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#1 chrisrnuttall


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Posted 22 September 2012 - 01:47 PM

Hello again

Here is Jupiter from his morning.
I had intended to get a good look at the Little Red Spot in conjunction with the Great Red Spot, however by the time I got set up it was already 4 O'clock (bst) and the pair were close to rotating into the dark murky limb of Jupiter.

As soon as I started to observe, the seeing became really quite bad due to a thin later of cloud materialising from nowhere and it was all I could do to see the GRS, never mind its smaller counterpart. The seeing did eventually stabilise but Jupiter's rotation has carried my intended targets out of view by then.
Still I am pleased with the result and I think my colour accuracy is getting better now too (the first couple of drawings this year have been a bit orange).

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 05:43 AM

Beautiful, Chris! Been clearing in the AM here...gotta break out the scope from hibernation. Thanks for the push, gotta see what you're seeing.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 09:39 AM

Always a pleasure to see your sketches! This one is no exception.

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 10:15 AM


You always make lemonade out of a sour lemon sky.
Very fine sketching, the detail you capture is a testament to your persistence and skills.

Frank :)

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Posted 23 September 2012 - 04:59 PM

Chris, great job of drawing those festoons and barges! The color looks good too! :refractor::rollgrin: :bow: :applause:

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:22 PM

Hi Chris,

Very nice sketch, thanks for posting it.

By the way do you use color pencils when you sketch or add it later, and what paper do you use?


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Posted 01 October 2012 - 08:33 PM

Excellent Chris.

You werent far off with the orange really as the the temperate belt along the NEB is actually orange tinged. At anyrate I particularly like the SEB details and the GRS.


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Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:28 PM

This is a real great sketch. Nearly photographc use of color. I like it very much, thank you.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:01 AM

Who needs photographs when you can draw like this eh? :)
Congrats on a lovely sketch.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 10:53 AM


I missed seeing this one somehow--really fine drawing! I see that you rendered the GRS as oddly shaped, too.

The NTrZ/NTB area looked salmon colored to my eye on the 30th.

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Posted 02 October 2012 - 02:32 PM


Very good sketch of Jupiter :).




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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:30 PM

Terrific drawing! I love it. Did you actually sketch on black paper?


#13 chrisrnuttall


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Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:47 PM

Thank you all for the replies; in answer to the couple about the way in which I produced the drawing, I sketch in pencil at the telescope making lots of notes about colour, then I come inside and make a faint copy of the sketch again using pencil but this time on white velour paper, which I then build up layers of colour on using pastel pencils. The drawing is then cut out with a scalpel, limb darkening added using more pastel, and it is mounted in a black sketch book.

I also take my previous colour drawings out to the telescope with me from time to time to see how accurate my colour reproduction is so I can adjust it next time if needs be.

I urge you all to get up before dawn at the next opportunity and get a look at Jupiter while oval BA is still in conjunction with the GRS to see if you can split them, it's a cool sight!

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