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#1 Aquarellia

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 10:44 AM

Hi

 

Here two watercolors with the real traces I recorded during two of five nights of August 12th, that was done in the French Alps, close to my home.

 

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Aug. 12 AM (1h17 to 2h28 UT)

 

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and Aug. 12th PM (21h13 to 21h54 UT) for the second one, I was stopped by clouds.

 

All meteors were recorded carfully with theire magnitudes and posted on the IMO data base.  I like to do that every year.

 

With my pretty van (Bed and Telescope) I was able to join very dark skies for those nights of our very hot summer.

 

During all those nights my astro-program included the two recuring novae RS Oph

already shown here: https://www.cloudyni...va-rs-ophiuchi/

and T CrB I follow this star since years now because another firework show could arrive soon.

Here the AAVSO alert : https://www.aavso.or...lert-notice-750

 

Clear sky to you all

 

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 11:39 AM

Michel,

 

It is fabulous to see these fine sketches of the Perseids over these nights.

It has been a several years since I have witnessed this annual  shower due to overcast nights.

It is very nice to see your capture over 2 nights. The anticipation of seeing another recurrent nova

T CrB thanks for posting the AAVSO alert.

Well done.

Frank :)


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Posted 16 August 2021 - 12:31 PM

Michel,

 

It is fabulous to see these fine sketches of the Perseids over these nights.

It has been a several years since I have witnessed this annual  shower due to overcast nights.

It is very nice to see your capture over 2 nights. The anticipation of seeing another recurrent nova

T CrB thanks for posting the AAVSO alert.

Well done.

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Thank you so much Frank ! 

I did 5 different sketches one per night but those two are the most rich in perseids. 

During the first sketch I saw 4 sporadics and 2 during the second one, but I just count them with their relative magnitude of course.

The first sketch show perseids from magnitude +5 to -2 and the second one, much more brillant and some time through light clouds from +2 to -4.

 

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Posted 16 August 2021 - 01:09 PM

These are refreshingly fun renditions of the Perseids Michel,especially to those of us whose display was sub-par this year.Very nice!        Michael


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Posted 16 August 2021 - 11:50 PM

Wow, that is a fantastic rendition. It’s unique and interesting. Love it!
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Posted 16 August 2021 - 11:54 PM

Wonderful! Are these watercolors made using inverted colors?

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Posted 17 August 2021 - 04:30 AM

Hello

Thank you to you all for your nice comments and question

Wonderful! Are these watercolors made using inverted colors?

Indeed I paint with the "colorwheel" in my brain, it's easy to paint directly making complementary colors and inverted value after a little practice, it's simple.

 

Ok no secret :

 

Here the pages on which I sketch the traces during the night (180gr paper for sketch):

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on the bottom you can see the periods of time ( - ', ", "', lv etc) those signs are associated with the magnitudes of each meteor.  To the right, the sporadics with only magnitudes (no sketches).

   

So it's easy to store all info in the IMO database as here for this session:

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P for plot and C for count.
 

At the end I just have to paint in my workshop (this is my table) the view I had and the traces without mension of direction time nor magnitude but with the trace reflecting the magnitude, as here:

 

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This is not expensive for the few pigments used (only extra-fine watercolor tubes from Winsor&Newton - professional), but more for the paper, here a 300gr/m2 (140 lb) 100% cotton mould made and cold pressed from "Moulin du Roy"

 

And then just changing the called "bitsex" in the header of the file, or use a simple software as the one I use : Paint.net

 

Et voilà !

 

Michel


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Posted 17 August 2021 - 10:20 AM

Michel,

 

Very nice watercolors  sketches of 2021 Perseids smile.gif .

 

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Posted 17 August 2021 - 10:46 AM

I end up paying more for my paper than other materials. I just ordered some fabriano artistico hot press which was a pretty little Penny to get shipped to Alaska.
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Posted 17 August 2021 - 11:05 AM

I end up paying more for my paper than other materials. I just ordered some fabriano artistico hot press which was a pretty little Penny to get shipped to Alaska.

Indeed, what a long trip from Italy to Alaska for those papers.  Anyway Fabriano do have a large choice of very good papers too!

Did you share what you paint somewhere ?  Sorry but I'm curious.

 

 

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Posted 17 August 2021 - 01:39 PM

I work in colored pencils actually. I'm currently at work but will post a pic when I get home. I'm just a beginner (the pandemic has brought me a new hobby) so they aren't as nice as yours are.

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Posted 17 August 2021 - 07:32 PM

Here's a few. The incomplete butterfly is on the fabriano hot press. The volcano and cannery are on hardware store sandpaper. Colored pencil paper for the Aurora. Pencils are Faber Castell polychromos.

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Posted 17 August 2021 - 07:34 PM

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Posted 17 August 2021 - 10:19 PM

The compliment painting technique just blows my mind! Very effective for night scenes. Maybe someday when I learn technology well enough I'll try this. I'm very limited with just a phone right now.

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Posted 19 August 2021 - 10:56 AM

Hi

Sorry I was on the way...

You did a superb job with those watercolors.

Alaska is one of the region where watercolor is full of sense!

 

Your aurora is just whaw!!!

I did an aurora from Iceland with the complementary watercolor technic we are talking to.

 

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Maybe to begin with this technic, and because you'r working with pencils, what I suggest you to do is to take a photo of your pencil box and invert the photo.

You have to use good natural light to do this.

And if you invert this photo (an simple free application on your phone can do that) you will find the pencil to be used for the best inversion.

 

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You also see that the value (dark or light) of the colors is inverted, this is probably the most difficult reflex to obtain.

 

Hope this helps

 

 

NB:  Because we are far from the Perseids, I will ask to the moderators maybe, to begin a new topic for this technic.  The title could be something like "inverted watercolor in astronomy"


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Posted 19 August 2021 - 11:44 AM

Aquarellia,

 

This was a natural transition away from the Perseid Meteor shower water color.

 Feel free to begin a thread on  just  inverted color sketching seperate from this Perseid thread.

 

Frank

 

PS If anyone else has Perseid meteor shower sketches you can post them here so we are back on topic


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Posted 20 August 2021 - 09:15 PM

Hi
Sorry I was on the way...
You did a superb job with those watercolors.
Alaska is one of the region where watercolor is full of sense!

Your aurora is just whaw!!!
I did an aurora from Iceland with the complementary watercolor technic we are talking to.

aurore_l.jpg

Maybe to begin with this technic, and because you'r working with pencils, what I suggest you to do is to take a photo of your pencil box and invert the photo.
You have to use good natural light to do this.
And if you invert this photo (an simple free application on your phone can do that) you will find the pencil to be used for the best inversion.

crayons.jpg

You also see that the value (dark or light) of the colors is inverted, this is probably the most difficult reflex to obtain.

Hope this helps


NB: Because we are far from the Perseids, I will ask to the moderators maybe, to begin a new topic for this technic. The title could be something like "inverted watercolor in astronomy"

None of my work is watercolor, just the paper is hot press. Photo of the pencils and inverting makes tons of sense! I am just getting started in the art/colored pencil world but one of these days I will try this technique. I have something to meditate on and a possible new technique in the arsenal.
Your aurora work is awesome! I thought it was a photo at first.

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Posted 26 August 2021 - 01:53 AM

I always enjoy your talented drawing!


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