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First Time Sketching a Lunar Feature

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#1 paulgo12

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 10:25 AM

Sharing my first ever Moon feature sketch. I just started sketching DSOs last year or so, but lunar sketching is definitely harder!

I used black and white charcoal, but I think soft pastels would be better? Any tips? I find it hard to spread white charcoal on a large area.

 

Gassendi Crater

 


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#2 Starman47

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 10:46 AM

Great first lunar sketch!!! waytogo.gif



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:00 AM

Paulgo,

 

Very fine  First Time Sketching a Lunar Feature smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:22 AM

Wonderful 1st or 100th attempt!bow.gif Thanks for sharing!

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:27 AM

Very fine sketch of crater Gassendi. 

 

Use a  small tooth file to sharpen your white charcoal and save what dust rubs off for spreading over the paper.

 

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#6 stargazer60

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 12:27 PM

Great first sketch, I can't even draw a straight line.  LOL  Keep up the great sketches and thanks for sharing it with us on CN. waytogo.gif 



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 04:01 PM

Fantastic job on your first lunar crater sketch! I recently got into doing crater sketches, and you're right, they're definitely more difficult, but it has brought a lot of joy to viewing the moon (which I used to hate because it interfered with DSO observations). Unfortunately I don't have any tips for you as far as the medium you're using to sketch with since I typically stick to printer paper and pencils. Look forward to seeing your progression as you, hopefully, do more crater sketches.



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 05:56 PM

Fine sketch, Paul - thanks for sharing! I use Faber-Castell pastel pencils (white,black and grey) on black sketch paper. I find they are the right mix of spread ability and firmness for sharpening. waytogo.gif



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 08:13 PM

Fine sketch, Paul - thanks for sharing! I use Faber-Castell pastel pencils (white,black and grey) on black sketch paper. I find they are the right mix of spread ability and firmness for sharpening. waytogo.gif

Thanks for the tip! I'll try to find one here. It seems I have to go to specialty art stores to get these.



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 08:16 PM

very good work here 



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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:43 PM

I  have a very important tip. Keep it up, You are doing great!  I can hardly wait to see what you can show us in the future.   I can't even draw stick people.   LOL



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 01:08 AM

I sketch the moon for many years now. and I have a non ending pleasure with it. I am looking forward seeing your next sketches here. Your first result is very promising.



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Posted 07 January 2020 - 04:06 AM

Thanks for sharing your first lunar sketch with us - it is excellent!

Regaring pastels, I would stick to charcoal and chalk. For the finer details both are available as pens. For the larger areas I take the "pieces".

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 04:14 PM

I find this area of the Moon fascinating and you have captured it very well indeed. Well done!



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Posted 10 January 2020 - 09:06 AM

Gassendi is a beautiful crater which I have sketched several times.  Yours is very well done.

 

I think you will have fun browsing the aisles of an art supply store.  I always do.

 

You ask for advice - this is hard to do.  "Learn by doing" is the best I can offer.  Fortunately, it's the easiest advice to follow.  Cheers!




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