Drawing

Ann Soylst

Minneapolis, MN

www.annsoylst.com

2018 Booth #95

I work in chalk pastel on paper, drawing both real and imagined animals, in a naturalistic style. My work is rich in form and texture and grounded in technique without becoming stiff. Rather than focusing on realism, I try to think about believability. I am selective and precise in those details I do include and stay away from including details that, although accurate, may not add to the piece of art as a whole. I want my drawings to be playful and true to the character of my subjects.
Working from photos to reference color, shape, and texture of an animal, I draw a simple yet precise outline in charcoal. Next I block out shadow followed by color in chalk pastel. My color palette is often subdued and I rely on blending a few colors rather than adding many colors, to achieve a soft, yet clean form. From here I refine my drawing by building up details until I reach the desired balance of whimsy and realism.

 © Ann Soylst

© Ann Soylst

David Montague

Brooklyn Park, MN

www.davidpmontague.com

2017 booth # 67B

These “Circular Meditations” are a series of 54 pen & ink drawings completed in a three week drawing binge. The title of the series refers to the near meditative state that I found while working on these drawings. The drawings are numbered chronologically. I was exploring circular/ovate forms as an artistic exercise, adhering to several arbitrary “procedural rules.” With intention, I created variant drawings, exploring techniques and forms. Hundreds of thousands of “circles” drawn.

 

 

 © David Montague

© David Montague

Christy Johnson

United Goods

Minneapolis, MN

http://www.unitedgoodsusa.com

2018 booth #72

I make State Icons, which are digital illustrations of U.S. landmarks in handmade frames. I draw each one—at the small size that it's displayed—with a mouse. The archival-quality giclée prints are created in my studio, and finished in frames that are made by my parents. I also make other items that feature my State Icon illustrations, such as zip pouches, larger matted prints, candles, pot holders, and note cards.

 

 © Christy Johnson

© Christy Johnson