A Video Peek at the 2010 State Fair Sketchout Just To Get You in the Mood

August 10, 2011

The multi-talented David Steinlicht created a video of the 2010 Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out. It's up on YouTube now. If the embedded video doesn't work above, then go here to view it on YouTube.

Think about joining us for the Third Annual Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out on August 27, 2011. (See the link for complete details on meeting times and locations.)

In 2009 I wrote extensively about the Minnesota State Fair—how to dress for it, how to pace your food choices, and of course how to sketch. If you would like to read this material go to the Minnesota State Fair Round-up Page for an annotated list.

Mark your calendar now—and join us on Saturday, August 27, 2011 to document the fun and excitement that is the Minnesota State Fair!

(In the meantime, check out and the gallery of crop art images from past years by David Steinlicht and others. Be sure to stop by the Ag-Hort Building when you visit the Fair. It's where you'll find the Crop Art Exhibit.)

    • Carolyn
    • August 12, 2011

    Fun!!! Thanks for posting the video. Love to see people sketching in public, and loved the drawings.

  1. Reply

    Carolyn, thanks. I thought David did a great job with this.

    I don’t know if we are going to have a video of the sketch out this year. Most people I know are also sketchers and want to sketch. How can I blame them. We’ll see how it goes. I was hoping to get some video of me sketching at the Fair on a different day (because that’s the day I can get someone with a camera), but I’m not sure how that will turn out. We’ll see.

    • Carolyn
    • August 13, 2011

    I hope you do. It’s wonderful to see you and hear you. Happy sketching!

  2. Reply

    Wow – very inspirational – thanks for this one! So good to see that not once (maybe edited out) was someone interrupted in their task of sketching ~ by outsiders. Refreshing – not that it bothers me, but to know it can happen that way (no interruptions) is refreshing!

  3. Reply

    Pattie, I wasn’t with David when he was shooting so I don’t know if people were interrupted when sketching the animals they were sketching in the video.

    The thing about sketching at the Fair, or any place in public is that you need to pretty much assume that you are going to be interrupted. Sometimes the interruption is minor and you can get back to work, sometimes the interruption is major and your subject moves on and you don’t get to finish your work. Other times it’s a major interruption and yet you have such an interesting conversation with someone, such as a child interested in sketching but not aware of such role models as you’re presenting, that you realize you’ve changed someone’s attitude or even life.

    So the interruptions aren’t something to even worry about. They happen and you develop a way to deal with them and your expectations for “productivity” when sketching out are suitably adjusted and all in all I think the interruptions actually help interject balance into the whole thing.

    Part of sketching out is to be out in the world, with all the jostling that entails.

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