Wednesday, November 21, 2012

...for the students/...para los estudiantes.

My teenage students like it when I model the drawing exercises for them, the results are very positive when they see their own teacher drawing in front of them. Or are they just tricking me to avoid working on their own art? I wonder...

A mis estudiantes de secundaria les gusta cuando ejecuto para ellos el ejercicio de dibujo que les asigno, hay un resultado positivo cuando ven a su "profe" dibujar frente a ellos. O será que simplemente están evitando trabajar en lo suyo? Ya decía yo...

© 2012 Orling "Arty" Domínguez

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dominican Republic says "NO to Fiscal Reform" / República Dominicana dice "No a la Reforma Fiscal"

Last Sunday, November 11th, Dominicans raised their voice against the new fiscal reform recently approved by the government. In the middle of artistic manifestations: poetry, songs and theatre acts, Dominicans also sang the National Anthem and made it clear that the young middle class is alive and it will not give up easily.

El pasado domingo, 11 de noviembre, los Dominicanos alzaron su voz en contra de la nueva reforma fiscal aprobada por el gobierno. Entre manifestaciones artísticas: poesía, canto, y teatro, los Dominicanos cantaron el Himno Nacional y dejaron claro que la juventud de la clase media está viva y no se rendirá tan fácilmente.

The day we Dominicans WAKED UP!
¡El día en que los Dominicanos DESPERTAMOS!

© 2012 Orling "Arty" Domínguez

Saturday, November 10, 2012


This summer I took sometime for myself after the urban sketching symposium and headed to Disney to take a workshop on reportage illustration with Veronica Lawlor and Margaret Hurst, from the Dalvero Academy. Great time, totally disconnected from daily life, the opportunity to share time with many talented and creative artist and just have fun the way I like it: drawing! Once more I recognize there is always room to learn more and continue growing.
Here some scenes from the carousel in magic Kingdom, right behind the famous castle in Disney. If you wish to see the drawing bigger, click on them, or if you want to see more of my drawing you can see my album on Flickr.

Este verano me tomé un tiempo para mi luego del simposio de dibujo urbano y me fui a Disney a tomar un taller de dibujo reportaje con Veronica Lawlor y Margaret Hurst, de Dalvero Academy. Una jornada maravillosa, totalmente desconectada del "día a día", con la oportunidad de compartir con muchas personas talentosas y creativas y simplemente divirtiéndome como más me gusta: ¡dibujando! Una vez más reconozco que siempre hay espacio para seguir aprendiendo y creciendo.
Aquí escenas del carrusel en Magic Kingdom, detrás del famoso castillo de Disney. Si deseas ver los dibujos más grandes solo tienes que presionar sobre ellos, y si deseas ver otros más puedes visitar mi álbum de "urban sketches" en mi página de Flickr.

© 2012 Orling "Arty" Domínguez

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Unos meses después / A few months later...

Meses sin pasar por acá, no por nada malo, todo lo contrario, por muchas cosas buenas que me han mantenido alejada de la vida virtual y más conectada con la vida real. Entro hoy para dejarles una video de la entrevista que nos hiciera el programa de TV, Santo Domingo Invita sobre el 3er Simposio Internacional de Dibujo Urbano. Gracias al equipo de SDI, me encantó el resultado.

Comentaré más cosas sobre el verano luego, mientras disfruten del video.

It's been a while that I don't come around here, not due to bad things, on the contrary, because of amazing things that had kept me away from the virtual world and more connected to real life. I enter today to post this video of a reportage about the 3rd International Urban Sketching Symposium, from the TV program Santo Domingo Invita. Many thanks to the team of SDI, I really enjoyed the results.

More to come about the summer, in the meantime enjoy the video.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The USK Symposium! Workshops....

I'm going to be co-teaching a workshop at the next 3rd International Urban Sketching Symposium in Santo Domingo with my friend Inma Serrano, here are the details:

Workshop G: Improvising with line and color: The Urban Sketcher as a Storyteller

Parque Colón/Catedral

Orling Domínguez
Inma Serrano

Worskhop description
There is a story in every corner of the Colonial Zone, historical facts, and architectural details inherited during the 500 hundred following the arrival of the first Europeans settlers, plus the local characters who live in the area. In this workshop, we will focus on capturing those stories and details of the first city of America using a combination of the following elements and concepts: line, color, serendipity, emphasis in the composition, and storytelling through images and words.

First part
In the first part of the workshop we will focus on “Lines, Colors and Serendipity” that are themselves abstract elements which combined allow us to represent things figuratively. The fundamental difference between each of our sketches lies in the expressiveness of combining, in a personal and unique way, these two essential elements: color and line.

