Today’s gallery contains all the pages of my 2018 Minnesota State Fair Journal. This year I was able to attend on three days. There are sections indicating the start of each new day, and stating which day was the sketch out (I could only attend one of the sketch out days).
I worked on 300 lb. Fabriano Artistico Hot Press Watercolor paper that I cut down into 8 x 11 inch cards. That was a good size, and the paper is very lovely to work on.
I think other things about the Fair can be determined by reading the notes on the pages. You’ll find, for instance, that my friend Terri is a lucky charm when it comes to hens laying eggs. You’ll find comments by kids to me, and so on.
In these images you’ll also see the color palette that I took (Schmincke Pan Watercolors) and the test papers that I tried. Pens that I used were typically noted on the pages and if there is no note on a page it simply means I continued to work with the same pen from the previous card, or last mention of a pen.
When I was at SketchKon in November I was on a panel about themes. I was asked about my theme work around the Minnesota State Fair. I invited all 500 or so attendees to come to the 2019 MN State Fair Sketch Out. (It will be in August and I’ll post here as soon as I know the date but it will likely be the first Saturday after the opening day, if you want to plan ahead—at any rate I already know I’m going on that day.)
I hope everyone listening to the panel shows up. I hope everyone reading this shows up. I know we’ll all have a great time sketching at the Fair!
Using the Gallery
In the gallery below you can
- Click through it as you see it appearing on this page using the arrows below the image,
- OR you can click on the first image and the gallery will blow up into a different format. Note, if you click on the first image you have to click a second time on the black background to have the full gallery appear below the main image as a thumbnail list.
I recommend option 2.
When the gallery blows up you’ll see the largest image version of each slide. Additionally at the bottom left you will see an arrow you can hit to play the gallery as a slide show (I’d skip that); an “i” which if you click will give you captions (I recommend this) and a speech bubble. (The last is for leaving comments.)
There will also be a row of thumbnail images at the bottom that you can navigate with. If you click on the first image, you’ll need to click on the black background that appears, before you get the whole gallery list to appear below. Explore.
NOTE: update 12.26.18—Dick just told me that when he clicks on the image and gets the enlarged image and then clicks on the side arrow he goes to a like to my 2014 MN State Fair flip through. I have no idea why that happens. There’s a glitch somewhere as there isn’t even a link to that post, though it’s mentioned below in the comments section.
You will need to follow either step one and see the small images, or follow step 2 COMPLETELY (see above) to get through the full gallery for 2018. Sorry this is confusing, but if you do all the steps in item two it works.
Some of my Minnesota State Fair Sketches have made it onto or will be added to my Instagram account but they are cropped because of the square format there. That offers a different look at what I was doing on any given day.
A Note About My Paints for this Event
I took a squarish Schmincke metal palette box that I had adapted to fit 4 rows of seven half pans. One of my students came up with this method of adaptation and I like it much better than my earlier adaptation approaches—though it does involve some use of tools.
One thing you’ll notice about my palette (I include both a color chart and a view of the physical palette in the gallery below) is that I seem to have two orange pans. These are vastly different. Saturn Red and Transparent Orange. They might look similar when they are in the pan, but on paper they are different. I mention this because you might not want to try another orange. Saturn Red, however is great for a one-hit coat on most caucasian skin, and useful for the glowing undertones on darker skin tones, so a very useful addition, without the insistent vividness of the transparent orange. (The latter works great with Phthalo Turquoise if you have some turkeys to paint!)
If you want to see me make a case for Saturn Red here’s a direct link to Day 24 of my 2018 International Fake Journal page in the project gallery. That’s Saturn orange with a little bit of Burnt Sienna and Yellow Ochre in some areas. For this direct brush sketch I started with the yellow ochre to lay in the basic form, built up the orange, and then added some burnt sienna in the darker areas. I love Saturn Red!
At the time I was using the palette selection I took to the Fair I was still working out which browns I wanted to keep. It has been a busy fall and I’m not really closer to deciding. All have a their usage points when mixed with various blues while sketching animals.
But speaking of blue, Schmincke’s Cobalt Azure (PB35) is a wonderful color that granulates when it settles—alone or mixed with other colors it’s just a delight to work with. It has knocked Daniel Smith’s Cobalt Teal off almost all my palettes because it is more blue than greenish. I love it so much.