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In Context: Not the Time To Explain a Vignette

As an artist, you know whether it’s the right time to introduce the concept of “vignettes” or not. Pick your battles.


Journaling Superstitions #10: You Must Use Just One Medium in a Special Journal (and, Not a Superstition: How to Find Your Second Wind Sketching at the Minnesota State Fair or Anywhere Else)

090828GRooster Left: Rooster sketch from my first visit to this year's Minnesota State Fair.  7 x 9 inches, 300 lb. HP Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper, Pentel Pocket Brush Pen, Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer Watercolor pencils used dry. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

When I go to the State Fair it's obvious I'm going to sketch the animals. I like to get that done in a burst of effort while I'm fresh. So I'll arrive, sketch for about 3 hours. Then I'll take a break (typically have a corndog) and look around at other Fair attractions. As I walk out of the Fair my route takes me back past the barns and I like to go back for one last go of sketching.

Well on this first visit to this year's Fair I took an hour break at 2 p.m. I knew I would be returning for the Sketch Out on Tuesday, so I wasn't concerned about doing all my Fair "rituals." I'd have more time. I wanted instead to get back to sketching.

When I returned to the Poultry Barn for a few more sketches on my way out I was a bit frustrated. I'd been working without ink the whole day and I missed it. Working with the colored pencils was producing some fun stuff, but it was taking longer than sketching in ink. I decided to take a complete mental break and took out my Pentel Pocket Brush Pen. That's when the irony kicked in. This simple sketch actually took more time than anything else I did that day.

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