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!