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Tranquil shores, space art sketches

I noticed that I rarely depict liquids that look like water in my space artwork. I'm not sure why I haven't used liquids more frequently, but I plan on including exotic liquids more often from now on.

Shown below are some space landscape sketches from my sketchbook. I may start by drawing at least several tiny sketches like the ones shown in the photo. The purpose of these is to create many different, rough ideas and then select the best one(s) for further work. These are approximately 4,5 x 3,5 cm (1.7" x 1.3") each and because they are so small they are often called thumbnail sketches. Each takes less than a minute to draw. I use a soft pencil, like 4B or 5B, as that makes the sketching flow nicely.



Once I have at least one thumbnail sketch that has good potential, I then draw a bigger version of it with more details and in color. The ones below are about 11 x 5 cm (4.3" x 2") each, and are drawn using wax based colored pencils and black ink pens. I begin by drawing the main features using a black pencil, then I ink over the black pencil drawing, and then start coloring. A sketch like that takes me between 10 to 30 minutes, or longer if I can't make up my mind about the colors. I may draw a few of such larger sketches or until I'm satisfied with at least one of them. If I like one of them enough to create a fully detailed high resolution rendering, I proceed to the digital tools.



So sketching is a brief process that leads to a rough representation of how the final image can look like. For me, sketching is also a gratifying drawing exercise because of its simplicity, visual appeal, and all the interesting ideas that sketches can lead to.


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