Above: My favorite sketch from my work at Saturday's Sketch Out. Staedtler Pigment Liner 0.5 in the journal I made for the Fair using 130 gms Gutenberg. (Journal approx. 6.5 x 7.5 inches.) Click on the image to view an enlargement. (Note to self: when designing future State Fair journals be sure to make the spread just a little less wide so it fits in one pass on my scanner! The left edge of the verso page, which was blank, is just a little clipped in this scan).
The Second Annual Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out grew in numbers this year. Fifteen sketchers showed up to capture the sights of the Fair in their journals and sketchbooks. We worked in pen, watercolor, colored pencil, watersoluble colored pencils, graphite—each approach was as varied as the what the artists selected to focus on. Anywhere you look at the Fair something is sure to catch your eye!
See images from some of the participants at the Second Annual Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out, at Urban Sketchers—Twin Cities. I'll post more about the Fair when I'm back at the computer.
Thanks to everyone who attended—the work was inspiring. Thanks for braving the heat and the crowds. There were 150,000 people at the Fair yesterday, and with the 15* of us sketching that meant that 0.01% attending were sketching. Our stats are improving.
I had at least 11 strangers talk to me about journaling and sketching while I worked. While one young woman stood by and waited for me to register her in my peripheral vision so she could ask, "Really, do you mind? I just have to ask, did you just draw that?" most were interested in making books and sketching at a future event.
Thanks also to David Steinlicht who video taped part of the first meeting and some of the post meeting sketching! Thanks for recording this day.
If you missed out this year think about joining us next year for the Third Annual State Fair Sketch Out. (Of course we'll have buttons!) (And if you are sketching at the Fair on another day this week be sure to send in a jpg of a sketch—there are some buttons left! We'd love to see what caught your interest at the Fair.)
*I'm still waiting to hear back from a couple people who said they were going but couldn't come to the meetings. We may have done even better!