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#26 Erix

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:46 PM

That's a great sketch, Tom. I instantly knew what it was!

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:48 PM

That's a great sketch, Tom. I instantly knew what it was!


There's more info in the post, now. I was editing as you responded. ;)

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:49 PM

The other one is M92 in Hercules.

Same eyepiece, same pencil, etc. ;)

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:55 PM

Tom posted a sketch???!!! :woot:

...in other news, a cold front is moving through Hades...

Seriously, it is a very good sketch, and as Erika mentioned, instantly recognizable.

Encore! :applause:

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 12:59 PM

Tom posted a sketch???!!! :woot:

...in other news, a cold front is moving through Hades...

Seriously, it is a very good sketch, and as Erika mentioned, instantly recognizable.

Encore! :applause:


:roflmao:

It's especially ironic when you consider that I was one of the original moderators of the Sketching forum.

#31 rodelaet

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 03:28 PM

Tom,

Two sketches!! That's just great. :jawdrop:

Makes me wonder, why on earth, haven't I seen more sketches from your hand, Tom????

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 03:39 PM

Well, it obviously has nothing to do with shyness, or I'd have posted somnething more recent. (I drew those on 20 August, 2004 - and I've had just a bit of practice since then.) All that held me back was the lack of a functional scanner. That's been fixed, and all my sketches to date have been scanned. Over time, you will see more. :grin:

These two will do for the moment, being on topic for the thread. ;)

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Posted 03 October 2008 - 09:07 PM

I was not embarrased until I saw some of the very nice sketches posted here. :bigshock:

Frank :)

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 01:37 AM

Tom (W), what a pleasure it is to see your sketches for the first time--and your first sketches at that! Rony, thanks for posting the topic. It's great to see those first sketches Rony, Frank, Tom (perfessor), Wade, Kris, Stephan, Aaron, Carol, and Jeff. One of these days, I may find the old journal I used to make some binocular drawings of Jupiter's moons from 1985-ish.

A few nights after getting my first scope, I started journaling my observations. The first sheet has all sorts of chicken scratch on it, and I can't tell which were diagrams to help me find something, and which were actual sketches of what I saw. Except for these drawings of Neptune and Uranus. They were within an hour or two of being the first.

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Posted 06 October 2008 - 08:17 AM

Found mind! :lol: Talk about a trip down memory lane. :D

(edit, that should read found "mine". Although you'll all be happy that I seem to remember where I put my mind, so I'll grab it here shortly.) :smirk:

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Posted 08 October 2008 - 05:53 AM

Hello again! Some months have passed by since my latest post here. But now new observing season has began also in Finland, and I would be happy to contribute one of my first sketches here (Not actually the very first one, but one of the earliest anyway).

Sketch information:
Object: Messier 42
Date: 5/6.9.1999
Instrument: Newton 4''

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 02:45 PM

Jeremy,

Thank you for sharing these sketches. :jump:

It reminds me of my own notes that I used to make.

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 02:51 PM

Erika,

Thank you for looking up that early sketch.

That Saturn sketch does look very good. I couldn't have drawn those rings any better. :waytogo:

It shows that you were a carefull observer from the beginning.

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 03:51 PM

Juha,

Thank you for sharing one of your first sketches! :cool:

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Posted 09 October 2008 - 10:18 PM

I think we ALL need to thank Rony for coming up with this great idea for a thread!

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This is a great thread that us sketchers can really appreciate. Not only do we get to share and see first hand how our own sketches/sketching techniques have changed or improved, it is also a great way for those just beginning to sketch to possibly feel less intimidated about posting their first attempts.

Well done Rony!
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Posted 10 October 2008 - 01:48 PM

I think we ALL need to thank Rony for coming up with this great idea for a thread!

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This is a great thread that us sketchers can really appreciate. Not only do we get to share and see first hand how our own sketches/sketching techniques have changed or improved, it is also a great way for those just beginning to sketch to possibly feel less intimidated about posting their first attempts.

Well done Rony!
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i'll second that, very good idea indeed!

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Posted 10 October 2008 - 04:27 PM

Wade,

No need to thank me. Anyone could have come up with this.:idea:

It's the message that counts, not the messenger. :lol:

I'm convinced that we all once were kids who enjoyed drawing, even before we could write. It's a pitty that most of us forgot how much fun that was. :ubetcha:

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 10:44 PM

Here's my first real attempt at sketching. I've done one double star sketch before, but that's it. I've never been able to draw anything, and all my training has come from reading the tutorials here an online. I didn't reverse the image, so the sketch is how I saw it in the eyepiece.

In any case, I'd be glad for pointers. I _want_ to get better...

Chris

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Posted 11 October 2008 - 11:17 PM

Chris, that's a very nice sketch and you have identified both the allure and difficulty in sketching the moon: there's so darn much of it! It's my favorite target.

My advice, such as it is, is to focus in on one small area - one crater plus a small surrounding area. Otherwise, you get dragged all over the map. Not that there's anything wrong with that - just hard to sketch it all.

Keep at it, and show us your work!

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 04:49 AM

Chris,

Thank you for posting your first sketch.

If there is a pointer that I would like to mention, it's this: I believe that you have drawn from what your mind told you : craters. And you've drawn circles. You should ingore your brain and focus on what your eyes show : lights and shadows. Try to make abstraction from the features that you see. Behave like a camera, don't think, don't 'draw' conclusions. Loose the craters and focus on the lights and the shadows.If you draw on white paper, focus on the dark features : the shadows. Once you have drawn these shadows, your brain will translate it into : craters.

With the tutorials, you should have a good start.
I'm affraid that there is no quick magical formula available.


I do know that with every sketch, you build up more experience. Maybe you'll feel more comfortable with practicing indoors. Training is good. Even dry training at the kitchen table. So what you can do, is draw from some pictures of the moon, or from DSO objects. These drawings will help you to control the pencil and the eye-brain-hand process. It may sound stupid, but chances are that you'll make lots of errors. And you will learn a lot from these errors. It's like bicycling. The first times, you have to concentrate very hard. But later, it becomes a subconscious process, and you can concentrate better on observing.
And you'll be better prepared for the field sketch. :)

There are a lot of helpfull people over here. So if you have any particular question, we'll try to answer it.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 08:32 AM

Rony and Tom - thanks for the advice. My next moon sketch (maybe tonight if the weather permits) I'm just going to focus on a single crater and a bit of the surrounding area. Let's see if that helps. And I'll focus on drawing the shadows first and seeing what comes from that.

Thanks!

Chris

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 12:18 PM

Chris,

I really do look forward to your next sketch. :)
And tell us how it went.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 01:08 PM

My first sketch was of Saturn in June or July when I got my first telescope. The only difference in my sketching is that I use oil and chalk pastels. *I am still the little kid with the crayons except with "grown up" crayons now :)* I will scan it and post it here in a few minutes.

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 01:24 PM

This was my first sketch ever. I plan on doing more when I get my refractor finished as it will be more comfortable viewing than with my EQ mounted reflector. Well without further adeu wallaah Posted Image

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Posted 12 October 2008 - 03:36 PM

Hi Tristan,

Welcome to the forum!

Thank you for sharing your first sketch, and in full color!!
I believe you did a very nice job with that sketch.:waytogo:
Your planet seems to shine brightly in that sketch.
The colors are very nice as well.

Like you say : keep that kid in you drawing. :D

Looking forward to more sketches from your hand. :cool:


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