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Looking to start planetary sketching. Any advice?

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#1 SpartanSky

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Posted 09 August 2020 - 08:08 PM

Hi, everyone.

 

With Mars growing in size and close to opposition, and Jupiter and Saturn as well placed as they are, I’ve been interested in starting planetary sketching lately. I’m curious as to how I should get into this part of the hobby, what materials I should use (sketchbook? blending stumps?), and how to practice and best capture what is in the eyepiece. I’ve observed the planets plenty of times before, and I’m used to teasing out their features and taking notes. What would you recommend to someone looking to explore these observations a little further? Below, I attached a simple sketch of Mars from the last opposition, with Mare Cimmeria and Terra Sirenum visible. Any tips on my sketching and how to improve it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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Posted 11 August 2020 - 10:43 AM

Seems folk are asleep here......??!!

 

However I do not see your attached sketch; but I would be

interested to see and comment if you can get it to show.

 

Or maybe help with attaching procedure if that be a problem.  

 

Dave.



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Posted 11 August 2020 - 10:59 AM

A clip board to hold paper and a clip on light source. I usually use 4h, HB, 2b, a white Prismacolor pencil and an Ebony pencil as appropriate. Blending stumps. Erasers that can be pushed onto the tops of pencils and can be cut with a blade to make a sharp chisel edge. An eraser shield. The type of paper is up to you.

 

Here are Jupiter and Saturn, in its current aspect, templates to download and print to make some of this easier.

 

https://www.cloudyni...saturn-jupiter/


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Posted 11 August 2020 - 01:48 PM

SpartanSky,

 

I think you did not successfully  post your sketch.

You still can of course.

 

Frank smile.gif

 

PS See 'Collection of Sketching Forum's 'How To' Threads" Under the heading "Thread of interest in Sketching, including our contest" pinned at the top f this page.



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Posted 18 August 2020 - 01:39 PM

Thanks for the advice, everyone! I’ll certainly look into the tips you mentioned. Below, I’ve attached a different sketch of Mars made about a week ago. Hopefully this one can be viewed.



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Posted 18 August 2020 - 01:40 PM

Thanks for the advice, everyone! I’ll certainly look into the tips you mentioned. Below, I’ve attached a different sketch of Mars made about a week ago. Hopefully this one can be viewed.

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Posted 18 August 2020 - 03:30 PM

Hello SpartanSky

 

I rotated your sketch 90 degrees changed the brightness and contrast.

It looks like you wrote the sketch was made on August 11th

It looks pretty good actually.

 

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Posted 23 August 2020 - 10:08 AM

Thank you all! I’m getting more used to Mars now, and I’m reading up on what features to study in the October 2020 issue of S&T. Clear skies to you this opposition!


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