Sketching the Moon: An Astronomical Artist's Guide

Richard Handy, Deirdre Kelleghan, Thomas McCague, Erika Rix, Sally Russell
Item #81056

The most extensive book on the subject of lunar art for amateur astronomers, particularly those observing through a telescope.
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For anyone artistically inclined, observing the Moon and attempting to sketch or paint it can easily become a passion. The Moon presents a broad array of tone, texture, and form. Capturing this in a painting or sketch at the eyepiece of a telescope – or even with binoculars – develops observational skills, leaves a record of the observation, and can also be a delightful and rewarding pastime. However, the choice of media available is extensive (acrylic paint, oils, pen, charcoal, etc., and even computer art programs), and there is no existing text that fully explains all lunar sketching and painting techniques in each respective medium. This beautiful and graphically rich book fulfills this requirement. It presents detailed step-by-step instructions, in the form of illustrated tutorials for every major medium employed to represent the Moon. It also provides practical advice on how to sketch outdoors at night (not ideal conditions for an artist!).

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Author: Richard Handy, Deirdre Kelleghan, Thomas McCague, Erika Rix, Sally Russell
Size: 7 x 10
Pages: 233
Color photos: 31
Black & White photos: 374
Table of Contents

Sketching Craters

Sketching Maria (Seas)

Sketching Mons (Mountains)

Sketching Dorsa (Wrinkle Ridges)

Sketching Crater and Sunlight Rays

Sketching Rupes (Scarps)

Sketching the Phases

Sketching Domes

Sketching Lunar Eclipses

Additional Tutorials and Sketching Gallery

General Hints and Tips

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