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JUNE 2010 – White Light Sun

Graphite and Charcoal Sketch of the Sun

Graphite and Charcoal Sketch of the Sun

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Solar activity is on the increase and white light observing is starting to get interesting again. This article describes white light full disc and detail sketching using graphite on white paper.

Subject: White Light Sun
Issue: June 2010 Astronomy Now
Basic Media: Graphite and Charcoal on White Paper
Featured Technique: Using an artist’s chamois to create base limb darkening. Then using graphite and vinyl eraser to add sunspots and faculae.
Suggested Materials:
  • White acid-free drawing paper
  • HB and 4H graphite pencils
  • Charcoal pencil
  • White vinyl eraser pencil
  • Artist’s chamois
  • Clipboard