Sometime viewer, first time contributor... Iâ€™ve been waiting for an opportunity to do some observing and sketching of my own to present in this forum and as the opportunities appear to be slim in doing so, for some time to come, I have devised an alternative program.
I am Mike Vennard, presently residing in the middle of Montana and at this point very frustrated at astronomical observing and sketching possibilities encountered in this very dark sky area, this winter. So when the last clear night occurred and the temperature dropped to just below minus 22 f, I figured out the following. If I obtained a photo of a portion of the moon, studied, sketched and recorded feature particulars for up to thirty minutes (given that is about the time it would take for lighting condition to change sufficiently to alter the scene) and then retire to fill in the blanks while not using the reference photo until done, I might at least get observational and drawing practice. To whit I submit the images below for your review. Images are done in pen and ink and of photos obtained from the Apollo 15 mission photos via U of Arizona web site.
If the drawings are not in keeping with the intent of this forum please let me know and I will refrain from submitting similar images and wait until the skies clear. All comments are appreciated.
This drawing is of Rima Hadley, located near 26n,3.5e. As you can see my drawing medthods fell apart about the time I got to doing the mountain surrounds...to much time between initial sketch and fill work and to little detail work in the initial sketch, a dangerous combination. I think there has to be a compromise as to the amount to sketch and the time on task, somthing to work on.