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Erix
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New Monthly Target - The Moon
      #1344033 - 01/06/07 11:40 AM

The sketching forum has grown so much this past year, thanks to all of you who have shared their techniques, encouragement and enthusiasm. This forum has become yet another invaluable source of information, allowing us to learn from each other and improve with each sketch and observation.

CN already has a contest for images/sketches that is a way for us to have fun and show what can be accomplished through our observations. We continue striving to “create a range of options for members to explore as they use CN to develop their skills and interest in this hobby” (a quote by Tom Watson that I certainly couldn’t have worded better).

With this in mind, we could try setting up a monthly thread with a common target. Perhaps it won’t be a specific target because of location constraints, but a type of object such as complex craters, simple craters, open clusters, globs, Saturn, etc. And then encourage everyone to supply a mini tutorial with it so we can learn better the many different ways each observer tackles that same object...both for observing it and rendering it.

To get the ball rolling, the only other sketch I’ve done this month besides all the solar sketches is a full disk of the Moon. So here is this month’s first target, simply because I wanted to give you an example: An entire Moon sketch

I know several other sketchers have already sketched the entire moon either naked eye or through a scope/binoculars. It does not matter what stage the moon is in, as long as it is the entire moon as you see it. If you have already done this type of sketch, please could you post a mini tutorial either with or without step photos, and anything you feel is relevant in how you observed or rendered this target.

If you have not yet sketched the entire moon (again, it doesn’t matter what lunar day it is, or if it’s a quarter moon, etc), then now is your chance to have a go at it and share with us how you did it!

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New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1344045 - 01/06/07 11:46 AM Attachment (154 downloads)

To begin with my mini tutorial, here are the sketching tools I used the night of observation. I was using an ED80 refractor with a Kelner 20mm with diagonal, moon filter because of how luminous the Moon was, and an LXD75 German Equatorial mount. I have an adjustable seat observing chair and used the powerpack that I plug the mount into for a foot rest. The sketch is done on my lap with a faint headlamp hanging down on my sketch from the diagonal.

I have a cup of hot tea in a tippy cup beside me and my sketching box is laying on the ground beside me as well, opened up and ready for use.


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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1344047 - 01/06/07 11:49 AM Attachment (152 downloads)

Here is the sketch of the Moon I did that night. I doubt I could recreate this sketch, so in the following steps, I've only given a few examples on the jist of how I did it.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
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Paul was taking the photos for me so I’m sorry these were at an angle making the disk oblong. I should have used a tripod for my camera, but was in a hurry. Still, you will get the jist of it.

1. Using black Strathmore Artagain paper, I create a circle about 7” in diameter with a softer, waxier white pencil. In this case, it was Prang.

2. A hunk of white Conte’ crayon was used to fill in the circle creating the backdrop of the sketch. I did this fairly heavy.

3. I blended very lightly and quickly with my fingers. With this smooth of paper, had I used a cloth or blending stump, it would have rubbed most of my crayon back off the paper. By the way, it’s Conte’ “crayon” but acts more like chalk or charcoal.

4. I then sketch in maria with the blending stump. As mentioned in step 3, a blending stump on this kind of paper will remove layers of the markings. The blending stump was clean and I simply rubbed out layers of the marking to “sketch” in these regions. By creating the maria first, it lays the foundation marks so that you can accurately place the other features later on in the sketch.

5. (and 6) Using a white Conte’ pencil (very dry chalky pencil) or a very fine pointed gum eraser pencil, I started concentrating on adding detail the mare regions. When I was finished with that, I added the brightest, most striking features in the same fashion. Then lastly, the extra subtle features, not treating them like actual features at all, but more like different shades or patterns on the disk. hint: Jeremy had explained before how to triangulate stars in his DSO sketches. Using his advice for DSO work, I tried this same triangulation with craters on the moon for accurate placement. It really helped in placements for such a large area that was being sketched*

6. (same as above)

7. At times I had to add more Conte chalk to increase depth, and then very lightly blended or tapped those area with my fingers to soften the new markings. Sol does a great job this type of blending on his planetary sketches, so I tried to follow his lead with this sketch. Another great way to lightly blend is with a fan brush as shown in the picture.

