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First sketch with grease free pastel pencils: Clavius

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#1 Uwe Pilz

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 02:53 AM

Dear observers,


my friend Robert started sketching with grease free pastel pencils. We have a small group of astronomers here in Leipzig, and we meet us at every full moon in a public house. Slightly early we met us last Friday. Robert brought the pencils to there together with some sheets of black paper. I experimented a bit there. At the end Robert donated me his backup set of 4 pencils: black white light and dark grey. The pencils are form the Faber Pitt pastel series.


The moon was rather low in the sky and the air very unsteady. So I had to sketch a large are, I selected Clavius. I found it interesting, that I can sketch black over already sketched grey. Highlights are easy to get - the most complicated problem with my normal pencil sketches. Lare bright areas (the inner of Clavius) are harder to differentiate with that technique hower. Nevertheless, I'll make at least part of my moon sketches with that pencils.


Of course, I am not fully satisfied with this first try. It would be better to sketch the area larger. The sketch is slightly clumsy.

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 04:38 AM

Hi Uwe,


a good start trying new pens. Thanks for sharing with us.


Best Regards



#3 Jef De Wit

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 06:05 AM

Still a good sketch.

Don't give up and keep on trying. You will see, working on a black paper gives in my opinion almost always a finer result (than white paper).

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Posted 11 August 2019 - 07:23 AM



A good sketch. After making a few sketches, the technique of pastel pencils will master well, for my taste it is the simplest and most faithful finish to what we see through the eyepiece. We want to see more in the future.



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Posted 11 August 2019 - 08:35 PM



You did very well and often out of your comfort zone it is a struggle.

I think I made 25-30 practice sketches before I tried one at the eyepiece.

My first sketch of this type at the eyepiece was terrible, I don't have and would never have shown it.

If my sketch looked as good as yours above, I would have been happy to post it.waytogo.gif 


Frank :)

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Posted 12 August 2019 - 02:02 PM



Very good First sketch with pastel pencils: Clavius smile.gif .




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