October 2012 Archives

Sketch sequence of the International Space StationClick image to view larger version. Satellite path sketch from September 16, 2012Click image to view larger version. Subject:International Space Station Issue:November 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Graphite on white stock, pastel on black stock, and digital media Featured Technique:Telescopic sketching of the International Space...
Digital Illustrations of the International Space Station - October 9/10, 2012 - 0245 UT Observation Notes: With the SpaceX Dragon supply vehicle a few hours away from docking with the ISS, I thought I'd have a look tonight. No luck spotting the Dragon, but it did give me a chance...
Article by Peter Grego Subject:Lunar Terrain Issue:October 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Graphite on white stock, or digital media Featured Technique:Using a lunar map template to prepare for the field sketch. Pencil and digital methods are discussed. Suggested Sketching Materials: Graphite pencils as dark as 4B/5B, sharpened eraser, and white stock...
Article by Erika Rix Subject:Lunar Terrain Issue:September 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Black ink on white stock Featured Technique:Using ink stippling to render lunar terrain Suggested Sketching Materials: Clipboard with white acid-free paper Black, felt-tipped artist's pen Graphite pencil and white vinyl rubber...
Sketch Gallery ExampleClick image to view larger version. Subject:Web Sketch Galleries Issue:August 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Web galleries Featured Technique:Options for making your sketches available for others to view on the internet Suggested Materials: Scanner Image editing software such as GIMP or Adobe Photoshop Internet connection...
Article by Erika Rix Subject:Solar Prominences Issue:July 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:White pastel on black stock Featured Technique:Sketching solar prominences in H-Alpha Suggested Sketching Materials: Clipboard with black acid-free paper (such as Strathmore Artagain 400 Series 60 lb.) White Conté crayon and pencil White color pencil Black oil-based pencil Rubber...
Article by Peter Grego Subject:The Transit of Venus Issue:June 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Graphite on white stock Featured Technique:Sketching the transit of Venus, including aureole and black drop effect. Suggested Sketching Materials: Smooth, white cartridge paper with 150 mm circle template 3B graphite pencil and black graphics pen...
Diffraction Pattern Sketches of RasalgethiClick image to view larger version. Subject:Rasalgethi Issue:February 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Graphite on white stock and digital media Featured Technique:Methods for sketching double star diffraction patters Suggested Sketching Materials: #2 or HB graphite pencil White paper or sketch template with a 3-5 inch (8-13 cm)...
Article by Peter Grego Subject:Saturn Issue:April 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Graphite on white stock Featured Technique:Capturing the subtle features of Saturn and its rings Suggested Sketching Materials: Drawing blank printed on 120 gsm laser paper 2B graphite pencil White pastel Blending stump...
Article by Erika Rix Subject:Mars Issue:March 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Charcoal on white stock Featured Technique:Using charcoal and blending techniques to sketch Mars Suggested Sketching Materials: Clipboard with white acid-free drawing paper Assortment of compressed charcoal in pencil and stick forms White vinyl eraser pencil (with craft knife for shaping)...
Positive Sketch of Messier 1Click image to view larger version. Original Negative Sketch of Messier 1Click image to view larger version. Subject:Messier 1 Issue:February 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Graphite on white stock Featured Technique:Reasons and methods for sketching Suggested Sketching Materials: White sketch paper 2H and HB graphite pencils Blending...
Article by Peter Grego Subject:Motion of Mars Issue:January 2012 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Graphite on white stock Featured Technique:Tracking Mars' motion across the stars Suggested Sketching Materials: Printer and white paper (to print observing blanks from your planetarium program) Pencil (2B to plot Mars on the observing blank) Scanner and graphics...
Article by Erika Rix Subject:Eratosthenes Crater Issue:December 2011 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Charcoal on white stock Featured Technique:Detailed Lunar terrain sketching with charcoal Suggested Sketching Materials: Clipboard and white, acid-free drawing paper Assortment of compressed charcoal in pencil and stick forms White vinyl eraser pencil (with craft knife for shaping) and...
Article by Peter Grego Subject:Galilean Moons Issue:October 2011 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Graphite on white stock Featured Technique:Capturing the movements of the Galilean Moons Suggested Sketching Materials: Red flashlight A5 sketchpad (100 gsm smooth white paper, pre-drawn 125 mm circular template) 2B and 4B graphite pencils Pencil sharpener Blending stump...
Article by Peter Grego Subject:Jupiter Issue:September 2011 Astronomy Now Basic Media:Graphite on white stock Featured Technique:Capturing Jupiter's dynamic appearance Suggested Sketching Materials: Jupiter blank printed on smooth white paper (preferably at least 100 gsm) HB, 2B and 4B graphite pencils Blending stump Eraser (putty or trimmed vinyl)...

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