What kind of paper do you sketch on?
Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:00 PM
I'm looking into printing out sketch logs found online, and am curious what type of paper I should use since the average printer paper seems to be horrible to sketch on. Either that or I'm still too new to sketching to figure out how to use regular printer paper. I'd like to print out a bunch of sheets and maybe even pre label each circle with the Messier targets in order for better organization that I can put into a folder when done. I've even considered cutting out each sheet from my sketch pad and running them through the printer, but not sure if that would work?
Figured I'd take to the forums here and get a collective opinion on what is used by others who have been doing this for quite a while.
Posted 22 September 2012 - 11:46 PM
Drawing board has a smooth and a rough side. The rough side allows shadowing easier.
Posted 23 September 2012 - 12:12 AM
To get better results scanning the pages of your ringed sketchbook, try this. Open the sketch book all the way with the page to be scanned on one side of the rings, and the rest of the book on the other side of the rings. Place the single page on the scanner's glass (while holding the rest of the book) and place a large folded white towel on the backside of the page. Use a towel that's as thick as the rings are, and snug it up against the rings.
Then flip the rest of the book so it's resting on top of the towel. All of the pages are now on the same side of the rings, and the towel's thickness is filling in the 'space' created by the rings. Put a book on top of everything to weigh it down and maximize the paper's contact on the scanner - it should look a lot better. If the towel is larger than the sketch, just crop off the excess in a photo program.
Posted 23 September 2012 - 12:45 AM
Carol - Great tip for scanning the binder. How come I never thought of that?! I was actually looking around for tips on astronomical sketching and came across your sketching tips page. Some really good tips in there for a beginner like me (I've been slowly beginning for about a year now).
So far I ended up coming across some templates online. I ripped out a bunch of sheets from my sketchpad and cut the frilly edges off. Fit as A4 and printed the logs on it. Looks much neater than I had. Now I need a folder.
Posted 23 September 2012 - 04:35 AM
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Posted 24 September 2012 - 03:41 AM
Idem dito (for deepsky).
Good ol' regular printer paper
Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:16 PM
I used the same Jeremy Perez's layouts for my recent printings, but I tore out the sketch paper from the sketch pad, cut the frilly ends off and rand them through the printer. I have enough to get me through all the Messier objects now. Got two done last night that I still need to scan into my computer.
Posted 24 September 2012 - 02:36 PM
...I've not experimented with other papers.
I did, but only because others made it sound like art paper was 'the' thing to use (i'd never had Art lessons - what did i know? ).
After experimenting with it for a while though, the results were unsatisfactory - so i never even bothered using it at the eyepiece.
Gotta stick with what works, right?