Minnesota State Fair Journal Update

November 18, 2016

160827_d_RochinRoosterCRBRLeft: This year at the Fair, at least on a few days, there were some birds. A big change from last year when bird flu hit and birds were banned from the Fair. The sad news is that the pigeon fancy took a huge hit. We were down from hundreds of entries to less than ten. And, well I'll mention the rest in my flip through. I was glad to have some chickens to sketch on some of my visits. This is a 7.75 x 9.75 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal (soft covered) turned on end, gutter running through the center of the image. I had a large piece of corrugated plastic board to clamp my book to because the humidity makes the large soft-covered sketchbooks a bit limp. Pen and watercolor.

Yes, it's almost Thanksgiving and I haven't posted my 2016 Minnesota State Fair Journal flip through yet. EEEEEE.

I've been busy with work and family and having the best time seeing what my design class students are coming up with.

At the same time I've been trying to think how best to show this journal which contains so many verticals. (Not something really suited for the landscape orientation of the video format.)

We work with what we have and we do a little bit every day. 

After two long posts this week I thought you would enjoy a little peek into my Fair journal, and not a lot of words!

Both of the images I'm showing you here come from the two "sketch out" days. On those days I took a bound journal: a 7.75 x 9.75 inch Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media journal (soft covered). On the other days I took 9 x 12 inch or 9 x 6 inch watercolor boards.

OK—go sketch some animals this weekend! You know you want to!

Below: Some sheep. I used the Faber-Castell Pitt Calligraphy marker.


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