Mars is making its closest approach of 2010 on January 27. The red planet can be challenging to observe, but sketching your observations will help you get the most from the view at the eyepiece. In the February issue of Astronomy Now, we cover methods you can use to sketch Mars.
|Issue:||February 2010 Astronomy Now|
|Basic Media:||Graphite on artist grade paper.|
|Featured Technique:||Creating contour field sketches with a value diagram to quickly render features, then using these to create a refined sketch later under controlled conditions. Sidebar suggests experimenting with color techniques as well.|