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#1 Randolph Jay

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:44 AM

A graphite sketch of Kepler 11/13/2013 9pm Eastern Time. Omni 120 refractor 6mm Plossl, seeing fair. It is now getting quite cold here in the northeast US and sketching involves semi-frozen hands! :crazy:
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Posted 14 November 2013 - 01:47 PM

very nice! ;)

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 04:06 PM

Randolph,
I like the depth in your drawing. Nice job.

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 07:10 PM

Randolph,

Good sketch of Kepler :).

CS,KLU,

:thanx:,

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 07:13 PM

Randolph, that's a ridiculously beautiful technique. At first I thought it was a photo! Superb!

#6 Randolph Jay

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Posted 14 November 2013 - 07:31 PM

Thanks all for the positive feedback. I've always done lunar sketching with white and black Conte pencils and white charcoal on black sketch paper. I am out of that paper, so I thought I'd give graphite on white sketch paper a try. I used a graphite block to create a background and then a chiseled eraser, black Ebony pencil, HB pencil and blending stumps for the rest. I think I prefer the black sketch paper...
Regards and clear skies...
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Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:50 PM

Randolph,

A very fine, striking sketch of crater Kepler.
I think I was able to tell this was Kepler on sight.
Well done.

Frank :)

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:33 AM

Reminds me of one of the old NASA images!
Beautiful sketch!!

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 06:01 AM

Fine sketch! I use gloves without fingertips for sketching in the winter.

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 07:52 AM

Thank you all ( my fellow sketch enthusiasts ). Wanted to try this graphite technique again last night on the Aristarchus area but the seeing was horrendously bad ( even though the transparency was quite good ).
Regards,
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Posted 18 November 2013 - 11:00 AM

How do you make the textured background areas?

#12 Randolph Jay

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Posted 18 November 2013 - 03:23 PM

I made the background by rubbing a sanding block on a solid graphite block ( available in art supply stores ) and sprinkling the graphite dust over the sketching paper. I used a cotton ball or two to gently rub this into the paper and create a smooth background. You can lighten this quite a bit by just continuing to gently rub with the cotton balls. I saved some of the graphite dust so I could add more to darken any area I thought needed it. Actually I now have a little jar full of the stuff!
Regards,
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Posted 20 November 2013 - 07:30 AM

I made the background by rubbing a sanding block on a solid graphite block ( available in art supply stores ) and sprinkling the graphite dust over the sketching paper. I used a cotton ball or two to gently rub this into the paper and create a smooth background. You can lighten this quite a bit by just continuing to gently rub with the cotton balls. I saved some of the graphite dust so I could add more to darken any area I thought needed it. Actually I now have a little jar full of the stuff!
Regards,
Randolph


Thanks for the tutorial, Randolph! I often wonder how some of you more talented artists create certain effects on paper. This is a great tip that I'll definitely try. :)

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 10:43 AM

Ah Jason...I thank you for using the word "talent"..I wish I did have that precious commodity. I've simply been doing this on and off for years ( with a four year hiatus when I had to live in Queens NY and had no place to set up a telescope ). I've also used the tutorials on this site to learn something about using black sketch paper with white
pastels and/or white charcoal. Sanding the solid graphite bar to create the background seemed another easy way to start a sketch (on white paper), but I'm sure others have done this long before me! You are already producing fine sketches!
Clear skies ( and warmer temps ),
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Posted 20 November 2013 - 11:47 AM

Interesting sketching technique for he structure of the background. Thank you for that idea.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 12:01 PM

You are most welcome. Hope it works well for you...Have some rags or paper toweling around to help keep things a bit cleaner.
Randolph






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