8. Final step, cleaning up the sketch. I really like using a dry rag or paper towel to clean up the outer areas of a sketch while using chalk or charcoal. If more umph is needed, I will use a white vinyl eraser either in pencil form like in figure 8 or a big piece of flat eraser. I sometimes blow on loose charcoal dust, but I have to make sure I don’t accidentally spit on my sketch (yes, it happens…often. ) Another great way is using the fan brush to lightly wisp away erasure or chalk dust.

The only other thing I do with chalk or charcoal drawings is to add several layers of fixative on it. Be careful, though. Sometimes it will come out as splatters on your sketch. I shake the hairspray or can of real art fixative for a few minutes, then test spray it to release clogs or splatters, then spray my sketches very lightly and quickly.

Well, that’s it. I hope someone can find this little example useful.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1344403 - 01/06/07 02:55 PM

Wow Erika! I thought you said it was a "mini" tutorial.
That is just too cool! Thank you very much for sharing! This monthly target thing is a great idea. I will give the whole moon a shot. I'll post the results and the process when I complete it.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1344601 - 01/06/07 04:43 PM

Hi everyone,

Here is my mini tutorial :

Naked eye Moon watching.

Here is my mini tutorial. I had no tutorial in mind when I made the sketches, so I have no photo’s of the stages.

The reason for these sketches is that I wanted to test my naked eye resolution. I wanted to know how many features of the moon, the naked eye can detect.

The sketches are made on white paper with a mechanical 2B pencil. The only indoor preparation consists of drawing a 3 inch full circle on the paper.

The observing site and timing : As with all sketching, the better results come with a comfortable observing position. An observing ( lawn) chair is preferable. I once made a sketch from the driver seat of my car with the door open. Because the moon is a very bright object, there is no need for or advantage from dark adaptation of the eye. On the contrary, the eye performs better on the moon in bright ambient light. I tried to do the observations at sunset, when the sky was still bright. Once the sky darkens, the glare from the moon can wash out subtle details of the moon’s surface. Using sunglasses can also enhance the contrast of the view. Take care to use sufficient light on the sketchbook to prevent the eyes from going into dark adaptation. Having the moon next to a street light can also be helpful to cut its glare.

Drawing the Moon is very similar to drawing planets like Mars or Jupiter.
First I draw the terminator of the moon as a raw thin soft line. Next I pay attention to the most obvious dark features. I draw them as patches in gentle soft layers, to be darkened later on. Then I try to concentrate on the more subtle features. As the drawing develops, the darkest features get another pass of the pencil and more subtle features are detected. Once the surface of the moon is finished with ‘dark features’, I try to look for whiter patches. These features are drawn as dotted lines on the sketch. The terminator also gets proper attention. Sometimes the terminator can look distorted! This whole process takes about 30 minutes. I am always amazed about the amount of detail that the naked eye Moon shows to the patient observer. The raw outdoor sketch is now ready.

Once indoor the sketch can be finished. I start with a clean sheet of paper. First the full circle followed by a detailed terminator line. I fill up the whole moon with a light shade of gray. This first layer will be smoothed out with a smudging stick. It will be the basic layer to continue on. The darker features are drawn with the appropriate pencils (HB to 4B). The white areas (indicated with a dotted line on the raw sketch) are created with a small rubber. Once all the features are drawn, the sketch gets a final touch by the smudging stick and rubber. The sketch is ready to be scanned.

