Sponsor Announcement: Canson

Canson is a loyal supporter of USk Chicago and is once again one of our generous Sponsors of our Sketch Seminar. They are supplying Heritage paper for Paul Ingold’s workshop and mixed media 9”x12” boards for Aaron Elswick’s workshop. Every goody bag will have mini blocks of the cold, rough and hot press Heritage series paper. Thank you, Canson, for your continued support!

Sponsor Announcement: Chartpak

We are happy to have our longtime sponsor Chartpak back for our 2019 Sketch Seminar. Each participant will receive a Koh-I-noor Bristol smooth sketchbook, they are also sending Pelikan inks and @molotowheadquarters white paint pens for our “Fountain Pen World” workshop. A special thank you to @edbrickler for your efforts every year to bring us these fine art supplies. Thank you, Chartpak!

Sponsor Announcement: Daniel Smith

We are so pleased to have Daniel Smith as our SOLE paint sponsor for this years 2019 Sketch Seminar. We have received piles of test dot cards for our goody bags and paint for workshops being taught by Gabriel Campanario, Shari Blaukopf, Paul Ingold, and Barbara Weeks. This means that we will have paint for 144 participants plus instructors! Thank you, Daniel Smith, for your continued support!

Sponsor Announcement: Hahnemühle

We are thrilled to announce Hahnemühle as a valued Sponsor for our #USkChicago2019 Sketch Seminar! Hahnemühle has been making high quality paper in Germany since 1584. They are leaders in fine art printing, photography and traditional art paper production. This is Hahnemühle’s second time Sponsoring our Seminar and they responded in a huge way.
We are thrilled to have Hahnemühle papers in our goody bags and also as sponsors for two of our workshops. A major shout out to @boss_carol for all of her efforts to bring these high quality products to the US and for their unending support of USk Chicago and our yearly sketch seminar. If you have never tried #hahnemühle products, please do, you will not be disappointed!

Thank You Carol Boss Hahnemühle for your support of Urban Sketchers Chicago and all that you do to introduce these high quality products the US market. We are so pleased to have Hahnemühle as a treasured Sponsor!

Sponsor Announcement: SAKURA

Urban Sketchers Chicago is thrilled to announce Sakura of America’s sponsorship of the 2019 Sketch Seminar! Sakura provided two large boxes of goodies for our Seminar. Every participant will receive a Micron pen, white Gelly Roll pen, a Pigma black brush pen, and a Suma eraser. Sakura of America is also generously sponsoring two of our workshops with gray scale brush markers from Koi .

Thank you, Sakura, for your continued support year after year! Learn more about Sakura of America’s wide variety of art materials on their website and social media accounts listed below:

Meet the Instructors!

We’re happy and honored to welcome Gabi Campanario, founder of Urban Sketchers –

Meet Gabi Campanario! Workshop 6: Chicago in Your Pocket Sketchbook

Gabriel “Gabi” Campanario is a Seattle-based visual artist, illustrator, and journalist best known for his work as a staff artist at The Seattle Times and as the founder of Urban Sketchers. He is the author of Seattle Sketcher: An Illustrated Journal, and several books on urban sketching, including The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing On Location Around the World.

A native of Barcelona, Gabi earned his degree in Journalism from the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Spain in 1992, and has resided in the United States since 1998. His career as a newspaper artist spans more than two decades working in newsrooms on both sides of the Atlantic, including La Vanguardia (Barcelona), The Reno-Gazette Journal (Nevada), Diario de Noticias (Lisbon), The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.), USA TODAY, and The Seattle Times.

Campanario’s work has been recognized by The Society of News Design, The Society of Professional Journalists, and The Society for Features Journalism, and was the subject of a five-month solo exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry in 2014. As the founder of the Urban Sketchers nonprofit, Campanario’s advocacy of on-location sketching helped launch a global movement of artists and drawing enthusiasts whose motto is showing the world, one drawing at a time.

