Constellation Gemini

Constellation Gemini

The Constellation Gemini
Sketch and Details by Frank McCabe

At 10:30 pm local time the constellation of Gemini the twins was rising in the east above the roof of my home. The two brightest stars to the left (north) in the sketch are Castor above Pollux. It has been enjoyable to have two clear or at least partly clear nights at the freezing point following a couple of weeks of very poor weather with overcast skies. As I sketched, clouds interrupted me and so I rushed a bit more than I would have wished in order to finish. I did have a telescope at my side but the clouds prevented its use. Although this was a brief encounter with the heavens it was fun.

Naked eye drawing
Date and Time: 12/30/2008 10:30 pm -11:15pm local time
8.5″ x 11″ textured light tan paper, #2HB Dixon Oriole graphite pencil,
white Conte’ crayon, gum eraser.
After scanning I rotated and cropped the drawing to create more interest above the roof line. Using Microsoft Office Picture Manager brightness was decreased -2 and contrast was increased +3.

Frank McCabe

3 thoughts on “Constellation Gemini”

  1. Frank,

    I can feel this night watching Your sketch. The stars, the clouds and the roof on the bottom are so charming! 😉


  2. Marek,

    Thank you for the compliment. I was trying to salvage something from a night that began with promise.


  3. Now Frank that is a different take on sketching the night sky well done to you on making the most from a tiny break in the cloud 🙂


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