Here is the result.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: rodelaet]
      #1346669 - 01/07/07 05:25 PM

Fantastic work Erika and Rony! It's so cool learning how each person approachs this task. I'm in need of a little help with Photoshop CS, learning how to make a single image that is a composite of smaller images. Erika, would you or Rony or anyone else here know how I might go about this? My mini tutorial will otherwise be too long to post.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: kraterkid]
      #1346681 - 01/07/07 05:32 PM

Hi Rich - I tend to paste the images I want alongside each other into a blank slide in 'PowerPoint', then I 'select all', 'copy' and 'paste' back into Paint Shop Pro as a single image. I haven't worked out how to do it in PSP itself so I am hoping someone else will be able to help there!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: SallyR]
      #1347535 - 01/08/07 02:03 AM

Thanks so much Sally! Actually Paul Rix, Erika's husband, helped me with Photoshop's montage procedure which is very similar to your description. I'm still wotking on the montage and tutorial text so it'll be a while yet. I'm really looking forward to your submission!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: kraterkid]
      #1348182 - 01/08/07 01:02 PM Attachment (108 downloads)

The following series of steps and images illustrate my approach to sketching a full phase Moon. I want to thank Paul Rix for teaching me this photo montage technique. And thanks to you Erika and Sally for your suggestions. I want to apologize on the outset for the very poor lighting, I was unaware at the time how terrible it was (too tired lately I guess!). Hope you can make out these steps.

Here’s how I do it:

1. My sketching stuff: Cosmetic brush to remove eraser debris and crumbs, blending stumps for tight work, synthetic, dense plastic packing foam to use as a blender of large areas, white Conte’ Pencils, white Conte’ Crayons (chalks), Eraser pens for small areas, Pink Pearl and Stadtler plastic erasers for large erasures, and pencil sharpeners (Carpenter’s sharpener and regular pencil sharpener).

2. I sketch on large 19” x 25.5” textured black Strathmore paper, consequently I like to tape my paper down to a sketch panel first. I use 2” wide masking tape to affix the paper to the panel, overlapping the paper on all four sides about one inch.

3. My 12” Meade SCT cap works great as a circle template.

4. Tracing the circle with a sharpened white Conte’ pencil.

5. The circle is the starting place.

6. Since this drawing is of a waning gibbous Moon, here I am sketching the approximate line of the terminator.

7. Now I erase the segment of the circle above the arc of the terminator I’ve sketched.

8. Voila, the overall shape of the full phase.

9. I like to add the most intense whites to the drawing first, so using a piece of Conte chalk stick applied on it’s side, here you see me adding the brightest features, Tycho and a bit of the southern highlands.

10. More bright areas added.

11. And so forth.

12. Yet more bright areas delineated.

13. And more.

14. I tend to dart this way and that over the paper, constantly referring to the scene before my eye(s). Here you see that I’ve been busy adding little details such as the bright crater rays and the rim around Mare Imbrium. There really is no sequential order to what part of the sketch I work at this time, just a lot of scurrying about the paper adding this and that bright detail.

15. The last to be added is the bright crater rims and shadows on the terminator. Black Conte is used to darken some of the obviously shadowed crater floors.

16. More of the same.

17. I use a flat side of a piece of Conte’ Crayon with a gentle to and fro stroke on the maria areas. Here I only want to add a small amount of chalk so that when it is blended it will still have the tone of the mares (darker than the highland regolith).

18. Rapidly moving the synthetic packing foam or sponge, with a back and forth motion, the applied Conte’ is blended until it resembles the tone of the maria.

19. I keep working the mares until blended just right.

20. Well I’ve made quite a mess with the Conte’ powder at the periphery of the Moon’s limb. Here I’m using my Stadtler plastic eraser to begin erasing the powder, hand and finger prints.

