Return to the Cloudy Nights Telescope Reviews home pageAstronomics discounts for Cloudy Nights members
· Get a Cloudy Nights T-Shirt · Submit a Review / Article

Click here if you are having trouble logging into the forums

Privacy Policy | Please read our Terms of Service | Signup and Troubleshooting FAQ | Problems? PM a Red or a Green Gu… uh, User

Astrophotography and Sketching >> Sketching

Pages: 1
Michael Rapp
Post Laureate
*****

Reged: 04/27/04

Loc: Dickinson, TX
My (beginner's!) star technique
      #5504654 - 11/04/12 09:51 PM

I was hoping to sketch M39 or M52 this evening, but patchy fog ruled that out. So instead I decided to work on my star technique. As I mentioned before, years of scantron tests seem to have given me muscle memory to drawing a horrible elongated circle when I want to draw a dot!

Also, in addition to my non-circular stars, I wanted to have a better way of representing brightness than I had. So far, whether I used bigger dots or darker dots was kinda at random.

After drawing more dots this evening than I ever have in my life, I'm happy with the shape of my dots. I've also developed a three-degree brightness scale.

Here is what seems to be working well for me:

Faint stars: 2H pencil with very light pressure and a quick twirl. This produces a light, yet visible dot on the paper.

Medium stars: 2H pencil with a circle drawn for about 2 seconds.

Bright stars: HB pencil with a circle drawn for about 2 seconds.

For me, the star drawn with the HB graphite as the same size as the medium star with the 2H graphite produces a much more convincing brighter star than just making a larger 2H circle.


Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Jef De Wit
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 03/06/09

Loc: Hove, Belgium
Re: My (beginner's!) star technique new [Re: Michael Rapp]
      #5504942 - 11/05/12 04:57 AM

You can also try different Fine Liners (www.staedtler.com/pigment_liner_gb#ctl06_Tab-product-tab-1) to create the brightness (no need to draw a small circle, just dip). I add them at home after I sketched the stars with a number scale (for the different brightness).

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
John K
Carpal Tunnel


Reged: 12/26/05

Loc: Vernon BC Canada
Re: My (beginner's!) star technique new [Re: Jef De Wit]
      #5505955 - 11/05/12 08:53 PM Attachment (18 downloads)

Here is a picture showing how I do my stars.since this picture I have added a stedler pack of fine liners that have 6 different gauge pen tips.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Michael Rapp
Post Laureate
*****

Reged: 04/27/04

Loc: Dickinson, TX
Re: My (beginner's!) star technique new [Re: John K]
      #5507386 - 11/06/12 06:54 PM

Thanks John and Jef. I will look into those pens.

Post Extras: Print Post   Remind Me!   Notify Moderator  
Pages: 1


Extra information
0 registered and 8 anonymous users are browsing this forum.

Moderator:  cildarith, JayinUT, WOBentley 

Print Thread

Forum Permissions
      You cannot start new topics
      You cannot reply to topics
      HTML is disabled
      UBBCode is enabled


Thread views: 628

Jump to

CN Forums Home


Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics