Drawing double stars
Posted 23 August 2012 - 10:07 AM
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Sharpening the pencils is frustrating. Even within the same brand (Conte/Derwent/Faber-Castell Pit/Stabilo) the binder-pigment mixture varies enough that some colors of lead break easier than others. I'll use a sharpener to work away the wood and some of the lead, but don't try to point it much further, depending on how fragile that color is. Then from there, an Xacto/craft knife can take it the rest of the way to a point. You can also hone it on a small sanding block to keep the point fresh while you work. Even with that, I still sketch larger than normal with pastel because the best details are still larger/blunter than what I can get with graphite, so the larger scale helps with that.
For brighter stars, I'll try to incorporate a dot of bright white at the center of a colored star to help give it some brilliance. If you're having trouble getting the white to stick on top of any pastel that you've already applied, or if it get's faded by applying color near or over it--you can try using a fine-tip white paint marker to get a nice bright dot.
You can also use a blending stump or paint brush (as in the Scott Mellish technique) to lightly apply a soft halo of white or colored pastel around brighter stars to convey a little glare and brilliance.
All of this can be a lot more finicky than graphite, especially at the eyepiece. You may want to consider a graphite field sketch with notes, and then recreate indoors for the pastel-on-black version to have a little more control and can tell more easily what the color looks like on paper.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:24 PM
The reason I want to draw is because I want the drawing IN the logbook along with any descriptions etc and not on a separate piece of paper which I most certainly will loose!
Posted 23 August 2012 - 03:28 PM