21. Yet more erasing.

22. Finally, I finish up with the cosmetic brush, whisking away the eraser debris. The sketch is now finished. I generall like to remove the tape at this point and apply a spray fixitive to prevent smearing when it is stored in my sketch archives.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: kraterkid]
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Here's the final sketch:

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: kraterkid]
      #1354541 - 01/11/07 01:09 PM Attachment (89 downloads)

I knew at some point I wanted to try a “complete disk sketch” of the moon and there is no time like the present, especially if it is clear. I cut a rectangle ( 8.5”x 11”) from a sheet of textured black Strathmore paper and drew a 6 inch diameter circle using an old mirror tool as a template. For sketching I used a white 5mm Conte’ pastel pencil and also a black one. For a blending stump I used a piece of napkin taped over a pencil. Using these pencils reminded me of using charcoal. At first it was a bit awkward using these drawing materials. I was surprised at how easy these pastel pencils erased. I expected this to be like oil pastels and I was pleased it was not.
Although it was clear one hour after moonrise, the wind was gusting up to 30 mph. After getting started I returned to the house once to get tape to tape the paper to my clipboard.
I very carefully reviewed the methods described above by Erika, Rich and Rony. I found Erika’s method of getting the background done first very useful. I eliminated some mistakes with a gum eraser and others with the black pencil. For light I use a vest clip-on fly tying lamp. I have a white bulb lamp for fishing and a red bulb one for astronomy sketching. I used both. When I finished and returned inside I could see some smearing created by running my hand inadvertently over the sketch. I fixed this and considered the drawing finished.
If I had this to do over I would have started with a much larger circle or paper with less texture. Overall it was fun and went better than I expected.
I may never have attempted this were it not for all the fine sketchers here providing their encouragement to me. Sketchers, thank you for Best of the Sketching Forum's 'How To' Threads .

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Date: 1-11-2007 Time 8:05 – 9:15 UT
Temperature: -2.2 C (28 F)
Atmosphere: clear, very windy
Lunation: 21.75 days
Illumination 52%
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: frank5817]
      #1354556 - 01/11/07 01:20 PM

Frank that sketch is simply beautiful! A wonderful mini tutorial as well! I do a lot of vigorous blending so the Strathmore texture isn't so apparent when I'm finished, but I have to say I love the way the texture works in your sketch! Wow!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: kraterkid]
      #1354588 - 01/11/07 01:34 PM

Rich,
Thank you for your compliments. I know I will need some practice.I have a long way to go with this medium. I am still shaking the rust off from my pencil sketches. This is good brain exercise for an old guy like me.
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: frank5817]
      #1355154 - 01/11/07 07:06 PM

Gosh Frank that is soooooooo good.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: frank5817]
      #1357092 - 01/12/07 03:40 PM

Hey Frank,

a fabulous full moon sketch sketch

I enjoy it very much

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: rodelaet]
      #1357556 - 01/12/07 07:25 PM

Thanks for the contributions everyone. Wonderful sketches and tutorials. I can't wait to see more.

And I also am getting excited about next month's target!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1358250 - 01/13/07 03:51 AM

Wow, mine's from way back in June of 2005!!
I didn't realize it was done that long ago.
Was it the very first full disc sketch here?

As far as how it was done, it was really pretty simple: a piece of paper,
a blending stump, a pencil, a clip board, and a small piece of charcoal
(which proved to be so sloppy I never tried using it again ).

The circular limb of the Moon was drawn free-hand with a 2B pencil
on a piece of computer paper, and the features were drawn with a
blending stump dipped in a 2B graphite swatch. After it was finished
I used charcoal to darken the background.

Like I said, pretty simple.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Carol L]
      #1358543 - 01/13/07 10:25 AM

Frank,

That is an Awesome sketch!
Those 30 MPH winds must have made things really interesting! I would feel awkward using those materiels myself (I've always been a pencil sketcher), but you sure made them work for you. Great job, my friend!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Jaycin]
      #1358550 - 01/13/07 10:27 AM

Carol,

That is a beautiful sketch!
I'd love to see more of your work here in the Sketching Forum!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Carol L]
      #1358934 - 01/13/07 02:28 PM

Carol,

Everything from simple, it's an awesome sketch

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Jaycin]
      #1358935 - 01/13/07 02:29 PM

Carol,

Beautiful parsimonious sketch,simple is good and I agree with you about the charcoal, it is too messy to use at the eyepiece. I do like to sketch with it under other circumstances. Your photos are great but your sketches are fabulous.

