Posted 19 January 2013 - 08:08 PM
Posted 20 January 2013 - 01:28 PM
Perhaps someone else has more experience and can give you better advice?
Posted 21 January 2013 - 12:58 AM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:58 PM
The trick is to spray it away from your sketch to get it started, preventing splatters ruining your sketch. Once it is flowing freely, I hold the can about a foot and a half away and make a few light passes across the sketch. Once it dries you can do it again if desired. When I'm done spraying, I hold the can upside down and press the spray button again to clear the lines.
Hope that makes sense.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:07 PM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:28 PM
Forever last year when I wasn't able to sharpen the darned things without the leads fragmenting and shattering. When BEROL made them it was great. Now its cheap . Too bad really.
Ok my artsy sidetrack.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:37 PM
I also find it handy to use a bulb blower to blow away excess pastel dust off the drawing before using the fixative.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:09 AM
Thanks Erika, it makes total sense. I am reading the book you helped write, astronomical sketching, it is a great book! I love your section on lunar charcoal sketching and on the sun! If you look at my post called moon, you can see my second sketch of a lunar crater and it was inspired by your book. Thank you for all of your advice and help!
Thank you, Grant and thank you for the interest in our book. I hope you're finding it helpful. I took a look at your second sketch and think you're doing a wonderful job! You should see my first eyepiece sketches, they weren't nearly as good as yours.
If you really get into lunar sketching and would like something similar to the Astronomical Sketching book, a small group of us wrote a sketching book solely on various techniques of sketching the Moon, covering a wide range of lunar features. Sketching the Moon, An Astronomical Artist's Guide
I'm a bit embarrassed that it sounds like a shameful plug :o, but it's packed full of step by step instructions and tips, as well as work from other contributing astro sketchers.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:13 PM
Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:48 AM