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#1 Jef De Wit

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:29 AM

I sketch the Moon for almost three years. Recently I made much progress by using different pastel pencils (instead of only one white pastel), a technic a learned from Erik van Woerkens (see some of his fine sketches here).

He uses:
- white (Conté pastel 1355 n°13)
- light gray (Conté pastel 1355 n°20)
- gray (Conté pastel 1355 n° 33)
- dark gray (Conté pastel 1355 n°42)
- a black pastel, but I prefer Conté Pierre Noire 1710 HB

I made a sketch at home to illustrate the way I work. This is no holy grail. I hope only that you can learn some things from my step by step manuel... and sketch (even) more the Moon ;)

Everything starts with a black paper.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:31 AM

Make a lineout of the most prominent features.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:32 AM

Sketch the brightest features.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:33 AM

Sketch the background with the gray pastel.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:34 AM

Use your finger (I use my pink) to blend the background.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:36 AM

For more detail work use a blending stump.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:37 AM

Sketch the details with the different gray pastels. Start at left (for right handed people).

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:38 AM

Even more details (to the right).

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:39 AM

Add dark(er) features and shadows.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:40 AM

Finished sketch, ready for digital treatment.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:44 AM

Make a scan (or a photo): 300 dpi, no sharpening and (if needed) a mirror image. After scanning use a PS-like software to cut the image.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:45 AM

I put my sketch in black/white (my scanner gives it a brownish color I don't like).

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:50 AM

Something that makes the sketch looking very good is playing with the curve/graph. First I make the background really black.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:51 AM

Second I make the bright features stand out well.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:52 AM

So here the finished sketch, ready to poste on CN :D

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 06:57 AM

This method makes sketching the Moon more easy for me (making the right gray with only a white pastel is time consuming). I'm no artist at all, so I guess using this way of working makes it possible for eveybody (with some patience) to sketch the Moon.

I hope it was worth to poste this manuel and all comments are wellcome.

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 09:49 AM

Jef,
Thank You for posting. This is very helpful for a new person or even experienced folks. Really nice job its nice to see some of the tricks of the trade.


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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:49 PM

Jef,

Thanks for showing your step-by-step sketching process, to get your Beautiful Moon Sketches.

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 05:56 PM

This is simply excellent. So much time taken to take us through the process. I will come back to this post again and again (and again)...

Many thanks

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 12:57 AM

Jef,

This is a wonderful tutorial on how to complete a lunar sketch. The steps are easy to see and follow.
It makes me want to get out and do it.
Thank you for posting.

Frank :)

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Posted 10 May 2013 - 08:33 AM

Nice step-by-step guide. The pictures before and after each step, especially the processing, are very illustrative.

Thank you for your efforts in preapring this...and nice sketch!

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Posted 11 May 2013 - 07:01 AM

Nice! I like your step by step methods and nice sketch!

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 01:48 PM

Wow! Thanks for this amazing tutorial Jef!

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 10:59 AM

Thanks Jef very helpful. :cool:

Best,

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Posted 16 May 2013 - 10:48 AM

Excellent tutorial, Jef! Perhaps one day I'll gather all of my courage and have a go at the moon as well. Your tutorial surely makes me anxious to give it a try. :D

Peter






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