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Lunar Sketch of Clavius

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#1 cpl43uk

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 05:00 PM

It's been a while since I posted - work etc has prevented much in the way of observations but am now focusing a bit more on lunar sketches. Hope you like my first attempt with a graphic tablet.

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#2 hbanich

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 02:48 AM

Hi Chris,

I wouldn't have guessed this was your first attempt using a graphic tablet, Clavius really pops out with a nice 3D, natural look. Look forward to seeing more of your renderings once you get used to your new equipment!

#3 Mentor

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:29 AM

I love it! Post moar please. :)

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#4 Jef De Wit

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:59 AM

Hope you like my first attempt with a graphic tablet.

Looks really impressive for a first try!! It's promissing for the future. Can't wait to see more.

#5 cpl43uk

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 02:17 PM

I attach the template version as I realise I sent no observational data - yet again Jef we seem to be viewing on the same night (you and Copernicus) ;-)

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#6 rolandlinda3

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 10:54 PM

Nicely done. Like the boldness in the technique. Great subject to work with.

#7 frank5817

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 01:33 AM

Cris,

Very nice work. As others have said - hard to believe it is your first tablet sketch of a moon crater.
Beautifully done!

Frank :)

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 05:38 AM

Cris,

An outstanding observation/rendering of Clavius and environs. Even more impressive when you consider it to be your first graphics tablet observation. I love my graphics tablet as well. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

Carlos

#9 astronz59

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 09:30 PM

Fantastic! What are these "graphic tablets" and where can I get one! :goodjob:

#10 JerryK

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Posted 24 November 2010 - 10:34 PM

Very nice drawing! Are you using Illustrator?

#11 hbanich

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 03:00 AM

Congratulations on your drawing being the Astronomy Sketch of the Day!

#12 cpl43uk

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 06:23 PM

Thanks all - the graphic tablet I use is called a Bamboo Pen - I picked one up for 40$ - and its like a small mouse mat that attaches to a usb port and replaces the computer mouse. The pen offers finer control for drawing lines etc in Photoshop than the mouse. I scan my sketch made at the scope (which is quite detailed but full of annotations of greyscale shading codes or comments about features etc). I then set up in Photoshop a set of layers for each type of feature (crater rims, crater shadows, walls, etc etc) and trace the original drawn (but now digitised) sketch. I then simply add shades and fills as I recall them from my notes, integrate the full set of layers and blur the final result. Why blur? I want to get the feel of the image I saw in the eyepiece (I use a highish mag at the scope and so while the finished photoshop scene would normally be a "sharp" end product this is not realistic for my observation so I take off the edges to give the truer feel). I tried this same technique with a mouse but it was very fiddly - the bamboo pen feels more natural. Of course I am still a novice with Photoshop and have no idea what half the menus mean - I use the same basic sets of pallets for my drawings - if I wanted it to be photographic quality I would buy a camera ;-).

For me the joy of sketching is to use the time to appreciate the object and to record -in as honest a way as possible - what was "seen" through the eyepiece.

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Posted 27 November 2010 - 12:55 PM

Chris,

:waytogo: on your very beautiful sketch :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

Tom

#14 buddyjesus

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Posted 28 November 2010 - 01:57 AM

my favorite crater looks awesome. great job
If you didn't know, this is where the monolith was found in 2001 a space odyssey.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 02:00 AM

Spectacular! Very well done, thanks for posting.

John


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