Drawn to the Universe
JAN 2010 – The Winter Milky Way

The winter Milky Way is moving into view. Although it’s not as bold as its summer counterpart, it still has much to offer the naked eye from a dark site. In the January issue of Astronomy Now, we’ll look at some methods you can use to capture the Milky Way on paper.

Subject: Winter Milky Way
Issue: January 2010 Astronomy Now
Basic Media: Graphite on artist grade paper.
Featured Technique: Naked eye sketching beginning with plotting the stars across a broad stretch of sky, then observing and shading structure in the Milky Way.
Suggested Materials:
  • White artist grade stock
  • HB and 2H graphite pencils
  • Blending stump and artist’s chamois
  • Kneaded eraser (putty rubber)
  • Clipboard and adjustable red light
Positive sketch of the Winter Milky Way

Inverted, Positive Sketch of the Winter Milky Way

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Negative sketch of the Winter Milky Way

Original, Negative Sketch of the Winter Milky Way

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