How do I get started?
Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:50 PM
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Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:05 PM
I suggest you start by drawing deep sky objects from photos during the day so you can get a feel for the techniques that you feel most comfortable with. Drawing in the dark is more difficult, so starting by drawing at the eyepiece can be discouraging.
Pick relatively simple objects like planetary nebula and medium bright galaxies and work your way to more difficult objects. Learning how to get their shapes and range of brightness down on paper during the day will really help you out when you're drawing at the eyepiece and make the entire process more enjoyable.
Posted 22 September 2013 - 04:44 PM
You'll want to use a variable brightness red light either hanging from your eyepiece holder or attached to your clipboard. If you'd like an idea on how to make one, please see this link. The idea came from Jeremy Perez and it's very easy to make.
I use Rite in the Rain paper for high humidity nights but any white card stock or photo copy paper will work just fine. You can start out with just a few pencils and a blending stump. Then as time goes by, you might want to try out other sketch media to fine tune your eyepiece sketches.
I'd recommend starting off with easy targets like an open cluster so that you can work on star magnitudes. Hold the pencil straight up and down on your paper and without moving the tip, give the pencil a twist. The amount of pencil twist and pressure will determine your sketched star magnitudes. Cross reference your stars and imagine geometric shapes for accurate plotting.
For nebulosity, make a patch of graphite outside of your sketch circle with your pencil. Rub the tip of a blending stump through it and then use the tip of the blending stump to render nebulosity. Build the nebulosity up as needed until you get the desired depth of brightness. Remember, you'll be working in "negative" which means that the graphite areas represent the bright regions and the white background of the paper will be the dark sky. A great target to start with is the Ring Nebula.
I hope some of these tips help you get started. Please don't hesitate to ask as many questions as you need here. Everyone's very friendly and helpful!
Posted 22 September 2013 - 07:31 PM
Grab some sheets of printer paper and #2 pencils and take the plunge. With experience it not only gets better, but you develop a sketching 'personality', your unique style. You'll find, as I did, that many people on this forum will be more than happy to help.
Posted 22 September 2013 - 10:01 PM
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Posted 23 September 2013 - 12:11 PM
Dave is one of my buddies, too. Give him a big hug from me when you see him next. Good luck with your sketching. I'm sure you'll have a great time with it.
Posted 23 September 2013 - 12:13 PM
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Posted 23 September 2013 - 11:47 PM
Here is a link to an article I wrote on an Introduction to Planetary Sketching. It includes suggestions on Why Draw, Getting Started, Transparency and Seeing, Making a Drawing,
filters, pencils, and Drawing Deep-Sky Objects and Comets
Hope this helps,
Posted 26 September 2013 - 10:26 PM
I finished my clipboard project today and would like to share some pictures with all of you. I didn't like the clipboard I bought so I modified it a bit.I took it to the bandsaw and cut a radius on the edge side opposit the clip. I did this to fit my chest better and move things closer to my line of sight. The flexiable neck came from a scrap clip light I had. I bought a sketch pencil set. Erika , hooked me up with a sketch template download and some great links, that I got my ideas from for the clipboard. so I guess it's time to show you all what I did.
If I missed something , or any of you think I should add something, any questions , or suggestions, PLEASE don't hesitate to ask.
Once again, thank you, to all of you, Tom
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