Meet Our Instructors: Lisa Flahive

Lisa Flahive

Photo by Robert DeGabriele

Lisa is most widely known for her expressive drawings and watercolors of jazz musicians, which are created live, in the moment, on the bandstand.  This allows her to improvise, react, and communicate with the musicians.  She chooses water media because it reflects the life of the music and must be created boldly, in the moment.

Lisa paints what inspires her, such as cafes or chefs in the kitchen.  She also loves to capture the energy of a city, as seen in her vibrant street scenes, many of which are painted en plein air, at night.  Lisa is the artist in residence for Chateau Chantal Winery in Traverse City, Michigan, and paints live on the bandstand every Thursday during their popular Jazz at Sunset series.

Having a special interest in pen and marker sketches of lively street scenes, Lisa will be leading this year’s seminar workshop, Capturing Chicago’s Rhythm and Energy.

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To see more of Lisa’s work, please visit Facebook.com/Flahive.artist.

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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., Playboy, and eCFO magazines, Andante Records and Faber-Castell USA, Inc. catalogs, as well as other publications. He taught drawing at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.  He has been sketching with USk Chicago since its inception in 2012.

Don specializes in sketching people, architecture, and landscapes in pen, ink, and pigmented markers.  At this year’s seminar, he will be teaching two workshops – Drawing Urban Dwellers, and Creating a Rich Drawing.

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See more of Don’s work at www.buttnekkiddoodles.com.

Workshop 16: Sketching with Markers for Beginners

Instructor:  Wes Douglas

Description:

This workshop will focus on the different effects that can be achieved by sketching with markers. It is surprisingly simple to do and versatile as a tool for on-location sketching. Through demonstrations and hands-on exercises, learn how to create many of the same effects as watercolor, and without the messy clean up – just click the caps back on! Participants will receive handouts for marker papers and products on the market.

Learning Goals:

  • coloring for flat areas of color
  • blending of two or more colors
  • creating the illusion of shape, dimension and texture
  • rendering architecture
  • rendering landscaping
  • adding people or animals to your sketch

Supplies:

  • sketchbook (4×6″ or larger recommended)
  • pencils and erasers
  • black pen for line work (Sharpie Ultra Fine Point, Uniball gel pen or ballpoint)
  • starter kit of markers (Copic, Prismacolor, Blick or Pitt greys)

Wes’s sketches:

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Workshop 13: Capturing Chicago’s Rhythm and Energy

Instructor:  Lisa Flahive

Description:

This workshop will focus on creating energetic sketches of lively urban spaces without an eraser.  The instructor will start by using a range of large gray markers.  Participants will develop confidence by trying some short sketching exercises.  They will incorporate speed and take some risks in the sketching process.

Learning Goals:

Participants will learn to confidently capture the energy of the city by using:

  • dynamic composition with a focal point
  • line and shape
  • strong sense of value
  • connected shapes to unify the sketch

Supplies:

  • sketchbook
  • one or more technical pens
  • markers – black and two or more gray values (the instructor will demonstrate both wide and big brush markers, but participants may bring any sketching material that allows them to create a range of values)
  • portable stool

Lisa’s sketches:

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To see more of Lisa’s work, please visit Facebook.com/Flahive.artist.

Workshop 6: Creating a Rich Drawing

Instructor:  Don Colley

Description:

The challenge of creating a rich drawing is made easier if you are using a varied range of tools.  This workshop will address strategies of opening the drawing and setting up the page to further develop features.  This workshop will work as Part 2 to the workshop, “Drawing Urban Dwellers,” but also can be taken independently.  Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • how to shift gears by changing the nib width or switching to brush work
  • how to rapidly capture planes and strong features
  • how to render more than objects and perspective, thereby suggesting mood, light, season, weather and time of day
  • how to take advantage of the inherent qualities of the paper and tools

Learning Goals:

  • using time effectively by using tools appropriate for the job
  • editing to reduce the number of details without losing liveliness and character
  • enhancing the drawing by introducing a broader range of marks and values

Supplies:

  • sketchbook of modest scale: 6″x9″ up to 8-1/2″x11″
  • instructor will supply the drawing tools, which will be graphite and water soluble graphite, and a range of Pitt Artist Pens, aka pigmented markers

Don’s sketches:

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See more of Don’s work at www.buttnekkiddoodles.com.

Workshop 5: Drawing Urban Dwellers

Instructor:  Don Colley

Description:

Sketching in public offers the challenge of capturing the static architectural elements as well as the dynamic human inhabitants of that environment.

Making use of even a small array of tools will enable and enhance the artist’s ability to develop the drawing quickly, depending more on efficiency rather than speed.  Key to a fruitful effort is a decisive strategy, where the artist begins with the drawing’s purpose, and an editing process that focuses on pertinent elements and the elimination of unnecessary features.

This workshop will take place in a classroom setting.  The instructor will demonstrate the process during the first half of the class, and guide the participants through an exercise during the second half.

Learning Goals:

Participants will learn and practice three stages of progression of location drawing:

  • opening the drawing and general layout
  • capturing salient features of people while leaving the drawing open to allow for movement
  • tying elements together and refining the scene

Supplies:

  • sketchbook of modest scale: 6″x9″ up to 8-1/2″x11″
  • instructor will supply the drawing tools, which will be graphite and water soluble graphite, and a range of Pitt Artist Pens, aka pigmented markers

Don’s sketches:

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See more of Don’s work at www.buttnekkiddoodles.com.