Easel or Flat?
Posted 04 November 2009 - 02:45 PM
Posted 04 November 2009 - 03:43 PM
BTW, welcome to Cloudy Nights!
Posted 04 November 2009 - 06:45 PM
Welcome to Cloudy Nights Sketching Forum. This is a matter of experience and preference. I have sketched at the eyepieces of telescopes with easels, clipboards and a mechanical drawing adjustable table. If I had to sketch with an easel I would stop sketching. I much prefer a clipboard and I have several from small to large in size.
Posted 05 November 2009 - 02:22 AM
It holds the paper much better even in a cutty wind. You can use both sides for sheets, which may be important for printed star maps. One side holds an overview map print and the other side a detailed one.
Posted 05 November 2009 - 03:29 AM
Welcome to the CN sketching forum!
It depends on the situation. I have really only ever used an easel when oil painitng. I usually or almost always work in pastels on a flat table as seen in the photo on left here. I may rarely sometimes raise the work to a slight angle on a foam core board depending on the telescope eyepiece position (especially while observing through a Newtonian 'Dobsonian'), or depending how high up the scope tube is pointed into the sky, but usually keeping the sketching surface as near to flat as possible. I could see building or purchasing a special table that has quick and easily adjusted height to accomodate the astronomy artist. Maybe I'll invent, build, and patent one!
(The image at right producing the crescent moon was a rare condition, not at home but beside my car on a remote hilltop and standing holding a large foam core board with the pastel paper clipped to it.)
Images while working on pastel sketches: seated at table, and standing at hilltop park
In this one at home in the driveway, seated again at table and working flat. This is the only way for me to render great detail. (The middle and right images following were only posed to show size and image as midway into work, where the left image is the usual seated position)
Seated position while rendering pastel sketches, middle and right images are only for the show
My CN Gallery
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Posted 06 November 2009 - 04:24 AM
Thanks for noticing that error on my part.
Sorry I was gone all day. I just returned, saw your post and made the correction. You are on top of things!
Posted 06 November 2009 - 11:09 AM
BTW - JayInUtah - I live in Layton. Recently joined SLAS and will be joining OAS next week.
Posted 06 November 2009 - 04:35 PM
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 07:27 PM
I am new to sketching the night sky, but not to sketching with graphite and colored pencils.
So I will ahve to modify a book light with a red LED here soon to attach to my sketch pad.