Thank you to everyone who stopped by, whether to check in, sketch, or simply ask some questions at today’s Virtual Minnesota State Fair Sketch In 2020
We used “out” in the event hashtag (shown below) because I’d already set it up on Facebook. You’ll be able to see some posts already there. You’ll also find the life stream post recording there.
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Today during the live stream I started out with a little chat about what the Fair means to me, introduced my favorite tools/media, walked people through my normal “footsteps” at the Fair, and started sketching.
People were able to sketch from photos I had provided while I sketched and talked, or they could use their own Fair photos.
I really felt that I was going to the Fair with Sketching friends and I want to thank you all for making this possible for me.
The Fair ends the summer for me and I needed a nice solid marker for that as well.
I have the slimmest Minnesota State Fair Sketchbook ever (just four entries) but I haven’t stopped smiling all evening.
The only thing that could have made things even better is if I could have had a corn dog—the anchovy-shallot pasta turned out great, but it’s not quite the same thing.
I hope that by this time next year we can all meet up in person at the Fair.
What I Was Able To Sketch Today
I did officially end the sketch in at 3 p.m., but I explained to everyone that I couldn’t leave the Fair without sketching a chicken. It’s not possible for me to do that (unless of course, like a few years ago when there was bird flu and no birds were at the Fair—that was a difficult Fair).
So I stayed behind, along with a few other sketchers, and we kept working.
My final piece ended up as a “piecemeal portrait” which means I added pieces of paper together in order to keep working.
(You can find other examples of this on the blog by using the blog’s search engine.)
I started with a piece of Canson Cold Press Watercolor Board, outgrew that and added a scrap piece of TAN (! it’s mostly covered) Rives BFK that I’d been scribbling on throughout the session, and washi tape to hold them together.
I sketched with the Sakura Pigma Professional Brush Pen FB, watercolor, a bit of white gouache in some of my colors near the end, and a Montana Acrylic Marker (for the background).
I’ve included all the pieces in this post so you can see them easily. They will enlarge if you click on them.
I include details from the rooster because so much was going on in it.
One participant asked if the tape pattern was still showing through the acrylic paint, so I included a detail of that. Yes, when I do this it does show through. I like that. But it recedes a bit.
I didn’t resolve the wattle, but I’m OK with that. Look more, draw less, next time! I really love that feathering that covers the ear.
It was a great day. Thank you all again for making it so special.
Remember to protect your creativity and your rituals surrounding and supporting that creativity. Keep on sketching.