Draw the Library with RADillustrates


Every line has a purpose. You're invited to observe the world around you through line-drawings and illustration with library artist-in-residence Rachal Duggan of RADillustrates.

In January and February, Duggan will host workshops and doodle sessions in the Bubbler Room, as well as live-drawing sessions where participants can take home their own illustrated portrait.

Rachal Duggan (RADillustrates) is an illustrator living in Madison. She spent the last decade living and working in Chicago. Her work consists of accessible and whimsical line drawings from daily life observations, current events, personal experiences, and pop culture. Each line has a purpose and invites the viewer to join in on the joke rather than ask the viewer to contemplate its meaning. Duggan regularly participates in art shows, live-drawing sessions, selling events and illustration workshops.

During Duggan’s residency, participants will explore the curiosity of illustration in line drawing workshops with an emphasis on people, faces, and memories. Guests at the library may also choose to have a custom on-the-spot drawing of themselves to take home. The Bubbler Room will act as Duggan’s illustration studio, where guests are encouraged to drop in and contribute to an always-evolving collage of doodles.

All events are free to attend but some do require registration.

Workshops include:  

Draw the Library

Saturdays: February 3 from 11:00am-1:00pm  

Curious about observational drawing but not comfortable doing it alone? Join Illustrator Rachal Duggan on a journey around the library to do improvisational sketches of people, books and everything in between. Bring a sketchbook and pen. Ages 18+  

Pop-Up Library Portraits

Wednesdays: February 21 from 6:30-8:00pm

Visit Illustrator Rachal Duggan with your book of choice and she will draw you and your beloved book for FREE! Walk away with a completed one-of-a-kind illustration. First come, first served. All ages welcome!

Portrait Slam: Illustrating Faces
Saturdays: February 17 from 11:00am-1:00pm

This workshop is centered on illustrating faces. We will examine famous faces as well as use each other as models to examine the complexity and subtlety of the human face. Ages 18+  

Open Drawing Studio

Wednesdays: January 31, February 7 & February 28 from 6:00-8:00pm

Visit Illustrator Rachal Duggan at the Bubbler while she works on her illustrations. Also partake in contributing doodles to the ongoing collage of illustrations in the room. All ages welcome!

Memories and The Art of Storytelling: An Illustration Workshop
Saturdays: January 27 & February 24 from 11:00am-1:00pm

In this workshop, we will discuss ways of using illustration to tell our stories. Participants will partake in drawing exercises that focus on translating authentic, mundane and treasured moments to lines on the paper. Ages 18+

Be Mine: Valentine Illustration Workshop

Saturday, February 10 from 10:00am-12:00pm

Make a handmade valentine for your special someone just in time for the big day! Illustrate something cute or doodle something witty for a friend, family member or partner. All ages welcome!

For more information, visit madisonbubbler.org/artist-in-residence.


The Bubbler's foundational Artist-in-Residence program connecting artists to the community and the community to artists is funded by Scooter Software, Inc.