I'll be delighted to see what other folks (yourself included, buddy!) will do with this medium. I'm aware that this technique breaks with traditional approaches to lunar sketching, both in the size of the drawing possible and in the way you draw directly the light you see. Drawing the light is actually much more natural to me and a heck of a lot easier, because the shadows are produced by what I don't sketch in.
I'm not trying to stir a hornets nest here, but organizations that teach folks that it is necessary to draw in cramped 2"-4" circles or squares or use only pen, charcoal or pencil techniques have mislead many, albeit unintentionally, into believing that these are the only "acceptable" techniques. Once you start down that path it is hard to to see any other way to approach a lunar sketch. Obviously, I don't buy that one! This is not to say that many folks aren't masters of those techniques, or that their work is less valuable (some of the finest lunar sketches I have ever seen were done in sizes ranging from 2" x 2" to 4" x 6" in pen and ink (Check out Harold Hill's "A Portfolio of Lunar Drawings" Cambridge University Press originally published in 1991, for example). Once most attain this level of mastery, they could certainly apply it to any other technique, but most will stay within the "comfort" zone of their established methods and simply refine their techniques over time. For those who would say the same applies to me, they are of course correct. But then again, I'm constantly reaching for the exciting possibilities that this new frontier is opening for lunar sketching.
The truth of the matter is that there is room in astronomical sketching for everyone and every technique, and that it is only when a person opens up to accept, understand, and learn from each do they deepen their appreciation for the full spectrum of astronomical sketching.
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