|The Collection. Penny and nail for testing hardness.|
Now to the Study. After each of us chose a rock we dug out all of our magnification tools, pencils, colored pencils, our printables, and our new nature notebooks (Vol. 2!). Our preferred tool was the
Carson MM-24 MicroBrite Pocket Microscope
|You can see how bright the Microbrite really is. Lives up to its name!|
|A sample of Purple Mica and the drawing|
Step 1: Zero in on an interesting feature. Hold the scope there. Slip.Whoops. Relocate. Hold again.
Step 2: Draw. Oh, yeah.You have to do that with one eye cuz the other one is on the 'scope. Whoops.Relocate. Hold. Draw.
And back-and-forth with one eye on the rock and the other on the drawing. Impossible, really. So we fell back on blind contour drawing, an artist's method whereby your pencil follows the edge that your eyes are looking at without YOU looking at your pencil. Then we finished the drawings with our colored pencils and some memory!
So now when we see those minutely detailed, worthy-of-framing studies by professional scientific illustrators of the past, we will be in greater awe of their persistence. And in sympathy of the eyestrain!
|Mei's Purple Mica|
|Mom's Granite/Quartz combo|