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#1 dfoster356

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 06:08 PM

I'm looking for links and/or information from experienced CN members.  

 

Thank you



#2 AdmiralAckbar

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 06:14 PM

I'm not experienced, but I find this incredibly helpful: https://vimeo.com/56574744


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Posted 25 January 2021 - 06:16 PM

And then there's the thread that's "stuck" at the top of this forum: Thread of interest in Sketching, including our contest. I think it's best to spend time going through those resources, rather than asking for them to be rehashed.


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#4 Jethro7

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Posted 25 January 2021 - 06:50 PM

Hello defoster356,

All  you need is a paper and pencil. Here is what a Art Teacher told me a half Century ago.

" You can draw anything that you can see" it really is, just that simple. The most important part is to go and have fun.

 

 

HAPPY SKIES AND KEEP LOOKING UP Jethro


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 09:48 AM

Check out my YouTube channel for time lapses of me sketching at the eyepiece (link in sig). I typically explain my process in the videos. And if you have any further questions feel free to ask. I always hope that my sketch videos will help others get into sketching or just help new people know what to expect to see through a telescope. 


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 10:52 AM

Draw, draw, draw. PRACTICE PRACTICE, PRACTICE!

John


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 01:48 PM

Hi,

 

I can only agree: Draw, draw, draw!

 

And you'll see some progress over time:

 

Copernicus 2014:

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Copernicus 2019:

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Copernicus 2021:

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And the most important thing: Have fun while observing and sketching! smile.gif

 

Clear skies!

 

Achim


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 02:34 PM

@Achim,

 

Nice sketches smile.gif .

 

CS,KLU,

 

thanx.gif ,

 

Tom



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Posted 26 January 2021 - 03:17 PM

Check out my YouTube channel for time lapses of me sketching at the eyepiece (link in sig). I typically explain my process in the videos. And if you have any further questions feel free to ask. I always hope that my sketch videos will help others get into sketching or just help new people know what to expect to see through a telescope. 

Hello AAstro,

 

Thanks for the information and support.  When I click the YT link I get a 404 not found.  Same thing when attempting a copy/paste..



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Posted 26 January 2021 - 03:40 PM

Speaking as an artist first and an amateur astronomer second, most all artists begin to learn by studying the work of other artists. So my suggestion would be to look at the work on this forum and other astro sketching sites, find a style and subject matter you like, then start doing drawings. Lots of them. Try not to worry if they’re “good” or “bad”, just keep at it. Eventually you’ll be doing work that you enjoy, and that’s what matters.
Good luck!
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#11 dfoster356

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Posted 26 January 2021 - 04:43 PM

Speaking as an artist first and an amateur astronomer second, most all artists begin to learn by studying the work of other artists. So my suggestion would be to look at the work on this forum and other astro sketching sites, find a style and subject matter you like, then start doing drawings. Lots of them. Try not to worry if they’re “good” or “bad”, just keep at it. Eventually you’ll be doing work that you enjoy, and that’s what matters.
Good luck!

Thanks for the solid advice alder1.  

 

All,

 

My interest in sketching is primarily to increase my observation skills - the quality of the sketch is of less concern.  


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Posted 26 January 2021 - 09:58 PM

Hello AAstro,

 

Thanks for the information and support.  When I click the YT link I get a 404 not found.  Same thing when attempting a copy/paste..

Oops, sorry about that. Forgot I changed my channel name and never updated the link. Should be working now. 



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Posted 27 January 2021 - 06:20 AM

Hi! I don’t have any links but the key thing is to observe and draw as much as possible! You will also find it helpful to keep your observations in a notebook (I have one for each planet, along with lunar and variable star books).  Make sure you record the important details with each observation: date, time (in UT), telescope details (aperture size, type- Newtonian, SCT) and seeing conditions.  Planets also have additional information like CM longitude. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

 

Cheers,

-Paul


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Posted 27 January 2021 - 09:03 AM

I would highly recommend practicing sketching objects from photographs as well. I think this was hugely instrumental in developing my skills early on, understanding how to get effects that I’m seeing, and importantly it allows you to practice under adequate light during the day. It is very difficult to learn when you are sketching in very dim red light at the eyepiece.

Check out this link for help getting started: I found these tutorials to be extremely informative and helpful!! Enjoy!

 

https://rasc.ca/caro...d-dso-sketching


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