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AUGUST 2010 – C/2009 R1 (McNaught)

Positive Sketch of C/2009 R1 (McNaught)

Positive Sketch of C/2009 R1 (McNaught)

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Original Negative Sketch of C/2009 R1 (McNaught)

Original Negative Sketch of C/2009 R1 (McNaught)

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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 coma.

Subject: C/2009 R1 (McNaught)
Issue: August 2010 Astronomy Now
Basic Media: Graphite and Charcoal on White Paper
Featured Technique: Using graphite and blending stump to sketch the main comet features: coma, condensation, ion tail and dust tail. Finishing with the digital addition of color to the coma using Adobe Photoshop.
Suggested Materials:
  • White acid-free drawing paper
  • HB and 2H graphite pencils
  • White vinyl eraser pencil and putty rubber
  • Blending stump
  • Clipboard and adjustable red observing light
  • If you wish to add colour to your drawing, you can use other sketch media, or digital tools such as GIMP or Photoshop.

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