Sponsorship Announcement: Pilot Pen

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Exciting news! We have a new sponsor for our soon to be Sketch Seminar May 31st-June 2nd. Pilot is sending 190 Blue pilot bold precise grip pens for each goody bag and a few fun items for our raffle. The bold pen is super soluble and a perfect tool for quick sketches and a slight wash to create values. Thank You, Pilot, for your generous support!

Sponsorship Announcement: da Vinci Artist Brushes


We are very excited to welcome back da Vinci Artist Brushes as a Sponsor for our 2019 Sketch Seminar May 31-June 2. They created their Casaneo brush series specifically with Urban Sketchers in mind. The short handle fits nicely into sketch kits and the synthetic fibers were developed for great flow and precision painting. The brushes are extremely reliable and hold their shape over time. They are providing a Casaneo Round size 6 brushes for each goody bag. These brushes will be put to use by all of our workshops that will be painting. We cant wait to share your high quality products with our sketch participants! You can find some great information on all of their brushes on their facebook page and on their website. Thank you da Vinci for your valued Sponsorship and support of USk Chicago!

Sponsorship Announcement: Woodward and Father

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We are excited to announce that once again Woodward and Father will be sponsoring our sketch seminar! If you are not familiar with their handmade painting and sketching supplies then get on over and check them out! Katie Woodward (@ramblingsketcher) and her Father are sending a mini set up board with a painting cup and an unlimited palette with standard and big brush pan packs that the raffle winner can customize. Since Katie is an urban sketcher herself, every detail of their products are well thought out and crafted. Thank you Woodward and Father for your generosity.

Sponsorship Announcement: Caran d’Ache

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We are so pleased to welcome back CARAN D’ACHE as a Sponsor for our #USkchicago2019 Sketch Seminar. They are providing 190 tubes of a Technalo graphite pencil, blending stump and a Grafcube in assorted colors. They are Sponsoring three of our workshops. Marek Badzynski‘s workshop “Chicago Skyline with Fude nib and soluble graphite“ is receiving 36 metal tin sets of 6 Technalo soluble graphite pencils with a water brush and the participants will have the full range of Grafcubes to work with. The “Go BOLD with Color Pencils” workshop, with Mark Jones, will receive thirty six 12ct Supracolor pencil sets. “Fountain Pen World“ workshop taught by Alex Zonis and MJ received 2 bottles of ink for their participants to use. And last but not least—a large graphite drawing set in a zippered case will be in our raffle for one lucky winner! Thank you CARAN D’ACHE for your generous support of USk Chicago! We cant wait to share your products with our participants!

Sponsorship Announcement: Blick Art Materials


For the fifth year in a row (including ’17 USk Symposium), Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to announce Blick Art Materials sponsorship of the #USkchicago2019 Sketch Seminar and the Chicago urban sketchers community!

This year Blick Art Materials is supplying, sketchbooks, Pentel waterbrushes, plastic portable palettes and gift cards for our 190 goody bags. In addition they are sending $500 in gift cards for our raffle. Our event is successful because of our Sponsors and Blick is highly valued by USk Chicago. THANK YOU BLICK!

Sponsorship Announcement: Faber-Castell

Urban Sketchers Chicago is excited to have Faber-Castell‘s sponsorship of the #USkChicago2019 Sketch Seminar for the fifth year! Faber-Castell began supporting our artist community at our first Sketch Seminar in 2014, and we are honored to be able to continue to share their products with you! This year, each goody bag will have a PITT Artist Pen box of 8 (black), a PITT Artist Pen box of 6 warm and cool grey pens, and a bold broad black brush pen. In addition, graphite pencils and erasers are being provided for Gabriel Campanario‘s and Paul Heaston‘s workshops. Last but not least, our raffle will feature a 48ct PITT Pen collection and three Loom fountain pens. Thank you Faber-Castell for your continued support!!!

Make sure to visit Faber-Castell’s website, and follow them on social media!

Sponsor Announcement: KWZ Ink

Urban Sketchers Chicago welcomes KWZ Ink as a new sponsor to our 2019 Sketch Seminar! If you have fountain pens or like to use ink washes then please check out KWZ Ink, they have some awesome colors. They are generously sponsoring some of the inks for the Fountain Pen World Workshop. We cant wait to share your products with our sketchers. Thank you KWZ Ink!