I haven't been able to get out for any observing recently. But I have been up to something. In case you hadn't noticed--and I know you have--I'm working on a double star project right now. In the process, I felt the need to come up with a consistent method for conveying stellar magnitudes. Something that goes a step further than the method I discussed in the double star tutorial I put together a couple months ago. Since I'm already coloring the stars digitally I figured I would take care of magnitude differences digitally as well. Some astronomical sketchers may not care for this approach, since it does reduce and can even eliminate the hand-drawn appearance of the sketch. I can definitely appreciate that sentiment. I struggled with it quite a bit as I debated how to handle the magnitudes.
In the end, I decided that there would be a lot of benefit to consistently comparing magnitudes across multiple sketches. Manipulating the sketches in Photoshop (or any other paint program) provides a very simple and reliable way of doing this. I worked out a list of paint brush sizes that I now use to plot the stars over the scanned sketch. I also apply a systematically larger glow around the brighter stars. I also set up a custom paintbrush to draw in diffraction rings for the magnified inset views of the closest doubles.
After using this process on my latest round of double star sketches, I went back and updated my older sketches. I still have the original sketches posted with each entry, but the double star sketch gallery has been updated with all the new images.
I still need to figure out the best way to write a tutorial about this part of the process, since it's pretty pedantic. But until then, here is a reference image of the brush sizes I use based on magnitude. (Note that I generate these sketches at a larger size and reduce them before posting here, so these brush dimensions appear larger in the original file.)