As an artist I'm really rarely off duty. Even my hobbies have elements of art in them. (did you know there are landscape paintings on the walls in town buildings in World of Warcraft?)
And how I could I stargaze without sketching?
Not only is sketching stars a time-honoured practice amongst astronomers, it's the best way for me to learn how to navigate. Often I can't quite match what I'm seeing to my star maps, mainly because light pollution gets in my way and I lose markers. Or I'm just rubbish at it. But with a sketch I can go back and study the charts against my times and directions and figure out what I really was seeing.
Of course sometimes I'm just being slightly artistic. Though to be honest I rarely have that intent with the star drawings, but if the mood takes me what am I to do?
And sometimes I just like filling in the sky. I come into the warm kitchen, make a hot chocolate, and fill in all the dark sky with pencil. Fun! Especially after several hours sitting outside waiting for meteors.
Merry Christmas all! May the holidays bring you clear skies and new pencils. :)
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