Beginner sketchers sometimes feel their drawings "lack a personal style" and their trouble is finding a personal way of drawing that identifies all their works and give them an "unmistakable identity." Most of the time the essential components that are missing from our designs, to make them our own and different from others, are precisely the three we will focused on in this first part: Line, Color and Serendipity.

Participants will be encouraged to work with different types of lines according to the importance of the elements that we are seeing and we will combine in the sheet and use colour to create specific service points that emphasize the meaning of our drawings. We will look for different ways to get carried away and feel free to understand that our sketch is the one that is telling us where we have to continue. Because the accident and the serendipity of life must be definitely present in our drawings.

Second part
In the second part of the workshop we will focus on composition, emphasis and storytelling in images and words. Participants will be invited, once again, to draw the stories that will unfold in front of them in “the zone”, but this time adding text to enhance their pages with the use of typography, handwritten text or lettering designs, viewing their pages as complete layouts, finding a balance between the actual sketch and the written narrative. Participants will have the opportunity to continue working with different types of lines and with the same spontaneity encouraged during the first part of the workshop, but this time listening and recording in text what’s going on around them, to create a layout in their sketchbook that reinforces the concept of emphasis and storytelling.

Learning goals
  • Lines: Look for a personal line type in its different thicknesses and proposals to create different points of attention in our drawings: close-ups, overlays, writing, etc.
  • Color: Search points of interest in our sketch using a small range of colour, trying to create specific focus to guide the eye of the person who is watching our sketch.
  • Improvisation: Take advantage of "drawing mistakes" and incidents that develop along the creative process, the moments of uncertainty should be harnessed to provide new and personal solutions to our sketch.
  • Composition: Will look at serendipity and spontaneity but keeping in mind “composition”. Finding the balance between written text and images, using typography as a design tool to empower your drawing and the composition of your designs.
  • Emphasis: The use of the following tricks to create a focus point: Black and white vs color, contrast between details of the scene vs. the open view scene, unfinished parts of the drawing vs. more detailed areas, handwritten text vs. actual typography and/or lettering.
  • Storytelling: Participants will reflect on the following questions: What’s happening in front of me? How fast can I draw it and take notes of the conversations or facts involved in the scene? What’s really important in the entire scene? Who or what is the main character of my story? What’s the story? Include in the sketch unexpected situations and incidents that happen around you, surrounded sounds, moments of uncertainty... Try to take advantage of the chance to describe not only a place but a moment that is changeable, concrete and personal. (Note: Participants will be given a little brochure with a sample of different typography families and lettering for them to use as reference and a list of historical facts as well as photocopies of images showing success in the use of our main learning goals.)

Workshop flow

First part
Introduction. 5-7 minutes
Warm-up and thumbnailing: 10 minutes
Sketching time: 45 min. to 1 hour, in order to accommodate slow and fast sketchers
Questions, doubts and sharing of sketchbooks: 10-15 minutes.

Second Part
Introduction: 5-7 minutes
Warm-up and thumbnailing: 10 minutes
1 hour approx. to create the final drawings that incorporate the concepts of the fist part of the workshop (lines, color and serendipity) and the second part (composition, emphasis and storytelling); We will do one to two drawings, depending on individual speed of each sketcher.
Final wrap-up and sharing of sketchbooks and questions: 10-15 minutes.

Reference images

By Inma Serrano

By Inma Serrano

By Orling Domínguez

By Orling Domínguez
Hope to see you here in Santo Domingo!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Urban Sketchers: Santo Domingo Symposium website and press release

Nota de prensa / press release!

Urban Sketchers: Santo Domingo Symposium website and press release: Our Symposium website is up and running at ! Stay tuned for full list of instructors, workshops descriptions and more!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Oldies... Alcazar de Colón, Sto Dgo.

It is official, Santo Domingo is the hosting city for the 3rd International Urban Sketchers Symposium and I am really looking forward to see my own city through the eyes and drawings of more than 100 sketchers that will be drawing all over the colonial zone in July, 2012. In me meantime, I was looking through old drawings and here's what I found...

Ya es oficial, Santo Domingo será la capital anfitriona del 3er Simposio International de Dibujo Urbano y no puedo esperar a ver mi ciudad a través de los ojos y dibujos de más de 100 dibujantes que estarán bocetando por toda la zona colonial en julio, 2012. Mientras, me puse a buscar entre unos dibujos que realicé hace tiempo y esto fue lo que encontré....

Alcazar de Colón, Santo Domingo. República Dominicana.

2012 © orling "arty" domínguez