines since 1999. Ted designed and taught the game art curriculum and served as Associate Chair of the Game department at Flashpoint Academy. Ted enjoys Urban Sketching, Plein Air painting, and taking on commissions featuring the beautiful architecture in and around Chicago. Ted enjoys taking a journalistic approach to his artwork, setting aside preconceived notions to observe reality, in pursuit of visual truth.

Ted will be teaching Workshop 4: Urban Sketching Undercover

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We’re so glad Ted has joined Usk Chicago! We wonder if he has any tips for  sketching velociraptors undercover?

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