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#1 Jeff Young

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 05:12 PM

Here's my first go at the moon. I somehow picked full moon for my virgin flight, and given that the lack of shadows didn't seem to favor a telescope, I went with a naked-eye view.

HB pencil on A3 (~ 12" x 16") cartridge paper.

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#2 Big Wall

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 06:24 PM

Very nice!

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 09:14 PM

Wonderful sketch Jeff! :waytogo: How'd you get that Moon glow effect? I really enjoy the foreground trees and the clouds, great drawing! :bow:

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 09:41 PM

Jeff,

An excellent observation of the Moon over tree tops. Your introduction to the Earth's closest neighbor is a very good one. Starting from naked eye views then progressing to closer views is a good one. I look forward to your future observations.

Carlos

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Posted 08 May 2009 - 10:27 PM

Jeff,

That is a beautiful sketch. :cool: It would make a fine castle wall mural.

Frank :)

#6 Jeff Young

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Posted 09 May 2009 - 03:58 AM

Thanks, Joe, Rich, Carlos and Frank!

The moon glow is a bit of a happy accident: the sketch pad is larger than my scanner and I wasn't sure I wanted to tear the sheet out so I just put the whole pad over the scanner and pressed it down in the middle. The result did sort of approximate the moon glow, so I didn't bother to fix it. ;)

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#7 Jeff Young

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 11:28 AM

Based on some comments on the Irish forums I cropped the bottom to "anchor" the tops of the trees. It seems to center the viewer's focus on the moon better.

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#8 markseibold

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Posted 11 May 2009 - 03:57 PM

Jeff

Very nice naked eye impression :bow: :bow: :bow: I always wonder when I see these in black graphite if the artist will eventually reverse it in the computer. You mentioned having to scan. Do you have a digital camera? It is yet another easy option to upoad art to the computer (as long as your computer has the camera programming loaded to accept it.)

I really like the way you depicted the foreground trees and the obscurring clouds in the sky.

I look forward to seeing your next night sky landscape.

Mark

PS: Personally I like the original post, as I think it is fine - Also, I still have trouble getting into the IRAS (name?) web site. I'd like to contribute and post there but could not get the site to upload images.

#9 Jeff Young

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Posted 12 May 2009 - 05:56 AM

Thanks, Mark!

I do have a digital camera -- it didn't do very well with the subtle shading in my DSO sketches, but I haven't tried it on something like this one.

The IFAS website put up a sticky at the top of the Observing Reports and Astronomical Sketches forum, which purports to give guidance on sharing images. I'll confess I haven't read it, but you migth give it a try and see if it leads to anything useful.

Cheers,
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