If you are interested in becoming a better artist and urban sketcher, there’s nothing like drawing in a small sketchbook to fuel your motivation and sharpen your skills!  Pocket urban sketching allows you to respond rapidly to any sketching opportunity — and without calling too much attention from onlookers (hello, shy sketchers!). Through a series of exercises, you will learn useful contour drawing techniques, how to simplify complex scenes to make them fit on the page, and how to create dynamic page layouts.  The workshop also includes a review of Gabriel’s urban sketching tools and useful drawing tips related to composition, perspective, tone and color. By the end of the class, you will have gained a basic understanding of what it means to be an urban sketcher and how to make on-location sketching a fun part of everyday life.

Meet the Instructors!

Meet Joann Harling Larsen! Workshop 9: Demystifying Drawing People in Urban Landscape

Joann started out her career as a Medical Illustrator and worked in medical centers in Chicago and New York City for many years. Some of the media she used included pen and ink, watercolor, airbrush, color pencil.  Outside of work, she painted figures and landscapes in oil, acrylic, and pastel.

Joann has been drawing her whole life. She just loves it, and still finds it enjoyably challenging! There are so many different ways to draw! 

Eventually, Joann moved into art directing for advertising agencies and for medical publications in both Chicago and New York City, all the while continuing her own work outside of the office. 

At this time, Joann was mostly concentrating on plein art painting. Most summers she would attend OxBow Artists Retreat in Michigan for intensive 2-week classes painting the landscape. After several exhibitions in Chicago and Portland, Oregon, Joann decided to get her MFA from University of Chicago and started teaching college classes, both studio and art history. Her classes took place at the University of Chicago, Benedictine, Harper, College of DuPage, Pacific Northwest College of Art.  For the past six years she has been teaching Fashion Illustration at College of DuPage.  Joann continues to show her work, including her fashion illustrations. 


Meet the Instructors!

Say hi to Jenny Zhang! Workshop 7: Let Lines Walk on Paper: Cityscape Sketch with Loose Lines and LightColor

Jing Zhang has been sketching and drawing since she was a child. Growing up, she had the opportunity to sketch on location in over 15 cities in her native China, exploring a wide variety of media including ink pen, charcoal, gouache, pastels, acrylic, and paper cutting. She continued to develop a passion for both art and the built world, and in 2013, Jing graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture from Texas A&M University. To this day, her architectural training shapes her sketch explorations, mirroring her professional use of sketching as an essential architectural design tool. 

Jing’s specialty is freehand ink drawings with light watercolor expression. Inspired by the quote from Paul Klee – “A drawing is simply a line going for a walk” –  she enjoys using loose lines and letting the line guide her on the paper. Jing joined Urban Sketchers Chicago in October 2016 and volunteered for the Symposium hosted by UskChicago. Jing’s work has been exhibited at June 2017 BLICK art show and has been featured on Instagram by institutes such as Urban Sketchers, UskChicago, the Chicago Athletic Hotel, the Blackstone Hotel, and ArtontheMart. Her ink and watercolor works were also implemented into client presentations at the firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, where she works full-time as an architectural designer.

Meet the Instructors!

Meet Jingo de la Rosa! Workshop 8: Think with Your Hands

Jingo M. de la Rosa is a commercial illustrator, art educator, and community artist based in Indianapolis, IN. He has created work for world-renowned organizations such as the NCAA, Duncan Toys, ’47 Brand Apparel, Eli Lilly & Co., and Sakura of America, among many others. Jingo is known in Indy as a leader in the art community. He is a founding Board Member and Creative Director for ArtSpeak, a non-profit organization that seeks to connect artists to the community through live events and new media. Jingo is also part of the organizing team for the Indianapolis chapter of CreativeMornings, a monthly breakfast-lecture for the creative community. 

As an arts educator, Jingo has made it a point to teach anywhere and everywhere. He is on the teaching artist roster with Arts for Learning (part of the national affiliate for arts education and integration, Young Audiences) where he has several teaching residencies in and outside of Indianapolis. Jingo is also an art instructor at the Indianapolis Art Center, where he teaches illustration for adults and digital art for teens. Apart from his profession, he also loves to sketch, inspiring his involvement with Urban Sketchers Chicago, and his work as one of the regional administrators for Urban Sketchers Indianapolis.