When I had thought of sketching the crater Copernicus for this Saturday night, I had thought that the terminator would be cutting a path right through it. Boy, didn't I get that one wrong, .
Instead, the terminator wasn't within a bull's roar of Copernicus, and the shadows cast were very fine. I toyed with the idea of sketching something else, but as I had had my heart set on this sucker, I just had to undertake it.
Conditions for Sydney were the best they've been for some time. Using 222X at the best of times is useless, but tonight the image quality was more good than poor. I also had to couple two polarising filters to tone down the glare. Oh, and NO DEW for the first time in months!
Two hours, a pot of tea to keep the cold at bay, and a gorgeous orange tube C8, and this is the result.
This is the first time I've used charcoal and soft pastels to do such a finely detailed sketch. It took a little getting used to, but what I really like about this materials is you can build up the layers to achieve the result you want. I found them very forgiving, unlike the cold.
Here is a slightly larger picture of the sketch.
Object: crater Copernicus
Scope: Orange tube C8
Gear: 9mm TMB Planetary Type II, 222X, + two polarising filters
Date: 14'th May, 2011
Location: Sydney, Australia
Media: Black & white charcoal pencils, grey soft pastel pencil, and white ink on black paper, A5 size.