Monday, September 12, 2011

Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out: Judith Lang Main at the Fair

Left and Below: State Fair sketches from Judith Lang Main. All images ©2011 Judith Lang Main. Click on any image to see an enlargement.

Judith Lang Main joined the third Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out's first meeting at 1 p.m. August 27, 2011 with many pages completed! She had been working since early morning on capturing the sights and events of the Fair in her journal.

Judith worked in a Fabriano journal with pages of various colors. She used colored pencils to sketch and also applied some watercolor washes to various portions of her sketches. Her colorful artwork skillfully captures the bustle and energy of all aspects of the Fair—from the animal barns to the concession stands. Judith told me that she has lived in Minnesota for five years, and while she has been to fairs in Wisconsin, she had never attended the Minnesota State Fair before. This was a wonderful inaugural visit. I know that her sketches will inspire you to look not just at the Fair with new eyes, but also the streets and scenes in your daily life.

For more on the Third Annual Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out see also posts from Saturday and Sunday.


  1. Love these! I would love to know what materials, specifically the white pen or pencil, Judith used. I especially love the first page, with the mix of collage and sketching. I'm really drawn towards the idea of using ephemera that makes sense for the event that you're sketching. I'm going to have to try this!

    I'm working in a Fabriano journal like this as well, so thanks for the inspiration. Would love to see more!

  2. These are so great! Really gives a fun perspective of the fair.

  3. I used a white watersoluble crayon,
    Caran d' Ache and white prismacolor pencil. Thanks for the comments, Judith

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