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Dee
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1390432 - 01/29/07 06:17 AM Attachment (65 downloads)


Up till Christmas I sketched with my drawing pad in my left hand, with various pencils in my teeth and some in my pocket. I even bought a sleeveless jacket with lots of pockets, a photographer’s kind of jacket, which was very useful. I do not have a drive on my telescope so I move it with my head or my free hand, my knee or what ever it takes to follow my target over the time I am attempting to capture it in a sketch.

I went out one day and bought all the grey conte crayons I could find that matched the lunar greys and more recently I did the same in soft pastels. I had been finding it difficult to distinguish the grey tones in the dark and have taken to using a candle in a storm lamp just to choose my colours. I keep it at my feet and just hold the pastels or conte down to it to see what I am picking. I use a red head light to keep my dark adaptation, and an adjustable stool, to match the angle of my telescope.

I got a field easel for Christmas, I wondered if it would be too much hassle and not get near enough to the eyepiece. I did my recent sketch of Tycho using it and found it a great addition. I had two free hands, it was close enough and I had something to lean on.

With the pastels, I am tending to do a layering process, I lay down areas of white, and grey pastels like this

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Dee
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
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My sketching lately is more akin to etching, as I lay down layers and etch away areas to create the moon as I see it If I want to bring emphasis to a brightly lit crater like Proclus or Tycho I lay down a large thick area of white pastel in that place I then overlay it with grey pastel, then I use a wooden toothpick to scrape in the rays and reveal some of the white beneath I top up the white ray with more pastel and then use a blending stick to soften the ray and then sometimes a very thin pencil line to emphasise one side of the ray and pop it out a bit I discovered by accident that a wet toothpick is great for making very black craters and lines

This project to achieve a sketch of the entire Moon has so far been a bit of a learning curve, its odd to write down how you sketch, I hope this is of some interest
My scanner is broken so these are all digital images, and my full stop has stopped also

Dee

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kraterkid
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Dee]
      #1390675 - 01/29/07 10:31 AM

Hearing the story of the blooming of your passion for astronomical sketching made me smile Dee! And your six items are precisely the elements that should be considered when sketching the Moon. Your three full phase sketches are just wonderful!

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!!! YAY! (sorry for ing the gun)

Dee your tutorial was excellent and those step by step pictures of your process really gave everyone a deeper insight into how you create a full phase lunar sketch. I enjoyed your comparison of your method to an etching. Absolutely lovely work!


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andyenglish
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Dee]
      #1391148 - 01/29/07 03:05 PM

Very nice, Dee. We seem to take very similar approaches.
Great sketches!
-Andy

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Dee
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1394607 - 01/31/07 07:00 AM Attachment (67 downloads)

January 30th/31st
22:30 UT - 00:15 UT
200mm Sky Watcher
Focal Length 1,200mm
25mm Meade eyepiece
Seeing 2
Transparency average
Humidity 71%Temp 6C
Lat: 53:11:44N Lon: 6:06:31W
Daler Rowney 300gm black paper
Daler Rowney Soft Pastels
Conte Crayons
Wooden Toothpick
Blending stick
Fingers


I got lucky last night and the Moon came out to play with me :-) In my tutorial I said it would take me about 4 - 5 hours to do a whole Moon sketch and I still think that is about right. After two hours I was tried, but happy, with this first effort.
In attempting to capture the whole Moon, it is so much more noticeable how she rolls. You do not see it so much in smaller area sketches that take less time.

After two hours the light changes dramatically and more and more of the features hidden in the terminator begin to appear. At that point, I would have had to redo this area to take in more Moon, as she charged toward full, take out shadows and emphasise a whole new line. I have learned, for this sketch that it would be better to leave the terminator detail until last, and then there would be more chance of the sketch evolving.


I have a habit of starting the detail in the terminator and I think I got caught up in detailing and kind of forgot about how I intended to approach the large bright and dark areas of a whole Moon sketch.

Dee

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Jaycin
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Dee]
      #1394697 - 01/31/07 08:37 AM

Fantastic, Beautiful, Gorgeous sketch, Dee!

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kraterkid
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Jaycin]
      #1394827 - 01/31/07 10:23 AM

Spectacular sketch Dee!

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andyenglish
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: kraterkid]
      #1395650 - 01/31/07 05:38 PM

Absolutely Gorgeous, Dee!
Thank you for sharing. You're right about the Moon. She changes often as you sketch her. Plus, she can't hear you when you ask her to sit still... O well, the cosmos waits for no one!


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When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have set in place—what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us? -Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT)
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frank5817
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: andyenglish]
      #1395910 - 01/31/07 07:45 PM

Dee,
As we have learned from your post your messages are clear and your sketches are beautiful. These drawings are awesome Dee, thank you for sharing.
Frank

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: frank5817]
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I looked over to the eastern horizon tonight (February 1, 2007 at 00:30 U.T.) and noted a brilliant Waxing Gibbous Moon (13.63 days old) hanging there. The features (lunar maria) looked so sharp to my eyes that I decided to make a naked-eye observation of it. It was done entirely in Photoshop using the airbrush funtion. North is to the left and east to the bottom. I hope that you all like it.

I think that everyone's observations of this month's target (The Moon) are great! Thank you all for your contributions.

Carlos

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Jaycin
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #1396068 - 01/31/07 09:09 PM

Carlos,

This sketch is absolutely stunning!
It would seem the skies are much better 170 miles to my Southeast

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Jaycin]
      #1396126 - 01/31/07 09:39 PM

Carlos,

Very nice sketch. This is accurate rendition of what the moon looks like to someone with 20:20 or better visual acuity. Did you make a large image and then reduce it or did you do it at the posted size? Very cool.

Frank

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Dee
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: ]
      #1396556 - 02/01/07 05:57 AM

I was looking at it myself last night and it was very clear here and very inviting, for a naked eye sketch
You have inspired me to have a go soon
Wonderful sketch

Dee

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Dee]
      #1396698 - 02/01/07 09:10 AM

Wow, amazing stuff everyone! Thanks so much for participating. Even though we are going to start a new month, please feel free to keep adding to this thread as time goes on.

Dee, you've created a series of phase sketches that I've done with solar obsevations, but never of the moon. What a great series! I've GOT to try that.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1396773 - 02/01/07 10:04 AM

Thank you all for your compliments on my naked-eye observation of the Moon. It was so crsip and inviting that I had to render it. The original rendering was made at 1,000 x 1,000 pixels then reduced to half (500 x 500).

Let's all move on to the ringed planet!

Carlos

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Dee]
      #1397287 - 02/01/07 04:01 PM

What an incredible, three-dimensional, metallic, glowing orb of a sketch Dee! Another silvery beauty from your gifted hand

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: CarlosEH]
      #1397297 - 02/01/07 04:07 PM

Wow Carlos! That's an amazing sketch - it captures the naked eye view exactly

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: SallyR]
      #1397355 - 02/01/07 04:37 PM

Quote:

Wow Carlos! That's an amazing sketch - it captures the naked eye view exactly



I can only agree. Great sketch

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: SGT500]
      #1398253 - 02/02/07 12:40 AM

Wonderful sketch Carlos! Your beautiful Moon seems to shine so brightly in the dark sky of your drawing. Such an intensely gleaming visage! The detail in the maria remind me of how much the Moon has to offer even to an observer without a telescope. Superb work from a master astronomical sketcher.

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