Here is a drawing of Saturn I made last night.
As a bit of an experiment I decided to try taking all my drawing things outside and setting myself up at the eyepiece to do the entire drawing outside.
At one point I thought that I might just record some colours at the eyepiece and I decided to use cartridge paper instead of my usual velour, but after just a few minutes I realised that I was going to get a far better idea of the fidelity of my marks on paper if I actually coloured the disc of Saturn.
What really surprised me was the amount of Terracotta I had to use on the 'yellow' areas of the disc to get the ballance right, and also how much colour the rings display.
I have always used a white light for sketching because it preserves the colour vision in your eyes, but using a very bright daylight desklamp on an A4 white drawing pad, and spending several minutes at a time looking at it whilst doing the entire drawing at the eyepiece, meant that the colour I could see in the eyepiece was noticeably richer than I am used to.
The seeing was very poor and there was not a lot of detail to record, but I did manage to see a bright 'white' zone running through the equator of the disc, a broad rich dark NEB and a thin flash of a 'white' collar around the polar region.
The drawing has been cut out, had limb shading added, and a bit of smoothing this morning before being mounted on black cartridge paper and scanned. But essentially it was all done last night in the back garden.
I am quite pleased with the result and I think the colours are more faithful than many of my previous drawings, although I am not sure about the pastels on the cartridge paper; blending colours is OK and you can keep adding another hue and removing the pigments if they are too much, but I am used to velour paper now and I found smoothing the pastels to be a bit of a chore.
Anyway, that's enough words I think, what do you all think about the colour rendition and the cartridge paper compared to other Saturn drawings I have done?