Sketching at the State Fair – a Feast!

I went to the Oregon State Fair.  Not knowing what to expect I took a supply of pens and my sketchbook.  I believe I wandered around for five hours with my sketchbook in hand and a black calligraphy marker.  At one point I changed to a Lamy Safari pen with water-soluble ink.

Yes it was a feast and not the food! There was so much to see and so much to sketch. It was hard to take it all in with one visit.  Next year I would like to make a second visit.  Now I know what to expect, I am sure I could have found a corner to paint.  So I will include my paints next time.  I could have done some preparation like sketching from photos to familiarize myself with the different type of animals. Although I much prefer to draw from life. I did manage to fill 18 pages of my sketchbook. I tried to loosen up with my quick gesture sketches of birds and fowl. Most of the animal sketches were done in a minute or less.  I had longer with the people.

On my list of things to do this Fall is to visit a nearby museum which as a selection of animals on show to draw. I could also visit a hunting store.  They also have animals on display.  Thanks for looking.


The owner of this Jersey Cow came over to me as I finished sketching his cow.


Some of the people were just as interesting as the animals.   We visited one pavilion to see some of horse judging.

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By far my favorite were the pigs or swine.

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The owner of this last pig was very excited to see me sketching his pig.


The  goat were very entertaining some were even dressed in spandex!  I know nothing about goats.  Goat practice would have helped!




4 thoughts on “Sketching at the State Fair – a Feast!

  1. Yeah this was a great idea. Love all the animals! I think the goats are my favorite of the drawings. Although that cow was pretty darned good too! Their faces are so soulful. For some reason, I thought these would all be people. I get a kick out of how you hide in plain sight and draw. :))

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  2. Love these Carmel! Your people proportions are superb… an each is unique. I bet I could have picked them out if I had been there with you! But my favorite is definitely that pig or swine as the ranchers say. Great work!


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