That is some beautiful and technically very accurate artwork!
I just simply marvel at your details and accurate placement of all the features. As I look over the rendering I can relate to every little feature that I have recalled sketching now many times. Yet I have never captured all those smaller craters adjacent to Tycho as you have here. That takes allot of patience and a specially trained good eye. Other sketchers should take note that you got all this information accurately into your rendering in only two hours. That is quite a feat of accomplishment and shows great artistic and observational skill. Not something that a younger artist could easily do without the many hours of well practiced and greatly exerted observational sessions at the eyepiece to know well of the moons many features. This is where Frank’s patience and great skills as an advanced amateur are shown to succeed in this artwork.
I can also appreciate the clean-up and contrast that Carlos adjusted to your work. I understand that Bruce was put off by it at first as once we see the effort with some slight flaws we appreciate the hard work, where a sterile clean look to the work later may fail to show the real effort with some of its original flaws. This might boarder on the discussions we have seen over the years where finely and accurately produced handmade artwork still edges out in a vote over a machine produced photograph, possibly because we appreciate the hard work exerted in its production if done correctly. I have also noticed that Carlos’ work has become more detailed and artistic. He has definitely mastered the electronic medium that he uses.
We like knowing that a real human hand made the art rather than a machine which might omit the judgment of adding aesthetics- In great art the presence of the human mind and hand is undeniable.
I too used to polish up my art after photographing it, removing smudges and adding a little contrast, then found later that the general publics minds eyes appreciate the real hands-on appearance of slight imperfections; even flaws and rough abstract lineage at times; hence, that we like knowing that a real hand was imparted in producing the work with old world art mediums. Perhaps even putting the hand into the work- well I won’t go there at length again like in the past with my hand literally in the work. I have also noticed that Carlos’ work has become more detailed and artistic. He has definitely mastered the electronic medium that he uses.
This is not my opinion but what I have found over the last previous years as I was told after some of my art appeared in Spaceweather.com. A lady artist wrote to me after I was somewhat stunned that they even posted some of my less than completed work, as I had expressed to all those who wrote to commend me. She explained that the internet is becoming so over-saturated with digital photography images everywhere, that the public yearns for old world hand drawn art again. This was predicted to happen some years ago as I heard a story run on the BBC one night about this.
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