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Re: So what are they? new [Re: Paul G. Abel]
      #6137137 - 10/14/13 02:11 PM

Some times I call my sketches 'a mess' other times I'II label them as 'good for the bin' once I even labeled one as 'looks good if you squint at it' but seriously my astro sketching is all about observing and I agree with Pauls comment above.

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Re: So what are they? new [Re: mike73]
      #6137801 - 10/14/13 08:28 PM

Trouble is it does not define a medium or approach. Sooner or later the topic of the artwork inevitably cones into play and it'd seem awkward to keep sidestepping a proper name for the work itself rather than the method used to arrive at the artwork. Rendering settled it for me. Thanks guys.

And Paul - nice renderings.


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Re: So what are they? new [Re: azure1961p]
      #6140891 - 10/16/13 01:07 PM

Hi Pete,

Interesting topic. For me the words I would use are drawings and sketches, which I try to make as accurate as possible.

When I made my first sketch of Jupiter in 1973 with a 60mm refractor that was not the best quality I simply wanted to record the detail I saw.

Without realizing it by making drawings / sketches at the eyepiece I was training my eyes to see more detail, and this has become a lifelong passion.

I include the word accurate because it has allowed me record long term changes in planetary features, such as the shrinking of Jupiter's Great Red Spot:

I am reminded of a quote by Frank Sinatra:

"There is something to be said for keeping at a thing, isn't there?"

Clear Skies,

Eric Jamison

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