August 2010 Archives

Sketch of Cygnus Loop/Veil NebulaClick image to view larger version. This expansive supernova remnant is a visual treat from dark skies. In this column, we sketch the entire field using white charcoal/pastel on black paper. Subject:Veil Nebula/Cygnus Loop Issue:September 2010 Astronomy Now Basic Media:White Charcoal/Pastel Pencils on Black Paper Featured...
Positive Sketch of C/2009 R1 (McNaught)Click image to view larger version. Original Negative Sketch of C/2009 R1 (McNaught)Click image to view larger version. Bright comet C/2009 R1 (McNaught) is the subject of this month's column. We look at graphite techniques for sketching a comet, and optional digital colorizing of the...
Sketch of Crescent Moon and EarthshineClick image to view larger version. The stunning view of a thin crescent moon cradling a bubble of Earthshine is irresistible. This column describes the use of white and black charcoal pencils on black paper to capture the scene. Subject:Crescent Moon with Earthshine Issue:July 2010...
Graphite and Charcoal Sketch of the SunClick image to view larger version. Solar activity is on the increase and white light observing is starting to get interesting again. This article describes white light full disc and detail sketching using graphite on white paper. Subject:White Light Sun Issue:June 2010 Astronomy Now...

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