Dee, Rony, and Jason:

Thank you.

Jason:

The wind would have been a big problem if I was using a larger, taller scope. My 4.25" dob on a platform under low power is very close to the ground so I could wait out the gusts.
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: frank5817]
      #1359057 - 01/13/07 03:40 PM

I'd say the charcoal is all what you're used to. I mainly use charcoal at the EP with no problems at all, as well as a few other sketchers. Also, charcoal is pretty similar to Conte' and pastels. So for all of us that use those two at the EP will do just fine with charcoal as well.

I don't care for graphite.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1359437 - 01/13/07 07:18 PM

OK everyone, here is my mini (and I do mean mini) tutorial for my Monthly Target sketch: The Moon

Materials: 6.25" X 8.5" Strathmore "Windpower" Sketch Pad, 0.5mm 2HB Mechanical Pencil, 50mm Finderscope Cap.

Step 1: I traced around the finderscope cap so I had a perfect circle in the center of the paper.

Step 2: I used my lowest power EP (32mm/37X) and studied the Moon for a good 20 minutes before I began sketching (it was great not having to adjust the scope every 1.25 seconds). Then I lightly drew in a line for the Terminator.

Step 3: I drew in all of the detail along the Terminator. I only darkened about a quarter inch into the Terminator, and then started on the craters on the left limb and worked my way to the right.

Step 4: I shaded in the dark areas of the mare and used my eraser to make the rays. That ended my work in the field (I kind of like referring to my driveway as "the field" ).

Step 5: I scanned the sketch into my ancient computing device.

Step 6: I used my equally antiquated MGI Photosuite III to blacken the black areas, smooth the scratchy areas and adjust the brightness and contrast. Then I added the title, info and signature. After that I uploaded it to my file storage and posted it here. Viola! Here's the result:






Hopefully this little lesson on Jason sketching will help someone out. If not, at least you all know how simple my process is. I basically just draw what I see and then digitally add the finishing touches (like black shadows and Terminator).

Clear skies and dry sketch pads!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Jaycin]
      #1359452 - 01/13/07 07:28 PM Attachment (56 downloads)

Wonderful tutorials everyone! There is so much good information flying around this forum I think I'll have to start wearing a flack jacket when I login next time

Here's my write-up. I don't have any step-wise photos I'm afraid:

For this early evening naked eye sketch I was sat on a camping stool with a small table at my side with the sketching equipment readily to hand. It was light enough to see what I was doing without a torch for the duration of the sketch. I had the pad of paper on a clip board resting on my lap. The Moon was quite high in the sky (~40 degrees elevation) so it was a case of looking up, then down, then up, then down…..! It was a very calm evening, and there was quite a haze that became more apparent as it became darker. I was initially fooled into thinking it was quite mild, that is, until I’d been sitting still for half an hour and the cold began to bite.

On Daler-Rowney grey-blue ‘Ingres’ paper (12” x 9”), using a white pastel pencil I drew the semi-circle curve of the limb by hand, approx. 4.5 inches in diameter (a bit silly really as I had to tidy up the sketch slightly when I got back indoors to get the curve correct – I was just being too keen to get out there and start drawing at the time as it was the first clear night I’d had for nearly two weeks and I was scared the clouds would roll back in before I had time to complete the sketch!) I then lightly filled in the bulk of the area up to the terminator with a small piece of chalk pastel used on it’s side, but left out the obvious darker mare regions simply as the blue of the paper. (I found it quite helpful to screw up my eyes a bit when looking at the Moon naked eye, as it helped me to see just the light and dark regions whilst taking away the glare that was increasing all the time as the sky was getting darker.)

