CES2020 Sketchbattle returns to Sin City

Thanks to the move to June, the Detroit Auto Show gives a gift to the attendees of the annual Consumer Electronics Show.  Our January Sketchbattle Pro can now take place in a warmer climate and be exposed to a new and exciting audience.  Tomorrow, January 7th, at The Industrial Space (2330 S Industrial Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102) at 7pm, the doors open for Sketchbattle Pro #19.  Sketchbattle Pro #19 - CES Las Vegas 1-7-20 v5 min.jpg

If you have never been to a Sketchbattle, let us tell you a little about what to expect.  World-class talented designers compete head-to-head live in front of the audience in The Fight Club of Design.  50279685_2034287549991506_6094057868556763136_nEach Round they are given 30 minutes to create a sketch from scratch based on the themes they are provided.  At the end of the round distinguished judges chose the winners who advance to the next round.  At the end of the evening the Sketchmaster is belted.

Tickets can be found at www.sketchbattles.com or at https://sb19ces.eventbrite.com 


All of this is done to support charities, in this case the Pro Sketchbattle is supporting Sketchbattle Jr, an education initiative to bring professional design mentoring to students from 12-18 all over the country.  Here is an article about our inaugural event in Detroit.


All the usual excitement carries over.  10 sketchers, 3 rounds of 30 minutes each. One winner, $2,500 Grand Prize.   What is new are the round themes.  Round 1 allows the contestants to imagine and create a single-seat four-wheeled electric commuter vehicle that is entering production in the near future. Myers EV has been working on the concept that promises the thrill of a motorcycle with an ecology to save the planet.  Round 2 envisions the charging infrastructure needed to move to an electric vehicle future.  And the final Championship round imagines a future where personal flying craft finally eliminate the dreaded workday gridlock and bring a freedom to mobility only available in science fiction stories and movies.



Unranked (in alphabetical order)

Andrey Abrem

Ezekiel Ring

We don’t have much information on our next contestant other than he is from South Carolina, attends school at the College for Creative Studies and is interning at NewDealDesign in San Francisco

Javier Guerra

Javier Guerra is a December 2019 Transportation Design graduate from CCS and our first contestant from Lima, Peru. He had a passion for making things, both functional or just out of curiosity and found that industrial design was a career that combined both his creative, imaginative side, but also a desire to improve the way things work. You can check out my current work at https://www.javiguerra.com/ my personal website.

Matt Regnier

Matt Regnier was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Pike’s Peak was silhouetted every night during my sunsets growing up. Matt was inspired to design fast cars by the famous hill climb every year, as well as my fellow Colorado Springs Native, Syd Mead.  He attended ArtCenter College of Design and strives to make the world more beautiful and intelligent with his vehicle designs! As Lead Designer at RAESR Automotive, he is tasked with designing the worlds greatest HyperCars!  “Fun, with a Serious Undertone” is his philosophy.  You can find him on Instagram: @regnierdesign

Scott Melanson

Originally from Thompson, CT/Wantage, NJ, Scott now calls Minneapolis, MN home.  A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, he is Co-Founder of Push.Design and a Senior Industrial Design Engineer for Innovative Design Labs.  Melanson has worked on everything from Kickstarter successes to advanced medical technology for Fortune 500 companies.  He currently counts 50+ products in industry, numerous successful product lines and over 10 Patents on his resume.  YOu can find him at @againstthedesign on Instagram



Chris Greazel

After graduating from the University of San Diego High School, our 5th ranked contestant, Chris Greazel from moved north from San Diego to study Illustration and Engineering courses at California State University, Fullerton; and then on to Product, Entertainment and Transportation Design starting with night classes at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in the mid ’90s. By 2001, Chris was leading a ten-person design team for an OEM supplier studio whose exclusive client was Harley-Davidson Motor Company.  This led Chris to eventually found his own design firm for the powersports industry. Today Chris is a freelance consultant based in Southern California, designing  futuristic concept cars as well as hot rods, big rigs, quadrotor drones, and even starships for online games.

