We all signed up for one demonstration and four workshops to attend over the course of 3 days. We also had impromptu sketch walks, sketch talks, drink and draws, as well as vendors selling their wares to tool-geeky artists!
There is no way to convey the awesomeness that was these 5, quick days. But I'll try:
-I met people from all over the world: Singapore, Montreal, Portugal, Luxembourg, Germany, England, Costa Rica, Sweden, and a ton more
-I exchanged cards with all of those worldly folks.
-I watched a Brazilian couple salsa dance to 'lil Wayne
-I got to meet some of my sketching idols: Jim Richards, Liz Steel, Rob Sketcherman, Nina Johansson, Paul Wang, Norberto Dorantes, Marc Holmes, Shari Blaukopf--to name a few
-I got to see the USK godmother Genine, work her magic at every event
-I got to partake in a laughing out loud "blind contour portrait" session with Nina Johanssen and Cina from Sweden (image below)
-I fell asleep to amazing views of Chicago from my dorm room
-I stayed in a dorm room--first time since 1996.
-I lied, I stayed in a dorm room in Massachusetts for a grad class in 2015
-Oh--and I sketched and learned a lot!
|the mandatory plane sketch|
|dorm room view!|
|Workshop #1: Norberto in action|
|Delphine's Demo: Paint first, Draw second|
|Sketching the Portuguese goofballs|
|Listening to Jim|
|Workshop #3: Less is more|
|Does Lapin ever stop?|
|Listening in on the Executive Board meeting|
|Workshop #4: LK Bing|
|LK and I!|
|Me and Mario--I bought his drawing at the silent auction|
|The last night. This panorama is the who's who of USK!|
|Nina's blind contour of Cina!|
|Genine cramming in one last drawing!|
|Genine and I with 572 other artists!|