Program Committee


ORLING “Arty” DOMINGUEZ is a freelance graphic designer, illustrator, artist-teacher and vagabond traveler. She currently teaches Visual Arts at an international school in Santo Domingo, focusing on portfolio design and coaching students in their application process to art schools in Dominican Republic and U.S.A. Orling posts as a correspondent on the Urban Sketchers blog, and she is also a correspondent and administrator of Urban Sketchers Rep. Dom. You can also see her drawings in her blog: Drawing by the Pound! and in Flickr.


MATTHEW BREHM (Idaho, USA) is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Idaho, and a correspondent for Urban Sketchers. He holds degrees in architecture from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Oregon, and practiced architecture for a total of 12 years in Washington, DC, and Eugene, OR. His research focus is on the pedagogy of design communication, and specifically on analogue and digital techniques in the academic design studio. Each summer, he leads an 8-week architecture program in Rome, Italy, with location drawing being a prominent aspect of the program. His sketches have won awards on two occasions at the Design Communication Association's Biannual Juried Drawing Exhibit.  Matthew posts on the Urban Sketchers blog and his own blog  Matthew's work can also be seen at

VIRGINIA HEIN has many years of professional experience as a concept designer, art director and illustrator of toys and other products, as well a fine artist.  Currently she teaches at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California, and the Academy of Art University San Francisco Online.  She is an avid location sketcher, and posts regularly as a correspondent on the Urban Sketchers blog.  Her work on location can also be seen on flickr: and at

VERONICA LAWLOR is an illustrator and president of Studio 1482. She is a professor at Pratt Institute and Parsons the New School for Design, where she teaches drawing and illustration. She also teaches at the Dalvero Academy, which she co-founded with Margaret Hurst. Veronica has worked for numerous corporations and publications, and her drawings of September 11, 2001 are part of the collection of the Newseum of journalism in Washington DC. In 2011 Veronica Lawlor was the North American nominee for the Canson Prix award at the Louvre in Paris. She is the author of One Drawing A Day: A 6-Week Course Exploring Creativity with Illustration and Mixed Media. (Quarry Books) Veronica posts on Urban Sketchers as well as and her own blog, Her portfolio can be seen at

FRED LYNCH is a professor and chair of the Illustration Department at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. Fred is also a professor in the Illustration Department at Rhode Island School of Design (his alma mater). In addition to teaching, he is also an illustrator, artist and active sketcher, posting regularly on the Urban Sketchers Blog. Students' work from his summer course in Italy can be seen at Fred's drawings can be seen at

VÍCTOR MARTÍNEZ ESCÁMEZ, a.k.a SWASKY (Barcelona, Spain) is a Catalan-Spanish artist and art teacher from Barcelona. He holds degrees in Fine Arts and Audiovisual Communication from Barcelona universities and also attended Nottingham Trent University in England. A trained photographer and videographer, Swasky shifted his interest to drawing as a way to show the world after joining the Urban Sketchers online community. Swasky’s first book, “Voltant per Sants" ("Going around Sants"), was just published in January of 2012. Blog | Flickr

JAMES RICHARDS is an urban designer, sketchbook artist, writer and educator in Fort Worth, Texas. He is an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington, co-founder of the urban design firm TOWNSCAPE, Inc, and a member of the Board of Directors of the global non-profit Urban Sketchers. Blog
GAIL WONG is a registered architect in Seattle, WA.  She maintains her own architectural practice and consults as an architectural illustrator.  In addition to her professional work, she teaches architectural design drawing and architectural sketching at the University of Washington. She is the blog administrator and coordinator for Seattle Urban Sketchers.  You can see Gail's work at  and on her own blog at


MELANIE REIM Since earning her MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University, she has illustrated for book publishers, advertising agencies, museums, magazines and major corporations. Melanie has taught drawing and illustration on both graduate and undergraduate levels both in the US and abroad. She is the chairperson of the MFA in Illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where she also teaches in the undergraduate illustration department. Her visual journals have been the subject of articles published out of London, UK, as well as Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, her documentary work is part of the Air Force Art Collection in the Pentagon in Washington, DC and is also featured in several books about drawing and illustration. Her work has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions. Melanie is on the Board of Directors at The Society of Illustrators in New York City as Education Chair, has served on the Board of Directors for ICON 6 as Education Chair, and is Volunteer Chair for ICON 7, where she advocates for the rich and well-rounded education of illustration students everywhere, as they are the future of the industry. You can see her drawings at