Using my fingertip I smudged the pastel to get a more even tone, then laid down more pastel to brighten the areas that needed it. I used both a putty rubber and a harder gum eraser to lift out pastel and re-define the mare regions, and again added in a little more pastel for a few brighter regions, this time using the pastel pencil for more precision in placing the smaller marks. It was absolutely freezing by now and I really hadn’t dressed properly and had no gloves on, so it was time to de-camp to the warmth of the house.

Once back inside (and when my hands had thawed out enough to work again!) I tidied up the curve to the correct shape by erasing a small amount of pastel from the top and bottom of the lunar disc, then brightened the curve of the limb with another layer of pastel pencil. I rubbed a small amount of orange pastel directly onto my fingertip then laid this down and smudged the colour very lightly all around the lunar image. Finally I rubbed a small amount of white chalk pastel directly onto my fingertip and applied this over the orange, again smudging with my fingertip to get the desired final colour for the haze.

I blew excess pastel powder off the sketch as I went (thankfully I didn’t spit on it!), and finished off with a light spray of fixative.

And that's it!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
      #1359464 - 01/13/07 07:33 PM

Erika,

My hat is off to you. The pastel pencils are not too bad they have the look and feel of charcoal but those soft velvety charcoals give me problems, in no time I have charcoal dust and crumbs all over everything. I may have given up too easily. I actually like the darker flat look of charcoal over the shiny look of graphite. I have not been able to get charcoal into my comfort zone at the eyepiece of a scope. Maybe I should try a different brand of graphite drawing pencil.

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      #1359549 - 01/13/07 08:34 PM

Jason,
Beautiful, crisp sketch. Your technique is so cool.

Sally,
Wonderful naked eye sketch and in color too! Awesome.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: frank5817]
      #1359761 - 01/13/07 10:32 PM

Wow, what a cool thread this has turned out to be! A veritable goldmine of different techniques and approaches.
Wonderful sketches and mini tutorials Carol, Jason, and Sally! It's all about helping others develop a understanding of the many ways there are of creating these sketches. Providing detailed information that can be useful to others requires that we dig deeper into the process ourselves, and this is a benefit to ourselves as well as the folks we are attempting to help. Sketching is about a process of learning and good sketchers are always involved in this process of education. Yes, we learn by doing, but we also learn by reading or looking at how others do something and incorporating that technique into our own personal media "toolkit". I cannot tell you how many times I've been helped with questions on technique from the many active participants on this wonderful forum. Most of the time it is not even me asking the question, someone else will bring up a problem they are having with this or that object or medium and I'll just happen to have the same question.

From my point of view there is nothing trivial about astronomical sketching. Even the simplest sketch is complex if you have never put a pencil to the paper. This forum was created from a desire to help reduce the difficulties for novice sketchers and to offer a supportive, friendly place to review drawings and to discuss all avenues of the subject. Sadly when some people believe they have made it to the top, they no longer feel they need to share their experience and skills with those who are still learning the basics. And unfortunately we all suffer the loss of that knowledge when such an attitude is adopted. Luckily we have a place like CN where everyone's sketches are received warmly regardlesss of the place where each sketcher begins!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: kraterkid]
      #1361957 - 01/14/07 11:01 PM

Thanks everyone!
Sorry my 'how-to' was so brief, but that's me.

Jason, since my sketches are made to accompany observing reports, I prefer to place them in the appropriate observing forums. Haven't been able to do any in a while because of the clouds/cold, but hopefully we'll have an early spring.

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      #1362072 - 01/15/07 12:27 AM

Jason and Sally, thank you for your great tutorials to this thread.

Everyone is so generous with sharing their techniques and it's very much appreciated by all.

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      #1363661 - 01/15/07 08:50 PM

You're welcome Erika! And thank you!

Thanks to everyone for sharing your sketches and techniques!

