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#1 mandotrout

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:16 PM

This is my first sketch actually made at the eyepiece. I had to do it quickly because Orion was going out of view behind the house. Star placement is not terribly accurate and proportions are definitely off. I just roughed it in at the eyepiece and then finished it later. Then I put it in Photoshop and got a little carried away. So, this is more of a digital sketch, with some color added, and now actually represents what I see in my "minds eye" when I think of M42. My 12" dob does show a good bit of detail in the nebulosity, and I have a dark sky, but some of the details are definitely embellished a bit.

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#2 Jeremy Perez

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:26 PM

Amazingly beautiful technique, Jeff! What tools are you using for the digital painting? Brush/Smudge/Dodge/Burn/Feathered Masks? It's really easy for nebulosity to look too blurry, too sharp, or too plastic when painting from scratch in Photoshop or Gimp, but you definitely avoided all of those issues. This is great!

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 12:57 PM

Hauntingly nice! - j

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:01 PM

Jeff,

Tremendous! What program and like Jeremy I am interested in how you did your nebulosity.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:23 PM

Jeff,

A beautiful and accurate observation of the Orion Nebula (M42). You have captured the glow of the core and extensions very nicely. I look forward to your future observations. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 01:27 PM

Oh, that's good. No, I mean it, really good. I particularly like the way you have done the Trapezium area. :bow:

#7 mandotrout

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 02:02 PM

Wow, that's high praise, especially coming from all of you guys, who are really the ones who inspired me to give this a try.

As Jeremy guessed, the nebulosity is a combination of the dodge, clone stamp, smudge and blur tools. I used the smudge tool more than the others though. All set with a fairly low percentage opacity and hardness. The trapezium stars I messed with using Jeremy's double star tutorial as a starting point and then used the dodge tool around the whole area to give try and give it a "glow" effect. So it really is heavily manipulated and nothing like the true sketches that I've seen you guys do (which I like a lot more, but can't pull off yet).

Thanks much for the nice comments.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 03:17 PM

Beautiful!! :D
Keep up the good work.
The computer rendering looks like a chalk drawing. Really pretty.

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 03:27 PM

Star placement is not terribly accurate and proportions are definitely off. ... Then I put it in Photoshop and got a little carried away. ... and now actually represents what I see in my "minds eye" when I think of M42.


This is quite a beautiful sketch!! Great job :) btw, if you wanted a clinically accurate rendering I suggest taking a photo instead :lol: Sketching, IMO, is to not only capture what was seen, but also what was felt and the character of the experience, so a lot more than any photo could do. Your sketch does all this quite excellently and makes me want to visit M42 tonight now. :waytogo:

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 04:41 PM

This is realy great - congratulation

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 04:53 PM

Impressive work! Thanks for sharing :)

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 05:50 PM

Thanks Bill. I wish I could visit M42 again tonight as well. Unfortunately our sky isn't cooperating much lately.

And thanks again to everybody for the kind words.

Jeff

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Posted 12 February 2010 - 07:38 PM

Jeff,

Wow! This is a big, beautiful, bright sketch of the Orion nebula. Especially beautiful work on those eyepiece only colors. :bow: :rainbow:

Frank :)

#14 phxbird

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Posted 13 February 2010 - 01:18 AM

Very good! I definitely have to get into the digital sketch revolution.

#15 Jef De Wit

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Posted 14 February 2010 - 10:47 AM

Jeff
I can only agree with all the others... just beautiful!!! And that for a first sketch! Can't wait to see more.

#16 mathteacher

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Posted 17 February 2010 - 10:54 PM

That is a great first effort! I look forward to seeing more of your work.






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