The Eastern Veil
Posted 06 July 2013 - 11:33 AM
Posted 07 July 2013 - 04:01 PM
And you say I'm good at the sun ! What a spectacular sketch Peter. You have my entire admiration for this piece of art. Really amazing. You have a so great technic to reproduce the brightness of the stars. It's simply like looking trought your scope.
Posted 07 July 2013 - 09:09 PM
I may give it a go at this summers star partys.
Posted 08 July 2013 - 05:46 AM
Wonderful work. Very fine detail. I admire your patience.
Posted 08 July 2013 - 09:35 AM
Posted 08 July 2013 - 05:19 PM
Posted 08 July 2013 - 08:44 PM
Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:01 AM
@Chris: I only use one layer for the stars, but I use minimum "hardness". This setting gives you already very realistic stars in itself (as if you can see diffraction rings). I also don't use white but light grey for the stars. I find plain white much too bright and doesn't blend the stars into the picture like a softer colour does. I also don't change opacity (although might try that... ). I simply use a brush size of let's say 15 for the brightest stars and then go down to 3. 1 is too small and doesn't bring the effect of a star that's hardly visible. For those, I still use brush size 3 but then gradually darken the colour. For the faintest stars the colour isn't that much brighter than the background!
I hope this helps...
EDIT: I forgot to add that for the brighter stars I use a second layer. I use a brush size between 30-40 and flow/opacity around 30. This gives the nice "halo" effect on those...
Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:25 AM
I do the same when sketching the sun especially for the close ups. That permit me to have the perfect match of prom size as both eyes are looking at the same thing but one on the paper the other in the scope.
Posted 19 July 2013 - 01:57 AM
Many thanks, all of you! As I said, the most tedious part is getting used to the absolute dark again after having drawn just a few dots. Is this a problem you also have, or have you found a way of coping with this? I'm already using a (not so bright) red light, but still the nebula's almost disappeared when I put my eyes against the eyepieces again, and I have to wait at least a couple of minutes before I can see the faintest details and stars again...
18" f/4.45 PeterDob
I find the exact same thing happens to me even if I use a really dim red light, so what I do right after I sketch a little is close both eyes for a minute.....It helps a little.
Posted 20 July 2013 - 09:06 AM