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This has been an outstanding experience all around! (See my other post: "WOWIE-ZOWIE!!" in this forum.) Thanks, Erix, for the challenge. Doing the Moon in its entirety requires a little bit of speed and discernment. Which details are more important? Here's my contribution:

1. Set up the scope in the afternoon. Predrew the lunar limb with a dinner glass. Also added the phase with a dinner plate. (Each phase requires different kitchen ware combinations.)
2. A half hour later, the scope's cooled enough to begin preliminary sketching. I sit on a padded drummer's throne set way high up. The sketch pad is directly under the refractor's diagonal on a wooden TV tray. Keeping the pad directly under the eyepiece allows me to switch back and forth really quickly between the e/p and the sketch.
3. Began by adding impressions of large structures. Mostly shading and overlapping circles where the larger craters are. As the sky darkens, I can begin darkening the shady side of the Moon also, refining the edges of the Moon's limb.
4. By the time the Sun has set, I've still got enough dusk to add some larger detail before it's time to turn on the red light and start adding the smaller details that are beginning to appear.
5. Sketching by flashlight is a bit of a chore, so about a half hour later, I pack it up inside and finish the limb darkening and shading refinements inside, where I can see. (I prefer sunspot drawing: plenty of light! and warmth!)
6. I use several graphite pencils, prefering to sketch with HB. The 6B is really nice and dark for the background sky. The F is handy for fine, faint lines that I may erase later. Also, I use a gum eraser and a horsehair paintbrush (1.5") for the residue. Finished with acrylic fixitive.

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The Moon: January 23, 2007 - 0900-1100UT
Albuquerque, NM: 35ish x -106ish
Orion Astroview 100mm f/6 achromat with 25mm Plossl.
V-block filter used for contrast until dusk.
North is up and East is left.


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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: andyenglish]
      #1382872 - 01/25/07 03:11 PM

By the way, this was my first attempt. I will definitely be working on the Moon a lot. What a daunting subject the Moon has been.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: andyenglish]
      #1383001 - 01/25/07 04:19 PM

Great sketch!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: SGT500]
      #1383670 - 01/25/07 10:36 PM

Wonderful sketch Andy! You've done a remarkable job catching the Earthshine and the details on the crescent. I like the way you handled the dark background, leaving the raw strokes in place. BTW, who knew dinnerware would have a prominent place in astronomical sketching?

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      #1384428 - 01/26/07 10:36 AM

Thanks for your kind words. Weather permitting, I will definitely be back out there this afternoon. I'd really like to try and get a more refined sketch...

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: andyenglish]
      #1385520 - 01/26/07 07:53 PM

Great sketch Andy!

It looks like you and I have a similar technique. I look forward to your next Lunar offering!

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Jaycin]
      #1385996 - 01/27/07 01:30 AM

Andy,
Very nice crescent moon sketch. I think I see craters Piccolomini and Fracastorius on the terminator of your sketch. Nice work.
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      #1387097 - 01/27/07 04:49 PM

Thanks y'all. Jason, I've enjoyed your lunar sketching also.
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Jaycin]
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Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known. Oscar Wilde

I have sketched, drawn, painted and doodled for most of my life, with several gaps
(called having a family) I have had a love affair with the night sky for as long as I can remember. It is only in the last two years that I have combined these two interests
This came about by the example and encouragement of a dear friend. She introduced me to the absorbing passion of astronomical sketching. This activity as given me an outrageous amount of pleasure and learning and continues to do so. This forum has also by example and encouragement further fuelled my interests and efforts in this ancient and unique pursuit.

I have discovered that to achieve a good sketch, you have to want it. You have to look at what you want in a way to observe it and absorb it. You must take a mental note of your target; this is the kind of thing I ask myself when I look at the moon for a sketch.


1. Where is the light coming from?
2. What kind of grey tones are on view?
3. Where are the dark areas and what shapes are they?
4. What is interesting and how will I achieve it?
5. Is there a bright area and how will I do it?
6. Where is the lunar drama tonight?

