I recently got into the hobby and have started learning to sketch. Here are a couple sketches I did this past week. Pretty happy with how they turned out as a first attempt (excluding a practice sketch of the beehive cluster from a photo), and I see a few things I'd like to improve. Would be happy to hear any feedback or pointers.
Also, jeez my handwriting could use some work...
3B pencil, inverted in GIMP
Took advantage of a clear sky and new moon to get my first view of the Orion Nebula. Blew me away. Happy enough with my first attempt at shading, although perhaps a bit uneven (too bright on the right for example). Looked quite different before inverting honestly. The unsteadiness in my stroke while marking the stars also really shows in inverted color.
8" F/6 Dobsonian with 1.25" 30mm Plossl
3B pencil, inverted and adjusted in GIMP