DCDW x Different StrokeswithTracie Ching&Robzilla

Thursday / September 24 / 7:00 PM


Ah, vectors. A powerful creative tool that may seem daunting to learn…until you get to learn from the best of the best.

If you aren’t following Tracie Ching and Robert “Robzilla” Generette III, you’re missing out on two of the District’s most esteemed vector illustrators. Frankly, they’re some of the best out there. Period.

Tracie’s been commissioned to make portraits of everyone from Elizabeth Warren and Captain Marvel to Lin Manuel Miranda and Baby Yoda. Robzilla’s been doing work for ESPN, the Golden State Warriors, and the Philadelphia 76ers, all while taking on projects with Adobe and giving back to our local community.

What we’re saying is they’re a big deal. We’re thrilled these two local legends are joining DCDW for a keynote. Over 90 minutes, Tracie and Rob will go in-depth on their approach for creative work, explore how they use the same tools in radically different ways, and share how the District has inspired — and continues to inspire — their work. If you’ve wanted to see how complex and unique illustrations come to life or want to see how to develop your own styles, you won’t want to miss this (heck, why would anyone miss this??).

Event Sponsor: ICF Next

ICF Next is a global marketing agency based in Fairfax, VA continually creating now and next, through accelerated change beautifully delivered.


Date & Time

Thursday, September 24

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM




Tracie Ching

Artist and Self-Taught Illustrator

She | Her | Hers

Tracie Ching is an artist and self-taught illustrator working in Washington, DC. A marriage of old and new, her work translates classic engraving techniques through vector illustration, resulting in the bold cross-hatching style for which she is known.


Robert Generette III


He | Him | His

Robzilla is an illustrator & draws stuff. In fact, he’s pretty {expletive} good at it. Since the age of three, He’s been imitating life and expressing himself through lines. With age, he’s honed his skills, sought formal training and mastered techniques in traditional and digital media.


Platform and Prerequisites

This event will be streamed via Zoom. In order to participate fully, attendees should plan to join on the Zoom app via their computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video. In order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations — only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room. You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.


No special tools are needed to participate fully in this event, but you may want to have Illustrator open or your iPad with Adobe Fresco or Procreate handy — just in case inspiration strikes!

Accessibility and Accommodations

All DCDW events will have real-time CART (live captioning) services. If you need any additional accommodations, please contact us before 9/14 by, through the provided Google Form, or by phone. We honor your privacy and no personally identifying information (e.g. your name) is required to request an accommodation.

  • Request an accommodation through this Google Form
  • Email us at accessibility@dc.aiga.org.
  • Call our Accessibility Lead, Josh Kim, by phone at 571-302-1504

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct .

More Information

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