I have not done a whole moon sketch yet, but am working up to it. The nearest I came was with my EXT 70 in this pencil sequence below from December 6th, 10th and 12th 2005.

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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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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

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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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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!
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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: Erix]
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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
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Daler Rowney Soft Pastels
Conte Crayons
Wooden Toothpick
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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.

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

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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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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.
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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.

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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.

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      #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

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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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      #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

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



I can only agree. Great sketch

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      #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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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: kraterkid]
      #1398619 - 02/02/07 09:03 AM

Sal, Sally and Rich

Thank you for your kind compliments on my naked-eye observation of the Moon. The lunar orb was so striking that it begged to be rendered. I look forward to your wonderful observations in the future.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: CarlosEH]
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Mini Tutorial 10 Day Old Moon Sketch

Before I began this sketch on Wednesday evening of August 22nd I did 3 things. I checked the weather maps at NOAA. I re-read Chapter 1 in the book Astronomical Sketching by R. Handy et. al.. I gathered my needed materials and brought them outside.
The drawing materials I used are kept in a box in my garage near my scopes. I have included a photo of these materials. Above and to the right of the clipboard are: a red geek light, a mini maglight on a neck band, 2 erasers, a black / blue pencil sharpener, clip on lamp, Conte’ crayons and pencils, a sharpened eraser, blending stump, brush, and eraser shield. The circular protractor was used to draw the semicircular arc of the moon’s limb onto the Strathmore 400 Artagain paper (see second drawing). I should add that the pictures were taken today not while I made the sketch. I only spent a few minutes making these rough drawings but I spent 2 hours at the eyepiece making the actual drawing. Next I lightly drew in the borders between the dark and light areas (mare and highland) I also carefully positioned craters along the terminator before shading in with the Conte’ sticks and pencils to create the medium light areas around the mare ( third and forth photos). In the actual drawing I spent much time making sure I had features where I wanted them. Even with this care, many are incorrectly placed but I can live with that in a drawing of the moon. If this were a sketch of a planet I would need much better precision. I used both the blending stump and my index finger to get these medium areas the way I wanted them. I often returned to the eraser to re-blacken the mare. Now I wanted this drawing to look like the eyepiece view overall. I carefully worked the mare and the large shadowed craters near the terminator such as Copernicus, Reinhold, Bullialdus, Plato etc. I also did a few away from the terminator such as: Theophilus, Cyrillus and Catharina. I did not allow myself to get too carried away doing this because this always gets me into trouble by poor placement of features. I would like to point out that at any time you can actually erase everything completely. I completely erased this demo drawing in seconds (see fifth image). In the actual drawing (image 6), I probably touched the white pencil to every part of the highlands at least 4 times or more. The last part of the drawing included shading the mare and putting in crater shadows with the black Conte’. I left the limb a little fuzzy because the seeing in the telescope presented it that way. If the clouds didn’t stop me I would have curved the terminator better; the eyepiece view had much better curvature than my drawing. The last photo shows the set-up of the telescope and drive platform as I sat on the curved bench with the clipboard on my lap.
For most of my sketches with larger scopes I am usually standing on the ground or on a ladder holding the clipboard. Oh and yes I am left handed and right eye dominant.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: frank5817]
      #1801702 - 08/26/07 03:04 PM

Great Tutorial Frank!
Ill Have to give this a try.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: SGT500]
      #1801735 - 08/26/07 03:18 PM

Wonderful tutorial of a fabulous sketch Frank! You've definitely taught me a few lessons with your approach to producing a full phase sketch.

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Re: New Monthly Target - The Moon new [Re: kraterkid]
      #1802194 - 08/26/07 07:31 PM

Sal,

Thank you. You'll always do a great job with your sketching talents and abilities.
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Rich,

Thank you. But I think you are just too kind. I might be able to teach you something about biology, but when it comes to sketching, I don't think I have anything to offer you. I would like to thank you again for making me feel welcome here at Cloudy Nights and encouraging me to sketch and improve.

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