Jorge Palacio

Our second contestant from South Carolina and our 4th ranked contestant hails from Greenville.  A student at UF & Georgia Tech, he currently works for Professional Tool Products, where he creates products for Snap-on Tools, MATCO Tools and Cornwell.  He loved building things like scale models and drawing comic book charters as a kid and guided him to his first degree in mechanical engineering. However, once he graduated and had a job as an engineer, he realized somethings was missing so he switched careers and got a degree in Industrial Design.  You can find Jorge at Instagram: @jankzy


Finn Yonkers 

Our 3rd ranked contestant is Finn Yonkers! Fin made it to the final round in his only Sketchbattle experience at the NY Auto Show this year. A third generation designer, Finn Yonkers brings over 20 years of design experience to the studio. He began his career teaching design and visualization at Pratt Institute’s Industrial Design Department and has extended his portfolio to include transportation, exhibit, multimedia and interactive design.  Finn holds a B.A. in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute. He is the proud recipient of numerous awards including three consecutive Graphic Design USA  Awards. His work has been featured in Architectural DigestDronelifePrattfolio,Tradeshow Week, Exhibitor and Event Design Magazines.

Daney Chang 

Our second ranked contestant is Daney Chhang from Dallas, Texas. Daney currently works for Frank Stephenson design and went to Art Center.  Daney won Sketchbattle #10 in Las Vegas in 2017 and has made it to the final round in Chicago and Pebble Beach this year and the 2nd round in Los Angeles in 2017.  Chhang is a designer inspired by the dream of one day living on another planet. So he gets so much inspiration from anything and everything space related. His Instaram is @daneycdesigns

Shubham Singh 

Shubham Singh is our Top Ranked Contestant and only winner from India. A student at CCS, he won Sketchbattle 15 in Detroit in January 2018.  We don’t have much more we can share, but you can see Shubham’s portfolio here.



Alikhan Kuljanov

aliOriginally from Uzbekistan, Ali was a professor of Design at the College for Creative Studies and Lawrence Technological University.  Ali is also the founder of AllTheSketches, a reference resource for designers and design students.  He also had career stops at General Motors and Opel, where he was the lead designer for the Cadillac Escalade and XT4 interiors and was Director of Design at SF Motors.

Sue Neuhauser


Sue Neuhauser is an Entrepreneur and Creative Mind with more than 20 years of international experience in the Automotive Design Industry.   In April 2019 she founded her own business “ Nova Design Group”, utilizing her and the teams gained knowledge & experience of 8 years “lived startup life”. She is currently working with a small group of creatives to consult and support on Design related matters, with a core focus on sustainability,  innovative solutions & improved processes catering to Vehicle Startups and OEMs.  Prior to her recent entrepreneurial activities, she worked as Chief Designer, CMF at Faraday Future and Creative Manager at Tesla Motors.  Prior to her move to the USA in 2010, she served as Creative Design Manager,CMF at MAN Truck & Bus, In 2006 she joined the Magna Group as Sr. Automotive Designer, where she worked on projects for Mini, BMW, PSA, Mercedes, and Nissan. She Started her Career as Designer at Audi Design in Ingolstadt. Sue graduated with a Master degree in Transportations Design at the University of Applied Science in Munich.


Thank you to Covestro for their continued support of our events. This is the 3rd year in a row that Covestro supports bringing Design to the forefront of the public’s attention with The Fight Club of Design.  Our themes this year dovetail nicely with their CES activities: Smarter cities for a brighter future.

covestroThank you to the College for Creative Studies for their support of our events including the new Sketchbattle Jr. events.  Sketchbattle and Founder and Co-owner Brook Banham birthed the idea for the Sketchbattle events while a student in the Master Program there.


Thank you to Myers EV for participating in the Round 1 theme

myers-tandem-front-2000x1098Thank you to Blick Art for providing the drawing and sketching supplies for the contestants.

maxresdefault (1)Thank you to Mobsteel for the title belt746CF44F-9F96-4E8E-8828-18D648609DD9

Jon Adams Photo Sketchbattle partners, Brook Banham and Frank Schwartz

Sketchbattle Founder Brook Banham with Sketchbattle partner Frank Schwartz

The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment™ is presented by

            AACS and Middlecott Design.

AACS_diagram_whitelogoAACS (Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, LLC) is a business development consultancy working in all aspects of the automotive industry.  AACS specializes in helping automotive suppliers with their difficult objectives like introducing new technologies, expanding business onto new continents or breaking down walls to bring in new customers. We are experts in customer engagement!

b58cab33960182-56be35ad7e1fbMIDDLECOTT Design is an international design organization based in Detroit, Michigan. As Detroit’s premier design consultancy, MIDDLECOTT will supercharge your brand through its award-winning formula of high-octane design.


About Frank Schwartz

Frank Schwartz is the founder of CarFriend.me and Advanced Automotive Consulting Services, partner in The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment and serial entrepeneur. A long time automotive enthusiast, Frank started reading car magazines at the age of 8 and has spent 30+ years working inside the automotive industry. In his spare time Frank races with the Sports Car Club of America, spends time working on his numerous project cars and supports many local charities.
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